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14 Places to Eat And Drink Exceptionally Well in Echo Park

From a barcade restaurant to Sicilian slices, Echo Park has it all

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It’s hard to believe that Echo Park is only 2.4 square miles with the amount of spectacular food options that can be found in the neighborhood. Along Sunset and in the surrounding hills, find Tijuana tacos, a Japanese izakaya, sourdough pizza, and more. For whatever type of night is in store, Echo Park has it covered. Here are 14 fantastic places to eat or drink in Echo Park.

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Cosa Buona

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What’s not to love about natural wine, puffy-crusted pizza, and mozzarella sticks? It’s all possible at Zach Pollack’s busy Cosa Buona, right on the corner of Sunset and Alvarado. The tight spot stays bustling most days, particularly on weekend evenings, when a hopeful line can be seen spilling out the door.

Pizza and salad at Cosa Buona in Echo Park
Cosa Buona
Wonho Frank Lee

On the border of Echo Park and Westlake is Grá, which means love in Gaelic. It’s a cozy spot offering sourdough pizza and natural wines. Enjoy pies topped with pistachio pesto, kimchi, or bacon and spicy pineapple, as well as shared plates like a pickled cucumber salad, in Grá’s rustic dining room. Stop in for dinner or weekend lunch.

A pizza on a table.
Mushroom pizza at Grá in Historic Filipinotown.
Matthew Kang

Honey Hi

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Open since 2016, Honey Hi is a long-standing Echo Park daytime cafe. The dining room is small, but soaked in sunlight and laden with natural wood. Find bowls, sandwiches, and more, featuring well-sourced animal proteins and produce.

A bowl at Honey Hi restaurant in Echo Park
Honey Hi
Honey Hi [Official Photo]

Bar Flores and Lowboy

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Bar Flores is just gorgeous. Nab a stool overlooking the open windows on Sunset near Echo Park Avenue, and watch the city speed by while taking things slowly with a gin beet cordial, or the incredible aged-rum cocktail with coconut milk, lemongrass, basil, galangal, and lime. Just below, Lowboy hums downstairs, serving even more drinks along with its signature Lowburger.

Open bar floor with tables and chairs and fully stocked bar in the background.
Inside Bar Flores in Echo Park.
Wonho Frank Lee

The Lonely Oyster

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For seafood in Echo Park, go to The Lonely Oyster. The menu has both raw and cooked options like aguachile, crab cakes, shrimp and crab Louie salad, a lobster roll, and of course, oysters. Plus, non-seafood options include an excellent burger and a selection of salads. Make sure to order a martini as well, which comes with the option of a $13 caviar bump.

A crab and shrimp salad with beets.
Lonely Louie salad at the Lonely Oyster in Echo Park.
Matthew Kang

Kien Giang Bakery/KG Bakery

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Local legend Kien Giang Bakery has been open along Echo Park Avenue since 1980. Neighborhood denizens know to stop in for Vietnamese sandwiches made on freshly baked baguettes, along with an ever-changing selection of sweet and savory Vietnamese and European pastries. The seasonal mooncakes (usually available in August and September) and Lunar New Year delicacies are especially noteworthy.

Bacetti

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This ode to Rome is a love letter to gorgeous architecture and rich pasta, like the campanelle with chanterelle mushrooms. Find focaccia ebraica with olives, currants, and rosemary on the menu, plus pizza, salad, and more. As part of the group that also operates the wine bar Tilda next door, the wine selection at Bacetti is also fantastic.

Valerie Echo Park

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Valerie is tucked away up Echo Park Avenue, into the hills and warrens of single-family homes. The pastries, chocolates, and other sweets are a highlight at this daytime cafe, but it would be remiss to not try the savory breakfast and lunch options as well.

Quarter Sheets Pizza

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This pizza parlor is so much more than a place to nab a topping-laden sheet of pie on the weekend. The wizards at this shop also whip up delectable cakes, too; it’s not uncommon to score a thick slice of polenta and olive oil chiffon or an ultra-rich serving of spumoni.

