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The Ultimate Guide To The Best Restaurants On The Westside Of LA

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The Westside of Los Angeles is a magnet for tourists and food enthusiasts alike, thanks to its diverse range of culinary offerings.


Los Angeles, the City of Angels, is known for its glitz, glamour, and of course, its gastronomic delights. Among its many culinary hubs, the Westside of LA stands out as a food lover’s paradise.


From the Pacific Ocean’s salty breezes to the palm tree-lined streets, this region offers a diverse and delectable range of dining options that cater to every palate. From traditional comfort foods to trendy fusion cuisine, these Westside restaurants provide an unparalleled culinary experience for food lovers.


This guide compiles some of the best restaurants on the Westside of LA that are worth a visit.

Best Restaurants On The Westside

The Westside of LA is a region that some people consider to be monotonous, surrounded by highways, while others view it as the hub of the universe. Nevertheless, irrespective of your opinion of the Westside, which we define as everything situated to the west of Beverly Hills, it is undoubtedly home to some of the most thrilling new restaurants in the city.


This is precisely why we have created the Westside guide to the best restaurants to keep track of them.

Nobu, Malibu

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For something a bit more upscale, look no further than the Nobu in Malibu.


Picture yourself dining with the sound of crashing waves in the background – that’s the magic of waterfront dining on the Westside. Malibu’s Nobu, perched on the picturesque Carbon Beach, is a sushi lover’s haven. Their signature Black Cod Miso is legendary, and the fresh sashimi platters are a testament to the ocean’s bounty.


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This famed Japanese restaurant was founded by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and serves up sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese dishes with a contemporary flair. The gorgeous beachfront location adds to the allure, making it a must-visit spot for seafood lovers.

Bestia, Arts District

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If you’re in the mood for Italian fare, check out Bestia in the Arts District. This trendy spot boasts an extensive wine list and a menu that features traditional Italian dishes with a California twist. The handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas are a crowd-pleaser, and the industrial-chic decor makes for a cool dining atmosphere.


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Bestia has been one of the most sought-after restaurants in LA since its inception in 2012. The restaurant is located in a downtown warehouse, featuring a standout copper bar and exposed brick walls. Bestia is known for its authentic Italian cuisine that is freshly made every day, including handmade pasta and house-cured charcuteries.


It is highly recommended not to miss the appetizers, especially the buttermilk ricotta with aged balsamic vinegar, herb-infused oil, and lava salt, as well as the roasted bone marrow with spinach gnocchetti. Getting a reservation at Bestia can be challenging, so it’s best to book in advance or visit later in the evening.


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Bestia is an Italian restaurant that offers a diverse range of delicious dishes. From wood-fired pizzas with crispy edges to world-class salumi cured in-house, handmade pastas, grilled whole fish, and huge dry-aged steaks, it has something for everyone.


The restaurant is housed in a spacious warehouse, and Ori Menashe is in charge of the savory food while his wife Genevieve Gergis heads the pastry kitchen. Their joint efforts have made Bestia one of the hottest dining spots in Los Angeles.

Gjelina, Venice

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For a modern take on American cuisine, head to Gjelina in Venice.


Gjelina is a renowned restaurant located on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 2008 by Fran Camaj and named after his mother, Gjelina has become a popular dining establishment known for its locally-sourced and produce-forward cuisine.


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This trendy hotspot serves up wood-fired pizzas, mouth-watering vegetable dishes, and an impressive selection of cocktails. Gjelina has earned a reputation for offering modern American and global kitchen fare.


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The minimalist interior design and open-air patio create a laid-back atmosphere and a dining experience that’s hard to forget. The restaurant has been lauded for its innovative and high-quality dishes, making it a staple in the Los Angeles dining scene.

Élephante, Santa Monica

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If you’re seeking a unique dining experience, then Élephante in Santa Monica is a must-visit. This stunning rooftop restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with a California twist, featuring dishes like cacio e peper pizza and diver scallops, branzino, veal milanese as well as great pasta dishes such as truffle pasta and matagliati.


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It offers elevated Italian cuisine in a breezy, lounge-like dining atmosphere with stunning ocean views. The restaurant serves lunch, brunch, and a variety of delectable cocktails. Élephante’s owner and designer, Nick Mathers, drew inspiration for the restaurant from a trip to Pantelleria, an Italian island about 20 miles south of Sicily.


The establishment features a buzzing rooftop bar and restaurant with a goal to transport guests to the Southern Mediterranean experience while staying in the heart of Santa Monica.


