Los Angeles Brentwood often gets a bad rap as the home of calorie-counting soccer moms and acai-slurping yogis. But if you dig deep enough, you’ll find some truly bold eats. Yes, many restaurants here hawk organic, raw, sustainable, and gluten-free fare (this is Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady’s former home, after all). But it’s done with discerning taste buds and a growing, diverse community in mind. From a French-Japanese favorite that serves uni and steak to a refined farm-to-table brunch spot, here are 16 essential restaurants to try in Brentwood. More Stuff You Will Like

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Best brunch: Farmshop

  225 26th St Ste 25 This celeb hangout serves quintessential brunch food made better -- like coddled eggs with brioche, or French toast topped with locally grown organic blueberries. Definitely peruse its attached marketplace as well, which sells everything you could ever want for a gourmet picnic, like wine, artisanal cheese, and cured charcuterie. Continue Reading

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Best fancy restaurant for when the parents are paying: Baltaire

  11647 San Vicente Blvd The ‘rents won’t mind footing the bill at this classy steakhouse, which also happens to do a great job with shellfish, crudo, and pretty much everything else. For extra fancy-pants flair, order its incredible Greek salad or Dover sole -- both are proudly prepared tableside.

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Best date spot: Maru

  12400 Wilshire Blvd #150 Two reasons why Maru will impress: 1) your date probably hasn’t been there yet, since the French-Japanese spot opened late last year, and 2) it’s French-Japanese. Under chef Jason Park’s direction, the restaurant -- which straddles the Santa Monica/Brentwood border -- turns out high-end steak just as well as an excellent omakase program.

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Best outside-the-box ice cream flavors: Sweet Rose Creamery

  225 26th St Ste 51 Known for exotic creations like yam swirl with salty sesame brittle, or cherimoya, this ice cream shop is a homegrown talent (the first of its five LA locations is at the Brentwood Country Mart). But don’t worry: it also has die-hard classics, like coffee and salted caramel, all of which are made from organic milk, cream, and eggs.

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Best meal you'll ever have in a former Hamburger Hamlet: Tavern

  11648 San Vicente Blvd It’s hard to believe this sophisticated space was once a Hamburger Hamlet, but partners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne transformed the place into a triumvirate of exemplary dining options: full-service, sit-down dining in a naturally lit atrium, an easy-to-go marketplace/restaurant, and a bar serving craft cocktails and artisanal wine.

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Best burgers: Burger Lounge

  11740 San Vicente Blvd In Brentwood, even the burgers are “healthy” -- like Burger Lounge’s legitimately tasty versions made with grass-fed beef and sustainable, organic ingredients. You can also dig into quinoa, turkey, and albacore burgs, as well as a rotation of limited options like elk and boar.

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Best pizza: Toscana

  11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100A This quaint, cozy eatery is known for all sorts of authentic Italian pastas and insalatas, but their pizzas are can’t-miss. Baked in a wood-fired oven using a proprietary recipe, each pie boasts a thin crust, flavor-packed sauce, and plenty of cheese. Do yourself a favor and order the tartufo nero (black truffle).

Best sandwich spot: Belwood Bakery

  11625 Barrington Ct Superbly crafted hot and cold sandwiches are the name of the game at this casual joint tucked away in Brentwood. It’s also probably the only bakery in town that serves Oreo croissants.

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Best breakfast: Amandine Patisserie Café

  12225 Wilshire Blvd A French-inspired bakery/patisserie that serves breakfast all day, Amandine makes its breads, pastries, cakes, and desserts from scratch every morning. It’s also the perfect place to go when you’re in the mood for homemade quiche or ratatouille, FYI.

Best late-night food: Il Piccolo Verde

  140 S Barrington Pl Few places in Brentwood are open late, but this Italian spot serves phenomenally good pizza and pasta until 3am for late-night carb loading. Pro tip: use the site to order wine for delivery until 1:30am.

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Best for vegetarians: A Vôtre Santé

  13016 San Vicente Blvd This sorta-Mediterranean spot has a ton of vegetarian-friendly dishes (veggie burger salads, falafel wraps, and spinach enchiladas), but thanks to lemon garlic chicken and spicy salmon tacos, carnivores and pescetarians won’t starve.