A piece of tomato pie topped with ricotta on checkered paper at Quarter Sheets.
Quarter Sheets.
Wonho Frank Lee

Thunderbolt

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Practically tucked below the 101, Thunderbolt is a neighborhood bar that also serves fantastic Southern food. The cocktail menu is divided into sections to guide ordering including flavor concentration, culinary adjacent, texture, and more. Order a fried chicken biscuit or just the mac ‘n cheese and find a seat at a booth or the bar, there’s not really a way to go wrong here.

Poltergeist at Button Mash

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Echo Park’s Poltergeist, located in barcade Button Mash, is unconventional, inventive, playful, and thoughtful. Chef Diego Argoti and his team tinker with a vast range of textures and flavors, creating marriages between cuisines in a way that feels inquisitive and revelatory. It’s the place to impress a date, followed by a few rounds of pinball or skee-ball.

A whole fish on a white tile table’s corner at Poltergeist.
Grilled dorade with green malawach at Poltergeist.
Wonho Frank Lee

From the same owners as ultra-popular Tsubaki, the “sake situation” at this mini Japanese restaurant and bar is not to be missed. Little bites like kara-age and buta shumai are meant to wet the whistle while the sake flows. One could even join the sake club for three premium bottles each month to bring a bit of that joy home.

Sleek modern Japanese drinking den in Los Angeles.
Inside Ototo in Echo Park.
Wonho Frank Lee

Tsubaki

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The sister restaurant of Ototo, Tsubaki is a 35-seat izakaya with an extensive wine and sake program from Courtney Kaplan. Expect dishes including sake-marinated foie gras, gyoza, and sukiyaki from chef Charles Namba, a veteran of Bouchon. Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time, though Tsubaki has been open since 2017 it tends to fill up every night.

Tsubaki, Echo Park.
Tsubaki
Pascal Shirley

Angel’s Tijuana Tacos

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Look for the row of string lights along Sunset Boulevard to find Angel’s Tijuana Tacos, which sets up in Echo Park every day except for Monday. On the menu find tacos, burritos, vampiros, and more with the options of asada, pollo, chorizo, al pastor, or cabeza. Open from 4:30 p.m. until midnight, it’s a great late-night spot to check out, but be aware that lines can get long around Dodgers games.

Cosa Buona

What’s not to love about natural wine, puffy-crusted pizza, and mozzarella sticks? It’s all possible at Zach Pollack’s busy Cosa Buona, right on the corner of Sunset and Alvarado. The tight spot stays bustling most days, particularly on weekend evenings, when a hopeful line can be seen spilling out the door.

Pizza and salad at Cosa Buona in Echo Park
Cosa Buona
Wonho Frank Lee

Grá

On the border of Echo Park and Westlake is Grá, which means love in Gaelic. It’s a cozy spot offering sourdough pizza and natural wines. Enjoy pies topped with pistachio pesto, kimchi, or bacon and spicy pineapple, as well as shared plates like a pickled cucumber salad, in Grá’s rustic dining room. Stop in for dinner or weekend lunch.

A pizza on a table.
Mushroom pizza at Grá in Historic Filipinotown.
Matthew Kang

Honey Hi

Open since 2016, Honey Hi is a long-standing Echo Park daytime cafe. The dining room is small, but soaked in sunlight and laden with natural wood. Find bowls, sandwiches, and more, featuring well-sourced animal proteins and produce.

A bowl at Honey Hi restaurant in Echo Park
Honey Hi
Honey Hi [Official Photo]

Bar Flores and Lowboy

Bar Flores is just gorgeous. Nab a stool overlooking the open windows on Sunset near Echo Park Avenue, and watch the city speed by while taking things slowly with a gin beet cordial, or the incredible aged-rum cocktail with coconut milk, lemongrass, basil, galangal, and lime. Just below, Lowboy hums downstairs, serving even more drinks along with its signature Lowburger.

