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Trinity Fried Rice at Monarch in Arcadia.
Trinity fried rice from Monarch in Arcadia.
Wonho Frank Lee

The 16 Hottest New Restaurants in Los Angeles, February 2023

Where to eat right now around the City of Angels

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Trinity fried rice from Monarch in Arcadia.
| 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.

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Willie Mae's Restaurant

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New Orleans’s famed fried chicken spot from Willie Mae Seaton comes to Los Angeles in full form (it opened a mostly takeout and delivery spot earlier last year) at a bright Venice space serving ultra-crisp fried chicken and other Southern staples. Seaton’s great-granddaughter Kerry Seaton-Stewart oversees Willie Mae’s LA operation, making sure every plate is executed as it would be in Louisiana.

Several plates of fried chicken, potatoes, greens, and more on a wooden table.
Fried chicken, fried potatoes, greens, and more at Willie Mae’s in Venice, California.
Eddie Sanchez

Paloma Venice

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Paloma, a new restaurant perched at the corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice Boulevard in a space once occupied by wine bar Zinque and then (briefly) Argentine wine bar Varro, may have the patio prowess to break the location’s apparent curse. The patio, which its owners have transformed into a Tulum-ish hideaway with rattan chairs and chandeliers, envelops diners in greenery (see the bougainvillea snaking across the slatted roof) and its muted spa-blue color scheme. The best items on the menu are shareable starters: think a smoky eggplant dip dotted with paprika and a burrata balloon surrounded by shaved prosciutto and crusty bread. The food isn’t the main draw, though — so come for drinks and an ambience that can make a warm, slothful Venice afternoon seem even more relaxed.

An outdoor dining area with hanging lamps and plants at Paloma restaurant in Venice, California.
The patio at Paloma.
Stan Lee

Leona's Sushi House

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Shigenori Fujimoto, a former Asanebo chef, helms the menu at this new patio restaurant in Studio City, already home to some of LA’s top sushi spots. Fujimoto infuses a lot of other flavors into the menu, including udon carbonara and black rice Peruvian chaufa paella to mix into the raw fish. With a large space and steady cocktails, it’s a powerhouse upscale Japanese restaurant in the making.

A covered patio with seating and a bar at Leona’s Sushi House in Studio City, California.
Patio at Leon’s Sushi House in Studio City.
Vivienne Killilea

Saltie Girl

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Boston import Saltie Girl has opened on the sceney stretch of Sunset Strip from owner Kathy Sidell serving various tinned fish platters, fresh oysters, and plenty of East Coast-style seafood, which remains a rare sight in LA despite its proximity to the ocean. The nicely appointed wood-paneled space gives it a timeless feel. Make sure to order some of the desserts by pastry chef Ben Sidell (Kathy’s son), like the apple tarte tatin.

A black board with a tinned fish, bread, and red and yellow pickled peppers.
Tinned fish plate at Saltie Girl in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Celebrated San Francisco transplant Angler has reopened with a completely new menu and revised interior space, with the food taking a near-complete departure from its northern Michelin-starred sibling. Angler in LA still reflects a seafood focus, with things like embered oysters and crudo starring the appetizers, but expect a more playful attitude with food, like the hot-fried fish collar and swordfish al pastor cementing a more approachable, casual experience.

An overhead shot of various bowls and plates filled with seafood fresh off a grill.
New dishes from Angler’s 2023 reopening.
Jakob Layman

Casa Madera

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For club vibes, big views, and a broad coastal Mexican steakhouse menu — including everything from oysters and hamachi crudos to duck carnitas tacos and a $295 bone-in wagyu ribeye — it’s all about making Casa Madera happen. This rooftop restaurant looks out from the apex of the Mondrian Hotel onto West Hollywood and beyond, making it a key player in the ever-coveted Sunset Strip dining scene.

