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Wonho Frank Lee

14 Fantastic Keto-Friendly Restaurants in Los Angeles

Don’t be a carb-avoider — be a healthy fat and protein dominator

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Grilled steak at APL
| Wonho Frank Lee

Everybody knows someone: The ketogenic diet craze is sweeping the nation, and a tsunami of “before-and-after” Instagram posts, avocado and coconut-based oil products and finicky menu changes threaten to crash down on dinner plans nationwide.

For the uninitiated, the ketogenic diet is a low-carbohydrate diet that seeks to change the body’s source of energy from carbohydrates to fats. This is done by eliminating carbohydrate intake and entering “ketosis,” a metabolic state by which the body is burning fat as energy due to the absence of carbohydrates. The purported health benefits of ketosis are many, but the most remarkable is weight loss.

Due to the sheer availability of specialty health products at retailers like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, keeping a ketogenic diet at home has never been easier.

As for eating out? It’s actually still pretty difficult. Many of the city’s restaurants use low-cost carbohydrate fillers like potatoes, bread or pastas to “fill out” a proper meal. However, there are both affordable and upscale dining options that can provide a fully keto-friendly meal. Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling on eating out while on the ketogenic diet in Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sevan Chicken Rotisserie

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601 W Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale, CA 91202
(818) 244-1424
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Sevan Chicken snatches the crown for best quick-service Mediterranean-style rotisserie chicken from Zankou Chicken by offering a crispier skin and consistently juicier white meat. A smear of that addictive garlic sauce and it’s a keto-friendly meal on the cheap. Just be sure to skip any hummus and opt for the moutabal, an eggplant dip.

Sevan Chicken
Sevan Chicken
Ko M./Yelp

2. Soh Grill House

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27 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 714-7760
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As Korean barbecues go for keto, most of them are A-OK; between the steamed egg, various cuts of beef and pork (without marinade, of course), any Korean barbecue experience is generally keto safe. With that said, Soh Grill House makes the list for a couple reasons: The unmarinated meats are some of the best in the city, and their mostly-vegetable banchan spread (especially their spinach) is exceptionally keto-friendly.

Soh Grill House
Soh Grill House
Uracha Chaiyapinunt

3. Tam O'Shanter

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2980 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 664-0228
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The Tam consistently puts out one of the city’s best prime ribs (the Lawry’s recipe), and what is there better to eat on a keto diet than a giant cut of beef rib with a healthy smear of horseradish? Nothing, that’s what. Carb watchers, beware: Lawry’s recipe for creamed spinach contains a small amount of all-purpose flour, so go easy on the sides in general and just double down on the meat with a bone-in Prince Charlie cut.

4. APL Restaurant

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1680 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 416-1280
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Adam Perry Lang’s eponymous steakhouse is a ketogenic heaven, replete with a killer Bearnaise sauce, fish options and dry-aged steaks hot off the broiler. The tightly focused program also a surprising amount of keto-friendly sides, including creamed spinach, steamed asparagus and cauliflower steak.

APL
Steak at APL
Wonho Frank Lee

5. In-N-Out Burger

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7009 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(800) 786-1000
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The Protein-Style/Lettuce Wrap In-N-Out Burger (hold the spread!) is an enduring staple of every Angeleno’s low carb diet. Extra-conscious folks might want to avoid the tomatoes and onions, as well.

A nondescript In-N-Out location, complete with drive thru.

6. Chengdu Taste

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3233, 828 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803
(626) 588-2284

The San Gabriel Valley institution boasts a prodigious number of keto-friendly options, including chicken and mixed vegetable skewer, couple’s sliced beef in chili sauce and boiled sliced fish in hot sauce — just to name a couple.

Chengdu Taste
Toothpick lamb at Chengdu Taste
Elaine H./Yelp

7. Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio

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233 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 734-0841
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Avra earns the distinction of being one of the most keto-friendly restaurants in the city; fresh fish are deboned and prepared by the pound on the restaurant’s charcoal grill. Just be careful with the sides — Avra favors a lot of legumes, consumption of which should be minimal on ketogenic diets.

