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Bosch at El Compadre

All the LA Bars and Restaurants Featured in Modern Noir Cop Show Bosch

A location guide to the real spots on the Amazon Prime series

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Bosch at El Compadre

Season 5 of the popular Amazon Prime show Bosch premieres on April 19 and show follows LAPD detective Harry Bosch as he grapples with crime, corruption, and his personal life in Los Angeles. The modern noir show reveals an unvarnished, completely real side of the City of Angels, and it’s perhaps the best series on TV that shows LA at its best, worst, and everything in between. What’s great about the Bosch is that it avoids the “Hollywood stereotypes that tend to reduce the city into a collection of stock images.”

Restaurants and bars have played a fantastic supporting role in portraying modern day Los Angeles, so here are 18 locations in Bosch. Just a note, there are even more actual LA locations in this show but these are just some of the more significant scenes. In addition, this map only includes episodes up to Season 4. All seasons of Bosch are currently playing on Amazon Prime Video.

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Little Dom's

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This popular Italian-American restaurant in Los Feliz is where the Koreatown Killer in Season 4, episode 6, rides a bike by a patron eating on the patio and swipes her phone.

Little Dom’s
Little Dom’s
Little Dom’s [Official Photo]

Musso & Frank Grill

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In season 1, episode 3, Bosch meets police deputy chief Irv Irving at Musso & Frank in Hollywood, which is supposedly Harry Bosch’s favorite place in the city. In the scene, Irving tells Bosch that the DA is trying to make a run for mayor. In the actual episode, another restaurant stands in as Musso & Frank.

Boardner's by La Belle

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Boardner’s seems to be one of the Hollywood police department’s favorite watering holes. There’s a brief scene outside of the Cherokee Avenue bar in Season 4, episode 7, but it’s also in Season 1 and then again later in Season 4 episode 9.

Scene at Boardner’s in Hollywood
Scene at Boardner’s in Hollywood
Bosch [Amazon Prime]

El Compadre

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This Silver Lake Mexican restaurant was the title name of Season 3, episode 4, but actually doesn’t really show up in that episode. Instead the popular police hangout was where Bosch said in Season 1 that it was where he met with fellow detectives to blow off steam at a “k-party” or a “kill party,” after the shooting of Roberto Flores.

Formosa Cafe

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In Season 3, episode 5, the show takes Bosch to West Hollywood’s legendary Formosa Cafe, where he meets Lt. Grace Billets for a drink. The restaurant and bar is currently closed but is poised to reopen after new ownership promises to rehabilitate the space and return it to its former glory.

Shake Shack

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At the beginning of episode 5 of Season 3, Bosch is waiting in line at West Hollywood’s Shake Shack with his daughter Maddie. He says, “this is why I like In-N-Out. You’re in, you’re out.” Maddie tells her dad, “this is way better, trust me.” Always the LA homer, Bosch says, “you love In-N-Out. The animal fries.” “I know,” she says.

Bosch and Maddie at Shake Shack
Bosch and Maddie at Shake Shack
Bosch [screenshot]

Cactus Taquerias #1

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This popular Hollywood taco stand is the scene of a shooting in Season 1, episode 2. Bosch hears the police radio report the shooting and he rushes over to find the parking lot swarming with officers.

Cactus Taqueria #1 in Bosch
Cactus Taqueria #1 in Bosch
Bosch [screenshot]

The Smog Cutter

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This legendary East Hollywood dive bar has now closed, giving way to a new spot called Equal Parts. But the dive was the name of the first episode of Season 3, where there’s a crucial early scene involving shots.

Smog Cutter in Bosch
Smog Cutter in Bosch
Bosch [screenshot]

Gabriel Golden Soup Restaurant

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This San Gabriel Valley restaurant is the scene of a card game that allegedly took place in Season 4, episode 8. Bosch and Edgar show up to question Ting to see if his cousin had played the card game there. Ting gives the detectives a tour of the kitchen where he denies knowing the Chinese mainlander in question.

