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Tail o’ the Pup stand in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

18 Hottest Restaurants in Los Angeles, August 2022

Where to eat right now around the City of Angels

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Tail o’ the Pup stand in West Hollywood.
| Wonho Frank Lee

The Eater LA heatmap has existed for more than 15 years as a place to answer the age-old question: “Where should I eat tonight?” Though the scene has gone through tremendous challenges in the past nearly two years, the city’s spirit of breaking ground and exploring new cuisines continues with every month of openings.

Typically, places on this list are less than six months old, giving a sense of what’s new. For restaurants that have established themselves as one of the city’s essential places to eat, check out the Eater LA Essential 38. Restaurants are placed on the map in geographical order, from north to south.

Added: Mother Tongue, Dunsmoor, San Laurel, Saffy’s, Tail O’ the Pup, Irv’s Burgers

Removed: Manzke, Mother Wolf, Pizzeria Sei, Bike Shed Moto Co., BaFang Dumpling, Lavo

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Capri Club

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There may be no hotter place to hang out east of the LA River right now than Capri Club at the edge of Eagle Rock and Highland Park. This aperitivo bar leans into snackable Italian bites and lots of fun pours, making it a natural draw for a younger, hipper crowd. —Farley Elliott

A corner look at a new bar with wood paneling and red booths, at daytime.
Capri Club
Capri Club

Dunsmoor

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Rustic American cooking finds its equally woodsy home at Dunsmoor in Glassell Park, where chef Brian Dunsmoor turns out fire-kissed meats, pristine raw seafood, and more. The dim, glowing dining room is meant for communal seating and offers views of the bar and open hearth. —Farley Elliott

A golden restaurant at night showing communal wooden tables and a long open kitchen.
Dunsmoor’s dining room.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mes Amis

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Chef Lincoln Carson’s Mes Amis is a moody Hollywood hangout that comes with a redemption story. The former Bon Temps chef is back doing brasserie food with a bit of flair along one of the city’s busiest new restaurant blocks. Be sure to stick around for dessert. —Farley Elliott

A long dining room with golden touches and palm fronds at night.
Mes Amis
Wonho Frank Lee

Saffy's on Fountain

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Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis of Bestia and Bavel have finally opened their kebab shop on Fountain Avenue in East Hollywood, a changing neighborhood adding new restaurants to the historic scene already featuring Thai, Armenian, Salvadoran, and Filipino spots. The Bestia/Bavel team is doing carefully built shawarma, grilled kebabs on an open flame, and other Middle Eastern dishes inspired by Menashe and Gergis’s varied backgrounds. —Matthew Kang

A wide shot of five metal skewers of grilled meat, plus bread, on a plate at a restaurant.
Kebabs from Saffy’s.
Wonho Frank Lee

Causita

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Chef Ricardo Zarate is back in the Silver Lake swing with Causita, an upscale-cool Sunset Boulevard restaurant devoted to Nikkei cuisine. The Japanese-Peruvian hotspot is likely to be a natural hit with locals who crave a good cocktail and a great patio, not to mention the wide array of grilled meats, lobster dumplings, and variety of seafood preparations. —Farley Elliott

A deep-fried lobster dumpling with creme fraiche.
Lobster dumplings from Causita.
Wonho Frank Lee

Irv's Burgers

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West Hollywood’s iconic roadside burger Irv’s is back after owner Sonia Hong partnered with Lawrence Longo of Off the Menu to reopen the stand along Santa Monica Boulevard. The window now comes with an indoor dining area and some helpful sidewalk seating, and the menu is back in top shape with stellar griddled burgers loaded with tomato, lettuce, and crunchy pickles, plus a tasty hot dog served on a toasted split bun. —Matthew Kang

A tilted side shot of a seared burger with shredded lettuce on a white paper plate.
Double cheeseburger from Irv’s Burgers in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mother Tongue Restaurant

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Michael Mina hasn’t had a new restaurant opening in LA since the short-lived Cal Mare at the Beverly Center (though the prolific San Francisco-based chef has consulted on the menu at the Bungalow), so this big Hollywood opening is making waves as part of the area’s restaurant revitalization in the past few years. Mother Tongue is located inside a fitness club but serves polished, seasonal Californian fare to the public. Try the fideos with lobster and the immense crudites plate. —Matthew Kang

