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The Essential Guide to Fairfax Restaurants

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LA's expansive landscape can be both a blessing and a curse. While its segmented neighborhoods allow for a great diversity of restaurants and vibrant fare, making long treks during peak dinner hours isn't always a viable option. Enter Eater LA's neighborhood guides, handy maps of essential restaurants grouped strictly by neighborhood boundaries.

After finding the essential restaurants in Downtown, Silver Lake, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, and the South Bay, we now look to Fairfax, an area known for delis, hip sneaker shops, and a concentrated selection of standout restaurants. We asked Eater LA readers for the restaurants they would recommend in the tiny neighborhood, and curated this handy list of classics and newer favorites, presented in alphabetical order.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Angelini Osteria

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7313 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 297-0070
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Angelini Osteria has been a longstanding LA staple for excellent Italian cuisine that comes by way of Gino Angelini. The restaurant that opened back in 2001 has been going strong thanks to dishes like its signature lasagna verde and salt-crusted whole branzino.

2. Animal

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435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-9225
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Opened back in 2008, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s debut restaurant Animal was a monumental addition to the revitalization of Fairfax. The restaurant known for its meaty, offal-heavy menu was the first step in building the power duo’s restaurant empire.

3. Canter's Delicatessen

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419 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 651-2030
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This 1931 institution is a Fairfax landmark. With its retro digs, you’ll feel like Canter’s regulars Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller while noshing on some of the city’s best pastrami and matzo ball soup.

4. Cofax

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440 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 424-7485
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Threw back a few too many last night? In need of some serious morning-after sustenance? Luckily there’s Cofax, where smoked potato breakfast burritos are the name of the game, and there’s plenty of cold brew to wash it all down.

5. Jon & Vinny's

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412 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 334-3369
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The Animal duo’s eponymous all-day eatery has just about everything you want to eat at all hours of the day, from perfect pancakes to those juicy meatballs and popular LA Woman pizza.

6. Paramount Coffee Project

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456 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Have Paramount Coffee Project’s gorgeous toasts and breakfast dishes invaded your Instagram feed? Well if you haven’t gone yet you should, as PCP has become a mecca for Fairfax hip kids and coffee aficionados alike.

7. Pita Bar and Grill

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519 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 653-9024
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An Eater LA reader favorite, Pita Bar and Grill is a go-to for shawarma in laffa and the condiment bar with friendly service and delivery to boot.

8. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

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351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 288-6500
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One of LA’s standbys for fantastic fried chicken sandwiches and ketchup leather-topped burgers is an ideal spot to spend a leisurely afternoon drinking your way through a solid selection of craft beers.

9. Prime Pizza

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446 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 852-1188
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It was a sad day when Damianos closed its longstanding doors on Fairfax. Thankfully Prime Pizza stepped in just down the block, with plenty of New York-style thin crust pizzas by the slice.

10. Schwartz Bakery

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433 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 653-1683

The oldest kosher bakery in Los Angeles, Schwartz is a favorite for deli classics and baked goods like chocolate babka and poppy seed danishes.

11. Terroni

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7605 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 954-0300
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Beverly Boulevard’s Terroni often flies under the radar, which might be a good thing, as the restaurant probably couldn’t handle many more patrons in its perpetually crowded space. Locals know Terroni is the spot for solid pastas and housemade bread that comes before your meal.

12. The Golden State

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426 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-8331
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A true homage to California cuisine, Golden State holds it down with some of LA’s best burgers. Don’t have to head back to work post burger? Go for a beer float that’s made with local ice cream and Old Rasputin stout.

13. Urban Garden

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446 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 951-0990
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George Abou-Daoud’s (Bowery Bungalow, Rosewood Tavern) Urban Garden has been quietly serving some of the most underrated falafel in the city since 2012. Daoud’s dedication to authenticity is seen throughout his menu, with everything from housemade za’atar bread that is made to order on custom dome-shaped grills to exceptionally moist chicken shawarma.

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1. Angelini Osteria

7313 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Angelini Osteria has been a longstanding LA staple for excellent Italian cuisine that comes by way of Gino Angelini. The restaurant that opened back in 2001 has been going strong thanks to dishes like its signature lasagna verde and salt-crusted whole branzino.

7313 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

2. Animal

435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Opened back in 2008, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s debut restaurant Animal was a monumental addition to the revitalization of Fairfax. The restaurant known for its meaty, offal-heavy menu was the first step in building the power duo’s restaurant empire.

435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

3. Canter's Delicatessen

419 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This 1931 institution is a Fairfax landmark. With its retro digs, you’ll feel like Canter’s regulars Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller while noshing on some of the city’s best pastrami and matzo ball soup.

419 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

4. Cofax

440 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Threw back a few too many last night? In need of some serious morning-after sustenance? Luckily there’s Cofax, where smoked potato breakfast burritos are the name of the game, and there’s plenty of cold brew to wash it all down.

440 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

5. Jon & Vinny's

412 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Animal duo’s eponymous all-day eatery has just about everything you want to eat at all hours of the day, from perfect pancakes to those juicy meatballs and popular LA Woman pizza.

412 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

6. Paramount Coffee Project

456 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Have Paramount Coffee Project’s gorgeous toasts and breakfast dishes invaded your Instagram feed? Well if you haven’t gone yet you should, as PCP has become a mecca for Fairfax hip kids and coffee aficionados alike.

456 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

7. Pita Bar and Grill

519 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

An Eater LA reader favorite, Pita Bar and Grill is a go-to for shawarma in laffa and the condiment bar with friendly service and delivery to boot.

519 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. Plan Check Kitchen + Bar

351 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

One of LA’s standbys for fantastic fried chicken sandwiches and ketchup leather-topped burgers is an ideal spot to spend a leisurely afternoon drinking your way through a solid selection of craft beers.

351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

9. Prime Pizza

446 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

It was a sad day when Damianos closed its longstanding doors on Fairfax. Thankfully Prime Pizza stepped in just down the block, with plenty of New York-style thin crust pizzas by the slice.

446 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

10. Schwartz Bakery

433 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The oldest kosher bakery in Los Angeles, Schwartz is a favorite for deli classics and baked goods like chocolate babka and poppy seed danishes.

433 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

11. Terroni

7605 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Beverly Boulevard’s Terroni often flies under the radar, which might be a good thing, as the restaurant probably couldn’t handle many more patrons in its perpetually crowded space. Locals know Terroni is the spot for solid pastas and housemade bread that comes before your meal.

7605 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

12. The Golden State

426 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

A true homage to California cuisine, Golden State holds it down with some of LA’s best burgers. Don’t have to head back to work post burger? Go for a beer float that’s made with local ice cream and Old Rasputin stout.

426 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

13. Urban Garden

446 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

George Abou-Daoud’s (Bowery Bungalow, Rosewood Tavern) Urban Garden has been quietly serving some of the most underrated falafel in the city since 2012. Daoud’s dedication to authenticity is seen throughout his menu, with everything from housemade za’atar bread that is made to order on custom dome-shaped grills to exceptionally moist chicken shawarma.

446 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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