Santa Monica Yacht Club
Toca Madera
Dylan & Jeni
Jeff Miller/Thrillist
Sean Cooley/Thrillist
Rick Poon
Catch and Release
EP & LP
Cesar Lopapa
ICDC
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1. Santa Monica Yacht Club 620 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (Santa Monica)

This seafood-centric Westside spot (from the Tar & Roses crew) dishes out amazingness like an albacore banh mi and charred octopus (with potatoes and smoked paprika) in a spot that looks like it could be the inside of a high-end yacht's galley.

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2. Pizza Romana 615 N LA Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

This Mid-Wilshire pizza place serves up authentic Roman-style pies, which means the dough is fermented for 24 hours then baked in an Italian-imported wood-fire oven. The signature pizzas are near perfect (and since this is LA, they're available with gluten-free crust) and seriously affordable -- most hover around $10. Pizza Romana's menu also includes panini sandwiches and spicy fried chicken. Add affordable bottles of Italian wine and this under-the-radar restaurant is the perfect date spot.

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3. Toca Madera 8450 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

This West Third Mexican spot has swanky taste -- the interior is dimly lit and wood-laden, and boasts plush banquettes and a long bar made of crystal and quartz. Once you settle in to the lounge-style space, you'll want to start off with some fresh guac or sweet corn tamales for the table, and then work your way up to the carne asada or sashimi agua chile. No matter what you order, be sure to indulge in one of the many tequila and mezcal options back-lit behind the bar.

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4. King Harbor Brewing Company 2907 182nd St, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 (Redondo Beach)

This South Bay brewery does growler fill and straight-up tastings, with revolving taps including its Pineapple IPA and Coconut Abel Brown. King Harbor's onsite taproom allows for views of the production equipment and offers, in addition to its core beers, specialities and pilot batches. The other taproom (132 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach) is just two miles away and boasts views of King Harbor Marina and the Pacific.

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5. B.S. Taqueria 514 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Downtown)

No BS, this place is super-killer: it's the chef from Fig making amazing Mexican food, including lemon-pepper chicken chicharrones and amazing carnitas tacos. It'll probably have you calling BS on all the other Downtown Mexican spots.

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6. Broken Spanish 1050 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

One of two Mexican spots headed by lauded chef Ray Garcia, this hip spot is date friendly complete with a killer cocktail list.

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7. Jon & Vinny's 412 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Mid Wilshire)

From Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun), this Fairfax restaurant specializes in all-day Italian, by which we mean all-day pizza. Aside from the signature breakfast pizza, Jon & Vinny's breakfast offerings include pastries (nutella toast!) and hot plates like burrata scrambled eggs and buttermilk pancakes. The lunch and dinner menu emphasizes house-made pastas and pizzas, and your meal should definitely start with bruschetta served on Gjusta bread. The airy and casual neighborhood spot houses a wine shop helmed by Helen Johannesen, the wine director for all of Shook and Dotolo's restaurants.

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8. Cocina Condesa 11616 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

This Mexican spot has a full on mezcal menu as well as homestyle classics like queso fundito and massive carnitas burritos. At this East Valley taco shop, you can order two extremely high-quality tacos for $5. Also on Monday, head over to the classic cantina with colorful flair to indulge in $5 margaritas.

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9. Churro Borough 1726 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Churro Borough sandwiches rotating ice cream flavors like bright matcha green tea or brown butter cookie between two housemade churro discs. We recommend getting the vanilla custard, but let’s be honest, you really can’t go wrong with any option. Make sure to get there early since -- to no one's surprise -- it usually sells out. Fast.

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10. MiniBar 6145 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

This tiny little bar is attached to The 101 and it's cocktails are killing the game.

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11. Cassia 1314 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

From the team behind the now-shuttered Spice Table, in collaboration with the team behind Rustic Canyon, Cassia is a Vietnamese-French bistro in Santa Monica. Cassia is housed in an open and lofty space, with sleek wooden tables and communal dining areas, an open hearth, and an outdoor patio. French tradition is expressed through the chilled seafood bar, and fused dishes include the pot au feu — a hybrid French stew and Vietnamese pho — with a chile-laden bone marrow broth, charcuterie fried rice, or any of the numerous cocktails crafted with a tropical bent, bearing in mind the heat of Vietnamese cuisine.

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12. Walker Inn 3612 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020 (Koreatown)

Avoid the crowd at The Normandie Club, hit the buzzer at the back of the bar, and enter The Walker Inn, a speakeasy-style lounge serving unexpected cocktails in a dark, exclusive den. The monthly-rotating menu is based around an elaborate theme -- such as regional climates, with cocktails called Cloud, Rain, and Earth. Accompany your cocktail with the unusual omakase-style pairings at the bar.

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13. Catch & Release 13488 Maxella Ave, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 (Marina Del Rey)

This restaurant is "ocean-to-table" and makes you feel like you're in a particularly chic sailor shack. Try the bacon-abetted cod chowder and roasted scallops w/ charred spring onions.

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14. E.P. & L.P. 603 N LA Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

It's a bit hard to discern which is which at this two-for-one West Hollywood spot. Downstairs is E.P., an Asian restaurant that combines Thai cooking with Chinese, Fijian, and Vietnamese elements. Meanwhile, L.P. is the upstairs patio bar serving up street food small bites and killer cocktails surrounded by stunning views of the Hollywood Hills.

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15. Mare 7465 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (Hollywood)

Eric Greenspan’s Melrose restaurant isn’t just coastal, it’s European coastal. Home to one of the best g-damn patios in LA, the seafood spot is cleverly tucked behind Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese and is decked out with twinkling lights, candles, and SoCal flora. Maré's focused menu appeals to surf-and-turf lovers, featuring dishes like branzino with fig-pomegranate glaze and skirt steak with oregano and sea urchin butter.

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16. Confession 1666 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

Only open Mondays and Fridays, Confession is the re-banded Pig And Whistle bar now with a church theme. And yes, the confession booth is actually a photobooth.

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17. ICDC 7450 1/2 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The geniuses behind BLD bring you another acronym-y favorite, this time standing for Ice Cream Donuts Coffee, which kind of tells you everything you need to know about what this small-but-amazing spot from a lauded pastry chef is serving.

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18. Sāmbār 9531 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 (Culver City)

What once was the old Ford's Filling Station in Downtown Culver City is today a South Indian restaurant headed by the namesake chef of Akasha.