8 of the Best Downtown L.A. Restaurants

The Best Restaurants In Downtown Los Angeles

8 of the Best Downtown L.A. Restaurants

We might have a subway to Santa Monica now, and we’re the official home of 2028 Summer Olympics, but LA’s true success story is probably the rebirth of downtown.

Not even 10 years ago, Downtown was a place you went to only for a Lakers game. Now, it’s one of the coolest neighborhoods in the city.

From the Arts District to Little Tokyo to the Historic Core, there are fantastic restaurants all over DTLA. Our updated list has the 22 best.

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$$$$ 1124 San Julian St

Rossoblu is what we consider a big-deal restaurant, and that’s apparent from the first second you walk in the door. The massive industrial dining room is decorated a rich person’s Roman loft, and the Italian food is fantastic across the board.

You will spend some money here, but Rossoblu definitely feels an occasion, so you should reserve it for one. Get the charcuterie, the pappardelle, and the grigliata, which is essentially a giant plate of sausage and belly-on pork chop.

And, honestly, whatever else on the menu looks good – there isn’t a weak spot on it.

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$$$$ 1725 Naud St.

Located on a quiet stretch of northern Chinatown, this modern Korean restaurant (from the people behind NYC’s Momofuku) is a flat-out blockbuster.

For a new spot, the service is already a well-oiled machine, and the food is different than anything else you can get in LA. Reservations are extremely difficult to come by, but once you get your chance, we recommend bringing as many people as you can.

The best things on the menu ( the spicy pork shoulder) are Majordomo’s large plates, which feed 4-6 people.

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$$$$ 128 E 6th St

A lunch-only pasta pop-up inside of a wine bar (that’s only open four days a week) sounds something you don’t want to deal with. But your reward for having an “appointment” at lunch on a Friday (or a Tuesday or a Wednesday) is that you’ll get to eat some of the best pasta in the city.

For right now, Cento can be found inside Mignon wine bar, but we’re hoping someday it’ll become a restaurant that’s open for dinner, so we can stop with the dentist appointments.

In the meantime though, this is a great spot for a solo lunch, since the counter is small and the chef will become your friend in a matter of minutes.

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$$$$ 649 S Olive St

“Complete package” is usually a phrase we reserve for the truly deserving, Oprah or the guy at your favorite Thai restaurant who always remembers your delivery order. But we feel comfortable inducting The Mezzanine into that club too.

The upstairs restaurant at The NoMad Hotel has had every element of their sh*t together from day one, with killer drinks, great service, and impressive, bistro-ish food.

You might (rightly) balk at paying almost $100 for a whole roast chicken, but when it comes to your table, you’ll regret nothing.

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$$$$ 727 N Broadway #120

Lasa used to be a pop-up in the Chinatown mall where you’ve spent too long waiting for Howlin’ Ray’s, but now it’s graduated to being a full restaurant, which we’re very happy about.

While the space feels a little your first apartment college when you realized you could paint the walls whatever color you wanted, there’s nothing amateur about Lasa. They serve delicious modern Filipino food, and the service is so friendly, you’ll wonder if maybe they’re trying to recruit you into their cult.

That’s definitely not what’s going on, although we’d happily sign our lives over to eat their condensed milk ice cream every night.

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$$$$ 2121 E. 7th Pl.

If you only have one night in LA and ask us where to eat, chances are we’re going to tell you Bestia. The Arts District pioneer may have been open since 2012 (practically a lifetime in this part of town), but it’s just as busy as it was on day one.

Meals at this Italian restaurant aren’t an in-and-out affair – odds are you’ll be at your table for a couple of hours, losing your mind as each dish hits the table.

The pastas and pizzas are as good as it gets in this town, and if we could subsist solely on the chicken liver pate toast, we would.

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$$$$ 1135 North Alameda Street

This wine bar/French restaurant from the people behind Bar Covell is where you should take your next early-in-the-game date. And even if you’re past that stage, you should still come here.

The space is dimly-lit and kind of New York-y, and the liberal use of pink lighting will make you feel you’re inside a VSCO filter.

The French food here is stellar – particularly the “bread and things” and the bavette steak – and you’ll get to try interesting wines. This place is everything you need for a low-key, romantic night.

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$$$$ 317 S Broadway

Grand Central Market is an essential LA food experience.