A restaurant photo showing an outdoor balcony with window views to a city below.
Casa Madera in West Hollywood.
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Bon Shabu

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Longtime Koreatown shabu-shabu restaurant Bon Shabu has reopened in a sleek space along Wilshire Boulevard with a beefed up wagyu menu and an expansive center buffet area to grab vegetables, seafood, and dipping sauces. On tables, there are split hot pots with choices of eight different kinds of broth to swish meats and veggies into. The prices have gone up to reflect the better quality and dining room, but most patrons would be happy to experience all-you-can-eat shabu in nice space.

Dining room with tables and booths at Bon Shabu.
Sleek new dining room of Bon Shabu in Koreatown.
Bon Shabu

Mírate

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Mírame’s Matthew Egan and chef Joshua Gil have opened a multi-level restaurant in Los Feliz with the same approach to inventive modern Mexican cuisine with the same snacky, flavor-packed appeal. The drinks are also a main draw, using all sorts of agave spirits and native ingredients to draw a new perspective on cocktails with Mexican fare. Try Gil’s take on albondigas, jicama aguachile, and a huitlacoche mulita.

A crispy Mexican tortilla with toppings at Mirate restaurant in Los Angeles, California.
Dish from Mírate in Los Feliz.
Sierra Prescott

Café Basque

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Daniel Rose, who established himself at La Bourse et La Vie in Paris and later Le Coucou in New York City, lands on the ground floor of Downtown’s Hoxton Hotel serving his versions of French Basque bistro cooking, from stuffed tomatoes and raw tuna slices with espelette oil to chicken basquaise studded with ham, tomato, peppers, and onions. The all-day restaurant should be a hit with Downtowners and fans of Rose’s highly regarded French cooking.

A collection of dishes from Café Basque in Downtown.
Dishes from Cafe Basque.
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. Fresh off being featured on Netflix’s new Chefs Table: Pizza series, Bianco has leaned into making his wood-fired pies the star of his restaurant, with toppings like soppressata and Gaeta olives, and red onions with Santa Barbara pistachios. The small but focused dinner menu highlights starters like farinata (an Italian chickpea pancake) and spiedini (fontina wrapped in prosciutto). Dinner reservations are hard to come by, so book ahead.

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

Howlin' Ray's

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The work of many years has finally come to an end for Johnny Ray Zone and Amanda Chapman, who debut their full-fledged Nashville hot chicken restaurant that offers plenty of on-site seating, mountains of spicy chicken, and even some 40-ounce bottles of Miller High Life to help wash it all down. Like the Chinatown original (which remains open but only for takeout and delivery) in the early days, the lines are already going around the building.

Nashville-style hot chicken, and a large bottle of beer with sauces at Howlin’ Ray’s on a red tray.
Nashville-style hot chicken, and a large bottle of beer with sauces at Howlin’ Ray’s.
Wonho Frank Lee

Bar Chelou

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Chef Doug Rankin opened Bar Chelou in the same courtyard as Saso inside the Pasadena Playhouse. Rankin and his crew produce Spanish, French, and Asian flavors in a space that will likely continue to evolve. Chelou translates to “strange” or “unexpected” in French, and it delivers on this theme. While there are marinated olives, Rankin also created a sprouting cauliflower au poivre with Sichuan peppers. His twist on the traditional French carrots râpées includes a coconut dressing, lime leaf, and pommes allumettes. Aperitifs, wines, and cocktails are abundant, and Rankin plans to do six and nine-course tasting menus in due time.

Carrots râpées at Bar Chelou restaurant in Pasadena, California.
Carrots râpées at Bar Chelou restaurant in Pasadena.
Wonho Frank Lee

David Tewasart, the restaurateur behind Sticky Rice and Moon Rabbit, just opened Miya in Altadena. The menu is dedicated to homestyle cooking and includes a spicy and aromatic tom yum soup with shrimp, a sweet and savory basil eggplant stir-fry, and pad thai topped with dried shrimp and pork cracklings. The restaurant is only taking walk-up orders Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The takeout menu is posted on the restaurant’s front door.

