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Proper English breakfast at Bike Shed Moto Co.
Wonho Frank Lee

17 Hottest Restaurants in Los Angeles, June 2022

Where to eat right now around the City of Angels

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Proper English breakfast at Bike Shed Moto Co.
| Wonho Frank Lee

The Eater LA heatmap has existed for more than 15 years as a place to answer the age-old question of “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: Bike Shed Moto Co, Carnitas El Momo, Pijja Palace

Removed: Magari, Kogane, AB Steak, TukTuk Thai, Benny Boy Brewing

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mother Wolf

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1545 Wilcox Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 410-6060
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Evan Funke has been quietly executing Roman dishes at his Venice restaurant Felix with the intent of doing something completely focused on the Italian capital. Now Mother Wolf is open, and the reservations book is thick with people waiting to nab a table inside the gorgeous, regal dining room. The early word is almost exclusive positive on the food, with ricotta-filled squash blossoms, rigatoni all’amatriciana, and thin-crusted mortadella pizza filling Instagram posts. —Matthew Kang

A long wall of glassware separates two space inside of a new Italian restaurant.
Mother Wolf in Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

2. Lavo Ristorante

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9201 Sunset Blvd Suite 100
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 817-6441
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It’s all about the look and vibe at Lavo Ristorante on Sunset, where West Hollywood and Hollywood Hills types come to hang out over Italian plates, big cocktails, and lots of open-air conversation. —Farley Elliott

Round tables and black chairs at a tall open dining room at night.
Dining room at Lavo Ristorante in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

3. Causita

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3709 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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 sure to be a 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

4. Bar Moruno

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3705 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 546-0505
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Spanish food is in full view from the open wood-fired oven at Bar Moruno, where chef/partner Chris Feldmeier turns out tortilla espanola, roasted vegetables, meatier mains, and even little tins of fish. The wine is the work of partner David Rosoff, and also should not be missed. —Farley Elliott

Tinned fish, eggs, potatoes, and more shown from overhead on a wooden table.
Dishes from Bar Moruno in Silver Lake.
Wonho Frank Lee

5. Pijja Palace

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2711 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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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6. Manzke

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(424) 500-9575

Manzke is the new upstairs option above Bicyclette that comes from Margarita and Walter Manzke of Republique fame. This definitely luxe dinner spot offers plenty of big (and expensive) wines to go along with a tasting menu that rides through truffles, caviar, and seasonal dishes — all meant to delight the city’s more discerning set. —Farley Elliott

Trout roe with tzatziki in a ceramic bowl with chips to the side.
Trout roe with tzatziki at Manzke restaurant.
Wonho Frank Lee

7. asterid by Ray Garcia

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141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3535
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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

8. Pizzeria Sei

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8781 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
(424) 279-9800
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William Joo trained at Providence, Pizzana, and Ronan before opening this sleek, minimalist pizzeria in Pico-Robertson with wife and partner Jennifer So. Right now it’s one of the only Tokyo-style Neapolian pizza spots in town, with blistered wood-fired pizzas and a slew of Italian appetizers to start. —Matthew Kang

Counter seats at Pizzeria Sei in Pico-Robertson with customers at the far bar.
Counter seats at Pizzeria Sei in Pico-Robertson.
Matthew Kang

9. Camphor

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923 E 3rd St Suite 109
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 626-8888
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Chefs Max Boonthanakit and Lijo George find inspiration in modern French cooking, with their combined experience at Blue by Alain Ducasse in Bangkok, itself a celebrated dining destination on the Asia 50 Best list. Here in LA, taking over the former Nightshade space, the energy is palpable, with inventive and thoughtful dishes like crispy gunpowder shrimp or roasted rollade of chicken thigh. Cocktails and drinks excel too, with a stiff $30 martini infused with herbs leading the list. Be sure to order more courses than you think as the portions are the smaller side. —Matthew Kang

Baby shrimp gunpowder dish at Camphor restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles
Gunpowder shrimp from Camphor.
Wonho Frank Lee

10. Carnitas El Momo

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1470 Monterey Pass Rd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 627-8540
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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 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

11. N/soto

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4566 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 879-9455
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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

12. Bike Shed Moto Co

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1580 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 465-7661
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London’s popular Bike Shed Moto Co. has opened a massive place for motorcycle enthusiasts of all stripes, serving easy-going gastropub fare with a solid burger, steaks, and more. The all-day restaurant seems to be packed every weekend, with tasty brunch dishes and even proper English breakfast plate — somewhat of a rarity in LA. The place is dog-friendly, too. —Matthew Kang

Skylights fill a warehouse room with light, showing off tables and a black wraparound bar.
Bike Shed Moto Co. in Arts District.
Wonho Frank Lee

