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1. Estate Restaurant + Bar 1519 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (Santa Monica)

This chic, dark-toned restaurant is trendy to the extreme and offers an international menu full of fish and swanky cocktails.

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2. The Front Yard 4222 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91602 (Hollywood)

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.

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3. The Arthur J 903 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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.

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4. Osso 901 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)

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.

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5. Wanderlust Cafe 1357 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

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.

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6. Mama Shelter 6500 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Hollywood)

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.

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7. BierBeisl Imbiss 541 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (Downtown)

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.

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8. RiceBar 419 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Downtown)

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).

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9. Doma Kitchen 3562 N Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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.

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10. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (West La)

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.

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11. Kaiju 13704 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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.

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12. Simmzy's Venice 37 W Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 (Venice)

The South Bay favorite in it's outside-of-South-Bay location has all the old favorites, including grilled fish tacos and a killer beer list.