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Diners' Choice: Neighbourhood gem restaurants in Los Angeles

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighbourhood gems 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 SHU - Sushi House Unico - Bel Air restaurant
5.0
5 (638)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Bel-Air
About the restaurant
Nestled in the canyons of Bel Air, SHU is a dining experience like no other - a fusion of Japanese, Italian and Latin flavors and influences. The menu features traditional dishes as well as signature offerings, inspired by Giacomino Drago’s love of blending Japanese, Italian and Latin cuisines. SHU’s environment is well-suited to singles, couples and families. The bar seats up to ten people and there is a special booth that seats six people. Private dinning room is available to accommodate up to 12 guests. Signature dishes included halibut carpaccio with sun-dried tomato, Kobe Beef sashimi and albacore sashimi with shaved truffles.
Top review
afsanehmvip
Dined 5 days ago
Always delicious and great quality food. Fast and friendly service. A neighbor gem.
A photo of Bottle Inn Hermosa restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1860)
$30 and under
Italian
Hermosa Beach
About the restaurant
The Bottle Inn is a neighborhood gem nestled in the residential seaside community of Hermosa Beach, just south of LAX Airport. We have been catering to our regular patrons, guests, tourists and celebrities for 50 years. Our restaurant is known for it's romantic, cozy ambiance and it's consistently outstanding classical Italian Cuisine. In addition to our recently renovated ocean-view patio, wine bar & cozy dining room, our intimate wine cellar is available for parties of 2 up to 20 guests. Our menu features a variety of authentic Italian entree & pasta dishes, fresh seafood & appetizers. Top off your meal with one of our signature homemade cheesecake & desserts. We are conveniently open nightly for dinner @ 5:00pm. We also offer facilities for private dining & events. ~ A little corner of Italy in your neighborhood! Salute!
Top review
GreggEvip
Dined 5 days ago
Always a great dinner experience at The Bottle Inn! I've been going there for most of its 50 year history and the latest iteration is fabulous and the best ever! Great job!
A photo of Thai District restaurant
4.9
4.9 (672)
$30 and under
Thai
Long Beach
About the restaurant
First and only in Downtown Long Beach Modern Thai, very authentic in taste and ingredients. Features northern style, street food in a hip and modern decor.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Great atmosphere, tasty food, and wonderful service!
A photo of Ayara Thai restaurant
4.9
4.9 (68)
$30 and under
Thai
LAX / Westchester
About the restaurant
Ayara Thai offers home-cooked food with an emphasis on local produce. Appetizers at Ayara Thai include Muay Thai Wings, Veggie Rolls, Shrimp Butterfly, and more. Several soups are available including the restaurant's specialty, chicken or shrimp Tom Yum, which is a hot and sour soup with lemongrass, Thai chili, fresh lime and mushrooms.

For mains, try any of the rice, noodle or curry dishes or choose one of the house specials like Baked River Prawns, Chinese Broccoli Pork belly or Whole Fried Branzino. Desserts at Ayara Thai include Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Tea Flan, and seasonal offerings, such as our Chocolate Cherry Tart, and more.

