Oh God, you're not still going to the best bar & restaurant openings from June, are you? Gross. Okay, well before you go and do something you can't take back (ew, do you have a reservation at an opening from May??), here are the 15 best July openings in LA.
Perhaps the most exciting opening of the last few months is this new bistro from Ludo Lefebvre and the Animal dudes. It has no phone number (!), no reservations (!!), only 21 seats (!!!), and one of LA's most acclaimed chefs making French classics like steak frites and confit chicken, as well as lunch -- with only 20 servings of two sandwiches offered -- and late-night, where after 10pm, they're doing croque-monsieur. Only.
The latest addition to the Sunset Strip, this throwback, rock-influenced lounge, uh, rocks a guitar-shaped bar, wall photos of Jimmy Page, and bites like short rib sliders and tuna tartare sandwiches.
SBE's newest clubstaurant is this extension of its legendary Sunset Strip lounge, only this time, it's using the name to deliver food goodness like veal tartare with tuna Dijonnaise and ham hock & pea ravioli. It's also got drinks like the Pony Express (bourbon, clover, lemon) all in the former XIV space, which has been re-vibed with some steampunk.
If you want to drink and eat at The London Hotel at La Cienega and Sunset and be all like, "Look at me on top of the Sunset Strip", now you totally can, thanks to this new British-themed upstairs lounge. Nosh on eats like Scotch eggs, and a sip from a bar sponsored by Jaguar (yep, the car company) with drinks like a "Britini". No, we're not making this up.
This good lookin', casual-feeling, farm-to-table restaurant from the Venice Ale House is doing tastiness like short rib ravioli and a pork belly & brown egg flatbread. Do you really need to know more than that?
The latest cocktailery from the all-star team behind Black Market and Scopa, Chestnut Club is a brick-and-banquette spot in the former Central SAPC space with a focus on ultra-rare spirits (barrel-aged whiskey FTW!) and upscale drinks (get the gingery Ocean Park).
This new sandwich shop's slogan is "The Art Of Deli", and it's damn sure exercising it in the form of killer sandwiches like a porchetta banh mi and brisket dips.
Malibu's Most Wanted now has nothing to do with Jamie Kennedy. Instead, it's a seat at this new outpost of the beloved steak chain, which has awesome seaside views, classics like crab cakes and 18oz bone-in Kansas strips, and a hamachi-with-crispy-onion-stacked sushi menu.
The burgers at this new Valley gastropub are TOTALLY BONKERS. Seriously. The Mac Daddy? Topped with mac and cheese AND pork belly. The Big Texan? Tillamook, onion straws, bacon nibbles, and... uh... PORK BELLY. The Cubano? Gruyere, garlic aioli, jamon... and Dijon (sorry, no all-caps this time, though pork belly is available as an ADD-ON).
So this dude from Providence was kind of a genius, and was all like, "I want to start a fish and chips shop where you can customize your order with which type of fish, and also the batter that it's in. I don't want to just have cod, I want to have options like catfish in lemon basil batter, or garlic ginger-fried salmon". And then he opened that exact place.
The guys from Tart and Farmer's Daughter have opened up this what-the-hell-is-this-bistro-doing-in-Koreatown bistro (... in Koreatown), with a heavy-duty wine program, seasonal brew dogs, and food including pecan wood-smoked brisket with Hoisin sauce and lamb loins with smoked eggplant.
This new Silverlake date spot is already getting rave reviews for its upscale, modern-leaning Italian food, with options including rye tagliatelle with veal ragu and bone-in pork shank.
This cult-level legendary ice creamery's first-ever LA location (at Grand Central Market) didn't open in time to make it on our list of the best specialty ice cream in LA, but it definitely would have. It's won tons of awards for its unique flavors (mmm... toasted coconut almond chip...), all of which are made from scratch, old-school style.
The latest stall opening at FIGat7th is a lauded Tokyo import opening its first US outpost, where it's bashing out greatness including shrimp tempura soba and beef & curry rice bowls.
The award-winning chef behind The Kosher Palate truck has opened up this South Bay sandwich-and-more shop, with super-great Jewish foods like house-made gravlax and gorgeously sloppy roast beef sandos.
