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16 Essential Hollywood Restaurants

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

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Just beyond the Walk of Fame and a stone’s throw from the Dolby Theater are over a dozen restaurants worth battling tourists and traffic for. From old school haunts like Musso & Frank to New York City-inspired hotspots, Hollywood has a little bit of everything. Those looking for something more casual can find excellent banh mi, Thai food, dim sum, and even healthy Japanese. Here are the 16 essential restaurants to try in Hollywood.

Added: Sightglass, Gigi’s, Tartine, Rao’s, iXLB Dim Sum, L’Antica Da Michele, Banh Oui, Delish Hollywood

Removed: Stella Barra, Pizzeria Mozza, APL, Bowery, El Matador, Papilles, Yai

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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. Though closed for the past fifteen months, the iconic Hollywood restaurant is back in operation. Grab a booth and dig in to continental favorites like mushrooms on toast, Seafood Chiffonade Salad, and Turkey á la King.

2. The Spare Room... Somewhere Else

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7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 769-7296
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The original 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. But because of the pandemic, the award-winning bar team — known for turning out what may be the best cocktails in the city — has moved its setup outdoors (hence the Somewhere Else name), opening an evening drinking experience under the Hollywood sky, and right by the historic pool.

3. Banh Oui

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1552 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 645-7944

Looking for a quick, delicious grab-and-go lunch? Banh Oui has reasonably priced, well-built Vietnamese banh mi, plus some excellent saucy chicken wings if sandwiches aren’t enough.

Pork belly banh mi at Banh Oui
Pork belly banh mi at Banh Oui
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4. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

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1534 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 366-2408
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Legendary Neapolitan pizzeria L’Antica opened with a gorgeous patio and wood-fired oven in the former Cafe des Artistes space serving wide, elemental pizzas that reflect the unique style from Naples.

A whole wood-fired pizza resting on a steel pizza paddle that is set on a wooden table
Margherita pizza at L’Antica da Michele in Hollywood
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5. ixlb Dimsum Eats

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5900 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 848-4766
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Firmly established as one of Hollywood’s go-to Chinese restaurants, this to-go dim sum specialist har gow, chow mein, and baked char siu baos at an approachable price.

iXLB Dim Sum in Hollywood.
iXLB Dim Sum in Hollywood.
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6. 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 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. Think of it as a modern steakhouse with everything from a stellar dining room to inventive dishes.

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7. 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 cooking from chefs Noree Pla and Fern Kaewtathip. The Phuket-style crab curry, jade noodles, and Hat Yai fried chicken are popular with the regular crowd.

8. 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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9. Delish Hollywood

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1253 Vine St # 5
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 952-6032
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Delish Hollywood is a wonderful find with home-style Japanese classics. The agedashi tofu, croquettes, gyoza, and simmered kabocha pumpkin are popular favorites. But they’ve also leaned into a ramen mashup menu, taking noodles and adding more international flare and flavor with grilled garlic shrimp, or a ramen a la caprese with tomato, burrata, basil, and dashi.

10. Salt's Cure

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1155 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 465-7258
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Chris Phelps’ daytime restaurant has a focus on breakfast and lunch, with its signature oat griddle cakes and other morning fare preceding tasty sandwiches, salads, and entrees for lunch.

11. Rao's

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1006 Seward St
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 962-7267
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Legendary Harlem restaurant Rao’s has occupied this somewhat secluded space for years, though it’s likely going to relocate in the next year due to a planned redevelopment of the block. However, until that happens, Rao’s in Hollywood will continue to serve amazing meatballs, veal parmesan, and cheesecake along Seward Street.

Rao’s Italian restaurant in Hollywood
Rao’s Hollywood
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12. Tartine Sycamore

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911 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 552-6054
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San Francisco’s famed bakery has a handy Hollywood location with fantastic morning baked goods like croissants, plus a solid daytime array of sandwiches and salads. The fried chicken sandwich is the star of the lunch menu.

13. Gigi's

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904 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

New York City-inspired upscale restaurant Gigi’s has a dining room with high design and hand-drawn murals that has all the makings of a modern classic Hollywood haunt. The fare is grounded in familiar American food, like a raw bar, cheeseburger, and halibut entree to go along with well made cocktails.

Parisian gnocchi at Gigi’s in Hollywood.
Parisian gnocchi at Gigi’s in Hollywood.
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14. Sightglass Coffee

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7051 Willoughby Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 763-8588
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San Francisco import Sightglass has a massive space that opened in 2020 with pastries, coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and pizza by the slice on a block already occupied by Gigi’s and Tartine.

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Sightglass Hollywood.
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15. 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 French bistro Petit Trois continues to charm diners with classic renditions of Parisian 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.