Avra Beverly Hills
Avra, Beverly Hills
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8. Feng Mao Lamb Kebab

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414 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 388-9299
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Pretty sure bull penis is keto friendly, but in case it isn’t, there’s also the great charcoal-grilled lamb, prawn, squid and chicken kebabs at this Chinese-Korean hole-in-the-wall off Western.

9. The Boiling Crab

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3377 Wilshire Blvd #115
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 389-2722
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For all five people in Los Angeles who haven’t heard of The Boiling Crab, this Cajun seafood boil restaurant takes various shelled seafood (crawfish, shrimp, various types of crab) and tosses them in a sauce of the diner’s choosing. Lines at the Koreatown location get a bit out of control on the weekends, but fans of the garlicky crawfish eagerly brave the wait.

Shrimp at Boiling Crab
Shrimp at Boiling Crab
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10. Hwal Uh Kwang Jang

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730 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Korean-style sashimi is the name of the game at Hwal Uh Kwang Jang, and from slivered raw halibut, to thick-sliced tuna, to the house specialty lobster sashimi, it’s all keto-friendly and it’s probably one of the most delicious ways to get those all-important Omega-3 fatty acids.

Sliced raw fish at Hwal Uh Kwang Jang
Sliced raw fish at Hwal Uh Kwang Jang
Matthew Kang

11. Pollo A La Brasa Western

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764 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005
(213) 387-1531

This Peruvian chicken shack is a bona fide Koreatown institution, and between the smokey marinated pollo a la brasa and that bitey, peppery green aji sauce, it puts up a very strong keto-friendly option. Just make sure to order salad on the side.

Pollo A La Brasa

12. Shabuya Los Angeles

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1925 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 318-5635
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Shabu shabu is an often overlooked and underrated low-carb choice, owing in part to its small portions. That concern is mitigated at Shabuya; the restaurants uses an all-you-can-eat model and the shrimp, ribeye and pork options are all included so that ketogenic eaters can order to their hearts’ content.

Shabuya
Shabuya
Cliff C./Yelp

13. Fogo de Chão

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800 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 228-4300
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Brazilian BBQ is a no-brainer for keto diets, and Fogo de Chao has a salad bar with an even bigger spread of keto-friendly options to boot. The vast majority of Fogo’s meats are seasoned only with salt prior to grilling, making them ideal candidates for All-You-Can-Eat consumption.

Fogo de Chao, Downtown LA
Fogo de Chao, Downtown LA

14. TikiFish

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3300 Overland Ave #103
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 876-0442
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The mixed greens poke bowl is a staple of many a ketogenic diet, but few poké bowl spots get the job done like Tiki Fish. In addition to a solid lineup of fish options, the ability to add avocado and uni make it as affordable and keto-friendly an option as there is in this part of town.

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1. Sevan Chicken Rotisserie

601 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202
Sevan Chicken
Sevan Chicken
Ko M./Yelp

Sevan Chicken snatches the crown for best quick-service Mediterranean-style rotisserie chicken from Zankou Chicken by offering a crispier skin and consistently juicier white meat. A smear of that addictive garlic sauce and it’s a keto-friendly meal on the cheap. Just be sure to skip any hummus and opt for the moutabal, an eggplant dip.

601 W Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale, CA 91202

2. Soh Grill House

27 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
Soh Grill House
Soh Grill House
Uracha Chaiyapinunt

As Korean barbecues go for keto, most of them are A-OK; between the steamed egg, various cuts of beef and pork (without marinade, of course), any Korean barbecue experience is generally keto safe. With that said, Soh Grill House makes the list for a couple reasons: The unmarinated meats are some of the best in the city, and their mostly-vegetable banchan spread (especially their spinach) is exceptionally keto-friendly.

27 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

3. Tam O'Shanter

2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

The Tam consistently puts out one of the city’s best prime ribs (the Lawry’s recipe), and what is there better to eat on a keto diet than a giant cut of beef rib with a healthy smear of horseradish? Nothing, that’s what. Carb watchers, beware: Lawry’s recipe for creamed spinach contains a small amount of all-purpose flour, so go easy on the sides in general and just double down on the meat with a bone-in Prince Charlie cut.

