Silver Lake is one of the city’s best dining destinations. From the busy Sunset Boulevard stretch to the small, deeply connected restaurants around the reservoir, this neighborhood punches well above its weight when it comes to eating well. There are Italian staples, new school brunch spots, must-try Filipino spots, and more to know and love around Silver Lake right now, with more and more openings happening seemingly every day. Here’s where to eat around Silver Lake right now.Read More
The 18 Essential Silver Lake Restaurants
The neighborhood is a bastion of heralded hotspots and charming standbys
Find a mix of classic and remixed Cantonese dishes on the corner of Sunset and Hyperion. Chef Ryan Wong, who cut his teeth in places like Trois Mec and Otium, is turning out casual-cool versions of some staple dishes like char siu and pork chop buns.
David Rosoff and Chris Feldmeier’s vibrantly hued restaurant has been drawing raves for its refreshing gin tonics and flawlessly executed Spanish fare since it reopened in a corner brick building on Sunset in early 2022. Start with little bites like a chorizo-stuffed Scotch egg or white anchovy with guindilla pepper, olives, and shaved cured egg yolk before moving on to bigger dishes like a whole-roasted fish with fried bread and greens.
This electric blue food truck, parked along Sunset across from Bacari, is known for its inventive, elegantly prepared tacos and mariscos. There are fish tinga, octopus chiccharon, and seasonal soft-shell crab tacos, as well as enchiladas suizas piled with grilled shimp and habanero-lime cream. Keep an eye on the truck’s Instagram to spot specials like a steak and egg taco that pairs seared slices of steak with crispy fried egg whites and a 64-degree yolk.
Pine & Crane
Pine & Crane, which now also has a location in Downtown LA, has been serving its tight menu of Taiwanese and Chinese classics since 2014. Seasonal produce is sourced from the owner’s family farm, while the cooking is dependable, skilled, and fresh — making it both a neighborhood standby and a destination for diners craving dan dan noodles, mapo tofu, and the like.
Established in 1988, El Cochinito is one of Silver Lake’s true success stories. The longstanding staple has been slowly modernizing over time, and even won a coveted national award for its Cubano sandwich, but the focus is still on family and lots of delicious porky flavor.
All Day Baby
The team behind Koreatown’s Here’s Looking at You has made this cheery corner spot a favorite daytime hangout thanks to craveable dishes like biscuits loaded with eggs or fried chicken, a hot catfish sandwich adorned with house-made pickles, and french fries topped with a mountain of chili and cheese. Next door to the dining room, the bar whips up cocktails that range from boozy slushies to the classics, adding to its allure.
Spoon & Pork
Spoon & Pork humbly began as a food truck before it expanded into a brick-and-mortar space in Silver Lake. The thoughtful dishes pay homage to the comfort foods friends Raymond Yaptinchay and Jay Tuga ate while growing up in the Philippines — think sisig with Duroc pork jowl, incredibly crispy lechon kawali, and a unique slow-cooked fried pork shank.
Cafe Tropical, Silver Lake’s indomitable Cuban corner restaurant, set up shop next to the Silverlake Lounge in 1975. Even after four decades, the beloved bakery and restaurant continues to crank out dependably good guava pasteles, Cubanos, medianoche sandwiches, and cafes con leche.
In early 2022, chef Eric Park and his wife Miriam opened a minimalist cafe that pays homage to New York City bodegas while deftly weaving Korean and SoCal influences into its casual menu. Kim’s sandwiches are the stars, from a spicy house-made pork bulgogi roll to a classic chopped cheese to a Big Apple-style bacon, egg, and cheese on a toasted roll. The coffee, sourced from Korean American roaster House Roots, is drawing raves, too.
Ceviche Project chef and owner Octavio Olivas spent years popping up at hotels and food festivals, and now has a home all his own in Silver Lake. The compact room is mostly meant for bar dining, where Olivas works his ceviches and tostadas with more than a little bit of flash and flair.
Pijja Palace is the type of place that could only exist in LA. Part sports bar, part Indian restaurant, part pizza place, it does everything with a sense of joy, making it a guaranteed good time. The menu’s Indian Italian mashups include crisp-bottomed, bar-style pizzas topped with the likes of peri peri vindaloo, as well as a sublime tomato masala-napped rigatoni. A variety of spiced and saucy wings lend themselves to the place’s sports-bar vibes. Don’t skip the playful cocktails or unparalleled cardamom soft serve with Oreo cookies.
Opened by food journalists Heather Sperling and Emily Fiffer in 2017, Botanica has become an essential addition to the neighborhood. Despite a few different chefs heading up the kitchen over the years, the restaurant and marketplace’s healthy-living ethos, excellent baked goods, and sunny back patio vibes continue to resonate at brunch at beyond.
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The Ruby Fruit
Silver Lake’s boutique wine bar the Ruby Fruit is frequently packed since opening in early 2023. As one of the region’s few lesbian-owned establishments, the vibes are inclusive with lunch, dinner, brunch, weekly daytime co-working sessions, and a respectable wine list.
This tiny Sunset Boulevard shop is a flavor powerhouse, selling focaccia sandwiches, snacks, and so much more. The cafe seating and casual, fun atmosphere is perfect for LA.
Night + Market Song
This powerful Thai hotspot is still going strong after all these years, turning out a range of noodle dishes, salads, and beyond. Make sure to order from the robust wine list, too.
From daytime set sushi boxes to charcoal-grilled eel and endless meat skewers at night, there is never a bad time to visit this Sunset Boulevard staple. Swing by with friends, order drinks, and make it a night to remember.
Alimento is basically a perfect neighborhood restaurant, the kind of comforting place where workers remember you, customers share smiles, and the food and wine from chef Zach Pollack’s team make every evening feel like just the right kind of occasion. It’s far from stuffy, and always welcoming.
LA is a certified bagel town these days, thanks in no small part fo Maury’s, the middle-of-the-neighborhood hotspot doing some of the best bagel sandwiches anywhere. It helps that owner Jason Kaplan and his crew are also among the nicest people in town.
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