Dishes from Miya in Altadena.
Dishes from Miya in Altadena.
Cathy Chaplin

Bistro 1968

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San Gabriel Valley will always be the hotbed of dim sum in Los Angeles County, and this popular newcomer takes over a former hot spot restaurant serving some of the city’s most dynamic and inventive dim sum in years. The former operators of Enlighten Bistro 168 essentially moved from its Arcadia space to San Gabriel, and it seems the weekend crowds have caught on. The baked abalone tarts, fried peanut mochi filled with black sesame paste, and golden har gow are early favorites but don’t sleep on the congee.

Baked abalone tart on a special three-area tray.
Baked abalone tart from Bistro 1968.
Matthew Kang

Colette

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Peter Lai, the acclaimed chef at Embassy Kitchen in San Gabriel, took over the stoves at Colette in Pasadena in late November 2022 and is serving some of the most innovative and intricate Cantonese-influenced cooking in Los Angeles. Some of Colette’s unadvertised dishes include stir-fried lobster sticky rice, lamb stew, and winter melon soup, while menu standbys include classic beef chow fun, chicken wings glazed in a cola sauce, and salmon carpaccio. Colette also serves dim sum all day.

Chef Peter Lai of Colette in Pasadena.
Chef Peter Lai of Colette in Pasadena.
Cathy Chaplin

Monarch

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The family behind the Peruvian Chinese Chifa in Eagle Rock debuted a new restaurant in Arcadia called Monarch. Though Monarch takes its culinary cues from Hong Kong, don’t expect to find standard Cantonese dishes and presentations here. Chef John Liu’s baked pork chop rice includes a pan-seared pork cutlet served over fried rice with tomato sauce and topped with Gruyere cheese. His wok-tossed lobster tails get a crush of black pepper that’s usually reserved for steaks. The celestial dining room was designed by Humberto Leon alongside architect Michael Loverich.

Black pepper lobster tail at Monarch in Arcadia.
Black pepper lobster tail at Monarch.
Wonho Frank Lee

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Willie Mae's Restaurant

New Orleans’s famed fried chicken spot from Willie Mae Seaton comes to Los Angeles in full form (it opened a mostly takeout and delivery spot earlier last year) at a bright Venice space serving ultra-crisp fried chicken and other Southern staples. Seaton’s great-granddaughter Kerry Seaton-Stewart oversees Willie Mae’s LA operation, making sure every plate is executed as it would be in Louisiana.

Several plates of fried chicken, potatoes, greens, and more on a wooden table.
Fried chicken, fried potatoes, greens, and more at Willie Mae’s in Venice, California.
Eddie Sanchez

Paloma Venice

Paloma, a new restaurant perched at the corner of Abbot Kinney and Venice Boulevard in a space once occupied by wine bar Zinque and then (briefly) Argentine wine bar Varro, may have the patio prowess to break the location’s apparent curse. The patio, which its owners have transformed into a Tulum-ish hideaway with rattan chairs and chandeliers, envelops diners in greenery (see the bougainvillea snaking across the slatted roof) and its muted spa-blue color scheme. The best items on the menu are shareable starters: think a smoky eggplant dip dotted with paprika and a burrata balloon surrounded by shaved prosciutto and crusty bread. The food isn’t the main draw, though — so come for drinks and an ambience that can make a warm, slothful Venice afternoon seem even more relaxed.

An outdoor dining area with hanging lamps and plants at Paloma restaurant in Venice, California.
The patio at Paloma.
Stan Lee

Leona's Sushi House

Shigenori Fujimoto, a former Asanebo chef, helms the menu at this new patio restaurant in Studio City, already home to some of LA’s top sushi spots. Fujimoto infuses a lot of other flavors into the menu, including udon carbonara and black rice Peruvian chaufa paella to mix into the raw fish. With a large space and steady cocktails, it’s a powerhouse upscale Japanese restaurant in the making.