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The breathtaking ocean views and chic atmosphere make it the ideal spot for celebrations and special occasions.

Bludso’s BBQ, Santa Monica

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Bludso’s BBQ is a renowned Texas-style barbecue restaurant with a rich history rooted in Corsicana, Texas.


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The Bludso family has been perfecting the art of slow-smoked meats for five generations. The restaurant offers classic smoked meats and sides, along with creative cocktails, creating an authentic Texas barbecue experience.


It has gained popularity for its flavorful offerings, including lean brisket, beef ribs, whole chicken, spicy sausage, and collard greens.


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In addition to its Texas roots, Bludso’s BBQ has expanded to locations in Los Angeles, including Santa Monica. The restaurant’s founder, Kevin Bludso, is not only known for his culinary skills but also as a television personality. He has made a significant impact on the modern barbecue scene in Los Angeles.

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The Butcher’s Daughter, Venice

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The Butcher’s Daughter in Venice is a plant-based restaurant, cafe, and juice bar located at 1205 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice. Its a vegetarian cafe that serves up vegan smoothie bowls, creative juices, and healthy bites.


The bright and airy space and plant-based menu make it one of the best spots in town for a refreshing breakfast or lunch.


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This establishment is known for its unique approach to vegetarian cuisine, where fruits and vegetables are treated much like meat by chopping, filleting, and carving them into creative and healthy dishes and crafting fresh juices from produce.


The restaurant’s concept was inspired by the idea that if an old butcher’s daughter were to exist today, she would likely be a vegetarian due to growing up around meat and desiring something different.


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The Butcher’s Daughter offers a diverse menu that caters to various dining occasions. The menu includes options for daytime, evening, dessert, weekend brunch, and even a kids’ menu for both daytime and evening.


Additionally, they serve coffee and smoothies. The restaurant also hosts “Wild Wine Wednesdays” and offers a happy hour menu. Their menu items include dishes like The Butchers Burger, Margherita Pizza, Impossible Burger, Spicy Kale Caesar, Avocado Toast, Surfer’s Breakfast Burrito, Pad Thai, and more.

Wild Living Foods, Downtown LA

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Wild Living Foods is a plant-based, fully organic eatery located at 760 S Main St. They offer a diverse menu that includes items such as burgers, ice cream, smoothies, salads, and more, all made from organic and plant-based ingredients.


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The establishment promotes a focus on organic and raw foods, emphasizing their commitment to providing living foods for living people. They operate with a plant-food organic factory-free approach, aligning with vegan and health-conscious lifestyles.


This vibrant counter-serve specializes in plant-based dishes, juices, and dairy-free ice cream. They offer a fully organic menu with a wide range of options, including burgers, salads, smoothies, and more.

Shojin, Downtown LA

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Shojin is a renowned vegan Japanese restaurant with locations in Los Angeles, including Downtown LA and Culver City. They are known for offering organic and natural cuisine, and their menu is entirely vegan and gluten-free, catering to individuals with various dietary preferences and restrictions.


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Shojin Downtown, located at 333 S Alameda St Suite 310, and Shojin Culver City, situated at 12406 Washington Blvd, provide a unique dining experience with a focus on Japanese vegan cuisine.


The restaurant has received positive reviews and accolades for its commitment to vegan dining. It has been recognized as one of the top vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, and patrons praise the quality of service and the diverse menu offerings.


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Shojin’s commitment to providing a vegan and gluten-free dining experience sets it apart as a popular choice for those seeking plant-based Japanese cuisine in LA.


The Shojin offers a diverse range of 100% plant-based and gluten-free dishes that cater to various dietary preferences and allergies. Some popular items featured on the menu include steak lettuce wraps, Shojin gyoza, crispy potato-o-fish, Shojin dynamite roll, and spicy tuna on crispy rice.

Crossroads Kitchen, West Hollywood

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For more upscale, sustainable dining, check out Crossroads Kitchen in West Hollywood, situated at 8284 Melrose Avenue, which offers a plant-based menu that’s rooted in European flavors.


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With elegant decor and an extensive wine list, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic date night or special occasion celebration.


Founded by Israeli chef Tal Ronnen in 2013, the restaurant has gained popularity for its upscale vegan dining experience. The restaurant is and offers a menu featuring plant-based Mediterranean cuisine.


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They serve brunch on weekends, lunch during the week, and dinner daily. Additionally, there’s a late-night bar service available. Crossroads Kitchen has expanded its presence, with locations in Calabasas and Las Vegas.