13. Kodō

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710 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 302-8010
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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

14. Yangban Society

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712 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Chefs Katianna and John Hong come to Los Angeles with impressive fine dining resumes, from the Charter Oak and the Restaurant at Meadowood to Melisse, serving a deli-style menu of prepared foods and a few inventive composed plates from morning to evening inside the former Bon Temps space. It’s a flexible experience that might not appeal to those who are looking for purely Korean flavors, but the highlights of buttery baked sea bream, kimchi pozole, and “jajang” rice might be enough to bring people back. —Matthew Kang

Coolers, long tables, and more inside an open, airy, closed restaurant.
Yangban Society in Arts District.
Wonho Frank Lee

15. Kato Restaurant

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777 S Alameda St Building 1, Suite 114
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 797-5770
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Michelin-starred destination Kato has found a new home at the Row DTLA development, meaning there’s now room for more fans, and for booze. Young chef Jon Yao has also been able to expand his menu beyond the strip mall, all in an attempt to reach the city’s highest fine dining heights. —Farley Elliott

Dining area at Kato in Downtown LA.
Dining room at Kato in Downtown Los Angeles.
Wonho Frank Lee

16. BaFang Dumpling

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1552 S Azusa Ave Suite B
City of Industry, CA 91748
(626) 778-1958
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It’s been extra busy at City of Industry’s Bafang Dumpling lately. As the first entrant into the American market, this overseas import is occasionally having to manage thousands of daily diners who come for familiar dumplings, potstickers, noodles and more. —Farley Elliott

Bafang Dumpling opened its first U.S. location in late March in City of Industry.
Food from Bafang Dumpling.
Bafang Dumpling

17. Ryla

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1220 Hermosa Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(424) 247-9881
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Kitchen veterans Ray Hayashi and Cynthia Hetlinger bring their diverse Asian backgrounds to this intimate Hermosa Beach restaurant boasting izakaya-style fare inflected with Taiwanese flavors. The result are small, shareable plates like uni-topped agedashi tofu or Flannery beef steak that go great with the tasty cocktails. South Bay denizens finally have hot new restaurant they can boast to their more inland friends about. —Matthew Kang

Dishes from Ryla in Hermosa Beach.
Dishes from Ryla in Hermosa Beach.
Wonho Frank Lee

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1. Mother Wolf

1545 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
A long wall of glassware separates two space inside of a new Italian restaurant.
Mother Wolf in Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

Evan Funke has been quietly executing Roman dishes at his Venice restaurant Felix with the intent of doing something completely focused on the Italian capital. Now Mother Wolf is open, and the reservations book is thick with people waiting to nab a table inside the gorgeous, regal dining room. The early word is almost exclusive positive on the food, with ricotta-filled squash blossoms, rigatoni all’amatriciana, and thin-crusted mortadella pizza filling Instagram posts. —Matthew Kang

1545 Wilcox Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

2. Lavo Ristorante

9201 Sunset Blvd Suite 100, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Round tables and black chairs at a tall open dining room at night.
Dining room at Lavo Ristorante in West Hollywood.
Wonho Frank Lee

It’s all about the look and vibe at Lavo Ristorante on Sunset, where West Hollywood and Hollywood Hills types come to hang out over Italian plates, big cocktails, and lots of open-air conversation. —Farley Elliott

9201 Sunset Blvd Suite 100
West Hollywood, CA 90069

3. Causita

3709 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
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 sure to be a 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

3709 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

4. Bar Moruno

3705 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Tinned fish, eggs, potatoes, and more shown from overhead on a wooden table.
Dishes from Bar Moruno in Silver Lake.
Wonho Frank Lee

Spanish food is in full view from the open wood-fired oven at Bar Moruno, where chef/partner Chris Feldmeier turns out tortilla espanola, roasted vegetables, meatier mains, and even little tins of fish. The wine is the work of partner David Rosoff, and also should not be missed. —Farley Elliott

3705 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

5. Pijja Palace

2711 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
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

2711 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. Manzke

9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Trout roe with tzatziki in a ceramic bowl with chips to the side.
Trout roe with tzatziki at Manzke restaurant.
Wonho Frank Lee

Manzke is the new upstairs option above Bicyclette that comes from Margarita and Walter Manzke of Republique fame. This definitely luxe dinner spot offers plenty of big (and expensive) wines to go along with a tasting menu that rides through truffles, caviar, and seasonal dishes — all meant to delight the city’s more discerning set. —Farley Elliott

9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

7. asterid by Ray Garcia

141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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

141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

8. Pizzeria Sei

8781 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
Counter seats at Pizzeria Sei in Pico-Robertson with customers at the far bar.
Counter seats at Pizzeria Sei in Pico-Robertson.
Matthew Kang