Interior of Mother Tongue restaurant in Hollywood.
Mother Tongue in Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Kuya Lord

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The lines grow early at Kuya Lord in Melrose Hill. This tiny shop from chef Maynard Llera is the work of years of waiting and pop-ups, cooking some of Los Angeles’s best Filipino food wherever he could. Now Llera and co. have a place to call their own, and the word is very much out. —Farley Elliott

An overhead shot of a takeout bowl filled with pork belly crisped at the edges, over noodles.
Pork belly from Kuya Lord
Farley Elliott

Catch Steak

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The party is on at Catch Steak, the sit-down dinner destination that comes with lots of energy from the Catch group. Find this meaty newcomer right on La Cienega in the heart of the city’s Hollywood Hills hotspot culture — and expect a wait on weekends. —Farley Elliott

40-ounce prime tomahawk at Catch Steak in West Hollywood.
Catch Steak
Wonho Frank Lee

Pijja Palace

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Indian food and Italian American fare. The match didn’t seem obvious but somehow it works at this sports bar space in Silver Lake. Think makhini pizza with tomato, spices, and cream, blistered chicken wings with Kashmiri red chiles and garam masala, or malai rigatoni with tomato masala, cream, and coriander. —Matthew Kang

A wood-paneled room with wood tables and chairs.
Pijja Palace
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Tail o' the Pup

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One of LA’s most famous food landmarks is back. Tail ’o the Pup, the programmatic architecture walk-up stand that is itself shaped like a hot dog and bun has been redone by the preservation-minded 1933 Group and is now turning out various hot dogs and sides in the heart of West Hollywood. Stop by for some nostalgia as well as lots of outdoor, two-story seating. —Farley Elliott

A close up overhead photo of chili cheese hot dogs, fries, burgers, and more.
Hot dogs, chili cheese fries, and more from Tail O’ the Pup in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Alma at the Grove

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It’s unusual for a space like Alma to exist at the Grove, the normally staid outdoor mall where chain restaurants go to thrive. This two-story stunner is serious about its food, thanks to Grupo Hunan, the powerhouse culinary group out of Mexico City that has set up shop here in Los Angeles. Stop by for ground-floor casual tacos, and then head upstairs for a more organized meal. —Farley Elliott

A dark side view of a dining room at night.
Alma at the Grove
Wonho Frank Lee

Asterid

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Ray Garcia’s upscale new Asterid is the kind of place that theater-goers and the more upscale Downtown set will love. Markedly different from Broken Spanish, this is the place for the longtime finer dining chef Garcia to show off his true range. —Farley Elliott

Dining room at Asterid restaurant in Los Angeles
Dining room of Asterid in Downtown LA.
Wonho Frank Lee

San Laurel

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Los Angeles is in the midst of a mini-Spanish food renaissance, and now there is San Laurel by none other than chef José Andrés. Located in the new Grand development Downtown, this project offers upscale Spanish takes (think garlicky shrimp, lobster salpicon, and more) and unrivaled views of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. —Farley Elliott

A long path down the middle of a dining area to a bar at a new restaurant on a rooftop.
Outdoor dining area of San Laurel in Downtown LA’s new Conrad hotel from chef José Andrés.
Wonho Frank Lee

Carnitas El Momo

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Legendary carnitas vendo “Momo” Acosta has opened a permanent physical location in Monterey Park after decades serving in Boyle Heights and South Central. With some of the city’s most celebrated pork tacos, El Momo now has a six-day-a-week service with a relaxed dining area and even some parking spots. —Matthew Kang

Carnitas taco from Carnitas El Momo.
Carnitas taco from Carnitas El Momo.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mid-City’s thoughtful new N/soto has been a long time coming. The follow-up project from the N/naka team of Niki Nakayama and Carole Iida-Nakayama is a beautiful balance of show and substance, marrying izakaya flavors and raw fish preparations with a dim, sleek dinnertime interior that is sure to be booked for months to come. —Farley Elliott

Hokkaido scallop sashimi at n/soto in Los Angeles.
Hokkaido scallop sashimi from n/soto.
Wonho Frank Lee