The menu at Crossroads Kitchen in West Hollywood offers a diverse selection of upscale vegan dishes. Check their extensive weekday lunch, daily dinner, weekend brunch, family style, and nut-free menus to find what suits your preferences best. 

Best Ethnic Restaurants in Westside LA

Los Angeles is a melting pot of cultures, and its food scene is a reflection of that diversity. If you’re looking to explore the flavors of the world in one city, then the Westside has plenty of ethnic eats to satisfy your cravings.

Genwa, Beverly Hills

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For lovers of Korean BBQ, look no further than Genwa, located at 170 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills. This upscale spot features individual grills at each table, allowing diners to cook their own meat to their liking.


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With an extensive menu of beef, pork, and chicken options (plus vegan options), it’s a perfect spot for groups and celebrations.

El Cholo, Santa Monica

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El Cholo in Santa Monica is a beloved Mexican restaurant that’s been around since 1923. With its old-school charm and traditional menu, it’s a go-to spot for classics like enchiladas, tacos, and margaritas.


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It is part of a family-owned chain known for serving authentic Mexican cuisine. El Cholo in Santa Monica is situated at 1025 Wilshire Blvd.


The restaurant offers a colorful hacienda-style decor and serves Mexican dishes based on recipes that have been passed down through generations of the family owners.


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The outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy a sunny day in LA while indulging in some delicious comfort food.

The Misfit, Santa Monica

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Their food and drinks may be inspired by the Mediterranean, but The Misfit in Santa Monica has something for everyone, from vegans to omnivores. Its trendy open air bar, and welcoming atmosphere, make a perfect spot to enjoy tapas with friends.


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It is known for its timeless hip atmosphere and is situated just blocks away from the beach and the vibrant Third Street Promenade on Santa Monica Boulevard.


The restaurant offers a menu focused on American cuisine, including items like hummus, spicy red pepper and walnut dip, burgers, avocado toast, carrot coconut curry soup and handcrafted cocktails.

Holy Basil, Downtown LA

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Experience the most exciting new Thai food in LA at Holy Basil. Holy Basil is a Thai restaurant with multiple locations, including one in Downtown Los Angeles, California, known as “Holy Basil DTLA.”


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It offers a menu featuring Bangkok street food, with popular dishes like pad thai, pad kra pow neuh, tum yum goong, pad see ew moo, and green curry.


Chef Wedchayan Arpapornnopparat and partner Tongkamal Yuon have created a unique and accessible restaurant in a casual environment.

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Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some delicious eats on the Westside. There are plenty of affordable restaurants that serve up flavorful dishes without breaking the bank.

Tacos Por Favor, Mar Vista

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Mar Vista Tacos Por Favor is a classic Mexican restaurant with multiple locations in Los Angeles, including Santa Monica. 


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The place has been a local favorite for over 25 years. They have been serving the Westside since 1999, offering exquisite food made with top-quality ingredients and sharing traditional poblano recipes.


Atilano Sanchez, the owner, has been a prominent figure in the Westside community since the 1990s, and his son, Hector, works alongside him to continue sharing their Puebloan recipes with the community.


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As the name suggests, it’s all about the tacos here, with a lengthy menu of options that includes huevos con chorizo, huevos rancheros, burritos etc. The simple interior and fast service ensure that you can get your taco fix quickly and easily.

Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle, Downtown LA

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For those who love ramen, Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle in Culver City is a must-visit. The Tsujita brand originated in Tokyo in 2003 and quickly gained popularity. Tsujita LA, the first American branch, opened its doors in 2011, introducing its authentic Japanese ramen to the West Coast.


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Since then, it has expanded to multiple locations across Los Angeles and New Jersey, becoming a staple for ramen enthusiasts.


The menu at Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle features a variety of ramen dishes, with its Tonkotsu Ramen being a standout option, made with rich pork broth and served with charsiu and wood ear mushrooms. 


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We recommend trying the Tonkotsu Char Siu Ramen, which features tender pork belly and savory broth, as well.

Cassell’s Hamburgers, Koreatown

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If you’re in the mood for a burger, look no further than Cassell’s Hamburgers in Koreatown. The iconic diner has been serving up juicy burgers, crispy fries, and milkshakes for over 70 years.


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It was founded in 1948 by Al Cassell and has since gained a reputation for serving high-quality burgers. One of its signature offerings is the 7 oz. House ground premium beef classic burger.


Cassell’s is known for grinding fresh beef and using premium ingredients. Over the years, it has become a beloved establishment in the area, offering classic American fare in a diner setting.


