12 Hotel Restaurants in LA That Are Worth Checking Out on Their Own

From classic Beverly Hills hotspots to new restaurants helmed by celeb chef José Andrés, you’ll want to check into these hotel restaurants ASAP.

Photo by Stan Lee, courtesy of Cabra
Photo by Stan Lee, courtesy of Cabra

As a popular tourist destination with year-round perfect weather, it’s no surprise that Los Angeles lays claim to a show-stopping landscape of hotels, each one boasting its own iconic views, noteworthy design, and world-class dining options. For locals who are unable to skip town, they offer accessible staycation options that feel worlds away, and tourists get to indulge in the best of our hospitality industry in between their sightseeing adventures. And even if you’re not checking in overnight, many of our hotel restaurants are worth a visit on their own, featuring some of the city’s most celebrated chefs and their takes on LA’s multicultural cuisines. From a celebrity chef debut Downtown to a chill Culver City rooftop, here are some of the best hotel restaurants to check out in LA right now:

Caldo Verde at Downtown LA Proper Hotel
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Downtown LA
At Caldo Verde, James Beard award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur Caroline Styne showcase a menu that marries Portuguese flavors with California sensibilities, all within a stately setting steeped in natural light and adorned with the works of local artists. Peruse options like Piri Piri Chicken, a steaming Caldo Verde stew for two, and Yellow Tomato Campechana, paired with craft concoctions that utilize Spanish gin and port wine, like the Portuguese Highball with white port, sour cherry liqueur, and lemon. From there, head upstairs for a taste of the team’s work at Cara Cara, an expansive, lushly landscaped outdoor space boasting epic skyline views and a menu of gussied up favorites like Quinoa Fritters, a Maine Lobster Roll with piri-piri aoili, and harissa-grilled prawns.
How to book: Make reservations via OpenTable for both Caldo Verde and Cara Cara.

Cabra at The Hoxton
Photo by Stan Lee, courtesy of Cabra

Downtown LA
Chef Stephanie Izard was the first woman to win Bravo’s Top Chef and has been stunting in the industry ever since, first with her three award-winning Chicago restaurants and more recently, with her LA outpost of Girl & The Goat and the newly opened Cabra, a Peruvian-inflected restaurant on the rooftop of the Hoxton hotel. There’s no bad seat here, whether you choose a view of the open chef’s kitchen with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer dramatic Downtown views, or a wind-swept option on the lush open patio next to the pool. The menu puts a California twist on Peruvian favorites like Lomo Saltado—Izard’s version adds caramelized veggies and tater tots to the wood-fired steak dish—and empanadas filled with swiss chard and kale. The cocktail menu features the Peruvian spirit pisco throughout, including the classic Pisco Sour, as well as Pisco Fever with pisco, mango, and frozen aji panca.
How to book: Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

San Laurel at The Conrad Los Angeles
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Downtown LA
When this hotel debuted over the summer, it brought with it two dynamic culinary concepts from acclaimed chef José Andrés and his ThinkFoodGroup team. At San Laurel, you can expect Spanish fare through a California lens, with options like Grilled Romaine with Manchego Espuma, Roasted Celeriac Carpaccio, and Vermicelli “Mac n’ Cheese” (with fideua pasta, morels, and crispy shallots). Rooftop views and beach club vibes make up the scene at Agua Viva, where refreshing cocktails and Latin- and Asian-inspired shared plates can be enjoyed poolside or in an open-air dining room. As if that weren’t enough, other cocktail and snack outlets await throughout the property, including SED, The Beaudry Room, and Airlight.
How to book: Reservations can be made via SevenRooms for both San Laurel and Agua Viva.

etta at The Shay
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Culver City
Michelin-starred chef Danny Grant brought his critically acclaimed restaurant etta to this Culver City hotel, serving many of the dishes that have become staples at the restaurant’s sister locations in Chicago and Scottsdale (think Ricotta Pillows and Sunday Sauce Meatballs). A wood-fired hearth functions as the focal point and is responsible for standouts like the Cacio e Pepe and fire-baked focaccia, with ricotta, honey, and black truffle. This July saw the opening of Canopy Club, a rooftop and poolside retreat featuring all-day menus rooted in modern Californian cuisine, including Lobster Frites for two, a Crispy Fish Sandwich, and the ever-popular Shay Burger.
How to book: Reservations can be made via OpenTable for both etta and Canopy Club.

Sugar Palm at The Viceroy Santa Monica
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Santa Monica
Chef Jason Francisco helms the menu at this Santa Monica newcomer, where he puts forth California coastal fare featuring line-caught, sustainable seafood, alongside abundant plant-based and fresh produce options. Start things off with plates of Smoked Watermelon Sashimi and Charred Octopus, then move towards larger orders of Jidori Half Chicken, Steak Frites, or Whole Branzino. Grab one of the market-driven drinks at the venue’s wraparound bar, which guides guests back to the palm-tree lined patio, complete with dining cabanas, live DJ performances, and firepits.
How to book: Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

Merois at The Pendry West Hollywood
Photo by Christian Horna Photography, courtesy of Merois

West Hollywood
What’s not to love about Merois? It’s situated on a stunning rooftop, the food is a fusion of some of our favorite cuisines including California, French, and Japanese, and the menu is curated by the legend himself, Wolfgang Puck. Housed within the luxurious Pendry hotel, the restaurant features an outdoor bar and rooftop lounge equipped with a fireplace so you can cozy up with your cocktails, but seating is limited to enhance the intimate date night vibes. The restaurant menu leans heavily on sushi and seafood dishes, but there are some standout vegetable and meat dishes like the Japanese A5 NY Strip.
How to book: Reservations can be made via SevenRooms.

