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Dishes from Wood Spoon in Downtown LA.
Wonho Frank Lee

13 Superb Downtown Los Angeles Restaurants

Where to eat LA’s central business and cultural district

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Dishes from Wood Spoon in Downtown LA.
| Wonho Frank Lee

There’s plenty to eat in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles’s official city center that spans from Bunker Hill to South Park to the Historic Core and beyond. From amazing handmade pies to Cantonese roasted pork, there’s a little bit of everything available right in the thick of DTLA. Here now are 13 superb restaurants in Downtown Los Angeles.

For restaurants in the Arts District, see the Essential Arts District map. And for restaurants in Chinatown, check out this roundup of the best dishes in the neighborhood and the Essential Chinatown map. And for delicious things to eat in Little Tokyo, check out this guide.

Removed: Redbird, Hayato, Pikuniko, Shibumi, Q Sushi, Tacos 1986, Comfort LA, Broken Mouth (temporarily closed)

Added: Holy Basil, Otium (reopened), Hatch Yakitori, Orsa & Winston (reopened)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Otium

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222 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 935-8500
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Timothy Hollingsworth has reopened his landmark Downtown LA restaurant after a long pandemic hiatus serving a wide menu of modern American dishes, from wood-roasted eggplant and heirloom tomato tart to a whole grilled branzino and dry-aged duck breast. For this part of Bunker Hill, it’s hard to think of a classier place to have a date night.

Inside Otium, Timothy Hollingworth’s Crown Jewel on Bunker Hill
Inside Otium in Downtown LA.
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2. Badmaash

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108 W 2nd St Apt 104
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 221-7466
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This colorful gastropub serves modern takes on Indian classics in a Bollywood-meets-pop-art space. Founded by chef Pawan Mahendro and sons Nakul and Arjun, Badmaash means “bad ass,” and the menu reflects the brothers’ Indian heritage and childhood in Toronto with dishes like chicken tikka poutine.

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3. Shiku

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 265-7211
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Kwang Uh and Mina Park of Baroo fame opened Shiku inside Grand Central Market. The menu is very good Korean home cooking served at affordable prices. Start with fried chicken or deep-fried pyogo mushrooms then have a dorisak of popular proteins like LA galbi, andong soy-braised chicken, or kimchi-braised pork belly.

4. Fat & Flour

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(323) 380-8583
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Nicole Rucker is slinging cookies, pies, and the occasional savory creation from Grand Central Market. The menu changes with the seasons and is available for online ordering and in-market pick-up.

5. Bar Amá

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118 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 687-8002
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Leave it to San Antonio-native Josef Centeno to introduce Los Angeles to Tex-Mex cuisine. Taking the food far beyond platters of sizzling fajitas, the long list of small plates go down easy with nicely crafted cocktails.

6. Orsa & Winston

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122 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-0300
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Josef Centeno’s restrained Downtown LA restaurant has returned with a five course tasting menu priced at $125, an incredible value for the level of finesse and quality of ingredients at this establishment. With cooking influenced by Japan and Europe cuisine, this is the place captures the essence of modern Angeleno cooking perhaps more than any other fine dining restaurant in LA.

Orsa & Winston dining room looking into the kitchen in Downtown LA.
Inside Orsa & Winston, Downtown.
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7. Hatch Yakitori + Bar

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700 W 7th St Suite G600
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 282-9070
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Japanese yakitori shop Hatch is the ideal stop for a Downtown bite before points elsewhere. With a wide array of skewers and drinks (and a great happy hour), it’s easy to mix and match a whole meal or just some simple fire-kissed snacks. Be sure to order some sake too.

8. Rice Box

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541 S Spring St #131
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 988-7395
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This Cantonese barbecue specialist is tucked inside the Spring Arcade. What sets Rice Box apart from typical Cantonese barbecue shops is its dedication to using only ethically-sourced, sustainable, and hormone-free meat.

9. Petite Peso

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419 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(209) 438-7376
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Since debuting in spring 2020, Petite Peso has evolved into one of LA’s most innovative Filipino restaurants serving modern version of traditional recipes from chef Ria Dolly Barbosa. Bistek and sisig salads lighten up traditionally heavier dishes while rice bowl comes with pinakbet (various vegetables), salmon sinigang, pork munggo, or chicken adobo. Don’t miss the pastries either, like ensaymada or pan de sal to take home.

Petite Peso’s family-style meal.
Petite Peso
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10. Holy Basil DTLA

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718 S Los Angeles St space A
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 559-4994
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Newish Downtown LA kiosk Holy Basil has been quietly serving some of the best modern Thai food in the city. Its Smorgasburg stand expands its reach on the weekend, but this location in Downtown’s Historic Core is somewhat of a revelation for Thai food fans, with everything from gorgeous tom yum and green curry to stellar fried noodles.

Thai dishes from Holy Basil in Downtown LA.
Thai dishes from Holy Basil in Downtown LA.
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11. Wood Spoon

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107 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 629-1765
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Brazilian born Natalia Pereira opened Woodspoon on the edge of the Fashion District in 2007. In one of Downtown’s tiniest kitchens, she makes Brazilian croquettes, a traditional fish soup, and a pot pie with a twist from her home country — it’s full with chicken, hearts of palm, potatoes, olives, and roasted corn.

Brazilian chicken pot pie on a shabby chic plate with green lettuce and side of dressing.
Woodspoon
Wonho Frank Lee

12. Sonoratown

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208 E 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 628-3710
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Sonoratown is easily one of the top taco spots in town, serving grilled meats atop perfect flour tortillas in this busy Downtown shop. Order the chivichanga with shredded beef and wonder why something so delicious isn’t available to every neighborhood in town.