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The retro decor and classic menu make it a favorite spot for both locals and tourists alike.

The Vegan Joint, Downtown LA

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For a vegan-friendly spot that won’t hurt your wallet, pay a visit to The Vegan Joint in Culver City. The menu features vegan versions of traditional American and Thai dishes, such as burgers and pad Thai.


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With affordable prices and hearty portions, it’s a great choice for a healthy and satisfying meal.

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If you’re looking for a romantic spot for a special occasion or a night out with your significant other, the Westside has you covered. These restaurants offer the perfect setting for a memorable date night.

E.P. & L.P., West Hollywood

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For a trendy rooftop date and dining experience, try E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood. The name “E.P. & L.P.” stands for “Extended Play & Long Play,” which is a reference to the 12-inch and 7-inch vinyl records.


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This modern Asian restaurant boasts Instagram-worthy views of the LA skyline, flavorful dishes that are perfect for sharing, and a sustainability-focused ethos that’s hard to beat. It is a trendy spot where you can enjoy craft cocktails and Southeast Asian fare. The restaurant also has a full indoor dining room below the rooftop.


The menu at E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood offers a variety of dining options with a focus on Southeast Asian fare and small plates. The calamari is a great appetizer and the waffle fries are perfect for a late-night snack. They also offer burgers, sandwiches, and tacos.


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E.P. & L.P. is known for its rooftop dining experience, and their menu items are designed to complement the atmosphere and provide a delightful culinary experience.

Melrose Rooftop Theatre, West Hollywood

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Melrose Rooftop Theatre is a unique entertainment venue located on the rooftop of E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood, with its entrance at 603 N. La Cienega Blvd.


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The theatre offers an extensive movie catalog and provides individual bean bags for comfortable seating. Guests can also enjoy a full bar and have the option to order additional food, beverages, and popcorn during the movie screening. It’s a popular spot for a fun casual dinner date, with a set menu available for rooftop VIP holders.


E.P. & L.P., the restaurant where the rooftop theatre is situated, celebrates American cuisine with a European twist. The venue is known for its modern American bites and handcrafted cocktails.


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Additionally, the Melrose Rooftop Theatre often hosts events and screenings of cult classics and new releases. It’s a 21+ venue, and GA (general admission) and VIP packages are available for moviegoers.

Little Door, West Hollywood

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The Little Door in West Hollywood is a charming and intimate restaurant specializing in French cuisine. It offers high-end French Moroccan cuisine with Mediterranean influences and is often considered one of the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles.


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The cozy, candlelit ambiance, live music and French dishes like escargots and bouillabaisse makes it a perfect pick to impress your date.


The Little Door has an array of delicious starters, including duck foie gras, steamed black mussels, and their famed charcuterie board.


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The Little Door’s grilled filet mignon is an exceptional option for the main course.  Additionally, the plate comes with fingerling potato frites, zucchini tian, and tomato provencale.


Perfect choice for a romantic dinner at Westside LA!

Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa

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If you’re more into Japanese-style fusion, grab a reservation at Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa. It’s a simple and unassuming place with killer sushi and elevated dishes in a chic and intimate setting. With its beamed ceilings, minimalist decor and a seating counter, you can watch the masters at their work.


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The restaurant is known for its dedication to serving high-quality, tradition-based sushi, following the culinary principles of Chef Nozawa, who has over 50 years of experience in Japan and the US. SUGARFISH provides a unique omakase-style dining experience.

Bottega Louie, Downtown LA

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Finally, Bottega Louie is an Italian restaurant, gourmet market, and French patisserie located in Downtown Los Angeles. The interior decor is industrial yet elegant, and the dessert selection is a showstopper. It’s the perfect spot to end your night with something sweet.


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It is situated on the ground floor of the Brockman Building. Bottega Louie offers a diverse menu that includes pizzas, pastas, small plates, and pastries.


In addition to the restaurant, Bottega Louie operates a gourmet market where patrons can purchase various packaged foods, such as confections, chocolates, pasta sauces, dry pastas, and preserves.


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The restaurant is known for its bright and bustling space, and it also offers weekend brunch options and macarons to-go.


The Westside of LA is a food lover’s haven, offering a culinary journey that spans the globe. From the shores of Malibu to the eclectic streets of Venice, the Westside’s best restaurants showcase the diversity and creativity of LA’s food scene.


So whether you’re a local looking to satisfy your cravings or a visitor eager to explore LA’s culinary treasures, remember this ultimate guide to the best restaurants on the Westside!


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