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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

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A Votre Sante

Recommended by: Whitney Port (Fashion Designer, TV Personality)

 The earthy ambiance of A Votre Sante reels in health nuts by the dozen, where they serve primarily vegetarian dishes, although chicken and fish are also featured less prominently on the menu. And if the large helpings of wholesome fare don’t fill you up, stay tuned for their sugar-free and non-dairy desserts.

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Ajisai

Recommended by: Alexandra Daddario (Actress)

A no frills West Hollywood sushi joint, Ajisai is a hidden gem yet to be discovered by the Nobu and Katsuya regulars. Hollywood It girl Alex Daddario told The New Potato that this Japanese restaurant “has amazing sushi, great service and you can always get a table. The Mr. Shoei Roll – spicy garlic shrimp [...]

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Amara Kitchen

Recommended by: Ian Axel (A Great Big World)

Amara Kitchen prides itself on using food as medicine, offering locally sourced, delicious, wholesome and healthy dishes to health-conscious LA folks. From paleo pancakes to cardamom granola and avocado toast, Amara is a must-visit in Highland Park for healthy comfort food at its finest. www.amarakitchen.com

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AMMO

Recommended by: Katie Lowes (Actress), Jenni Kayne (Fashion Designer)

This hot spot (where ABC’s Scandal star Katie Lowes used to waitress) is just a stone’s throw from Paramount Pictures. Predictably, the clientele is always the perfect mix of locals and Hollywood stars, and the food is just as enticing. With an American Nouveau menu dictated by the seasons, and a to-die-for wine list, it’s hard to find a reason not to stop [...]

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Animal

Recommended by: Lee Gross (Chef/Founder, M Café), Jessica Alba (Actress), Scott Conant (Judge, Chopped), Marc Vetri (Chef/Owner, Vetri Ristorante), Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Elise Rosenberg (Colonie), Anne Burrell (Chef/Host, Worst Cooks in America), Fabio Viviani (Finalist, Top Chef), Dominique Ansel (Chef/Owner, Dominique Ansel Bakery), Camilla Belle (Actress), Jeannie Mai (TV Personality)

As its name suggests, Animal is for meat lovers.  The minimalist interior leaves the focus on the dishes, and the wide variety of “animals” on the menu is sure to surprise you whether you’re a die-hard carnivore or just an adventurous foodie. “I’m a big fan of the Animal guys…I’ll always follow what they’re doing.” Jim [...]

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AOC

Recommended by: Susan Feniger (Contestant, Top Chef Masters), Camilla Belle (Actress), Jenni Kayne (Fashion Designer), Pilar Guzman (Editor-in-Chief, Condé Nast Traveler), Mike Doyle (Actor)

In lieu of appetizers and entrées, AOC offers elegantly curated ‘small plates’ to satisfy any appetite along with an ever-changing cheese and charcuterie selection, wine-by-the-glass, and a few larger ‘platters’ if you must have a bigger portion. The chic spot epitomizes casual elegance. Make a Reservation. “I love the pistolero from AOC.” Jenni Kayne (designer) www.aocwinebar.com

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Aroma Cafe

Recommended by: Tori Spelling (Actress)

This Los Angeles staple sources local ingredients and is a favorite for everything from coffee, tea and delicious breakfast sandwiches to paninis, wraps, and fresh salads. www.aromacoffeeandtea.com

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Asanebo

Recommended by: Busy Philipps (Actress)

A great choice for Japanese in Studio City, this spot is a hidden gem tucked into a non-descript strip mall and has some of the freshest fish around. Those in-the-know drop by Asanebo for Chef Tetsuya Nakao’s revered omakase. www.asanebo-restaurant.com

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Asia de Cuba

Recommended by: Omari Hardwick (Actor)

With its uber-trendy Philippe Starck design and stunning view of Los Angeles, Asia de Cuba masterfully creates a sensual, lively atmosphere. The menu features innovative dishes that mix Asia and Latin elements, creating a masterful fusion. There is both indoor and outdoor seating, perfect for enjoying Los Angeles’ cool nights. www.morganshotelgroup.com

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Bar Marmont

Recommended by: Steve Livigni (Drink Inc.)

The posh bar/restaurant a few steps away from the iconic Chateau offers lively cocktails and gourmet pub food with a European influence. Janie Bryant of Mad Men calls it “great for the scene, but enough hidden spots for a romantic evening as well.” www.chateaumarmont.com

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Barney’s

Recommended by: Jordana Brewster (Actress)

A popular vendor at Los Angeles’ Brentwood Country Mart, Barney’s Gourmet Hamburger is the perfect pit-stop before or after a day of shopping. Enjoy burgers, salads (Jordana Brewster recommends the Barney’s Beach Body) and curly fries outside at a picnic table in a casual, kid-friendly atmosphere. www.brentwoodcountrymart.com

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Barnyard

Recommended by: Erica Domesek (P.S. I Made This)

Simple and intimate, Barnyard boasts an eclectic selection of farm-to-table small plates and tapas. The well-lit beachy space is a casual, comfortable atmosphere to indulge in Jesse Barber’s assemblages. www.barnyardvenice.com/home

Barrel & Ashes

Recommended by: Jeannie Mai (TV Personality)

Barrel & Ashes marries bourbon and barbecue together in a barnyard-esque communal restaurant in Studio City. Long-smoked brisket, “The Best Damn Chick’n Sandwich Ya Ever Hand”, spareribs and pulled pork are some of the most alluring of the edibles, while libations include barbecue-friendly cocktails and an extensive list of beers. Make a Reservation. www.barrelandashes.com

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Bashan

Recommended by: Dane Boedigheimer (The Annoying Orange)

Bashan is a farmer’s market centric restaurant that’s casual and rocks a playful vibe. With items that range from chopped kale salad to pork belly teriyaki to pork tenderloin, there isn’t really a way to go wrong here. Make a Reservation. www.bashanrestaurant.com