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17 Places to Eat And Drink Exceptionally Well in Echo Park

From deep dish pizza to cocktails or pre-game snacks, the neighborhood has it all

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Echo Park’s dining options are as varied as they are spectacular, with garden dining, burgers, and ube coffee drinks mixing seamlessly with old-school breakfasts and sourdough pizzas. Whichever night you choose to have, Echo Park has it covered. Here now, are 17 fantastic places to eat or drink in Echo Park, from west to east.

ADD: Bar Flores, Grá, Greekman’s, Happy Tom’s, Lady Byrd Cafe, Laveta, Thunderbolt Coffee

REMOVE: Button Mash, Eightfold Coffee, Elf Cafe, Guisados, Mohawk Bend, Ostrich Farm , Short Stop, Triniti

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Greekman's

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2619 Sunset Blvd Patio
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 500-0916
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Greekman’s, which straddles the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake, is a recent rework of the Freedman’s address, with a new white and blue patio out front serving all manner of Grecian treats. Look for lamb and wagyu kefta, Greek beer and wines, and cocktails perfect for summer.

2. Cosa Buona

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2100 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 908-5211
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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
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3. Grá

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1524 Pizarro St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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. Be mindful of the hours, visit Grá’s rustic dining room between Thursday and Sunday nights.

4. Laveta

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318 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 378-0037

Laveta settled in to this south of Temple stretch of Echo Park two years ago. The cafe opens on the early side with ube-flavored coffee drinks and a daytime menu that ranges from eggs to burgers with a side of minimalist aesthetic.

5. Masa of Echo Park Bakery & Cafe

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1800 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 989-1558
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The legendary Masa of Echo Park has a lot to offer on its menu, though most folks rightfully know it as one of LA’s enduring homes for deep dish pizza. Expect the red sauce staple to be mobbed during Cubs games, though it’s likely to find at least a few tables ordering the massive pizza any night of the week. Need a plant-based option? They’ve got you.

6. Happy Tom's Restaurant

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1807 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-7077
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Ever wonder why Happy Tom’s remains an Echo park staple for 25 years? Sit down at a table and try just about anything at this Mexican and American diner. The prices are astoundingly reasonable, the staff is friendly, and the huevos rancheros rival any beloved place in the Southland.

7. Tacos Arizas

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Corner of Sunset Blvd and Logan St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

There are taco trucks aplenty in and around Echo Park, but Arizas stands tall for its central location just off Sunset and its prodigious use of chorizo. Others may favor Taco Zone nearby, but Arizas is every bit as much an anchor in the neighborhood.

8. Honey Hi

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1620 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 221-7810
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Honey Hi is a near-perfect encapsulation of a certain type of Los Angeles dining, found at other spots like Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park. There are bowls, healthy drinks, and well-sourced animal proteins galore, served up with a smile inside a picture-perfect and awfully colorful dining room right on Sunset.

A bowl at Honey Hi restaurant in Echo Park
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9. Blue Corn Quesadilla Cart

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1246 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

The blue corn quesadilla woman represents the best of Echo Park. She has operated on a rotating schedule for years, serving what was for decades a largely Latino community and now the mixed groupings that come through for cash-only bites from her unassuming cart, which stands out for its lines and its faded rainbow umbrella.

Chicken & huitlacoche at the Blue Corn Quesadilla Cart in Echo Park
Chicken & huitlacoche at Blue Corn Quesadilla Cart
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10. Bar Flores

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1542 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 266-8006
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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 gin beet cordial, or the incredible aged rum cocktail with coconut milk, lemongrass, basil, galanga, and lime.

11. Patra Burgers On Sunset

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1524 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 250-0301

Every neighborhood needs its burger and burrito place, and thankfully Echo Park has Patra. This is the spot for a simple afternoon bite to eat, or better yet, a very necessary weekend morning breakfast burrito.

12. Valerie Echo Park

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1665 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 250-9365
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Valerie is tucked away up Echo Park Avenue, into the hills and warrens of single-family homes. As one of the only enduring businesses in that far stretch, the place has become an every day go-to with eggs in the morning, quick-service coffee and pastry, and mellow midday meals for those able to linger.

13. Trencher

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1305 Portia St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 604-9621
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Trencher is Echo Park’s basic sandwich staple, a spot for big, inexpensive meals and rotating specials. The best move is to grab a few on the go before a Dodger game, and head into the park to make everyone else in the same section insanely jealous.

