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Cathy Chaplin

The 15 Essential Hollywood Restaurants

Where to eat in the heart of LA’s historic movie-making district

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Escargot at Petit Trois.
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Just beyond the Walk of Fame and a stone’s throw from the Kodak Theater are over a dozen restaurants worth battling tourists and traffic for. Really good steak, both in old and new school forms, is always a safe bet but don’t overlook the lesser-known gems serving up Thai food and tacos. Here now are the 15 essential Hollywood restaurants.

Removed: Mashti Malone, Hungry Cat, 25 Degrees

Added: Spare Room, Pizzeria Mozza, Petit Trois, Providence, Yai Restaurant

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Spare Room

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7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 769-7296
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The Spare Room is a quirky place, a hideaway with a bowling alley attached that’s buried deep inside the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel on the second floor. It also, naturally, happens to be one of the city’s best cocktail bars, a home for innovators to come together to riff on classics and punch up little-used spirits. The menu rotates often, but tiki drinks, fun events, and an enduringly lively atmosphere are never far away.

2. Salt's Cure

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1155 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 465-7258
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Farm-to-table isn’t just a catchy marketing phrase here at Chris Phelps’ all-day restaurant. All of the ingredients served here are grown and raised in California, like the pork chops with apple sauce and the duck breast with griddle cakes served at dinnertime.  

3. Pizzeria Mozza

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641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 297-0101
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It’s impossible to have a bad meal at Nancy Silverton’s haven for Cal-Ital pizza. The chicken liver toast makes for a fine starter while the butterscotch budino makes for an even better finish. Which pizza to have in between is certainly up to you.

4. Petit Trois

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718 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 468-8916
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Ludo Lefebvre’s original Petit Trois continues to charm diners with pitch-perfect renditions of French bistro fare. It’s hard to go wrong with the classics, like the snails bathed in butter and the slow-cooked omelette filled with Boursin cheese.

5. Luv2eat Thai Bistro

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6660 Sunset Boulevard P
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 498-5835
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A Thai restaurant located in a rundown strip mall isn’t notable in this neighborhood, but this spot stands out for its well executed southern Thai fare. The Phuket-style crab curry, jade noodles, and Hat Yai fried chicken are popular with the regular crowd.

6. Musso & Frank Grill

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6667 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 467-7788
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Martinis done right and a menu that’s barely changed since opening day has kept this restaurant relevant and running since 1919. Grab a booth and dig in to continental favorites like mushrooms on toast, Seafood Chiffonade Salad, and Turkey á la King.

7. Gwen

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6600 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 946-7500
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Part butcher shop and part restaurant, Gwen is Curtis and Luke Stone’s fiery temple for all things meaty. Stop in for house-made charcuterie and meats to go or linger a while over a proper meal with wine. There’s a menu for just about everyone here, from the pre-theater crowd to those seeking a five-course affair. An la carte menu featuring things like a lobster rolls and stuffed pasta satisfies everyone else.

A medium-rare steak sliced on a plate.
Gwen
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8. Providence

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5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 460-4170
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One of the final bastions of fine dining in Los Angeles, Providence orchestrates one of the most pleasurable gastronomical experiences in the city. Chef Michael Cimarusti’s exceptional cooking is perfectly matched with Donato Poto’s warm and efficient service. A meal here is worth the splurge whether it’s to honor a milestone, meet with colleagues, or celebrate an anniversary. 

9. Stella Barra Pizzeria

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6372 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 301-4001
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The key to Stella’s stellar pizzas is the dough. Made from just flour, water, sea salt, and fresh yeast, the dough rests and ferments for thirty hours in jars. It’s hard to go wrong with the “Meatlovers” pizza made with fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon, sausage, and spicy salumi.

A golden crusted pizza with sausage and red sauce.
Stella Barra Pizzeria
Stella Barra Pizzeria [Official Photo]

10. Los Balcones

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1360 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 871-9600
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Dine here for a little slice of Peru in LA. Brothers Jorge, Eduardo, and Walter Rodriguez serve up a smattering of traditional dishes, modern plates, and family favorites like grilled beef hearts, arroz con pollo, and lomo saltado.

Los Balcones
Los Balcones
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11. APL Restaurant

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1680 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 416-1280
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Adam Perry Lang is synonymous with meat and here at his 143-seat restaurant inside the Taft Building, large format proteins rein supreme. In addition to the usual cuts like filet mignon and New York, there’s dry-aged beef that’s been chilling in the on-site “Environmental Chamber” for over 150 days.  

12. Bowery

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6268 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 465-3400
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The food and drink menus are given equal weight at this neighborhood gastropub. There’s beer, wine, and liquor to pair with classic pub fare like burgers and fries.

13. Papilles

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6221 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 871-2026
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Inspired by Paris’ bistronomy trend, this casual bistro serves a tight menu with just a few appetizers, entrees, cheeses, and sweets. Order a la carte or opt for the pre-fixe menu.  

14. Yai Restaurant

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5757 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-0292

It’s easy to get lost in Yai’s extensive menu, so take a look around the dining room to see what’s really worth digging into. The beef tendon soup is the sleeper hit, while the crispy-sweet pork belly’s always been popular. 

