This was the wettest July ever recorded in LA. This was also the delicious-est July ever recorded in LA, thanks to these 12 restaurant openings, which included everything from a members-only lounge in Hollywood to a Filipino street foodery Downtown.
Your next Westside hit is this eclectic, dark-toned dining room, which is busting out fish and more from all over the globe, including Greek branzino and Alaskan black cod.
This new East Valley eatery at The Garland boasts New American greatness like linguini with Dungeness crab and a lunchtime short rib ground "Royale w/ cheese," which your stomach will beat to a Pulp.
David LeFevre is already MVP of the Manhattan Beach dining scene (M.B. Post! Fishing with Dynamite!!!) so consider this his Hall of Fame move: a new-school-meets-old-school steakhouse with a 28-day dry-aged 36oz T-bone steak for two and a classic pot roast with potato puree and rutabaga.
A chef who did time at Momofuko partnered with the woman behind Cliff's Edge for this simple-minded American spot in a space that was once both the club Bordello and an actual Bordello, but's now delivering mouth orgasms via perfectly-fried chicken and a pork chop w/ wheat berries and summer sauce.
No longer just a sorta funny Paul Rudd movie that you kinda remember seeing on cable that one time, Wanderlust is also now a new healthy-living "cultural events center" a la The Springs Downtown, with a yoga studio, a members-only lounge, and a cafe serving up avocado toast.
This first-ever US branch of a French-based hotel chain is a hipster haven: it's got chalkboard ceilings with artist-driven rotating art, in-room LA scripts (Pulp Fiction! Lebowski!), and free porn (yes, free porn) as well as in-room webcams that broadcast to the lobby (FREE PORN) where there's also a new casual restaurant with an espresso-braised short rib pie.
Remember the award-winning Austrian restaurant BierBeisl that used to be open in Beverly Hills and was great? Well, it closed for a while, and now -- aw, shnitzel! -- it's re-opened under a slightly different name Downtown, with veal loaf sandwiches using fresh bread from the next-door bakery.
The dudes from Silverlake Wine and Papilles have opened up this unbelievably tiny lunch-only spot dedicated to upmarket renditions of Filipino street food: rice bowls with homemade sausage and Angus beef strips, with your choice of rare, imported rices (or boooooring white or brown).
The former Redondo fave moved just down the beach to Manhattan, with Eastern European specialties like borscht and grilled lamb shashlik sharing menu space with coffee from Red Bay, an Oakland beanery brand not served anywhere else in LA.
NY and Vegas's beloved sushi spot finally comes west, swimming into The Grove in the former spot of Gordon Ramsay's The Fat Cow. It's bringing in Japanese red snapper and Atlantic amberjack daily, as well as busting out its famous wasabi-honey fried chicken.
Another sushi newcomer, this mid-Valley joint is going the Sugarfish route, with two omakase options that vary in size, as well as a la carte goodness for you to do battle on, like spicy shrimp on crispy rice, and lamb chops w/ truffle mashed potato.
The South Bay favorite finally opens up... uh, outside of the South Bay, though you can expect the same casual goodness that's made it locally beloved, including grilled fish tacos and a killer beer list.
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1. Estate Restaurant + Bar1519 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
2. The Front Yard4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood
3. The Arthur J903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach
4. Osso901 E 1st St, Los Angeles
5. Wanderlust Cafe1357 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles
6. Mama Shelter6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles
7. BierBeisl Imbiss541 S Spring St, Los Angeles
8. RiceBar419 W 7th St, Los Angeles
9. Doma Kitchen3562 N Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach
10. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles
11. Kaiju13704 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks
12. Simmzy's Venice37 W Washington Blvd, Venice
This chic, dark-toned restaurant is trendy to the extreme and offers an international menu full of fish and swanky cocktails.
This East Valley eatery offers American cuisine at it's finest: linguini with Dungeness crab, short rib ground "Royale w/ cheese" -- you get the idea.
David LeFevre was an MVP of the Manhattan Beach dining scene (M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite) long before he opened this new-school-meets-old-school steakhouse by the pier. The Arthur J serves up melt-in-your-mouth steaks and first-class comfort foods like classic pot roast and Swedish meatballs. The swanky and upscale restaurant is definitely the kind of place you choose when someone else (ahem, your parents) is paying the bill.
Brought to you by the woman behind Cliff's Edge and a man who did time with Momofuku, Osso offers upscale, American comfort food like perfectly-fried chicken and a pork chop w/ wheat berries and summer sauce.
Located inside the yoga/community center of the same name, Wanderlust Cafe offers healthy, natural, seasonal fare to nourish your body and brain - yes, there is a Kale Caesar salad on the menu.
Right in the heart of Hollywood, Mama Shelter is the Los Angeles outpost of a French-based hotel mini-chain. From the family behind Club Med, the hip hotel features 70 funkily-designed rooms equipped with iMacs and, movie scripts, and king beds. Open to the public, the rooftop doubles as a yoga studio and Mediterranean restaurant. Downstairs, there's a French-American restaurant, a separate cocktail bar, and a coffee shop.
This Austrian spot came from the team behind award-winning, but now closed, BeirBeisl in Beverly Hills. Once again we can enjoy schnitzel, sausages and veal loaf sandwiches made with fresh bread from the bakery next door.
This unbelievably tiny lunch-only spot serves Philipino street food: rice bowls with homemade sausage and Angus beef strips, with your choice of rare, imported rices (or boooooring white or brown).
This family-owned restaurant in Manhattan Beach (where it relocated after first opening in Redondo Beach) serves European and Central Asian dishes in a colorful and homey spot. Expect hot and cold small plates alongside kitchen specialities like Uzbek rice braised with veggies, lamb stroganoff, and borscht. Every menu item is made with farm fresh ingredients and house-made spices. As for seating, a long communal table takes over the center of the dining room.
The Bromberg Brothers and partner Toshi Ueki gift LA with their dedication to pristine sushi and family-style Japanese small plates in the form of Blue Ribbon Sushi, an equally pristine and expansive space at The Grove. And their dedication shows: high-quality fish like Japanese red snapper and Atlantic Amberjack are brought in daily, and their famous wasabi-honey fried chicken attracts throngs of loyal fans.
This sushi spot has two Omakase options plus a la carte goodness for you to get your raw fish on with, like spicy shrimp on crispy rice and lamb chops with truffle mashed potato.