Pizzeria Bianco

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Chef Chris Bianco is back, ready to take on Los Angeles anew with signature pizzas and California sides that only this Phoenix phenomenon could pull off. While the restaurant is still leaning into daytime lunch hours and more New York-style by-the-slice option, expect big things for the more robust dinner section as time goes on. —Farley Elliott

A blistered pizza with light cream and pistacio.
Pizzeria Bianco
Pizzeria Bianco

The new Kodo in the Arts District is distinct in so many ways, from the severe, artistic dining areas to the comforting Japanese fare put down on the plate by chef Yoya Takahashi. This spare, thoughtful restaurant, with its long outdoor patio and warm cafe and sake bar up front, is part of a larger plan to completely flip a former firehouse into a serene hotel and spa stay. —Farley Elliott

A cooked oyster in yellow sauce in its shell on a pile of salt.
Grilled oyster in shell from Kodo.
Wonho Frank Lee

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Capri Club

A corner look at a new bar with wood paneling and red booths, at daytime.
Capri Club
Capri Club

There may be no hotter place to hang out east of the LA River right now than Capri Club at the edge of Eagle Rock and Highland Park. This aperitivo bar leans into snackable Italian bites and lots of fun pours, making it a natural draw for a younger, hipper crowd. —Farley Elliott

A corner look at a new bar with wood paneling and red booths, at daytime.
Capri Club
Capri Club

Dunsmoor

A golden restaurant at night showing communal wooden tables and a long open kitchen.
Dunsmoor’s dining room.
Wonho Frank Lee

Rustic American cooking finds its equally woodsy home at Dunsmoor in Glassell Park, where chef Brian Dunsmoor turns out fire-kissed meats, pristine raw seafood, and more. The dim, glowing dining room is meant for communal seating and offers views of the bar and open hearth. —Farley Elliott

A golden restaurant at night showing communal wooden tables and a long open kitchen.
Dunsmoor’s dining room.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mes Amis

A long dining room with golden touches and palm fronds at night.
Mes Amis
Wonho Frank Lee

Chef Lincoln Carson’s Mes Amis is a moody Hollywood hangout that comes with a redemption story. The former Bon Temps chef is back doing brasserie food with a bit of flair along one of the city’s busiest new restaurant blocks. Be sure to stick around for dessert. —Farley Elliott

A long dining room with golden touches and palm fronds at night.
Mes Amis
Wonho Frank Lee

Saffy's on Fountain

A wide shot of five metal skewers of grilled meat, plus bread, on a plate at a restaurant.
Kebabs from Saffy’s.
Wonho Frank Lee

Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis of Bestia and Bavel have finally opened their kebab shop on Fountain Avenue in East Hollywood, a changing neighborhood adding new restaurants to the historic scene already featuring Thai, Armenian, Salvadoran, and Filipino spots. The Bestia/Bavel team is doing carefully built shawarma, grilled kebabs on an open flame, and other Middle Eastern dishes inspired by Menashe and Gergis’s varied backgrounds. —Matthew Kang

A wide shot of five metal skewers of grilled meat, plus bread, on a plate at a restaurant.
Kebabs from Saffy’s.
Wonho Frank Lee

Causita

A deep-fried lobster dumpling with creme fraiche.
Lobster dumplings from Causita.
Wonho Frank Lee

Chef Ricardo Zarate is back in the Silver Lake swing with Causita, an upscale-cool Sunset Boulevard restaurant devoted to Nikkei cuisine. The Japanese-Peruvian hotspot is likely to be a natural hit with locals who crave a good cocktail and a great patio, not to mention the wide array of grilled meats, lobster dumplings, and variety of seafood preparations. —Farley Elliott

A deep-fried lobster dumpling with creme fraiche.
Lobster dumplings from Causita.
Wonho Frank Lee

Irv's Burgers

A tilted side shot of a seared burger with shredded lettuce on a white paper plate.
Double cheeseburger from Irv’s Burgers in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

West Hollywood’s iconic roadside burger Irv’s is back after owner Sonia Hong partnered with Lawrence Longo of Off the Menu to reopen the stand along Santa Monica Boulevard. The window now comes with an indoor dining area and some helpful sidewalk seating, and the menu is back in top shape with stellar griddled burgers loaded with tomato, lettuce, and crunchy pickles, plus a tasty hot dog served on a toasted split bun. —Matthew Kang

