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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?



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 [...]


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.


Chateau Marmont

Recommended by: Brent Bolthouse (Creator, The Bungalow, Hyde), Busy Philipps (Actress), Rumi Neely (Fashion Toast), Janie Bryant (Costume Designer, Mad Men), Jaime King (Actress), Natasha Lyonne (Actress)

A hideaway in West Hollywood, the iconic Chateau Marmont is a classic Los Angeles hotel that never goes out of style. Describe by nightlife expert Brent Bolthouse as his favorite spot in LA, this hotel is quintessential Hollywood, and perfect for drinks, dinner, or a weekend getaway. “The Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. Great for the scene, [...]


Dan Tana’s

Recommended by: John Demsey (Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.), Jay Sean (Musician)

This old-school Italian restaurant serves some of the mother country’s most classic dishes in a traditionally decorated spot. Reminiscent of the more glamorous 1940-50s Hollywood, this institution still attracts today’s celebrities with it’s attentive, family-like service, and delicious menu. “I love Dan Tana’s, actually. It’s on Santa Monica next to the Troubadour. It’s an old [...]



Recommended by: Shannon Leto (Musician)

This stylish new restaurant slash lounge boasts stellar Southeast Asian fare in a buzzy environment. Their expansive rooftop is ideal for an evening of basking in LA’s perpetually perfect climate. Make a reservation.



Recommended by: Marta Milans (Actress), Louise Roe (TV Personality), Nick Hatsatouris (Owner, Eveleigh), Laura Carmichael (Actress)

A great outdoor dining spot right on Sunset Boulevard, Eveleigh serves up market fresh California cuisine with the ingredients from local purveyors. The owner, Nick Hatsatouris, recommends the Poor Carlito cocktail. Make a Reservation. “For breakfast, my go-to is the Eggs Benedict at the Eveleigh with a Wake Me Up shot with lemon ginger and cayenne.” [...]


Food Lab

Recommended by: Neha Kapur (Model/Designer)

It’s a mother-son duo that runs this low-key yet trendy cafe. Together they serve gourmet sandwiches with a high flavor profile and other organic goodies. Don’t forget to snag some specialty treats for later from the small specialty goods section in the restaurant.


Formosa Café

Recommended by: Dita Von Teese (Burlesque Performer)

An Asian fusion restaurant out of context in an old red building with black and white striped awnings, Formosa Café hasn’t changed much since its founding in the 1930’s. Since then, the place has served generations of movie stars, pictured in the hundreds of images lining the walls.


Hugo’s Restaurant West Hollywood

Recommended by: Alexandra Daddario (Actress), Catherine McCord (Weelicious), Erica Domesek (P.S. – I Made This), Laura Benanti (Singer/Actress), Pilar Guzman (Editor-in-Chief, Condé Nast Traveler), Rutina Wesley (Actress), Jake Lacy (Actor), Lorenza Izzo (Actress), Natasha Lyonne (Actress), Valorie Curry (Actress)

With three locations in the LA area, this archetypal diner is the perfect cure for a big, hearty weekend brunch. Parenthood Actress Alex Daddario told The New Potato she favors Hugo’s brunch for their “extensive and interesting menu with something to offer everyone, including vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free options.” This is the kind of joint [...]


Recommended by: Kelli Garner (Actress), Diane Kruger (Actress)

Eclectic New American cuisine comes at a steep price at celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio’s Ink, a trendy restaurant right on Melrose Ave. A large open kitchen illuminates the dim and edgy dining room, and operates on a small plates, mix and match format. Pretty plating is matched with excellent flavors, making the splurge worth it. [...]


Joe’s Pizza

Recommended by: Darby Stanchfield (Actress)

Widely known as the SoCal spot even New Yorkers will travel to for pizza, this old school joint is definitely a go-to for a pizza fix. Perfect for takeout or a quick sitdown, it’s definitely worth a dropby.



Recommended by: Omari Hardwick (Actor)

Overlooking the Sunset Strip, Katana offers creative Asian Fusion as well as more traditional sushi and Robatayaki. The modern Asian decor, innovative cocktails, and expansive menu make this a popular dinner and cocktail stop for young Angelenos before they head out to party. Make a Reservation.



Recommended by: Christene Barberich (Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29), Marc Vetri (Chef/Owner, Vetri Ristorante), Anne Burrell (Chef/Host, Worst Cooks in America), Camilla Belle (Actress), Mike Doyle (Actor)

This West Hollywood fine dining restaurant is an intimate and beautiful space serving Californian cuisine with French and Mediterranean influences. With a kitchen helmed by James Beard award-winning chef Suzanne Goin and wine list from acclaimed sommelier Caroline Styne, it’s no wonder this spot is a favorite among locals and visitors alike (including Editor-in-Chief of [...]


M Café

Recommended by: Christene Barberich (Editor-in-Chief, Refinery29), Bellamy Young (Actress), Kiernan Shipka (Actress), Olivia Kim (Director of Creative Projects, Nordstrom), Anna Akana (Vlogger), Isaac Mizrahi (Fashion Designer), Valorie Curry (Actress)

This West Hollywood café is one of the most popular in Los Angeles for macrobiotic cuisine. Don’t let the lack of eggs, dairy or meat fool you: The unique and creative menu appeals to more than just your average vegetarian. M Café is a must for anyone who wants to indulge in a delicious but [...]