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Dine in style: the 7 best restaurants in Los Angeles

L.A. is full of fantastic restaurants where hipsters, creative minds and stars come together for culinary delights. If you find yourself in the City of Angels, you should take a look at our 7 favorite restaurants in Los Angeles, specially selected from our free iPhone city guide for Los Angeles, momondo places (currently available in English).

Baco Mercat

The Bäco Mercat under the direction of head chef Josef Centeno offers a seasonal selection of dishes that live up to the term fusion cuisine: In the dishes from the western and eastern Mediterranean, various ingredients and flavors combine in the most harmonious way.

Try the “Bacö” sandwiches made from flatbread, a house specialty. The bread itself plays the main role here, either in the classic sandwich shape or rolled out thinly and baked with a delicious topping.

Freelancers and commuters come to Bäco Mercat in droves, and couples and groups of friends can also fortify themselves here before a movie night on Broadway. If you want to come with more than three people, you should reserve a week in advance by email.

Where: 408 S. Main St.
Tel .: +1 213 687 8808
Next stop: Pershing Square Station


The young, hip residents of East Hollywood and Silver Lake come together at SQIRL, a café of a different kind.

The owner originally made a name for itself with a small jam shop, the specialty of which was the creative combination of ingredients, such as blueberry jam with thyme or tomato jam with coriander. So it's no wonder that the jam toast at SQIRL is quite a phenomenal proposition.

The seats are a bit sparse, especially in view of the large number of people. The first-class coffee, the multitude of vegetarian and vegan options and the eclectic and delicious food selection ensure that the wait is worth it.

Where: 720 N. Virgil Ave.
Tel .: +1 323 284 8147
Next stop: Vermont / Santa Monica Station

The ivy

Join the stars at The Ivy. Dine al fresco on the popular, cozy veranda with a white picket fence. The epitome of glamorous Los Angeles awaits you here - paparazzi in front of the door are everyday life, because this star meeting place is a place where people like to show themselves.

The menu offers a considerable cross-section of Californian cuisine, with delicious desserts and excellent cocktails, while the furnishings are reminiscent of a tranquil English tea room: tablecloths with floral and checked patterns, armchairs and pillows, blue-and-white porcelain on the walls, flowers in vases and more pretty kitsch.

Where: 113 N. Robertson Blvd.
Tel .: +1 310 274 8303
Getting there: Bus 14/37/220 to Robertson / Beverly

The Hudson

The Hudson, decorated in the style of a pre-Prohibition Chicago bar, offers excellent cuisine and great cocktails (happy hour is from 4pm to 7pm). Guests sit on upholstered corner seats and the exposed Edison lightbulbs bathe the wooden beams on the ceiling in a warm, dim light. If you look around, you will notice the two thick tree trunks growing through the ceiling: The Hudson is a really cozy retreat in West Hollywood with an in-house DJ and the charm of a tree house.

The regular audience is made up of fashion-conscious creative minds and relaxed hipsters. For the physical well-being, The Hudson offers burgers, fried chicken, french fries and fish tacos. Mimosa cocktails and Beermosas (a variation with beer instead of sparkling wine) are served in carafes for brunch.

Where: 1114 N. Crescent Heights Blvd.
Tel .: +1 323 654 6686
Getting there: Bus 4/218 to the Santa Monica / Crescent Heights stop

L&E ​​Oyster Bar

The L&E Oyster Bar in Silver Lake specializes entirely in the art of preparing oysters - and combining top-notch seafood dishes with a relaxed bar atmosphere is a stroke of genius.

The restaurant attracts well-dressed local gourmets who come to indulge in the myriad variations of oysters. Come to happy hour on a sunny afternoon (from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.), take a seat at one of the sidewalk tables and enjoy a glass of wine with your oysters.

The menu also features several other seafood and meat dishes, including clam chowder and steak sandwiches.

Where: 1637 Silverlake Blvd.
Tel .: +1 323 660 2255
Getting there: Bus 201 to Silver Lake / Effie

The Church Key

Not many restaurants can claim to have waiters in historic flight attendant uniforms pushing Pan Am trolleys. In The Church Key, however, these wagons are constantly on the move to bring guests a few greetings from the kitchen in addition to their choice of meal. This upscale "American dimsum restaurant" attracts a fashion-conscious, extremely attractive clientele with its perfect combination of unusual design and delicious cuisine.

The dim atmosphere goes perfectly with the modern decor: chairs and couches, parquet floors, white brick walls and a large fireplace.

Where: 8730 Sunset Blvd.
Tel .: +1 424 249 3700
Getting there: Bus 2/302 to Sunset / Horn

Bottega Louie

The multi-faceted, bright and inviting Bottega Louie in the 100-year-old Brockman Building combines Italian-American cuisine with patisserie delicacies and a gourmet market where you can buy various delicacies.

The always well-attended hall with its white marble, wooden furniture and fresh cut flowers is primarily reminiscent of a lively Parisian brasserie. As no reservations are being taken, you should come early. If you have to wait for a table, feast your eyes on the colorful dessert display, and be sure to take a box of macarons with you after your meal.

The audience consists mostly of guests in their 30s who come for an early breakfast or a late dinner. If you just want a dessert, you can just take a seat next to the bar.

Where: 700 South Grand Ave.
Tel .: +1 213 802 1470
Next stop: 7th Street / Metro Center

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