13. Rossoblu

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CITY MARKET SOUTH, 1124 San Julian St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1099
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Steve and Dina Samson’s enduring Northern Italian restaurant continues to prepare some of the best, well-rounded cooking in the city, with rustic wood-fired dishes complementing the incredible handmade pasta on the menu. And it’s all served inside one of the most stunning dining room sin the city.

Rossoblu
Rossoblu, Downtown LA
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1. Otium

222 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Inside Otium, Timothy Hollingworth’s Crown Jewel on Bunker Hill
Inside Otium in Downtown LA.
Wonho Frank Lee

Timothy Hollingsworth has reopened his landmark Downtown LA restaurant after a long pandemic hiatus serving a wide menu of modern American dishes, from wood-roasted eggplant and heirloom tomato tart to a whole grilled branzino and dry-aged duck breast. For this part of Bunker Hill, it’s hard to think of a classier place to have a date night.

222 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2. Badmaash

108 W 2nd St Apt 104, Los Angeles, CA
Spread from Badmaash
Badmaash
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This colorful gastropub serves modern takes on Indian classics in a Bollywood-meets-pop-art space. Founded by chef Pawan Mahendro and sons Nakul and Arjun, Badmaash means “bad ass,” and the menu reflects the brothers’ Indian heritage and childhood in Toronto with dishes like chicken tikka poutine.

108 W 2nd St Apt 104
Los Angeles, CA

3. Shiku

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Kwang Uh and Mina Park of Baroo fame opened Shiku inside Grand Central Market. The menu is very good Korean home cooking served at affordable prices. Start with fried chicken or deep-fried pyogo mushrooms then have a dorisak of popular proteins like LA galbi, andong soy-braised chicken, or kimchi-braised pork belly.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

4. Fat & Flour

317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Nicole Rucker is slinging cookies, pies, and the occasional savory creation from Grand Central Market. The menu changes with the seasons and is available for online ordering and in-market pick-up.

317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013

5. Bar Amá

118 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA

Leave it to San Antonio-native Josef Centeno to introduce Los Angeles to Tex-Mex cuisine. Taking the food far beyond platters of sizzling fajitas, the long list of small plates go down easy with nicely crafted cocktails.

118 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA

6. Orsa & Winston

122 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Orsa & Winston dining room looking into the kitchen in Downtown LA.
Inside Orsa & Winston, Downtown.
Darin Dines

Josef Centeno’s restrained Downtown LA restaurant has returned with a five course tasting menu priced at $125, an incredible value for the level of finesse and quality of ingredients at this establishment. With cooking influenced by Japan and Europe cuisine, this is the place captures the essence of modern Angeleno cooking perhaps more than any other fine dining restaurant in LA.

122 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

7. Hatch Yakitori + Bar

700 W 7th St Suite G600, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Japanese yakitori shop Hatch is the ideal stop for a Downtown bite before points elsewhere. With a wide array of skewers and drinks (and a great happy hour), it’s easy to mix and match a whole meal or just some simple fire-kissed snacks. Be sure to order some sake too.

700 W 7th St Suite G600
Los Angeles, CA 90017

8. Rice Box

541 S Spring St #131, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This Cantonese barbecue specialist is tucked inside the Spring Arcade. What sets Rice Box apart from typical Cantonese barbecue shops is its dedication to using only ethically-sourced, sustainable, and hormone-free meat.

541 S Spring St #131
Los Angeles, CA 90013

9. Petite Peso

419 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Petite Peso’s family-style meal.
Petite Peso
Wonho Frank Lee

Since debuting in spring 2020, Petite Peso has evolved into one of LA’s most innovative Filipino restaurants serving modern version of traditional recipes from chef Ria Dolly Barbosa. Bistek and sisig salads lighten up traditionally heavier dishes while rice bowl comes with pinakbet (various vegetables), salmon sinigang, pork munggo, or chicken adobo. Don’t miss the pastries either, like ensaymada or pan de sal to take home.

419 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

10. Holy Basil DTLA

718 S Los Angeles St space A, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Thai dishes from Holy Basil in Downtown LA.
Thai dishes from Holy Basil in Downtown LA.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

Newish Downtown LA kiosk Holy Basil has been quietly serving some of the best modern Thai food in the city. Its Smorgasburg stand expands its reach on the weekend, but this location in Downtown’s Historic Core is somewhat of a revelation for Thai food fans, with everything from gorgeous tom yum and green curry to stellar fried noodles.

718 S Los Angeles St space A
Los Angeles, CA 90014

11. Wood Spoon

107 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Brazilian chicken pot pie on a shabby chic plate with green lettuce and side of dressing.
Woodspoon
Wonho Frank Lee

Brazilian born Natalia Pereira opened Woodspoon on the edge of the Fashion District in 2007. In one of Downtown’s tiniest kitchens, she makes Brazilian croquettes, a traditional fish soup, and a pot pie with a twist from her home country — it’s full with chicken, hearts of palm, potatoes, olives, and roasted corn.

107 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

12. Sonoratown

208 E 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Sonoratown is easily one of the top taco spots in town, serving grilled meats atop perfect flour tortillas in this busy Downtown shop. Order the chivichanga with shredded beef and wonder why something so delicious isn’t available to every neighborhood in town.

208 E 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

13. Rossoblu

CITY MARKET SOUTH, 1124 San Julian St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Rossoblu
Rossoblu, Downtown LA
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Steve and Dina Samson’s enduring Northern Italian restaurant continues to prepare some of the best, well-rounded cooking in the city, with rustic wood-fired dishes complementing the incredible handmade pasta on the menu. And it’s all served inside one of the most stunning dining room sin the city.

CITY MARKET SOUTH, 1124 San Julian St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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