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18 Hottest Restaurants in Los Angeles, August 2022

Where to eat right now around the City of Angels

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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: Sawa, Vamos Vamos, Workshop Kitchen & Bar, Cali Chilli, Emmy Squared

Removed: Kodo, Causita, Alma at the Grove, N/soto, Asterid

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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

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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

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
Emra Visuals

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

Workshop Kitchen & Bar

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A two-plus hour drive to Palm Springs is no longer needed to experience the minimalist modern aesthetic and French-inflected, elegant market fare from chef Michael Beckman, now that Workshop Kitchen & Bar is open on La Brea. Settle into one of the restaurant’s dramatic dining “cocoons” for a five-course tasting menu experience (either plant-based or with meat and fish), and be sure to order one of the inventive cocktails.

An elevated shot of a modern dining room with stark tables and chairs.
The dining room at Workshop Kitchen & Bar.
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

Bar Sawa

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Located in the basement of the Kajima Office building in Little Tokyo, Bar Sawa has quietly become one of the city’s most special sushi and cocktail experiences. Anyone willing to take the time to find it will discover a restaurant that combines elements of classic Tokyo-style cocktail bars with an upscale Edomae omakase from chef Anthony Nguyen to match, all in an arresting space meant for just a handful of people at a time.

Dimly lit cocktail bar with stools.
Bar Sawa.
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

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

Emmy Squared

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Emmy Squared is a well-known name back east, so it’s all the more surprising that the group’s first LA location is… attached to a brewery in a suburban part of Santa Monica. Still it’s all part of the charm at this square-pie palace, where diners can score pints of Santa Monica Brew Works beer alongside pepperoni-heavy, extra-cheesy pizzas — and don’t sleep on the chicken parm sandwich or the burger, either.

An overhead shot of a square pizza with lots of basil and burned edges.
Emmy Squared.
Farley Elliott

Vamos Vamos

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Judging by the wait times at this new Main Street restaurant from Silverlake Wine owners Randy and April Clement, Santa Monica residents are hungry for nachos. A casual menu offers crowd-pleasers like fish tacos, a green chile-topped cheeseburger, and yes, said nachos, offered in four different style (classic, elote, chile verde, and carne adovada). Seven different margaritas, ranging from watermelon to hibiscus, all but guarantee Vamos Vamos is going to be a good time.

A side shot of a plate of nachos and pink cocktails with salted rims.
Nachos at Vamos Vamos.
Vamos Vamos

CaliChilli

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Long Beach’s new Indian-inflected restaurant from globe-trotting, Michelin-starred chef Manjunath Mural doesn’t take itself too seriously, serving up comforting fare with a twist. Think: chicken tikka punched up with parmesan and white truffle oil, or a play on lasagna where thin slices of eggplant are stuffed between layers of paneer.

A dome of puffed bread on a warm colander at a restaurant.
Butter chicken at Cali Chilli.
Brian Addison

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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

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

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

Workshop Kitchen & Bar

An elevated shot of a modern dining room with stark tables and chairs.
The dining room at Workshop Kitchen & Bar.
Wonho Frank Lee

A two-plus hour drive to Palm Springs is no longer needed to experience the minimalist modern aesthetic and French-inflected, elegant market fare from chef Michael Beckman, now that Workshop Kitchen & Bar is open on La Brea. Settle into one of the restaurant’s dramatic dining “cocoons” for a five-course tasting menu experience (either plant-based or with meat and fish), and be sure to order one of the inventive cocktails.

An elevated shot of a modern dining room with stark tables and chairs.
The dining room at Workshop Kitchen & Bar.
Wonho Frank Lee

San Laurel

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

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