A covered patio with seating and a bar at Leona’s Sushi House in Studio City, California.
Patio at Leon’s Sushi House in Studio City.
Vivienne Killilea

Saltie Girl

Boston import Saltie Girl has opened on the sceney stretch of Sunset Strip from owner Kathy Sidell serving various tinned fish platters, fresh oysters, and plenty of East Coast-style seafood, which remains a rare sight in LA despite its proximity to the ocean. The nicely appointed wood-paneled space gives it a timeless feel. Make sure to order some of the desserts by pastry chef Ben Sidell (Kathy’s son), like the apple tarte tatin.

A black board with a tinned fish, bread, and red and yellow pickled peppers.
Tinned fish plate at Saltie Girl in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Angler

Celebrated San Francisco transplant Angler has reopened with a completely new menu and revised interior space, with the food taking a near-complete departure from its northern Michelin-starred sibling. Angler in LA still reflects a seafood focus, with things like embered oysters and crudo starring the appetizers, but expect a more playful attitude with food, like the hot-fried fish collar and swordfish al pastor cementing a more approachable, casual experience.

An overhead shot of various bowls and plates filled with seafood fresh off a grill.
New dishes from Angler’s 2023 reopening.
Jakob Layman

Casa Madera

For club vibes, big views, and a broad coastal Mexican steakhouse menu — including everything from oysters and hamachi crudos to duck carnitas tacos and a $295 bone-in wagyu ribeye — it’s all about making Casa Madera happen. This rooftop restaurant looks out from the apex of the Mondrian Hotel onto West Hollywood and beyond, making it a key player in the ever-coveted Sunset Strip dining scene.

A restaurant photo showing an outdoor balcony with window views to a city below.
Casa Madera in West Hollywood.
AVABLU

Bon Shabu

Longtime Koreatown shabu-shabu restaurant Bon Shabu has reopened in a sleek space along Wilshire Boulevard with a beefed up wagyu menu and an expansive center buffet area to grab vegetables, seafood, and dipping sauces. On tables, there are split hot pots with choices of eight different kinds of broth to swish meats and veggies into. The prices have gone up to reflect the better quality and dining room, but most patrons would be happy to experience all-you-can-eat shabu in nice space.

Dining room with tables and booths at Bon Shabu.
Sleek new dining room of Bon Shabu in Koreatown.
Bon Shabu

Mírate

Mírame’s Matthew Egan and chef Joshua Gil have opened a multi-level restaurant in Los Feliz with the same approach to inventive modern Mexican cuisine with the same snacky, flavor-packed appeal. The drinks are also a main draw, using all sorts of agave spirits and native ingredients to draw a new perspective on cocktails with Mexican fare. Try Gil’s take on albondigas, jicama aguachile, and a huitlacoche mulita.

A crispy Mexican tortilla with toppings at Mirate restaurant in Los Angeles, California.
Dish from Mírate in Los Feliz.
Sierra Prescott

Café Basque

Daniel Rose, who established himself at La Bourse et La Vie in Paris and later Le Coucou in New York City, lands on the ground floor of Downtown’s Hoxton Hotel serving his versions of French Basque bistro cooking, from stuffed tomatoes and raw tuna slices with espelette oil to chicken basquaise studded with ham, tomato, peppers, and onions. The all-day restaurant should be a hit with Downtowners and fans of Rose’s highly regarded French cooking.

A collection of dishes from Café Basque in Downtown.
Dishes from Cafe Basque.
Wonho Frank Lee

Pizzeria Bianco

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. Fresh off being featured on Netflix’s new Chefs Table: Pizza series, Bianco has leaned into making his wood-fired pies the star of his restaurant, with toppings like soppressata and Gaeta olives, and red onions with Santa Barbara pistachios. The small but focused dinner menu highlights starters like farinata (an Italian chickpea pancake) and spiedini (fontina wrapped in prosciutto). Dinner reservations are hard to come by, so book ahead.