There’s a mix of old-school tenants who’ve been there for years (China Cafe and their wonton soup, carnitas at Tacos Tumbras A Tomas), new spots (the best falafel in town at Madcapra, Filipino rice bowls at Sari Sari Store), and a whole lot of good stuff in between (Sticky Rice’s panang curry, everything at Wexler’s). Do not enter in any state other than ravenous. There are going to be a lot of tourists, but don’t let that stop you.

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$$$$ 108 W 2nd St Apt 104

Located in that part of downtown where the Historic Core becomes a bunch of government buildings, this modern Indian restaurant’s food is pretty different from most Indian spots around town.

Think cheese-stuffed naan, spicy lamb burgers, and a chicken tikka poutine that’s absolutely worth driving for.

The bright space is perfect for anything from a first date to a midweek dinner with friends in sweatshirts.

Your boss made you go downtown for a Supply Chain Analytics conference today, and you just spent eight hours listening to people tell you about vendor data. You don’t want to talk to anyone else for the rest of the night.

For all your solo dinner needs, there’s Shibumi.

This Japanese restaurant serves kappo-style food ( fancier izakaya) that you don’t find in a lot of other places in LA – things Japanese caviar, hemp greens, and the crispy monkfish that we only saw on the menu once, but still have daytime fantasies about.

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$$$$ 727 N Broadway #128

The fried chicken onslaught in this city has reached manic levels, so let’s just make things easy – go right to Howlin’ Ray’s in Chinatown because it’s the best in the city. Are the hours a little weird? Yes. Will there be a long line? Possibly 3+ hours long. But once you take your first bite of that Nashville hot (and we mean REALLY hot) chicken, it’ll all make sense.

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$$$$ 1050 S. Flower St

There’s more top-notch Mexican food in this city than anyone knows to do with. But one trip to Broken Spanish will confirm – this place is among the very best.

This upscale restaurant a block from Staples is certainly not where you get rowdy over margaritas and burritos. You’re going to order diver scallop crudo and lamb neck tamale and chicharron and lots of really good wine.

There are restaurants where throwing down feels good, and Broken Spanish is straight-up euphoric.

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$$$$ 1306 Factory Place

In a part of town that loves eating pasta in converted factories, The Factory Kitchen is still one of our favorites.

The place itself was among the first to open in the Arts District, and remains a slightly more casual option than some of the other bigger production operations in the neighborhood (read: Bestia).

Come in for a quick drink with coworkers after a long day, or go for date night. Just make sure you get some prosciutto – it might be the best in LA.

Welcome to one of LA’s great sushi institutions.

This Little Tokyo strip mall joint has lines down the block every day before it even opens, and everybody’s generally waiting for one thing – the sashimi platter.

With soup, salad, and over nine massive cuts of premium fish, this $19 plate is one of the best deals in the city and so popular you have to sit in a specific area of the restaurant to get it.

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$$$$ 408 S. Main St.

Bäco Mercat would deserve a place on this list just for being the first in what we assume is Josef Centeno’s master plan to take over this particular corner of DTLA.

The guy has four entries on this list, and that’s not even all the spots he owns. But Bäco is a great restaurant on its own, serving small plates and their signature taco-sandwich hybrid, the bäco.

Just as good for a weekday lunch as it is for a Saturday dinner date, Bäco has become our downtown old reliable.

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$$$$ 122 W 4th St

Orsa & Winston is both serious and a little sexy, but the six-course tasting menu restaurant avoids the stuffiness that usually comes to mind when you think of set menu places.

The dining room is pretty minimal, but somehow warm and inviting, making the whole experience feel the best dinner party you’ve ever been to.

They’ve also recently added a casual Japanese-ish lunch that’s worth a look for the chicken katsu sandwich alone.

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$$$$ 118 W. 4th St.

Bar Àma is definitely one of those places you heard a lot more about a few years ago, but we’re here to tell you – it remains one of downtown’s best.

This is the fun, casual spot the area desperately needs. Oh, and it’s still serving some of the best Tex-Mex food in town.

You really can’t go wrong, but if you don’t order the queso and (off-menu) puffy tacos, you’re doing yourself a disservice.