15. El Matador Taco Truck

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1174 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 572-1891

Head to the corner of Western and Lexington for tacos, burritos, and tortas from one of the city’s finest food trucks. The al pastor is really something great and quite possibly even tastier after an evening of imbibing. The truck operates until 4 a.m.  

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1. The Spare Room

7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The Spare Room is a quirky place, a hideaway with a bowling alley attached that’s buried deep inside the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel on the second floor. It also, naturally, happens to be one of the city’s best cocktail bars, a home for innovators to come together to riff on classics and punch up little-used spirits. The menu rotates often, but tiki drinks, fun events, and an enduringly lively atmosphere are never far away.

7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

2. Salt's Cure

1155 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Farm-to-table isn’t just a catchy marketing phrase here at Chris Phelps’ all-day restaurant. All of the ingredients served here are grown and raised in California, like the pork chops with apple sauce and the duck breast with griddle cakes served at dinnertime.  

1155 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. Pizzeria Mozza

641 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

It’s impossible to have a bad meal at Nancy Silverton’s haven for Cal-Ital pizza. The chicken liver toast makes for a fine starter while the butterscotch budino makes for an even better finish. Which pizza to have in between is certainly up to you.

641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

4. Petit Trois

718 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Ludo Lefebvre’s original Petit Trois continues to charm diners with pitch-perfect renditions of French bistro fare. It’s hard to go wrong with the classics, like the snails bathed in butter and the slow-cooked omelette filled with Boursin cheese.

718 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

5. Luv2eat Thai Bistro

6660 Sunset Boulevard P, Los Angeles, CA 90028

A Thai restaurant located in a rundown strip mall isn’t notable in this neighborhood, but this spot stands out for its well executed southern Thai fare. The Phuket-style crab curry, jade noodles, and Hat Yai fried chicken are popular with the regular crowd.

6660 Sunset Boulevard P
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Musso & Frank Grill

6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Martinis done right and a menu that’s barely changed since opening day has kept this restaurant relevant and running since 1919. Grab a booth and dig in to continental favorites like mushrooms on toast, Seafood Chiffonade Salad, and Turkey á la King.

6667 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

7. Gwen

6600 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A medium-rare steak sliced on a plate.
Gwen
Farley Elliott

Part butcher shop and part restaurant, Gwen is Curtis and Luke Stone’s fiery temple for all things meaty. Stop in for house-made charcuterie and meats to go or linger a while over a proper meal with wine. There’s a menu for just about everyone here, from the pre-theater crowd to those seeking a five-course affair. An la carte menu featuring things like a lobster rolls and stuffed pasta satisfies everyone else.

6600 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

8. Providence

5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

One of the final bastions of fine dining in Los Angeles, Providence orchestrates one of the most pleasurable gastronomical experiences in the city. Chef Michael Cimarusti’s exceptional cooking is perfectly matched with Donato Poto’s warm and efficient service. A meal here is worth the splurge whether it’s to honor a milestone, meet with colleagues, or celebrate an anniversary. 

5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

9. Stella Barra Pizzeria

6372 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A golden crusted pizza with sausage and red sauce.
Stella Barra Pizzeria
Stella Barra Pizzeria [Official Photo]

The key to Stella’s stellar pizzas is the dough. Made from just flour, water, sea salt, and fresh yeast, the dough rests and ferments for thirty hours in jars. It’s hard to go wrong with the “Meatlovers” pizza made with fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon, sausage, and spicy salumi.

6372 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

10. Los Balcones

1360 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Los Balcones
Los Balcones
Farley Elliott

Dine here for a little slice of Peru in LA. Brothers Jorge, Eduardo, and Walter Rodriguez serve up a smattering of traditional dishes, modern plates, and family favorites like grilled beef hearts, arroz con pollo, and lomo saltado.

1360 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028

11. APL Restaurant

1680 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Adam Perry Lang is synonymous with meat and here at his 143-seat restaurant inside the Taft Building, large format proteins rein supreme. In addition to the usual cuts like filet mignon and New York, there’s dry-aged beef that’s been chilling in the on-site “Environmental Chamber” for over 150 days.  

1680 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028

12. Bowery

6268 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The food and drink menus are given equal weight at this neighborhood gastropub. There’s beer, wine, and liquor to pair with classic pub fare like burgers and fries.

6268 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

13. Papilles

6221 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Inspired by Paris’ bistronomy trend, this casual bistro serves a tight menu with just a few appetizers, entrees, cheeses, and sweets. Order a la carte or opt for the pre-fixe menu.  

6221 Franklin Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

14. Yai Restaurant

5757 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

It’s easy to get lost in Yai’s extensive menu, so take a look around the dining room to see what’s really worth digging into. The beef tendon soup is the sleeper hit, while the crispy-sweet pork belly’s always been popular. 

5757 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

15. El Matador Taco Truck

1174 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Head to the corner of Western and Lexington for tacos, burritos, and tortas from one of the city’s finest food trucks. The al pastor is really something great and quite possibly even tastier after an evening of imbibing. The truck operates until 4 a.m.  

1174 N Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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