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18 Hottest Restaurants in Los Angeles, November 2021

The past year and a half has been an incredible challenge for restaurants across the country. Los Angeles has been no different, though the year 2021 has already seen a significant return to on-site dining due to eager diners looking for experiences and amazing food. LA’s restaurant scene seems to be mostly back to its pre-pandemic shape, though of course challenges remain with safety, staffing, and finances. The Eater LA heatmap has existed for more than 15 years as a place to answer the age-old question of “Where should I eat tonight?”

Typically restaurants here are less than six months old, giving a sense of what’s new to Los Angeles’s dining scene. For restaurants that have established themselves as one of the city’s essential places to eat, check out the Eater LA Essential 38. Restaurants are placed on the map in geographical order, from west to east.

Removed: AOC Brentwood, Ardor, BLVD MRKT, Little Coyote, Gogo’s Tacos, Afuri, Wise Sons

Added: Fia Steak, Bar Lis, Horses, Belles Beach House, Berbere, Tatel, Broadway Cuisine

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Berbere

510 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 699-8642

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While Santa Monica has no shortage of vegan dining options, you won’t find anything quite like Berbere, the new plant-based Ethiopian spot doing all-day hours and turning out a menu that ranges from tofu scramble breakfast sandwiches to crispy tacos with Ethiopian flavors. —Farley Elliott

Dishes from Ethiopian vegan restaurant Berbere in Santa Monica.
Dishes from Ethiopian vegan restaurant Berbere in Santa Monica.
 Danielle G. Adams

2. Fia Steak

2454 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(424) 280-4196

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Michael Greco and chef Brendan Collins have carved out a separate meat palace aptly called Fia Steak with an Italian approach to hulking pieces of grilled meat. The menu starts with luxe items like grand seafood towers, caviar service, and raw fish, stepping into classic steakhouse salads like wedge and baby gem caesar. Steak options included a massive costata di manzo, priced at $12 an ounce and plenty of other dry-aged, premium cuts seared and then sliced before being presented at the table. This is the baller steakhouse Santa Monica has been waiting for. —Matthew Kang

Dry-aged bistecca from Fia Steak in Santa Monica in a metal pan.
Dry-aged bistecca from Fia Steak.
 Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

3. Winston House

23 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291

One of LA’s most unexpected openings, this supper club and music venue nestled into the Venice Boardwalk has a bit of that Delilah vibe but next to the beach. The fare is classic American with some Asian influences, and the music is a surprise every night in terms of star power but more than likely to be someone you’ve heard on the radio. —Matthew Kang

Winston House, Venice.
Winston House, Venice.
 Local Los Angeles

4. Belles Beach House

24 Windward Ave
Venice, CA 90291

The breezy beach vibes at Belles Beach House seem timeless and already weathered thanks to heavy Tiki and Hawai’ian inspiration while Elephante chef Thomas Lim assembles a Japanese-inspired menu like sushi platters, karaage chicken nuggets, and a damn good cheese burger that appeals to the sceney Venice crowd. Prime tables are already difficult to get. —Matthew Kang

Belles Beach House interior with lounge chairs and exposed ceiling.
Belles Beach House in Venice
 Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

5. Tatel Beverly Hills

453 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(424) 380-7902

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LA isn’t really aching for celebrity-riddled restaurants, but it’s hard to think of a flashier opening in recent memory than this Spanish spot co-owned by tennis star Rafael Nadal, soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo, and Laker hall of famer Pau Gasol. The midcentury modern-inspired decor couples well with classy jamon iberico, pan con lechon, and paella. Impromptu dancing, well-garnished cocktails, and live music add to the true party vibe of the place. —Matthew Kang

A low-level view of a new restaurant with copper railings and white tablecloths and bright red seats.
Tatel Beverly Hills
 Tatel

6. Matū

239 S Beverly Dr Suite 100
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(424) 317-5031

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Beverly Hills certainly has plenty of places to get steak, but Matū might be the most compelling place for beef right now, with a gorgeous and understated dining room along South Beverly Drive. The menu has a five course tasting that offers various cuts of the restaurant’s trademark New Zealand-grown wagyu beef from First Light. What’s on the tasting menu changes every day, but the grilled ribeye, wood-grilled maitake mushrooms, and iceberg lettuce salad are highlights. Finish the meal with the delicious flourless chocolate cake. —Matthew Kang

Matu restaurant’s dining room in Beverly Hills, California
Matu’s dining room in Beverly Hills
 Virtually Here Studios

7. Bicyclette

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(424) 500-9575

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Walter and Margarita Manzke have finally opened their ode to Parisian bistros in this subterranean space that used to be Sotto (and Test Kitchen before that). The wood-lined space with green hues feels intimate but energetic, serving excellent renditions of French classics from beef bourguignon to duck confit, though the bread and butter service, taking a page from their other restaurant République, is a stellar way to start every meal here. —Matthew Kang