Open bar floor with tables and chairs and fully stocked bar in the background.
Inside Bar Flores in Echo Park.
Wonho Frank Lee

The Lonely Oyster

For seafood in Echo Park, go to The Lonely Oyster. The menu has both raw and cooked options like aguachile, crab cakes, shrimp and crab Louie salad, a lobster roll, and of course, oysters. Plus, non-seafood options include an excellent burger and a selection of salads. Make sure to order a martini as well, which comes with the option of a $13 caviar bump.

A crab and shrimp salad with beets.
Lonely Louie salad at the Lonely Oyster in Echo Park.
Matthew Kang

Kien Giang Bakery/KG Bakery

Local legend Kien Giang Bakery has been open along Echo Park Avenue since 1980. Neighborhood denizens know to stop in for Vietnamese sandwiches made on freshly baked baguettes, along with an ever-changing selection of sweet and savory Vietnamese and European pastries. The seasonal mooncakes (usually available in August and September) and Lunar New Year delicacies are especially noteworthy.

Bacetti

This ode to Rome is a love letter to gorgeous architecture and rich pasta, like the campanelle with chanterelle mushrooms. Find focaccia ebraica with olives, currants, and rosemary on the menu, plus pizza, salad, and more. As part of the group that also operates the wine bar Tilda next door, the wine selection at Bacetti is also fantastic.

Valerie Echo Park

Valerie is tucked away up Echo Park Avenue, into the hills and warrens of single-family homes. The pastries, chocolates, and other sweets are a highlight at this daytime cafe, but it would be remiss to not try the savory breakfast and lunch options as well.

Quarter Sheets Pizza

This pizza parlor is so much more than a place to nab a topping-laden sheet of pie on the weekend. The wizards at this shop also whip up delectable cakes, too; it’s not uncommon to score a thick slice of polenta and olive oil chiffon or an ultra-rich serving of spumoni.

A piece of tomato pie topped with ricotta on checkered paper at Quarter Sheets.
Quarter Sheets.
Wonho Frank Lee

Thunderbolt

Practically tucked below the 101, Thunderbolt is a neighborhood bar that also serves fantastic Southern food. The cocktail menu is divided into sections to guide ordering including flavor concentration, culinary adjacent, texture, and more. Order a fried chicken biscuit or just the mac ‘n cheese and find a seat at a booth or the bar, there’s not really a way to go wrong here.

Poltergeist at Button Mash

Echo Park’s Poltergeist, located in barcade Button Mash, is unconventional, inventive, playful, and thoughtful. Chef Diego Argoti and his team tinker with a vast range of textures and flavors, creating marriages between cuisines in a way that feels inquisitive and revelatory. It’s the place to impress a date, followed by a few rounds of pinball or skee-ball.

A whole fish on a white tile table’s corner at Poltergeist.
Grilled dorade with green malawach at Poltergeist.
Wonho Frank Lee

Ototo

From the same owners as ultra-popular Tsubaki, the “sake situation” at this mini Japanese restaurant and bar is not to be missed. Little bites like kara-age and buta shumai are meant to wet the whistle while the sake flows. One could even join the sake club for three premium bottles each month to bring a bit of that joy home.

Sleek modern Japanese drinking den in Los Angeles.
Inside Ototo in Echo Park.
Wonho Frank Lee

Tsubaki

The sister restaurant of Ototo, Tsubaki is a 35-seat izakaya with an extensive wine and sake program from Courtney Kaplan. Expect dishes including sake-marinated foie gras, gyoza, and sukiyaki from chef Charles Namba, a veteran of Bouchon. Make sure to make a reservation ahead of time, though Tsubaki has been open since 2017 it tends to fill up every night.

Tsubaki, Echo Park.
Tsubaki
Pascal Shirley

Angel’s Tijuana Tacos

Look for the row of string lights along Sunset Boulevard to find Angel’s Tijuana Tacos, which sets up in Echo Park every day except for Monday. On the menu find tacos, burritos, vampiros, and more with the options of asada, pollo, chorizo, al pastor, or cabeza. Open from 4:30 p.m. until midnight, it’s a great late-night spot to check out, but be aware that lines can get long around Dodgers games.

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