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?
Classic French bistro fare served on a romantic patio or in a warm dining room with brick walls, go to the bar for innovative cocktails and a classic wine menu. An industry favorite for low key nights, you just might see a director or two pitching a film at the bar. cafestella.comhttp://cafestella.com/about/
Barbrix is a wine bar perfect for sharing lots of delicious small plates and trying a multitude of selections from a brilliantly curated wine list. We especially love the outdoor patio space, and the fact that charcuterie and cheese abounds! www.barbrix.com
A favorite in LA for foodies and actors alike, Blair’s only uses organic local produce procured daily from nearby farmer’s markets, along with meats and seafood from a local network of the best suppliers. The menu changes daily, so be sure to come often to test out seasonal specialities. Make a reservation. www.blairsrestaurant.com
This Silver Lake bistro serves fresh French fare in a warm and inviting setting. The walls are adorned with an eclectic variety of pictures, and traditional bistro furniture is scattered throughout the restaurant. The menu offers traditional French classics that can be enjoyed indoors or outside on the charming patio. Make a Reservation. www.cafestella.com
Named a favorite dinner spot by Mad Men’s costume designer Janie Bryant, she claims Cliffs edge cafe is “the most romantic and enchanting patio in Los Angeles.” Located in the heart of Silver Lake, this spot boasts rustic cuisine with an emphasis on what’s local. Make a Reservation. “Cliffs Edge Cafe in Silverlake. Probably the most romantic and enchanting patio [...]
Voted one of the best gay bars in Los Angeles, Faultline serves up great drinks and music amongst a fun crowd. The outdoor patio is perfect for day drinking, and you’re allowed to smoke inside, which is a rarity in Los Angeles. Every week they have themed parties that are fun no matter if you’re [...]
This restaurant and deli in Silver Lake offers a delicious array of seasonal proteins and side dishes, along with an ever-changing sandwich menu. Everything is made fresh daily, and each item is created with great attention towards maximizing its flavor and texture. Lines can get long during peak hours, but the wait is worth it. [...]
Gingergrass has a fun, casual vibe made even better by the healthy, fresh Vietnamese cuisine it does so well. Said to be perfect for a quick lunch or laid-back dinner, it’s a spot lovers of Vietnamese cuisine should go check out. “There’s a Vietnamese restaurant called Gingergrass that does some interesting takes on Bahn Mi, [...]
This bakeshop is a Silverlake favorite for its delicious homemade desserts (cakes, cupcakes, cookies, bars…you name it). It’s known particularly for its ice box cupcakes, which come highly recommended by Silverlake locals (including actress Kathryn Hahn). It’s perfect for picking up some goodies for a party, or stopping by for a espresso – and to [...]
A Silverlake favorite, Malo serves up delicious Mexican food using the freshest ingredients. The Chew’s Daphne Oz calls the salsa crema and margaritas “so addictive they should be illegal.” Make a Reservation. “Malo in Silverlake makes amazing Mexican food.” Daphne Oz (The Chew) www.malorestaurant.com
A fast-casual Taiwanese-Chinese restaurant located in the heart of Silver Lake, we love that this restaurant is reinventing what we think of “Chinese” takeaway food. They source almost all of their vegetables from their family farm. Try taking the food to go for a picnic in Sunset Triangle! www.pineandcrane.com
The neighborhood’s inaugural ramen spot gives Eastsiders no reason to brave traffic for some artisanal Japanese noodles. Pick from a wide variety of soup combinations, but you’ll be wise to include the noteworthy pork belly.
Sqirl is a wholesome hole-in-the-wall of a café that serves D&B coffee and puts California-grown ingredients together in the most delightful of ways. The little storefront is run by a jam-maker who creates brilliant and beautiful dishes like brioche toast with ricotta and fig jam. Peggy Wang (DIY Editor, BuzzFeed) would have the Crispy Kokuho Rose Brown Rice [...]
Located in an unassuming strip-mall, Saito’s serves up simple, delicious sushi. The fish and rice stand out as highlights with no need for wild sauces and over-the-top ingredients. A casual spot for enjoying a perfect plating of tuna.
An incredibly hip bar in Silver Lake, we love their inventive tea cocktails and old Hollywood vibes. Stay late; it’s open until 2 am most weekends and turns into a club scene. www.tenantsofthetrees.com
A truly LA restaurant, everything here is made in house, from pastas to stocks and sodas for cocktails. Their goal is to make comfort food good for you – so it’s obviously a TNP fave. We particularly love their brunch; the baguette French toast is a can’t miss. www.thekitchen.la