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$$$$ 114 E 2nd St

Redbird is that annoyingly perfect girl in high school you were very jealous of. Located in a totally remodeled old church, the restaurant is both huge and gorgeous, especially that cathedral-ceiling main dining room. But Redbird doesn’t just rely on her looks – the food here is consistently good and often great.

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$$$$ 1001 N Alameda St

Philippe’s is one of those rare tourist traps that’s actually worth every second.

Known most famously as (maybe) the originator of the French dip sandwich, this 110-year-old Chinatown deli is a straight-up LA institution, and a must-stop for anybody making their way around downtown.

The double-dip beef sandwich is the obvious move, but don’t forget to grab some macaroni salad either. Just go easy with the at-table mustard – its horseradish levels aren’t for the faint of heart.

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$$$$ 521 W 7th St

One of the newer players in the blood sport that is Los Angeles sushi, Q is more than up to the challenge.

This omakase-only spot flies in the bulk of their fish from Japan, and the restaurant feels it might have been imported in one piece as well.

It’s definitely pricey, but the fish varieties aren’t what you normally see, and the attention to detail is second to none. When you’ve got the money to spend, Q is a stellar way to do it.

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71Above is a game changer, in that it’s a place you can go for a fancy work dinner that you’ll actually enjoy. It encompasses the entirety of the 71st floor of the US Bank building, giving those clients a view they’d only get while flying LAX. Dinner is a three-course prix-fixe situation that is just a tiny bit adventurous, for the group of accountants you’re schmoozing.

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$$$$ 107 E 9th St

In DTLA years, Wood Spoon is ancient. This tiny Brazilian-inspired place opened in 2006, and more than a decade later, it’s still great. With a casual, romantic feel, sneaky good sangria, and an affordable menu, Wood Spoon is the under-the-radar date night spot of your dreams. Get the pot pie.

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The 18 best restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles

8 of the Best Downtown L.A. Restaurants

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There’s plenty to eat in the heart of Downtown — Los Angeles’ bustling city center spanning Bunker Hill, South Park, and the Historic Core. From Tijuana-style tacos to Cantonese roasted pork, there’s a little bit of everything available right in the thick of it. Here now are the 18 essential restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles.

For restaurants in the Arts District, see Eater’s 10 Essential Arts District Restaurants in Los Angeles. And for restaurants in Chinatown, check out this roundup of the best dishes in the neighborhood.

Removed: Preux & Proper, Fisherman’s Outlet, Maccheroni Republic, Alameda Supper Club, Baco Mercat

Added: Rossoblu, M.Georgina, Pikunico, Spread, Barcito, Redbird

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Timothy Hollingsworth and the Otium team have hit their stride. From the cocktails at the start to the savories in the middle, and the desserts at the end, every element of the experience is better than ever. A meal here isn’t just for museum days or pre-theater bites, it’s truly for every occasion.

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This colorful gastropub serves modern takes on Indian classics in a Bollywood-meets-pop-art space. Founded by chef Pawan Mahendro and sons Nakul and Arjun, Badmaash means “bad ass,” and the menu reflects the brothers’ Indian heritage and childhood in Toronto with dishes chicken tikka poutine.

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A strong contender for the most beautiful restaurant in LA, 71Above is perched atop Downtown’s US Bank Tower. The gorgeous plates by chef Javier Lopez match the dining room’s stunning 360-degree views, making this the sort of place for power lunches, expense accounts, and the ultimate date night.

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Downtown’s dining scene is full of flash and big names, but few places do the upscale basics better than Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser’s Redbird.

The massive restaurant basically doubles as a party alongside standalone event space Vibiana, but inside Redbird proper it’s still all about elevated service, strong craft cocktails, and an all-things-California menu that swerves from grilled lamb belly and wild boar to duck, avocado salad, and a $115 bone-in ribeye for two. Don’t sleep on weekend brunch, either.

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Leave it to San Antonio-native Josef Centeno to introduce Los Angeles to Tex-Mex cuisine. Taking the food far beyond platters of sizzling fajitas, the long list of small plates go down easy with nicely crafted cocktails that create a convivial atmosphere.

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6. Spread Mediterranean Kitchen

Downtown’s quick-fire lunch crowds sure do love Spread Mediterranean Kitchen. So much so, in fact, the group just opened a second kiosk takeaway location at the Gas Company building on 5th Street.

The Main Street original still packs in for daytime diners eager to snag sub-$12 wraps, salads, and sides.

