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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Los Angeles

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Los Angeles? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The Venice West restaurant
4.9 (160)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The Venice West is an eclectic restaurant and live music venue located in Venice, California. TVW offers a supper club vibe serving “upscale comfort food” accompanied by a full bar featuring an array of tasty cocktails and a great selection of beers on tap.

Chef Diego’s mouth watering creations will delight you. From main dishes like the Crispy Chicken & Waffles to a savory selection of unique Neapolitan-style pizzas, salads, sandwiches, share plates, and desserts. The menu truly offers something for everyone.

The Venice West provides a true “dinner and a show” experience and will not disappoint. Our goal is simple: create a welcome place for music fans and artists alike to enjoy great food, music, and good times. Thank you and we hope you enjoy the show!

*Dinner served from 6-9pm. Show tickets must be purchased separately at www.thevenicewest.com, on Ticketweb, or at the door (if not sold out).

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
A great place for music that actually serves good food and does not rip you for brand alcohol!
A photo of Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ - Downtown Los Angeles | CA restaurant
4.9 (134)
$31 to $50
Little Tokyo
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!

Top review
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
Our server, Justin greeted us with the utmost care. The service, atmosphere and ambience are superb. My family celebrates everything at this restaurant. Very pleased with food down to the flavors and meal choices. The bathrooms and main dining room were clean as well. We will definitely be back
A photo of Lenny's Casita restaurant
4.9 (14)
$31 to $50
Beverly Hills
About the restaurant
Mexicali street food concept by culinary creator Chef Lenny (Charcoal, Doma Land + Sea, Alenbi, Mike’s Bistro). The Casita blends authentic Mexican street food with Chef Lenny’s California roots and fine-dining experience to create a unique taqueria that can only be described as MexiCali. Glatt Kosher under the OK supervision.
Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Food was excellent with lots of choices. The staff was very helpful. It was loud being right on Pico but was a nice early evening.
A photo of Koi - Los Angeles restaurant
4.8 (1617)
$50 and over
West Hollywood
About the restaurant
Koi Los Angeles is a sophisticated blend of feng shui and modern elegance. Illuminated by candlelight, the natural and intricate details of the Zen inspired earth-toned colors, sleek design, fireplaces and waterscapes all create the perfect setting.
Koi's contemporary Japanese cuisine utilizes local and International ingredients. Among Koi's popular signature shared plates are Koi Crispy Rice topped with your choice of Spicy Tuna; Yellowtail Tartare Truffle Avocado, Filet Mignon; Hamachi Fusion with Soy Yuzu and Truffle essence. Signature entrees include Miso Bronzed Black Cod with Seasonal Vegetables; Peppercorn Filet Mignon "Toban-Yaki" with Shishito Potato Mash; and Grilled Chilean Sea Bass with a Habanero Truffle Sauce. In addition to our signature rolls, Koi's sushi chefs present traditional topmost grades of seafood, including daily selections which are often celebrated by the modern and adventurous palate.

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Great dinner as always. It’s been years since we’ve been to Koi, before COVID. Same great quality of food and service. The location is moved next door. The seating in booth was a bit tight for 6 compared to what I remember from the old location, but ok. Happy with everything except the Valet. My husband drove straight from work in his work van. The valet driver parked it a few stores up the street which was fine but then when leaving he made my husband walk to his van instead of pulling it up for him. This ordinarily wouldn’t be an issue except 1) at the same time the valet pulled up another car that had been parked near our van and 2) they charged us the same amount. It felt a bit rude.
A photo of Gaslamp - Music + Bar + Kitchen restaurant
4.8 (555)
$30 and under
Long Beach
About the restaurant