William Joo trained at Providence, Pizzana, and Ronan before opening this sleek, minimalist pizzeria in Pico-Robertson with wife and partner Jennifer So. Right now it’s one of the only Tokyo-style Neapolian pizza spots in town, with blistered wood-fired pizzas and a slew of Italian appetizers to start. —Matthew Kang

8781 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

9. Camphor

923 E 3rd St Suite 109, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Baby shrimp gunpowder dish at Camphor restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles
Gunpowder shrimp from Camphor.
Wonho Frank Lee

Chefs Max Boonthanakit and Lijo George find inspiration in modern French cooking, with their combined experience at Blue by Alain Ducasse in Bangkok, itself a celebrated dining destination on the Asia 50 Best list. Here in LA, taking over the former Nightshade space, the energy is palpable, with inventive and thoughtful dishes like crispy gunpowder shrimp or roasted rollade of chicken thigh. Cocktails and drinks excel too, with a stiff $30 martini infused with herbs leading the list. Be sure to order more courses than you think as the portions are the smaller side. —Matthew Kang

923 E 3rd St Suite 109
Los Angeles, CA 90013

10. Carnitas El Momo

1470 Monterey Pass Rd, Monterey Park, CA 91754
Carnitas taco from Carnitas El Momo.
Carnitas taco from Carnitas El Momo.
Wonho Frank Lee

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 six-day-a-week service with a relaxed dining area and even some parking spots. —Matthew Kang

1470 Monterey Pass Rd
Monterey Park, CA 91754

11. N/soto

4566 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Hokkaido scallop sashimi at n/soto in Los Angeles.
Hokkaido scallop sashimi from n/soto.
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

4566 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

12. Bike Shed Moto Co

1580 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Skylights fill a warehouse room with light, showing off tables and a black wraparound bar.
Bike Shed Moto Co. in Arts District.
Wonho Frank Lee

London’s popular Bike Shed Moto Co. has opened a massive place for motorcycle enthusiasts of all stripes, serving easy-going gastropub fare with a solid burger, steaks, and more. The all-day restaurant seems to be packed every weekend, with tasty brunch dishes and even proper English breakfast plate — somewhat of a rarity in LA. The place is dog-friendly, too. —Matthew Kang

1580 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

13. Kodō

710 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
A cooked oyster in yellow sauce in its shell on a pile of salt.
Grilled oyster in shell from Kodo.
Wonho Frank Lee

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

710 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021

14. Yangban Society

712 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Coolers, long tables, and more inside an open, airy, closed restaurant.
Yangban Society in Arts District.
Wonho Frank Lee

Chefs Katianna and John Hong come to Los Angeles with impressive fine dining resumes, from the Charter Oak and the Restaurant at Meadowood to Melisse, serving a deli-style menu of prepared foods and a few inventive composed plates from morning to evening inside the former Bon Temps space. It’s a flexible experience that might not appeal to those who are looking for purely Korean flavors, but the highlights of buttery baked sea bream, kimchi pozole, and “jajang” rice might be enough to bring people back. —Matthew Kang

712 S Santa Fe Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021

15. Kato Restaurant

777 S Alameda St Building 1, Suite 114, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Dining area at Kato in Downtown LA.
Dining room at Kato in Downtown Los Angeles.
Wonho Frank Lee

Michelin-starred destination Kato has found a new home at the Row DTLA development, meaning there’s now room for more fans, and for booze. Young chef Jon Yao has also been able to expand his menu beyond the strip mall, all in an attempt to reach the city’s highest fine dining heights. —Farley Elliott

777 S Alameda St Building 1, Suite 114
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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16. BaFang Dumpling

1552 S Azusa Ave Suite B, City of Industry, CA 91748
Bafang Dumpling opened its first U.S. location in late March in City of Industry.
Food from Bafang Dumpling.
Bafang Dumpling

It’s been extra busy at City of Industry’s Bafang Dumpling lately. As the first entrant into the American market, this overseas import is occasionally having to manage thousands of daily diners who come for familiar dumplings, potstickers, noodles and more. —Farley Elliott

1552 S Azusa Ave Suite B
City of Industry, CA 91748

17. Ryla

1220 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Dishes from Ryla in Hermosa Beach.
Dishes from Ryla in Hermosa Beach.
Wonho Frank Lee

Kitchen veterans Ray Hayashi and Cynthia Hetlinger bring their diverse Asian backgrounds to this intimate Hermosa Beach restaurant boasting izakaya-style fare inflected with Taiwanese flavors. The result are small, shareable plates like uni-topped agedashi tofu or Flannery beef steak that go great with the tasty cocktails. South Bay denizens finally have hot new restaurant they can boast to their more inland friends about. —Matthew Kang

1220 Hermosa Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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