Suzanne Tracht’s midcentury modern restaurant has been the set of so many TV shows and movies it’s hard to count them, but the list includes Mad Men, I Love You Man, La La Land, Entourage, Modern Family, and Ray Donavan. For Bosch, the show brings police chief Irv Irving and Jun Park on their date that they discussed at Cafe Demitasse. They discuss how the season’s incident could bring up tensions like the 1992 LA Riots while picking at a salad.

Jar Restaurant scene in Bosch
Jar Restaurant scene in Bosch
Bosch [screenshot]

Swingers

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Detective Jerry Edgar meets with Lt. Grace Billets at Swingers diner on Beverly to have coffee and discuss an important clue, a plastic owl, with a cryptic Latin message of “beware, beware, God sees.” It leads to a hint that points to Harry Bosch as a suspect.

Jerry Edgar at Swingers
Jerry Edgar at Swingers
Bosch [screenshot]

Du-Pars Restaurant and Bakery

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Du-Pars shows up a few times in Bosch. It’s notably where Bosch and his daughter Maddie meet up in season one but here Harry meets Eleanor Wish in Season 4, episode 4, where Wish tells him that her marriage is over. The classic Farmer’s Market coffee shop has been open since 1938 (and makes some killer pies)

Original Tommy's Hamburgers

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This classic burger spot in Historic Filipinotown is the scene where Detectives Brad Conniff and Julie Espinosa share some chili burgers on a car trunk. Conniff gets a call that his suspect has been taken into custody.

Tommy’s in Bosch
Tommy’s in Bosch
Bosch [screenshot]

Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles

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In the first episode of Season 4, Bosch goes to Downtown LA’s absolute classic the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, which was also the scene of numerous Mad Men scenes. The grand hotel’s bar was also in Season 2 and again in Season 3. In the premiere episode of Season 4, Bosch follows Walker through the bar after trying to eavesdrop on his phone call.

Bosch at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel bar
Bosch at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel bar
Bosch [screenshot]

Cafe Demitasse

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Police deputy chief Irv Irving meets Jun Park at this bright Little Tokyo coffee shop in Season 3, episode 4 where Park explains to Irving what happened to her younger brother and how it affected her parents. Things get awkward when Irving hints that their meeting might be a date, though Park pushes a back slightly. Irving then suggests more strongly that he might ask Park out, and she says, “what have you got to lose?” with a smile.

Nickel Diner

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In season 2, episode 9, Bosch takes his daughter Maddie to Downtown LA’s beloved Nickel Diner, a restaurant that isn’t that old (about ten-plus years) but feels many decades old. When they sit down, he says, “best chocolate shake in LA,” to which she replies, “you always say that.”

Nickel Diner
Nickel Diner
Nickel Diner [Official Photo]

In Season 3, episode 4, Detectives Bosch and Edgar meet with Scott Anderson at the historic Cole’s in Downtown Los Angeles. The dimly lit French dip restaurant and bar could be the most noir location in LA, with its shadows and blinds providing the ideal place for the detectives to press Anderson on his source. Since Cole’s works so well as a location for this show, it also comes up in the first two episodes of Season 3.

Espresso Yo Self

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This Venice Boardwalk spot is where Xavi, Trevor Dobbs, and Woody Woodrow meet up to talk about a covering being blown in Season 3, episode 4. Later in the season in episode 7, Edgar sees Woodrow there and is forced to shoot him.

Espresso Yo Self at Venice
Espresso Yo Self at Venice
Bosch [screenshot]

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Little Dom's

Little Dom’s
Little Dom’s
Little Dom’s [Official Photo]

This popular Italian-American restaurant in Los Feliz is where the Koreatown Killer in Season 4, episode 6, rides a bike by a patron eating on the patio and swipes her phone.

Little Dom’s
Little Dom’s
Little Dom’s [Official Photo]

Musso & Frank Grill

In season 1, episode 3, Bosch meets police deputy chief Irv Irving at Musso & Frank in Hollywood, which is supposedly Harry Bosch’s favorite place in the city. In the scene, Irving tells Bosch that the DA is trying to make a run for mayor. In the actual episode, another restaurant stands in as Musso & Frank.