Best cheap eats: Reddi Chick

  225 26th St It’s Brentwood, so nothing’s ever really that cheap. That said, this food stand has been around since 1979 and still whips up tender, fall-off-the-bone rotisserie chicken and fries (as well as ribs, fried clams, and chicken tenders) at a more-than-reasonable price.  

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Best place to eat with free Wi-Fi: Coral Tree Café

  11645 San Vicente Blvd You can’t have a Brentwood restaurant guide without mentioning Coral Tree, a neighborhood staple off the main San Vicente thoroughfare. Here you’ll find UCLA grad students studying while gorging on hot paninis, egg skillets, and plenty of organic coffee.

Best sushi: Nagao

  13050 San Vicente Blvd Ste #110 The area has a few solid sushi restaurants, but Nagao takes the cake for its exquisitely fresh fish. Get one (or several) of its signature no-rice Moonlight Rolls—cucumber strips wrapped around a ton of raw goodness and doused in tangy ponzu sauce.

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Best Vietnamese when you’re in a rush: Mama Hong's

  11819 Wilshire Blvd #106B When Mama Hong’s first opened on Wilshire, it received a warm welcome from hungry West LA residents who longed for a decently priced, well-prepared bowl of steaming hot pho with beef brisket. Or a rib eye steak banh mi sandwich. Or even a vermicelli combo with grilled shrimp and egg rolls.

Best seafood: The Big Catch Seafood

  12009 Wilshire Blvd The folks behind EMC Seafood helm this restaurant, located in a nondescript plaza on Wilshire, so its seafood is on point. You can “build your own catch” by choosing from various crawfish and shellfish, or order brilliantly seasoned charbroiled fish and Cajun-style entrees a la carte. Sign up here for our daily LA email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun Los Angeles has to offer. Tiffany Tse is a freelance contributor at Thrillist and, for the record, would like everyone to know she actually loves acai. Follow her adventures around town at @twinksy.

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1. Farmshop 225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402 (Brentwood)

Located inside the Brentwood Country Mart, this Thomas Keller-backed New American restaurant serves up savory and refined dishes all day long. Its market-driven, egg-centric menu makes FarmShop a natural brunch pick. Standouts include a roasted broccoli rabe frittata, deviled eggs with trout caviar, and poached chicken salad with baby kale. Definitely peruse its attached marketplace as well, which sells everything you could ever want for a gourmet picnic, like wine, artisanal cheese, and cured charcuterie.

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2. Baltaire 11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

Baltaire is the first steakhouse of its kind in Brentwood, with a 35-day dry aged cote-de-beouf and a monstrous shellfish platter that's sure to keep you coming back for more. This spot is great for special occasions, and if the ‘rents are in town, they won’t mind footing the bill at this classy steakhouse. For extra fancy-pants flair, order its incredible Greek salad or Dover sole -- both are proudly prepared tableside.

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3. Maru 12400 Wilshire Blvd #150, Santa Monica, CA 90025 (Santa Monica)

Maru is bound to impress with its chef-inspired French-Japanese offerings. Under chef Jason Park’s direction, the restaurant -- which straddles the Santa Monica/Brentwood border -- turns out high-end steak just as well as an excellent omakase-style sushi bar.

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4. Sweet Rose Creamery 225 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402 (Brentwood)

Sweet Rose concocts a variety of delicious ice cream flavors, and also makes most of their toppings from scratch, including marshmallows to shortbread bits. Known for exotic creations like yam swirl with salty sesame brittle, or cherimoya, this ice cream shop is a homegrown talent (the first of its five LA locations is at the Brentwood Country Mart). But don’t worry: it also has classics like coffee and salted caramel, all of which are made from organic milk, cream, and eggs.

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5. Tavern 11648 San Vicente, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

It’s hard to believe this sophisticated space was once a Hamburger Hamlet, but Tavern’s managing partners have transformed the place into a triumvirate of exemplary dining options: full-service, sit-down dining in a naturally lit atrium, an easy-to-go marketplace/restaurant, and a bar serving craft cocktails and artisanal wine. This breakfast/lunch/dinner bistro from the team behind A.O.C., Lucques, and the Hungry Cat serve an array of French and Mediterranean-inspired fare.