Top review
Danbovip
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
The food is consistently authentic, well prepared and delicious. Top notch Thai.
A photo of 1913 Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (51)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Duarte
About the restaurant
1913 Restaurant & Bar is no ordinary restaurant. Named for the founding year of the City of Hope, 1913 is a place where every plate is thoughtfully curated to nourish one’s body, heart, spirit, and soul. Executive Chef Christian Eggerling and his diverse team of culinary talent make healthy food fun, sometimes fancy (because we all deserve it), but never boring. Fresh wild-caught seafood, locally sourced meat, garden-harvested vegetables, decadent desserts, curated wine list and craft cocktail program make 1913 the ideal destination for any occasion. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and private events can be experienced in our modern and elegant restaurant or outside on the patio with a picture-perfect view of the local foothill mountains. Whether you are a team member, local or visitor to our historic campus - our commitment to locally farmed, sustainability-focused food is not just a pledge, it is a promise.  
Top review
KellyG
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
My sister and I were so happy with trying this new restaurant. The food was delicious (I had the salmon nicoise salad). Service was friendly and quick, it has ample and easy parking, and the price point is very good as there were many options under $20 for lunch. I've booked another reservation and this will definitely be our go-to meeting place. I highly recommend it.
A photo of KingChang LA restaurant
4.9
4.9 (24)
$31 to $50
Korean
Koreatown
About the restaurant
King Chang specializes in the authentic Korean cuisine of the Korean BBQ & intestines along with traditional sides that stand behind the great food quality. Our authentic menu is made from the freshest ingredients with our very own chef. We are proud of ourselves on providing fresh meats, seasoned and cooked to perfection, and delightful sauces, well-adjusted in flavor. King Chang was established in 2020 at Buena Park, and now it's one of the famous Korean restaurants around there. Finally, we open in LA with a warm welcome, and we invite you to join us at King Chang for a delicious meal.
Top review
MMMDvip
Dined 4 days ago
Love the food and service. The servers help barbecue the food. Beer is great
A photo of PROPAGANDA restaurant
4.9
4.9 (56)
$30 and under
Italian
Arts District
About the restaurant
Propaganda focuses on organic, biodynamic, Italian natural wines, aperitivi cocktails, Italian style Tapas and the authentic Pizza (Pinsa) Romana.
Aperitivo Happy Hour everyday till 6pm and till 5pm on Sunday

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Total gem in DTLA. Old world wines, paired and matched with refined rustic bites. The featured white Negroni is one of the best I’ve had and the environment is pleasant with a friendly front of house team that understands the menu and anticipates customers needs. GREAT experience!!
A photo of Mona Pasta Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (53)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Mona Pasta Bar

Dinner dishes highlight the marriage of Italian techniques with Southern California ingredients including Pesce Crudo with citrus cured hamachi, kosho beet vinaigrette and hazelnuts, Burrata & Tomato with burrata pugliese, heirloom tomato, pine nuts, pesto and squash blossom, Casarecce with lamb sausage and rapini, Lumache - alla vodka, and a Whole Branzino with caramelized fennel.

The menu is designed for snacking over a glass of wine, sharing with friends and/or enjoying a more coursed out dining experience. Pasta, a focal point of the offerings, will all be made in-house.

The wine list is focused on fun, daring, low-intervention, natural wines to accentuate and complement the food. The primarily Italian focused list with opening selections from Sicily to Puglia will be rotating based on seasonality and availability.

Top review
SamanthaL
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
We ordered the flash pan fried Brussel sprouts, burrata and heirloom salad, cacio e pepe, and vongole pasta. Everything was DELICIOUS!! So much flavor, perfect portions, and welcome plated. The service was wonderful - she was friendly, but didn’t linger. A new favorite spot I will be returning to often!
A photo of Azai Hand Roll Sushi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (22)
$30 and under
Sushi
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
About the restaurant
Hand Roll Bar | Sushi | Dine In | Take Out | Delivery | Catering
Traditional Japanese Sushi Hand Roll Bar

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 13, 2024
Best hand rolls in the area! Very fresh fish and great service. Love this place!
A photo of The Auld Fella restaurant
4.7
4.7 (34)
$31 to $50
Irish
Culver City
About the restaurant
We're an Irish joint in the heart of Culver City. Since taking residence in fall 2019 we have become the standard bearer for legendary Irish hospitality and friendly service in Los Angeles. We've re-imagined the Irish pub experience for today. While tipping a respectful cap to those that have gone before us, we've created an authenticity loved place that is enjoyed by everyone. We are very proud of our team who operates as a loving family to provide our guests with the best possible experience every time.

A home from home but with better food, booze and craic.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 18, 2024
The overall experience was great. Excellent food and drinks!
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