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Nixo Patio Lounge the E-Central Hotel in Downtown LA.
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Where to Eat Near Staples Center for Lakers, Kings, and Clippers Games

Decent eats and drinks nearby the Convention Center, L.A. Live, and Staples Center

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Nixo Patio Lounge the E-Central Hotel in Downtown LA.
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As Lakers and Clippers games, LA Kings hockey games, and performances at Microsoft Theater come back online, L.A. Live and the Convention Center will become major entertainment and meeting hubs in Downtown Los Angeles. That means people will likely be looking for places to eat in the area. Traditionally this part of Downtown might have massive regional and international draw for entertainment, but the restaurants haven’t really been that compelling, and that hasn’t changed in the past few years. There are, however, some solid restaurants to try and well-liked chains. Here now, where to eat near Staples Center, L.A. Live, and the Convention Center in Downtown, with all restaurants within a reasonable walking distance.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

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800 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 228-4300
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Chain Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao has a salad bar and an endless parade of Brazilian meats like chicken hearts, garlic beef, and picanha grilled on long sword-like skewers. A true feast of meat.

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

2. The Rooftop at The Wayfarer Downtown LA

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813 Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 285-4391
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Head to the top-most floor of the Wayfarer hotel for expansive views of the LA skyline paired with strong cocktails and approachable fare. The ahi tartare and street corn make for easy starters. Get the lavender roasted chicken or a simple burger to finish. —Cathy Chaplin

A rooftop bar surrounded by buildings.
The Rooftop at Wayfarer.
Wonho Frank Lee

3. Perro 110

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888 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Flour tortillas are hot at Perro 110, a budding carne asada specialist serving hefty, cheesy tacos loaded with all the salsas you need on the street.

4. The Original Pantry Cafe

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877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 972-9279
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One of LA’s oldest restaurants, this all-day restaurant has classic 20th century classics like ham and eggs, steaks, pancakes, and sandwiches. In the past, the restaurant was open 24/7 but now hours are reduced to 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and until 5 p.m. on weekends.

The Original Pantry Cafe in Downtown, Los Angeles
The Original Pantry Cafe.
Matthew Kang

5. Cafe Fig

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939 S Figueroa St UNIT 300
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 600-3006
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All-day restaurant Cafe Fig serves seasonal, healthy fare with influences from the Mediterranean, Southwest, and Europe, with an affordable happy hour menu that will appeal to people needing a bite before events.

6. Mr. Masala

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949 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 265-7730
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Versatile Indian restaurant Mr. Masala have all the favorite South Asian dishes just steps from Staples and L.A. Live. There’s a huge array of chicken, lamb, vegetarian, and seafood specialties, plus tandoori options.

7. Katsuya

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800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 747-9797
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This stylish Japanese restaurant branched out from Brentwood and expanded to busy locations like L.A. Live and the Americana at Brand. The menu is approachable and wide, with everything from sushi and miso black cod to noodles.

Miso black cod at Katsuya.
Miso black cod at Katsuya.
Matthew Kang

8. Nixo Patio Lounge

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1020 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 748-1291
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This rooftop lounge at E-Central Hotel has excellent views of L.A. Live, making it a perfect before or after event dinner or drink destination. The snacky fare includes everything from spicy bacon jam and spicy tuna tacos to shareable pizzas.

Nixo Patio Lounge.
Nixo Patio Lounge.
Nixo Patio Lounge

9. Patxi's Pizza

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1011 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 999-9414
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Chicago-style deep dish pizza is the name of the game of this Northern California-based chain. Good for pleasing a crowd and filling bellies before sports games or shows.

Patxi’s deep dish pizza being pulled out of its tray.
Deep dish pizza from Patxi’s.
Patxi’s Pizza

10. Sonoritas

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1050 Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 275-1826
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West LA taco spot Sonoritas goes into the former Broken Spanish space just a block away from L.A. Live serving steak and other tacos with cocktails to boot.

Tacos from Sonoritas Prime in Los Angeles.
Tacos from Sonoritas.
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11. LudoBird

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1111 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 742-7100

Placed inside of Staples Center, Ludo Lefebvre’s fried chicken spot endures with chicken sandwiches and other fried chicken pieces.