The Barish at The Hollywood Roosevelt

Famed LA chef Nancy Silverton does it again. Tucked inside the Hollywood Roosevelt, the Barish is Silverton’s latest project since launching the award-winning chi SPACCA. The Italian steakhouse is inspired by her summers spent cooking over open fires in Italy so you can expect wood-fired grilled steaks that are dry-aged in house, plus fish and chicken, though baked pasta dishes also make a cameo. Make sure to stop by the Spare Room afterwards, the hotel’s cocktail lounge equipped with bowling lanes and classic games.
How to book: Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

Ardor at West Hollywood EDITION
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West Hollywood
Ardor is Michelin-starred chef John Fraser’s love letter to vegetables, so naturally, the menu centers around what’s fresh and in season. Request a table on the patio, with lush greenery throughout, then fill up on veg-forward plates like Sweet Potato Curry, Cauliflower Cacio e Pepe, and Arugula Farro Risotto. There are plenty of meat and seafood options as well, including crudos and ceviche and entrees like Dry Aged Filet Mignon and lamb that’s been aged 14 days and cooked under pine. Pair it all up with any of the vibrantly hued cocktails (try the “Green,” with vodka, avocado, and chartreuse). When it comes time for dessert, don’t miss the Mille Feuille, a comforting finale of meyer lemon, vanilla, and chamomile.
How to book: Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

FIG at Fairmont Miramar
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Santa Monica
You might mistake FIG for a greenhouse with all the hanging plants and living walls, but take it as an homage to its farm-to-table menu that sources heavily from the neighboring Santa Monica Farmers Market. There’s something for everyone on the menu, including a Lamb Bolognese, a variety of pizzas, seafood options like clams, oysters, and scallops, and oven-roasted vegetables. The best time to dine is between 5–6 pm Tuesday through Saturday so you can take advantage of the half-priced FIG at 5 happy hour menu (word to the wise: book ahead). Also, check out Soko, a sushi concept that opened in honor of the hotel’s centennial celebration last year. Opt for the omakase, featuring either 6 or 12 courses of the chef’s choosing, or go a la carte with hyper-fresh sashimi and nigiri.
How to book: Reservations can be made online.

Photo courtesy of Coin & Candor

Westlake Village
Located inside the Four Seasons Westlake, Coin & Candor is a seasonally driven restaurant serving wood-fired dishes. Signatures like the Baja Red Snapper and housemade sourdough bread will always be on the menu, but new additions include Lobster Al Pastor, Oyster Mushrooms with a cilantro-yogurt sauce and sumac, and a Compressed Honeydew Melon Salad with Persian cucumber, lime, and chili oil. For a truly zen experience, dine on the terrace, which faces a tranquil pond and waterfall.
How to book: Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Beverly Hills
You can’t get any more quintessential LA than The Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, where power lunches were practically invented. The aptly named “Pink Palace” is home to Hollywood royalty, so don’t be surprised if you run into a celebrity or two here—just be sure to play it cool. During the week The Polo Lounge is bustling with Hollywood’s movers and shakers, but for low-key vibes, check out the Sunday brunch between 11 am–3 pm for live music and decadent daytime fare. Settle into one of the intimate booths on the garden patio and choose between the a la carte or prix fixe menu ($105 per person for three courses and a beverage).
How to book: Reservations can be made via SevenRooms.

1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach

This al fresco dining destination is brimming with charm, thanks to its shabby chic furniture, hanging lanterns, and string lighting. The Courtyard at 1Pico is open for weekend brunch and weeknight dinner, with the former offering a mix of plates like the Frittata Caprese, an omelet with hen of the woods mushrooms, a Wagyu Burger, and grilled pizza (for when you’re nursing those Saturday night hangovers). You’ll also be welcomed by the house-made banana bread—a solid pairing with their perfectly foamed golden latte. For dinner, check out orders like Short Rib Pappardelle or Lamb Rib Chop (from the prized Elysian Fields Farm). If you want ocean views with your meal, there is always the hotel’s sister restaurant, Coast.
How to book: Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

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Nicole Schnitzler is a contributor for Thrillist.
Leila Najafi is an LA-based travel and lifestyle writer covering destination guides, hotel reviews, restaurant openings, travel reward programs, and buying guides. Leila has bylines in Thrillist, NBC News, 10Best.com by USA Today, PureWow, and more. Follow her around the world on Instagram or check out some of her travel lists.