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

Howlin' Ray's

The work of many years has finally come to an end for Johnny Ray Zone and Amanda Chapman, who debut their full-fledged Nashville hot chicken restaurant that offers plenty of on-site seating, mountains of spicy chicken, and even some 40-ounce bottles of Miller High Life to help wash it all down. Like the Chinatown original (which remains open but only for takeout and delivery) in the early days, the lines are already going around the building.

Nashville-style hot chicken, and a large bottle of beer with sauces at Howlin’ Ray’s on a red tray.
Nashville-style hot chicken, and a large bottle of beer with sauces at Howlin’ Ray’s.
Wonho Frank Lee

Bar Chelou

Chef Doug Rankin opened Bar Chelou in the same courtyard as Saso inside the Pasadena Playhouse. Rankin and his crew produce Spanish, French, and Asian flavors in a space that will likely continue to evolve. Chelou translates to “strange” or “unexpected” in French, and it delivers on this theme. While there are marinated olives, Rankin also created a sprouting cauliflower au poivre with Sichuan peppers. His twist on the traditional French carrots râpées includes a coconut dressing, lime leaf, and pommes allumettes. Aperitifs, wines, and cocktails are abundant, and Rankin plans to do six and nine-course tasting menus in due time.

Carrots râpées at Bar Chelou restaurant in Pasadena, California.
Carrots râpées at Bar Chelou restaurant in Pasadena.
Wonho Frank Lee

Miya

David Tewasart, the restaurateur behind Sticky Rice and Moon Rabbit, just opened Miya in Altadena. The menu is dedicated to homestyle cooking and includes a spicy and aromatic tom yum soup with shrimp, a sweet and savory basil eggplant stir-fry, and pad thai topped with dried shrimp and pork cracklings. The restaurant is only taking walk-up orders Wednesday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The takeout menu is posted on the restaurant’s front door.

Dishes from Miya in Altadena.
Dishes from Miya in Altadena.
Cathy Chaplin

Bistro 1968

San Gabriel Valley will always be the hotbed of dim sum in Los Angeles County, and this popular newcomer takes over a former hot spot restaurant serving some of the city’s most dynamic and inventive dim sum in years. The former operators of Enlighten Bistro 168 essentially moved from its Arcadia space to San Gabriel, and it seems the weekend crowds have caught on. The baked abalone tarts, fried peanut mochi filled with black sesame paste, and golden har gow are early favorites but don’t sleep on the congee.

Baked abalone tart on a special three-area tray.
Baked abalone tart from Bistro 1968.
Matthew Kang

Colette

Peter Lai, the acclaimed chef at Embassy Kitchen in San Gabriel, took over the stoves at Colette in Pasadena in late November 2022 and is serving some of the most innovative and intricate Cantonese-influenced cooking in Los Angeles. Some of Colette’s unadvertised dishes include stir-fried lobster sticky rice, lamb stew, and winter melon soup, while menu standbys include classic beef chow fun, chicken wings glazed in a cola sauce, and salmon carpaccio. Colette also serves dim sum all day.

Chef Peter Lai of Colette in Pasadena.
Chef Peter Lai of Colette in Pasadena.
Cathy Chaplin

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Monarch

The family behind the Peruvian Chinese Chifa in Eagle Rock debuted a new restaurant in Arcadia called Monarch. Though Monarch takes its culinary cues from Hong Kong, don’t expect to find standard Cantonese dishes and presentations here. Chef John Liu’s baked pork chop rice includes a pan-seared pork cutlet served over fried rice with tomato sauce and topped with Gruyere cheese. His wok-tossed lobster tails get a crush of black pepper that’s usually reserved for steaks. The celestial dining room was designed by Humberto Leon alongside architect Michael Loverich.

Black pepper lobster tail at Monarch in Arcadia.
Black pepper lobster tail at Monarch.
Wonho Frank Lee

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