2980 Los Feliz Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

4. APL Restaurant

1680 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
APL
Steak at APL
Wonho Frank Lee

Adam Perry Lang’s eponymous steakhouse is a ketogenic heaven, replete with a killer Bearnaise sauce, fish options and dry-aged steaks hot off the broiler. The tightly focused program also a surprising amount of keto-friendly sides, including creamed spinach, steamed asparagus and cauliflower steak.

1680 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028

5. In-N-Out Burger

7009 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A nondescript In-N-Out location, complete with drive thru.

The Protein-Style/Lettuce Wrap In-N-Out Burger (hold the spread!) is an enduring staple of every Angeleno’s low carb diet. Extra-conscious folks might want to avoid the tomatoes and onions, as well.

7009 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Chengdu Taste

3233, 828 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803
Chengdu Taste
Toothpick lamb at Chengdu Taste
Elaine H./Yelp

The San Gabriel Valley institution boasts a prodigious number of keto-friendly options, including chicken and mixed vegetable skewer, couple’s sliced beef in chili sauce and boiled sliced fish in hot sauce — just to name a couple.

3233, 828 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA 91803

7. Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio

233 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Avra Beverly Hills
Avra, Beverly Hills
Wonho Frank Lee

Avra earns the distinction of being one of the most keto-friendly restaurants in the city; fresh fish are deboned and prepared by the pound on the restaurant’s charcoal grill. Just be careful with the sides — Avra favors a lot of legumes, consumption of which should be minimal on ketogenic diets.

233 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

8. Feng Mao Lamb Kebab

414 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Pretty sure bull penis is keto friendly, but in case it isn’t, there’s also the great charcoal-grilled lamb, prawn, squid and chicken kebabs at this Chinese-Korean hole-in-the-wall off Western.

414 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020

9. The Boiling Crab

3377 Wilshire Blvd #115, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Shrimp at Boiling Crab
Shrimp at Boiling Crab
Yelp

For all five people in Los Angeles who haven’t heard of The Boiling Crab, this Cajun seafood boil restaurant takes various shelled seafood (crawfish, shrimp, various types of crab) and tosses them in a sauce of the diner’s choosing. Lines at the Koreatown location get a bit out of control on the weekends, but fans of the garlicky crawfish eagerly brave the wait.

3377 Wilshire Blvd #115
Los Angeles, CA 90010

10. Hwal Uh Kwang Jang

730 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Sliced raw fish at Hwal Uh Kwang Jang
Sliced raw fish at Hwal Uh Kwang Jang
Matthew Kang

Korean-style sashimi is the name of the game at Hwal Uh Kwang Jang, and from slivered raw halibut, to thick-sliced tuna, to the house specialty lobster sashimi, it’s all keto-friendly and it’s probably one of the most delicious ways to get those all-important Omega-3 fatty acids.

730 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

11. Pollo A La Brasa Western

764 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005
Pollo A La Brasa

This Peruvian chicken shack is a bona fide Koreatown institution, and between the smokey marinated pollo a la brasa and that bitey, peppery green aji sauce, it puts up a very strong keto-friendly option. Just make sure to order salad on the side.

764 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90005

12. Shabuya Los Angeles

1925 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
Shabuya
Shabuya
Cliff C./Yelp

Shabu shabu is an often overlooked and underrated low-carb choice, owing in part to its small portions. That concern is mitigated at Shabuya; the restaurants uses an all-you-can-eat model and the shrimp, ribeye and pork options are all included so that ketogenic eaters can order to their hearts’ content.

1925 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

13. Fogo de Chão

800 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Fogo de Chao, Downtown LA
Fogo de Chao, Downtown LA

Brazilian BBQ is a no-brainer for keto diets, and Fogo de Chao has a salad bar with an even bigger spread of keto-friendly options to boot. The vast majority of Fogo’s meats are seasoned only with salt prior to grilling, making them ideal candidates for All-You-Can-Eat consumption.

800 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

14. TikiFish

3300 Overland Ave #103, Los Angeles, CA 90034

The mixed greens poke bowl is a staple of many a ketogenic diet, but few poké bowl spots get the job done like Tiki Fish. In addition to a solid lineup of fish options, the ability to add avocado and uni make it as affordable and keto-friendly an option as there is in this part of town.

3300 Overland Ave #103
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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