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
The appetizer selection was very tasty and the country night was definitely a fun night out. I will be back soon!
A photo of DiDi restaurant
4.8 (29)
$31 to $50
West Hollywood
About the restaurant
Chef Tue Nguyen is one of the fastest rising stars in the digital food space. Since graduating from culinary school and beginning her content creation journey, she has showcased her culinary skills through sold out pop-ups with The h.wood Group, Family Style Festival, ComplexCon, and Madame Vo in NYC. Known for her viral TikTok videos showcasing traditional Vietnamese cuisine, Nguyen brings her offline love letter to the table with ĐiĐi.
Top review
Dined on May 13, 2024
Celebrated the Mother’s Day here with my family for a party of 6 and I am very happy of the choice of restaurant. The ambiance was beautiful. Perfect for the occasion for sure! The food was amazing! All of what we ordered was delicious! Photos attached. From appetizers all the way to the desserts, we all loved them all! It was definitely Vietnamese cuisine with a nice modern twist on flavors! We had everything shared by family - family style, per our server’s suggestion and it was just perfect! They had a nice sized bar and ample of choices of drinks and cocktails. Service was good, in spite of the day being very busy because of the occasion. She was awesome when it came to knowledge of menu and drinks, and her suggestions were on par! Ambiance was great, with their beautiful wall papers all around! Parking was a bit difficult. There was a valet parking area but something was happening next to the restaurant ( apparently shooting a movie or video) that made the parking area super crowded and hard to get to. I’m sure it wasn’t the case on any other day. Overall, this restaurant was great and I would go back to it again for sure!
A photo of The Brandy restaurant
4.8 (24)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
The Brandy is Glendale's new and chic restaurant incorporating the highest quality Mediterranean and American cuisine along with craft cocktails and the finest hookah. Vision and inspiration for The Brandy was to rejuvenate three critical elements of the modern dining experience: high quality servings, exceptional service, and dynamic entertainment. The exceptional team at The Brandy has decades of experience managing and serving many establishments throughout the Great Los Angeles area and has utilized its vast knowledge of the industry to set forth a truly rare and distinctive yet familial and cozy vibe. The Brandy strives for the best in every sector and never sacrifices one for the others.
Top review
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Great experience. Food is great, and entertainment is awesome. All the servers, including management, are friendly and hospitable... the Brandy is the place to be on the weekends.. Never a dull moment...thank you.
A photo of Taberu restaurant
4.7 (69)
$30 and under
Arts District
About the restaurant
Tokyo's top restaurateurs w/ a combined total of over 200 restaurants throughout Japan, team up to bring artisan dishes, tastes and flavors from the streets of Tokyo... and bring to you TABERU!
The name TABERU comes from the japanese terminology 三大欲求・"Sandaiyokkyu" the "three major desires" which are said to be indispensable and key for our lives, and the main one being 食欲・"shokuyoku" which means to eat.
Our chefs are direct from Tokyo and have created a menu never seen in LA before! Our signature dish being YASAI MAKI which are fresh veggies wrapped in pork, beef and vegan options as well!
Come join us for a great atmosphere, food & drinks, vibes and a completely new dining experience!
Experience the "Real Deal" Tokyo comfort food without the jetlag!
We are located on the Traction side next to Kreation and offer patio dining and valet parking as well.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
the foods are a full of originality, and everything was healthy and very delicious. Grilled skewers are no doubt. dessert plate with pudding and tiramisu was by far beyond our imagination and expectations. moreover, although it was Thursday early evening with least tables filled, the service was remarkable. it was my daughter’s birthday dinner and every staff is very welcoming and felt very happy and relaxed to enjoy the special occasion. Lastly, birthday song performance was incredibly great. it was an unforgettable experience at any cost. definitely my favorite list now by all means.
A photo of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill - At The Grove restaurant
4.6 (448)
$31 to $50
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
About the restaurant
Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg, creators of Blue Ribbon Restaurants in New York, Las Vegas and London, have arrived on the West Coast with the opening of Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill at The Grove in Los Angeles. The restaurant offers diners award-winning sushi offerings by Master Sushi Chef Toshi Ueki, Japanese steakhouse fare and Blue Ribbon classics in a warm, yet vibrant setting. Available for dinner and late-night dining, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar and Grill’s expansive menu presents quality sushi and sashimi selections, including Toshi’s Choice Omakase and Blue Ribbon Maki with ½ lobster, shiso and black caviar. For options beyond the sea, Blue Ribbon’s signature dishes include Oxtail Fried Rice with daikon, shiitake and bone marrow; 30 oz. Bone-In Rib Steak with onion tempura and bok choy; and Blue Ribbon’s famous Fried Chicken with wasabi and honey.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
I love the blue ribbon franchise in NYC so having something out here with their amazing fried chicken is the best! Fried chicken wings were 9/10 it could use a bit more seasoning but perfectly juicy and crunch and the wasabi honey definitely sets it off. The sushi rolls were perfectly fresh and delicious. I ordered the tiger roll and negi toro. The oxtail fried rice was also delicious and I loved our waitress Shannon she was perfect in every sense I’d go back for her.
A photo of BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Corona restaurant
4.5 (46)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Time counts at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse. Since our humble beginnings back in 1978, we've continued to refine our brewhouse experience to make BJ's a place where you can make the most of any meal. We want BJ's to be a place where the moment you leave is the moment you plan on coming back. We pride ourselves in our craft and attention to detail. Our guests come here for our award-winning handcrafted beer. They come here for the Southern California twist we've put on the Chicago-style deep dish pizza. And they come here for our Pizookies®, our world-renowned dessert. But above all we know people come here to make their good times better. So in many ways we haven't just crafted a brand, but a mindset. And our guests are the reason for this. And it's because of them we're continually striving to make sure every moment they choose to spend with us counts. Welcome to BJ's, a restaurant with a Brewhouse soul.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
We had lunch. The lunch menu was affordable and delicious. I had the chicken sandwich. It was a good size meal and the service was excellent.
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