Dinnertime, meanwhile, is a mellow affair with cocktails and a broader menu of Mediterranean staples.

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Chef Tin Vuong cooks up solid Vietnamese and Asian-inspired fare drawing from family recipes and his San Gabriel Valley roots. The bo tai chanh, an herbaceous lime-cooked beef salad, is terrific, as is the homey coconut-braised pork with quail eggs.

An omakase dinner at chef Hiroyuki Naruke’s den of Edo-style sushi costs a pretty penny, but the outstanding quality makes the splurge completely worth it. Come in for a special occasion, or better yet, stop in for a more affordable set lunch.

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This Cantonese barbecue specialist is tucked inside the Spring Arcade. What sets Rice Box apart from typical Cantonese barbecue shops is its dedication to using only ethically-sourced, sustainable, and hormone-free meat.  

The tacos at this Tijuana-style restaurant from Victor Delgado and Jorge “Joy” Alvarez-Tostado are a study in simplicity and excellence, with handmade tortillas, salsas, and guacamole. Try the marinated pork adobada or the mushrooms from this standing room-only storefront.

Chef David Schlosser’s kappo-style concept showcases his background working at some of Japan’s finest restaurants. With an approach that is more relaxed than kaiseki dining, Shibumi feels right at home in the City of Angels.

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Chef Ray Garcia shows his award-winning chops at this bright, modernist love letter to Mexican cooking. Come for the tortillas, stay for the transcendent chicharrón and impressive mezcal list.

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Crowds line up for Sonoratown’s signature scratch-made flour tortillas and mesquite-grilled carne asada. This Downtown favorite is spare on space but big on charm, with owners Teo and Jennifer working the room and the grill daily. 

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2016 Eater Young Gun winner Andrea Borgen continues to make South Park feel a real neighborhood, thanks to casual Argentinian fare, coffee, and cocktails at Barcito.

The do-it-all restaurant on 12th Street is good for daytime working, evening snacking, and summertime groups out on the new-ish patio.

Borgen’s place is just what the growing South Park needs, and thankfully the neighborhood keeps showing up.

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Top Chef contestant Kuniko Yagi has found her groove at this plucky Japanese fried chicken spot at Downtown’s Row, with affordable spreads of karaage, salads, and ginger onigiri at reasonable prices.

Steve and Dina Samson’s interpretation of northern Italian food finds a gorgeous home in this industrial area of Downtown’s Fashion District serving some of the city’s best pasta. But beyond the salumi and homestyle first courses, the stars of the kitchen come from the grill, from the massive pork tomahawk to the whole grilled orata.

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Melissa Perello might not be a known quantity in LA, but her two San Francisco restaurants, Frances and Octavia, have earned perennial praise for their top-to-bottom quality and neighborhood vibes. Perello brings the same kitchen prowess to this new space in Downtown’s Row, where she cooks idealized Californian cuisine. Order the campanelle pasta, maitake mushrooms, and the duck for two.

Head to ROW DTLA for a one-of-a-kind kaiseki dinner orchestrated by chef Brandon Go. Specializing in washoku (traditional Japanese cooking), a meal here lasts nearly three hours, costs $200 per person, and includes some of the finest imported seafood.

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Timothy Hollingsworth and the Otium team have hit their stride. From the cocktails at the start to the savories in the middle, and the desserts at the end, every element of the experience is better than ever. A meal here isn’t just for museum days or pre-theater bites, it’s truly for every occasion.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • OpenTable
  • Foursquare

This colorful gastropub serves modern takes on Indian classics in a Bollywood-meets-pop-art space. Founded by chef Pawan Mahendro and sons Nakul and Arjun, Badmaash means “bad ass,” and the menu reflects the brothers’ Indian heritage and childhood in Toronto with dishes chicken tikka poutine.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • OpenTable
  • Foursquare

A strong contender for the most beautiful restaurant in LA, 71Above is perched atop Downtown’s US Bank Tower. The gorgeous plates by chef Javier Lopez match the dining room’s stunning 360-degree views, making this the sort of place for power lunches, expense accounts, and the ultimate date night.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • Foursquare

Downtown’s dining scene is full of flash and big names, but few places do the upscale basics better than Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser’s Redbird.