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6. Burger Lounge Brentwood 11740 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

In Brentwood, even the burgers are “healthy” -- like Burger Lounge’s legitimately tasty patties made with grass-fed beef and sustainable, organic ingredients. You can also dig into quinoa, turkey, and albacore burgs, as well as a rotation of limited options like elk and boar. This modern, counter-serve spot is great for sit-down or on-the-go meals.

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7. Bar Toscana 11633 San Vicente, Brentwood, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

This new small-plates-and-cocktails offshoot of the upscale Italian resto's got a curved liquor cubby and an ottoman-laden lounge, as well as an extensive menu. The quaint, cozy eatery is known for all sorts of authentic Italian pastas and insalatas, but their pizzas are the main event. Baked in a wood-fired oven using a proprietary recipe, each pie boasts a thin crust, flavor-packed sauce, and plenty of cheese. Do yourself a favor and order the tartufo nero (black truffle).

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8. Belwood Cafe 11625 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

Superbly crafted hot and cold sandwiches are the name of the game at this casual joint tucked away in Brentwood. It’s also probably the only bakery in town that serves Oreo croissants. Salads and fresh breads are also available.

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9. Amandine Patisserie 12225 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (Brentwood)

A French-inspired bakery/patisserie that serves breakfast all day, Amandine makes its breads, pastries, cakes, and desserts from scratch every morning. It’s also the perfect place to go when you’re in the mood for homemade quiche or ratatouille.

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10. Il Piccolo Verde 140 S Barrington Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

Few places in Brentwood are open late, but this Italian spot serves phenomenally good pizza and pasta until 3am for late-night carb loading. Pro tip: use the site to order wine for delivery until 1:30am.

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11. A Votre Sante 13016 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

This sorta-Mediterranean spot has a ton of vegetarian-friendly dishes (veggie burger salads, falafel wraps, and spinach enchiladas), but thanks to lemon garlic chicken and spicy salmon tacos, carnivores and pescetarians won’t starve.

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12. Reddi Chick 225 26th St, Brentwood, CA (Brentwood)

It’s Brentwood, so nothing’s ever really that cheap. That said, this food stand has been around since 1979 and still whips up tender, fall-off-the-bone rotisserie chicken and fries (as well as ribs, fried clams, and chicken tenders) at a more-than-reasonable price. Take out or enjoy a chicken basket in an open air patio with fire pit. Reddi Chick is located in Tthe Country Mart, built in 1948. It's a historic spot that brings together independent merchants. The Mart’s buildings, cobblestone courtyards and neighborhood services (including a Barber Shop, U.S. Post Office and Shoe Repair) have all been preserved among while new boutiques.

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13. Coral Tree Café 11645 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

You can’t have a Brentwood restaurant guide without mentioning Coral Tree, a neighborhood staple off the main San Vicente thoroughfare. Here you’ll find UCLA grad students studying while gorging on hot paninis, egg skillets, and cup after cup of organic coffee.

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14. Sushi Nagao 13050 San Vicente Blvd Ste 110, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Brentwood)

The area has a few solid sushi restaurants, but Nagao takes the cake for its exquisitely fresh fish. Get one (or several) of its signature no-rice Moonlight Rolls—cucumber strips wrapped around a ton of raw goodness and doused in tangy ponzu sauce.

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15. Mama Hong's Vietnamese Kitchen 11819 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

When Mama Hong’s first opened on Wilshire, it received a warm welcome from hungry West LA residents who longed for a decently priced, well-prepared bowl of steaming hot pho with beef brisket. Or a rib eye steak banh mi sandwich. Or even a vermicelli combo with grilled shrimp and egg rolls. This joint's West LA outpost is one of the only pho options in the area, turning out a solid bowl of well-balanced soup, generously topped with various cow parts.

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16. The Big Catch 12009 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (Brentwood)

The folks behind EMC Seafood helm this restaurant, located in a nondescript plaza on Wilshire, so its seafood is on point. You can “build your own catch” by choosing from various crawfish and shellfish, or order brilliantly seasoned charbroiled fish and Cajun-style entrees a la carte. With other locations in Long Beach, Ontario and West Covina, Big Catch has quite the CA fanbase. Stop in for happy hour from 3-7pm for rotating deals, including BOGO Clam Chowder and free give-aways.

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