16. Providence

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5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 460-4170
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One of the last bastions of fine dining in Los Angeles, Providence serves one of the most elegant seafood-oriented tasting menus in the city. Michael Cimarusti’s exceptional cooking is only matched by Donato Poto’s warm and efficient service.

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1. 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. Though closed for the past fifteen months, the iconic Hollywood restaurant is back in operation. 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

2. The Spare Room... Somewhere Else

7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The original 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. But because of the pandemic, the award-winning bar team — known for turning out what may be the best cocktails in the city — has moved its setup outdoors (hence the Somewhere Else name), opening an evening drinking experience under the Hollywood sky, and right by the historic pool.

7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

3. Banh Oui

1552 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Pork belly banh mi at Banh Oui
Pork belly banh mi at Banh Oui
Matthew Kang

Looking for a quick, delicious grab-and-go lunch? Banh Oui has reasonably priced, well-built Vietnamese banh mi, plus some excellent saucy chicken wings if sandwiches aren’t enough.

1552 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

4. L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A whole wood-fired pizza resting on a steel pizza paddle that is set on a wooden table
Margherita pizza at L’Antica da Michele in Hollywood
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

Legendary Neapolitan pizzeria L’Antica opened with a gorgeous patio and wood-fired oven in the former Cafe des Artistes space serving wide, elemental pizzas that reflect the unique style from Naples.

1534 N McCadden Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028

5. ixlb Dimsum Eats

5900 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
iXLB Dim Sum in Hollywood.
iXLB Dim Sum in Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Firmly established as one of Hollywood’s go-to Chinese restaurants, this to-go dim sum specialist har gow, chow mein, and baked char siu baos at an approachable price.

5900 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Gwen

6600 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Gwen by Curtis Stone Wonho Frank Lee

Part butcher shop and part restaurant, Gwen is Curtis and Luke Stone’s 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. Think of it as a modern steakhouse with everything from a stellar dining room to inventive dishes.

6600 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

7. 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 cooking from chefs Noree Pla and Fern Kaewtathip. 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

8. 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

9. Delish Hollywood

1253 Vine St # 5, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Delish Hollywood is a wonderful find with home-style Japanese classics. The agedashi tofu, croquettes, gyoza, and simmered kabocha pumpkin are popular favorites. But they’ve also leaned into a ramen mashup menu, taking noodles and adding more international flare and flavor with grilled garlic shrimp, or a ramen a la caprese with tomato, burrata, basil, and dashi.

1253 Vine St # 5
Los Angeles, CA 90038

10. Salt's Cure

1155 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Chris Phelps’ daytime restaurant has a focus on breakfast and lunch, with its signature oat griddle cakes and other morning fare preceding tasty sandwiches, salads, and entrees for lunch.

1155 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

11. Rao's

1006 Seward St, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Rao’s Italian restaurant in Hollywood
Rao’s Hollywood
Elizabeth Daniels

Legendary Harlem restaurant Rao’s has occupied this somewhat secluded space for years, though it’s likely going to relocate in the next year due to a planned redevelopment of the block. However, until that happens, Rao’s in Hollywood will continue to serve amazing meatballs, veal parmesan, and cheesecake along Seward Street.

1006 Seward St
Los Angeles, CA 90038

12. Tartine Sycamore

911 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

San Francisco’s famed bakery has a handy Hollywood location with fantastic morning baked goods like croissants, plus a solid daytime array of sandwiches and salads. The fried chicken sandwich is the star of the lunch menu.

911 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

13. Gigi's

904 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Parisian gnocchi at Gigi’s in Hollywood.
Parisian gnocchi at Gigi’s in Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

New York City-inspired upscale restaurant Gigi’s has a dining room with high design and hand-drawn murals that has all the makings of a modern classic Hollywood haunt. The fare is grounded in familiar American food, like a raw bar, cheeseburger, and halibut entree to go along with well made cocktails.

904 N Sycamore Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

14. Sightglass Coffee

7051 Willoughby Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
A teal counter for ordering food from behind a glass case.
Sightglass Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

San Francisco import Sightglass has a massive space that opened in 2020 with pastries, coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and pizza by the slice on a block already occupied by Gigi’s and Tartine.

7051 Willoughby Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

15. Petit Trois

718 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Ludo Lefebvre’s original French bistro Petit Trois continues to charm diners with classic renditions of Parisian 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

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16. Providence

5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

One of the last bastions of fine dining in Los Angeles, Providence serves one of the most elegant seafood-oriented tasting menus in the city. Michael Cimarusti’s exceptional cooking is only matched by Donato Poto’s warm and efficient service.

5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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