A tilted side shot of a seared burger with shredded lettuce on a white paper plate.
Double cheeseburger from Irv’s Burgers in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Mother Tongue Restaurant

Interior of Mother Tongue restaurant in Hollywood.
Mother Tongue in Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Michael Mina hasn’t had a new restaurant opening in LA since the short-lived Cal Mare at the Beverly Center (though the prolific San Francisco-based chef has consulted on the menu at the Bungalow), so this big Hollywood opening is making waves as part of the area’s restaurant revitalization in the past few years. Mother Tongue is located inside a fitness club but serves polished, seasonal Californian fare to the public. Try the fideos with lobster and the immense crudites plate. —Matthew Kang

Interior of Mother Tongue restaurant in Hollywood.
Mother Tongue in Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Kuya Lord

An overhead shot of a takeout bowl filled with pork belly crisped at the edges, over noodles.
Pork belly from Kuya Lord
Farley Elliott

The lines grow early at Kuya Lord in Melrose Hill. This tiny shop from chef Maynard Llera is the work of years of waiting and pop-ups, cooking some of Los Angeles’s best Filipino food wherever he could. Now Llera and co. have a place to call their own, and the word is very much out. —Farley Elliott

An overhead shot of a takeout bowl filled with pork belly crisped at the edges, over noodles.
Pork belly from Kuya Lord
Farley Elliott

Catch Steak

40-ounce prime tomahawk at Catch Steak in West Hollywood.
Catch Steak
Wonho Frank Lee

The party is on at Catch Steak, the sit-down dinner destination that comes with lots of energy from the Catch group. Find this meaty newcomer right on La Cienega in the heart of the city’s Hollywood Hills hotspot culture — and expect a wait on weekends. —Farley Elliott

40-ounce prime tomahawk at Catch Steak in West Hollywood.
Catch Steak
Wonho Frank Lee

Pijja Palace

A wood-paneled room with wood tables and chairs.
Pijja Palace
Emra Visuals

Indian food and Italian American fare. The match didn’t seem obvious but somehow it works at this sports bar space in Silver Lake. Think makhini pizza with tomato, spices, and cream, blistered chicken wings with Kashmiri red chiles and garam masala, or malai rigatoni with tomato masala, cream, and coriander. —Matthew Kang

A wood-paneled room with wood tables and chairs.
Pijja Palace
Emra Visuals

Tail o' the Pup

A close up overhead photo of chili cheese hot dogs, fries, burgers, and more.
Hot dogs, chili cheese fries, and more from Tail O’ the Pup in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

One of LA’s most famous food landmarks is back. Tail ’o the Pup, the programmatic architecture walk-up stand that is itself shaped like a hot dog and bun has been redone by the preservation-minded 1933 Group and is now turning out various hot dogs and sides in the heart of West Hollywood. Stop by for some nostalgia as well as lots of outdoor, two-story seating. —Farley Elliott

A close up overhead photo of chili cheese hot dogs, fries, burgers, and more.
Hot dogs, chili cheese fries, and more from Tail O’ the Pup in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Alma at the Grove

A dark side view of a dining room at night.
Alma at the Grove
Wonho Frank Lee

It’s unusual for a space like Alma to exist at the Grove, the normally staid outdoor mall where chain restaurants go to thrive. This two-story stunner is serious about its food, thanks to Grupo Hunan, the powerhouse culinary group out of Mexico City that has set up shop here in Los Angeles. Stop by for ground-floor casual tacos, and then head upstairs for a more organized meal. —Farley Elliott

A dark side view of a dining room at night.
Alma at the Grove
Wonho Frank Lee

Asterid

Dining room at Asterid restaurant in Los Angeles
Dining room of Asterid in Downtown LA.
Wonho Frank Lee

Ray Garcia’s upscale new Asterid is the kind of place that theater-goers and the more upscale Downtown set will love. Markedly different from Broken Spanish, this is the place for the longtime finer dining chef Garcia to show off his true range. —Farley Elliott

Dining room at Asterid restaurant in Los Angeles
Dining room of Asterid in Downtown LA.
Wonho Frank Lee

San Laurel