The massive restaurant basically doubles as a party alongside standalone event space Vibiana, but inside Redbird proper it’s still all about elevated service, strong craft cocktails, and an all-things-California menu that swerves from grilled lamb belly and wild boar to duck, avocado salad, and a $115 bone-in ribeye for two. Don’t sleep on weekend brunch, either.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • OpenTable
  • Foursquare

Leave it to San Antonio-native Josef Centeno to introduce Los Angeles to Tex-Mex cuisine. Taking the food far beyond platters of sizzling fajitas, the long list of small plates go down easy with nicely crafted cocktails that create a convivial atmosphere.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • Foursquare

Downtown’s quick-fire lunch crowds sure do love Spread Mediterranean Kitchen. So much so, in fact, the group just opened a second kiosk takeaway location at the Gas Company building on 5th Street.

The Main Street original still packs in for daytime diners eager to snag sub-$12 wraps, salads, and sides.

Dinnertime, meanwhile, is a mellow affair with cocktails and a broader menu of Mediterranean staples.

Chef Tin Vuong cooks up solid Vietnamese and Asian-inspired fare drawing from family recipes and his San Gabriel Valley roots. The bo tai chanh, an herbaceous lime-cooked beef salad, is terrific, as is the homey coconut-braised pork with quail eggs.

An omakase dinner at chef Hiroyuki Naruke’s den of Edo-style sushi costs a pretty penny, but the outstanding quality makes the splurge completely worth it. Come in for a special occasion, or better yet, stop in for a more affordable set lunch.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • OpenTable
  • Foursquare

This Cantonese barbecue specialist is tucked inside the Spring Arcade. What sets Rice Box apart from typical Cantonese barbecue shops is its dedication to using only ethically-sourced, sustainable, and hormone-free meat.  

The tacos at this Tijuana-style restaurant from Victor Delgado and Jorge “Joy” Alvarez-Tostado are a study in simplicity and excellence, with handmade tortillas, salsas, and guacamole. Try the marinated pork adobada or the mushrooms from this standing room-only storefront.

Chef David Schlosser’s kappo-style concept showcases his background working at some of Japan’s finest restaurants. With an approach that is more relaxed than kaiseki dining, Shibumi feels right at home in the City of Angels.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • OpenTable
  • Foursquare

Chef Ray Garcia shows his award-winning chops at this bright, modernist love letter to Mexican cooking. Come for the tortillas, stay for the transcendent chicharrón and impressive mezcal list.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • OpenTable
  • Foursquare

Crowds line up for Sonoratown’s signature scratch-made flour tortillas and mesquite-grilled carne asada. This Downtown favorite is spare on space but big on charm, with owners Teo and Jennifer working the room and the grill daily. 

  • Open in Google Maps
  • Foursquare

2016 Eater Young Gun winner Andrea Borgen continues to make South Park feel a real neighborhood, thanks to casual Argentinian fare, coffee, and cocktails at Barcito.

The do-it-all restaurant on 12th Street is good for daytime working, evening snacking, and summertime groups out on the new-ish patio.

Borgen’s place is just what the growing South Park needs, and thankfully the neighborhood keeps showing up.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • Foursquare

Top Chef contestant Kuniko Yagi has found her groove at this plucky Japanese fried chicken spot at Downtown’s Row, with affordable spreads of karaage, salads, and ginger onigiri at reasonable prices.

Steve and Dina Samson’s interpretation of northern Italian food finds a gorgeous home in this industrial area of Downtown’s Fashion District serving some of the city’s best pasta. But beyond the salumi and homestyle first courses, the stars of the kitchen come from the grill, from the massive pork tomahawk to the whole grilled orata.

  • Open in Google Maps
  • OpenTable
  • Foursquare

Melissa Perello might not be a known quantity in LA, but her two San Francisco restaurants, Frances and Octavia, have earned perennial praise for their top-to-bottom quality and neighborhood vibes. Perello brings the same kitchen prowess to this new space in Downtown’s Row, where she cooks idealized Californian cuisine. Order the campanelle pasta, maitake mushrooms, and the duck for two.

Head to ROW DTLA for a one-of-a-kind kaiseki dinner orchestrated by chef Brandon Go. Specializing in washoku (traditional Japanese cooking), a meal here lasts nearly three hours, costs $200 per person, and includes some of the finest imported seafood.

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