Bicyclette Bistro dining room
Bicyclette
 Wonho Frank Lee

8. Sa’Moto

9077 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 777-0266

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Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has opened restaurants across the globe but this is the Food Network chef’s latest foray into Los Angeles. Previously the Japanese chef had opened a kiosk at LAX, but this is a fuller version of Morimoto’s pan-Asian outlook, with dumplings and sushi rolls to noodle soups. —Matthew Kang

An overhead shot of a table of pan-Asian fare, including dumplings, crispy rice shell tacos, and more.
Dishes at Sa’Moto
 Sa’Moto

9. Etta Culver City

8801 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
(424) 570-4444

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Chicago’s popular Italian-inspired restaurant feels right at home in Southern California, with pastas, blistered pizzas, rustic grilled proteins, and seasonal produce dishes in a modern space in Culver City. —Matthew Kang

Pizza, steak, and more from Etta Culver City.
Pizza, steak, and more from Etta Culver City.
 Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

10. Melanie Wine Bar

8310 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 592-3390

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David Gibbs, who operates Augustine, Mirabelle, and Sushi Note in the Valley, expands into West Third Street with partner Andy Paxson (Simplethings) with a friendly neighborhood bar serving a tight, wine-friendly menu (with help from consultant Shane Lopez) and an extensive set of vintage and mostly Old World picks by the glass. —Matthew Kang

Melanie Wine Bar on West Third Street in Los Angeles.
Melanie Wine Bar on West Third Street in Los Angeles.
 Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

11. Horses

7617 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

In a bit of a surprise turn the former Coach and Horses-turned-The Pikey has become simply Horses, a California-American restaurant with tasteful artwork, a timeless dining room, and equally timeless food. Chef Liz Johnson, who earned a James Beard chef nomination at Freedman’s and then went onto to helm Catbird Seat, brings an elegant touch to the menu, serving things like pork rillettes, caesar salad, veal sweetbreads, and roasted Cornish game hen with dandelion panzanella. —Matthew Kang

An old dining room with lots of colorful paintings of horses and deep blue walls with wooden ball at the back.
Dining room at Horses in Hollywood.
 Wonho Frank Lee

12. Bar Lis

1541 Wilcox Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 410-6210

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There might not be a classier rooftop venue than Bar Lis, which opened over the summer at the new Thompson Hotel in Hollywood. With sweeping views of the Hollywood hills and a sprawling lounge area, Bar Lis is more of a place for lighter fare and French-inflected cocktails (the Wednesday jazz nights are especially compelling). The bites are surprisingly good though, with blistered shishito peppers, hamachi crudo topped with shaved fennel, and a comté-topped burger highlighting the menu. —Matthew Kang

Bar Lis at the Thompson Hotel in Hollywood.
Bar Lis at the Thompson Hotel in Hollywood.
 Michael Mundy

13. Rumba Kitchen

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown, 123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #204
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(323) 507-6404

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Puerto Rican food hasn’t had a standout new opening for a very long time, but Triple Threat Truck owner Omayra Dakis has landed with this exciting new restaurant in Little Tokyo’s Doubletree Hotel. Serving classic Puerto Rican street fare inspired by kioskos in Playa Pinones, as well as more composed dishes, it’s a party almost every night here. —Matthew Kang

Chuleta can-can, a grilled then deep-fried pork tomahawk at Rumba Kitchen.
Chuleta can-can, a grilled then deep-fried pork tomahawk at Rumba Kitchen.
 Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

14. Broadway Cuisine

913 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 265-7140

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The move at Chinatown’s Broadway Cuisine is to gather a group of hearty eaters, cram around the lazy Susan, and feast on expertly prepared Chinese-American fare. The menu is chock-full of classics like mu shu pork, hot and sour soup, and kung pao chicken. There’s also a Chinese-language menu featuring a dozen or so homestyle dishes from chef Yi Long Yu’s native Guangdong Province. And if the mood to belt out pop tunes happens to strike, snag one of the private dining rooms decked out with karaoke machines. —Cathy Chaplin

A table top brimming with Chinese food including vegetables, honey walnut shrimp, hot and sour soup, and more.
Dishes from Broadway Cuisine in Chinatown.
 Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

15. Girl and the Goat

555-3 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 799-4628

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Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard brings her popular Chicago restaurant Girl and the Goat to a trendy Arts District space with all of the style and verve of Los Angeles. The menu takes plenty of ingredients and flavors from the global pantry, but with a foundation of fresh produce. —Matthew Kang

Girl and the Goat Los Angeles.
Girl and the Goat Los Angeles.
 Wonho Frank Lee

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