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1. McConnell's Fine Ice Creams317 S Broadway St, Los Angeles
2. Carvery Kitchen3101 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica
3. Gentaro Soba735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles
4. Bar 208462 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
5. TKP Provisions1406 South Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach
6. Alimento1708 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles
7. Saint Martha740 S Western Ave, Los Angeles
8. Tipsy Cow15005 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks
9. Petit Trois718 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles
10. Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails8117 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
11. The Chestnut Club1348 14th St, Santa Monica
12. Fork In The Road2424 Main St, Santa Monica
13. Mastro's Ocean Club18412 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu
14. BatterFish16200 Ventura Blvd, Los Angeles
15. Rooftop West1020 N San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles
Originally hailing from Santa Barbara, this cult creamery has been serving up mouthwatering ice cream since 1949. Their LA outpost doesn’t disappoint, using locally sourced ingredients and homemade syrups to create imaginative flavors like Churros con Leche, Black Coffee Chip, and Eureka Lemon. The company prides itself on its sustainability efforts, so there’s no need to feel guilty when you’re perusing Grand Central Market and your sweet tooth kicks in. Go ahead and indulge.
This Santa Monica sandwich shop's slogan is "The Art Of Deli", which isn't meant to confuse them with the dude who paints melting clocks: they're making killer sandwiches like porchetta bahn mi and brisket dips.
Located in Downtown LA, this lauded Tokyo import specializes in house-made soba noodles, like the shrimp tempura soba and beef, as well as curry rice bowls, and more.
A drink- and snack-slinging appendage to the Grafton on Sunset, Bar 20 has a decidedly rock-and-roll vibe, featuring pictures of Jimmy Page on the wall and a guitar-shaped bar.
This is the brick-and-mortar incarnation of the ever-popular Kosher Palate truck. Get ready for tasty Jewish treats like gravlax and gorgeously sloppy roast beef sandos.
This bright and airy Italian bistro is a perfect laid-back spot for date night. Zach Pollack, of Sotto and South Coast Plaza's Pizzeria Ortica, has flipped Italian food on its head with an inventive menu, even calling his Tortellini in Brodo "al contrario" (or, opposite) -- tiny dumplings filled with hot broth and a sauce with diced mortadella and Parmesan cheese. His clever take on classic Italian dishes has brought crowds of locals and celebrities through the door.
The guys from TART and Farmer’s Daughter opened up this resto in Koreatown. It's got a great wine selection, seasonal brews, and awesome eats.
This new Valley resto has totally sick burgers like the Mac Daddy, which is yopped with mac and cheese AND pork belly. Or the Cubano with gruyere, garlic aioli, jamón... and dijon.
This Hollywood bistro from Ludo Lefebvre and the Animal dudes has no phone number, no reservations, only 21 seats, and one of LA's most acclaimed chefs making French classics like steak frites and confit chicken, as well as lunch -- with only 20 servings of two sandwiches offered.
This West Hollywood eatery nails down tasty fare like veal tartare with tuna Dijonnaise and ham hock & pea ravioli. It's also got drinks like the Pony Express (bourbon, clover, lemon) all in the former XIV space, which has been re-vibed with some steampunk.
From the folks behind Black Market and Scopa, The Chestnut Club is a Santa Monica bar with upscale drinks and rare spirits, especially brown ones. The best part of the bar? You'll escape the flip-flop-wearing, pier-bound crowds heading down Santa Monica Boulevard as you sip your drink in a relaxed and refined space with dim lighting, dark wood, leather sofas, and exposed brick.
A kitchen fire in 2015 forced Santa Monica’s Fork in the Road to shutter. Over a year later, 2016 brought the restaurant back to life, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, with a refreshing new look for its 62-seat dining room. The New American menu is accented by Mediterranean influence, with dishes like roasted Spanish octopus, a duck prosciutto flatbread with artichoke, arugula, and smoked mozzarella, and a compressed pork belly with mango-tomato chutney. Craft cocktails (virgin cocktails are also on offer) are creative twists on classics like the Autumn Old Fashioned with bourbon, bitters, and apple spice elixir.
Malibu's has a new steak chain with awesome seaside views, classics like crab cakes, 18oz bone-in Kansas strips, and a hamachi-with-crispy-onion-stacked sushi menu.
BatterFish is an Encino wonderland. A British pub-inspired spot with unique fish and chip options is exactly what it's serving up, and the curry cod with sweet potato fries must'nt be missed.