LudoBird Staples Center.
LudoBird Staples Center
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12. The Palm

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1100 Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-4600
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Classic New York City steakhouse the Palm has held court here in Downtown LA for well over a decade serving dry-aged chops and seafood. They won’t be the best steaks in LA, but for this area, it’s hard to do better.

1. Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse

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

Chain Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao has a salad bar and an endless parade of Brazilian meats like chicken hearts, garlic beef, and picanha grilled on long sword-like skewers. A true feast of meat.

800 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

2. The Rooftop at The Wayfarer Downtown LA

813 Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
A rooftop bar surrounded by buildings.
The Rooftop at Wayfarer.
Wonho Frank Lee

Head to the top-most floor of the Wayfarer hotel for expansive views of the LA skyline paired with strong cocktails and approachable fare. The ahi tartare and street corn make for easy starters. Get the lavender roasted chicken or a simple burger to finish. —Cathy Chaplin

813 Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

3. Perro 110

888 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Flour tortillas are hot at Perro 110, a budding carne asada specialist serving hefty, cheesy tacos loaded with all the salsas you need on the street.

888 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

4. The Original Pantry Cafe

877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
The Original Pantry Cafe in Downtown, Los Angeles
The Original Pantry Cafe.
Matthew Kang

One of LA’s oldest restaurants, this all-day restaurant has classic 20th century classics like ham and eggs, steaks, pancakes, and sandwiches. In the past, the restaurant was open 24/7 but now hours are reduced to 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and until 5 p.m. on weekends.

877 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

5. Cafe Fig

939 S Figueroa St UNIT 300, Los Angeles, CA 90015

All-day restaurant Cafe Fig serves seasonal, healthy fare with influences from the Mediterranean, Southwest, and Europe, with an affordable happy hour menu that will appeal to people needing a bite before events.

939 S Figueroa St UNIT 300
Los Angeles, CA 90015

6. Mr. Masala

949 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Versatile Indian restaurant Mr. Masala have all the favorite South Asian dishes just steps from Staples and L.A. Live. There’s a huge array of chicken, lamb, vegetarian, and seafood specialties, plus tandoori options.

949 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

7. Katsuya

800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Miso black cod at Katsuya.
Miso black cod at Katsuya.
Matthew Kang

This stylish Japanese restaurant branched out from Brentwood and expanded to busy locations like L.A. Live and the Americana at Brand. The menu is approachable and wide, with everything from sushi and miso black cod to noodles.

800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

8. Nixo Patio Lounge

1020 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Nixo Patio Lounge.
Nixo Patio Lounge.
Nixo Patio Lounge

This rooftop lounge at E-Central Hotel has excellent views of L.A. Live, making it a perfect before or after event dinner or drink destination. The snacky fare includes everything from spicy bacon jam and spicy tuna tacos to shareable pizzas.

1020 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

9. Patxi's Pizza

1011 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Patxi’s deep dish pizza being pulled out of its tray.
Deep dish pizza from Patxi’s.
Patxi’s Pizza

Chicago-style deep dish pizza is the name of the game of this Northern California-based chain. Good for pleasing a crowd and filling bellies before sports games or shows.

1011 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

10. Sonoritas

1050 Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Tacos from Sonoritas Prime in Los Angeles.
Tacos from Sonoritas.
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

West LA taco spot Sonoritas goes into the former Broken Spanish space just a block away from L.A. Live serving steak and other tacos with cocktails to boot.

1050 Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

11. LudoBird

1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
LudoBird Staples Center.
LudoBird Staples Center
Matthew Kang/Eater LA

Placed inside of Staples Center, Ludo Lefebvre’s fried chicken spot endures with chicken sandwiches and other fried chicken pieces.

1111 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

12. The Palm

1100 Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Classic New York City steakhouse the Palm has held court here in Downtown LA for well over a decade serving dry-aged chops and seafood. They won’t be the best steaks in LA, but for this area, it’s hard to do better.

1100 Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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