Boardner's by La Belle

Scene at Boardner’s in Hollywood
Scene at Boardner’s in Hollywood
Bosch [Amazon Prime]

Boardner’s seems to be one of the Hollywood police department’s favorite watering holes. There’s a brief scene outside of the Cherokee Avenue bar in Season 4, episode 7, but it’s also in Season 1 and then again later in Season 4 episode 9.

Scene at Boardner’s in Hollywood
Scene at Boardner’s in Hollywood
Bosch [Amazon Prime]

El Compadre

This Silver Lake Mexican restaurant was the title name of Season 3, episode 4, but actually doesn’t really show up in that episode. Instead the popular police hangout was where Bosch said in Season 1 that it was where he met with fellow detectives to blow off steam at a “k-party” or a “kill party,” after the shooting of Roberto Flores.

Formosa Cafe

In Season 3, episode 5, the show takes Bosch to West Hollywood’s legendary Formosa Cafe, where he meets Lt. Grace Billets for a drink. The restaurant and bar is currently closed but is poised to reopen after new ownership promises to rehabilitate the space and return it to its former glory.

Shake Shack

Bosch and Maddie at Shake Shack
Bosch and Maddie at Shake Shack
Bosch [screenshot]

At the beginning of episode 5 of Season 3, Bosch is waiting in line at West Hollywood’s Shake Shack with his daughter Maddie. He says, “this is why I like In-N-Out. You’re in, you’re out.” Maddie tells her dad, “this is way better, trust me.” Always the LA homer, Bosch says, “you love In-N-Out. The animal fries.” “I know,” she says.

Bosch and Maddie at Shake Shack
Bosch and Maddie at Shake Shack
Bosch [screenshot]

Cactus Taquerias #1

Cactus Taqueria #1 in Bosch
Cactus Taqueria #1 in Bosch
Bosch [screenshot]

This popular Hollywood taco stand is the scene of a shooting in Season 1, episode 2. Bosch hears the police radio report the shooting and he rushes over to find the parking lot swarming with officers.

Cactus Taqueria #1 in Bosch
Cactus Taqueria #1 in Bosch
Bosch [screenshot]

The Smog Cutter

Smog Cutter in Bosch
Smog Cutter in Bosch
Bosch [screenshot]

This legendary East Hollywood dive bar has now closed, giving way to a new spot called Equal Parts. But the dive was the name of the first episode of Season 3, where there’s a crucial early scene involving shots.

Smog Cutter in Bosch
Smog Cutter in Bosch
Bosch [screenshot]

Gabriel Golden Soup Restaurant

This San Gabriel Valley restaurant is the scene of a card game that allegedly took place in Season 4, episode 8. Bosch and Edgar show up to question Ting to see if his cousin had played the card game there. Ting gives the detectives a tour of the kitchen where he denies knowing the Chinese mainlander in question.

Jar

Jar Restaurant scene in Bosch
Jar Restaurant scene in Bosch
Bosch [screenshot]

Suzanne Tracht’s midcentury modern restaurant has been the set of so many TV shows and movies it’s hard to count them, but the list includes Mad Men, I Love You Man, La La Land, Entourage, Modern Family, and Ray Donavan. For Bosch, the show brings police chief Irv Irving and Jun Park on their date that they discussed at Cafe Demitasse. They discuss how the season’s incident could bring up tensions like the 1992 LA Riots while picking at a salad.

Jar Restaurant scene in Bosch
Jar Restaurant scene in Bosch
Bosch [screenshot]

Swingers

Jerry Edgar at Swingers
Jerry Edgar at Swingers
Bosch [screenshot]

Detective Jerry Edgar meets with Lt. Grace Billets at Swingers diner on Beverly to have coffee and discuss an important clue, a plastic owl, with a cryptic Latin message of “beware, beware, God sees.” It leads to a hint that points to Harry Bosch as a suspect.

Jerry Edgar at Swingers
Jerry Edgar at Swingers
Bosch [screenshot]
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