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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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Beer Belly

Recommended by: Ian Harding (Actor)

Good music and beer – that’s all it takes to keep locals coming back to Beer Belly, a trendy gastropub filled with a young and hip Koreatown crowd. 12 taps are rotated daily to include a balanced variety of local and craft beers. Once a month, the restaurant invites a guest brewery in for a One Night [...]

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Bel Campo

Recommended By: Zelda Williams (Actress)

Bel Campo is extremely passionate about changing the way we eat meat – and we’re on board in a big way. All of their meat is sourced ethically and is only grass-fed or organic. They also support sustainability. Their dedication to quality of meat results in some seriously delicious food; we love their burgers. www.belcampo.com

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Bestia

Recommended by: Jim Nelson (Editor-in-Chief, GQ), Amber Stevens (Actress), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Actor), Jeannie Mai (TV Personality), Ali Larter (Actress), Danielle Panabaker (Actress), Malin Akerman (Actress), Kathryn Hahn (Actress), Jonathan Levine (Director)

Bestia proves LA’s downtown is exploding: The multi-regional Italian restaurant is run by a cool husband and wife team, and hosts over 60 forms of charcuterie – need we say more? The Napolitana pizza is made from yeast Chef Ori raises himself, and there’s a selection of fresh pastas to tickle any fancy. Make a [...]

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Bottega Louie

Recommended by: Amber Stevens (Actress)

This beautiful restaurant and patisserie is a Los Angeles staple for baked goods, macarons, and an elegant lunch Downtown. 22 Jump Street star Amber Stevens would start her ideal food day one of their buttery croissants.

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Cicada Club

Recommended by: Daniel K. Nelson (Drink Inc.)

Why is Sunday night at this Downtown LA vintage inspired nightclub Daniel K. Nelson’s favorite night of the week? The cocktail connoisseur praised to The New Potato that, “Maxwell DeMille puts on an amazing show. Vintage dress or black tie required. A coat check girl and a bellhop greet you before entering James Oviatt’s vision [...]

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Drago Centro

Recommended by: Alexandra Daddario (Actress)

This contemporary and chic Italian restaurant from chef Celestino Drago is an ideal spot for a dinner date or with your parents. LA it girl Alex Daddario told The New Potato that Drago “is fantastic. The salmon and the lasagna are incredible.” Well-known Sommelier Michael Shearin will keep the wine flowing from their extensive wine [...]

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Faith & Flower

Recommended by: Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Actor)

This upscale, hip spot is redefining Californian rustic cuisine. Located in downtown’s WaterMarke Tower, Faith & Flower is reshaping downtown’s upscale food scene. The warm, inviting atmosphere is simultaneously sexy with it’s big booths and lighting. The ornate decor makes this the perfect spot for a date or late-night oyster and champagne craving. Make a Reservation. www.faithandflowerla.com

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Grand Central Market

Recommended by: Jud Mongell (Five Leaves)

This iconic and historic market in downtown Los Angeles is a food lovers dream. From fresh fruits and vegetables to delicious egg sandwiches at Egg Slut and BBQ at Horse Thief, the food stalls that fill this market showcase every type of cuisine you could possibly imagine. www.grandcentralmarket.com

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Hank’s Bar

Recommended by: Daniel K. Nelson (Drink Inc.)

A tried and true dive in Downtown LA, this small bar underneath the Stillwater Hotel is one of the few remaining gritty watering holes in the area. Daniel K. Nelson of Drink Inc. told The New Potato that this place will “fuel the need for brown spirits.” So if you like your draft beer served [...]

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King Eddy Saloon

Recommended by: Daniel K. Nelson (Drink Inc.)

With one of the oldest liquor licenses in the city, King Eddy has been swigging alcohol at this Downtown LA saloon since 1933. Recently renovated, the vibe alludes to the 40’s and 50’s with brightly colored pop art, vintage clocks, and red leather banquets. But this place still has some grit — with a dart [...]

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Lazy Ox Canteen

Recommended by: Susan Feniger (Contestant, Top Chef Masters)

The Laxy Ox Canteen, located in Little Tokyo in Downtown Losa Angeles, is a modern America restaurant with global influences. Creator Michael Hide Cardenas describes the philosophy of the restaurant as “quality eating” and sources all his ingredients from local growers and purveyors. Make a Reservation. www.lazyoxcanteen.com

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McConnell’s

Recommended By: Zelda Williams (Actress)

Open since 1949, McConnell’s is an LA classic. Their seasonal flavors, like peppermint stick and whiskey & pecan praline, are personal favorites. You can even order a pint of the month subscription – perfect for our sweet tooth. www.mcconnells.com

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Odys and Penelope

Recommended by: Carla Gugino (Actress), Billy Farrell (BFA)

Housed inside a massive warehouse that once was a printing press, Odys + Penelope is now home to one of the hottest grill restaurants in Los Angeles. Concrete floors, brick walls, and exposed wood give the space an industrial feel, and an open kitchen emanating rustic smells adds energy to an already-bustling dining room. Charred and grilled [...]

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Orsa & Winston

Recommended by: Busy Philipps (Actress)

A welcome addition to DTLA’s burgeoning restaurant scene, Orsa & Winston masterfully presents chef’s choice omasake tasting menus with an optional wine pairing. In a cozy setting, Josef Centeno’s third brainchild brings his eclectic flair to Asian-inspired fine dining. www.orsaandwinston.com

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Pacific Dining Car

Recommended by: Daniel K. Nelson (Drink Inc.)

Passed down in the family for four generations, this restaurant possesses everything you could want in a traditional steak house. The green velour and dark wood chairs over a Christmas color plaid rug feels just right as you dig into a plate of steak and potatoes. Daniel K. Nelson, one of LA’s top bar guys, [...]

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Patina

Recommended by: Danielle Walker (Against All Grain)

The Michelin-star rated French restaurant offers customers a night of unforgettable sophistication. The carefully selected and crafted menu combined with the welcoming ambiance makes Patina the perfect place for large groups as well as intimate dinners. For those who can’t decide on one or two dishes, Patina offers a five course-tasting menu and a selection [...]

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Perch

Recommended by Janie Bryant (Costume Designer, Mad Men)

Mad Men’s costume designer Janie Bryant instructs us to “Go there at sunset for an amazing view off the rooftop and enjoy the decor.” Self admittedly Bryant’s favorite restaurant in LA for the atmosphere, this rooftop french bistro sounds like a slice of heaven. Make a Reservation. www.perchla.com

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Press Brothers Juicery

Recommended By: Zelda Williams (Actress)

cold-pressed juice stand within Grand Central Market that uses clever names such as Drop Acid, Press Brothers is known for using organic ingredients and keeping prices lower than other LA juiceries. They also serve delicious smoothies and ice pops! www.pressbrothersjuicery.com