14. Thunderbolt

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1263 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 372-5099
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When first visiting Thunderbolt, take a look around to study the room. There’s likely a large group of friends who haven’t seen each other in 16 months, people on dates who haven’t done so in over a year, and the lone sipper who missed drinking at a bar. The short version of this story, Thunderbolt is the place for most drinkers with cocktails and solid food.

15. Konbi

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1463 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Konbi is still busy in Echo Park. The hyper-focused Japanese spot does pickled vegetables, coffee, pastries, and of course those Instagrammable sandwiches, be they made of egg salad or pork katsu.

16. Tsubaki

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1356 Allison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 900-4900
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Tsubaki is, simply put, one of LA’s best restaurants. The Japanese izakaya grills meat skewers to perfection while also doling out endless amounts of small-batch sake, and all from a shoebox-sized space.

Tsubaki in Echo Park, California
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17. Lady Byrd Cafe

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2100 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 922-1006
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There’s a lot to take in at Lady Byrd Cafe, from those COVID-19-inspired greenhouse dining “rooms,” to the other airy, colorful dining areas with lush surroundings. Overall, Lady Byrd is a cheery place to take in brunch or dinner, thanks to an outstanding wine list.

Outdoor greenhouse dining area at Lady Byrd Cafe in Echo Park, California
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1. Greekman's

2619 Sunset Blvd Patio, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Greekman’s, which straddles the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake, is a recent rework of the Freedman’s address, with a new white and blue patio out front serving all manner of Grecian treats. Look for lamb and wagyu kefta, Greek beer and wines, and cocktails perfect for summer.

2619 Sunset Blvd Patio
Los Angeles, CA 90026

2. Cosa Buona

2100 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Pizza and salad at Cosa Buona in Echo Park
Cosa Buona
Wonho Frank Lee

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.

2100 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

3. Grá

1524 Pizarro St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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. Be mindful of the hours, visit Grá’s rustic dining room between Thursday and Sunday nights.

1524 Pizarro St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

4. Laveta

318 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Laveta settled in to this south of Temple stretch of Echo Park two years ago. The cafe opens on the early side with ube-flavored coffee drinks and a daytime menu that ranges from eggs to burgers with a side of minimalist aesthetic.

318 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

5. Masa of Echo Park Bakery & Cafe

1800 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The legendary Masa of Echo Park has a lot to offer on its menu, though most folks rightfully know it as one of LA’s enduring homes for deep dish pizza. Expect the red sauce staple to be mobbed during Cubs games, though it’s likely to find at least a few tables ordering the massive pizza any night of the week. Need a plant-based option? They’ve got you.

1800 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

6. Happy Tom's Restaurant

1807 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Ever wonder why Happy Tom’s remains an Echo park staple for 25 years? Sit down at a table and try just about anything at this Mexican and American diner. The prices are astoundingly reasonable, the staff is friendly, and the huevos rancheros rival any beloved place in the Southland.

1807 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

7. Tacos Arizas

Corner of Sunset Blvd and Logan St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

There are taco trucks aplenty in and around Echo Park, but Arizas stands tall for its central location just off Sunset and its prodigious use of chorizo. Others may favor Taco Zone nearby, but Arizas is every bit as much an anchor in the neighborhood.

Corner of Sunset Blvd and Logan St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

8. Honey Hi

1620 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
A bowl at Honey Hi restaurant in Echo Park
Honey Hi
Honey Hi [Official Photo]

Honey Hi is a near-perfect encapsulation of a certain type of Los Angeles dining, found at other spots like Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park. There are bowls, healthy drinks, and well-sourced animal proteins galore, served up with a smile inside a picture-perfect and awfully colorful dining room right on Sunset.

1620 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

9. Blue Corn Quesadilla Cart

1246 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Chicken & huitlacoche at the Blue Corn Quesadilla Cart in Echo Park
Chicken & huitlacoche at Blue Corn Quesadilla Cart
Lucas Peterson

The blue corn quesadilla woman represents the best of Echo Park. She has operated on a rotating schedule for years, serving what was for decades a largely Latino community and now the mixed groupings that come through for cash-only bites from her unassuming cart, which stands out for its lines and its faded rainbow umbrella.

1246 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

10. Bar Flores

1542 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

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 gin beet cordial, or the incredible aged rum cocktail with coconut milk, lemongrass, basil, galanga, and lime.

1542 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

11. Patra Burgers On Sunset

1524 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Every neighborhood needs its burger and burrito place, and thankfully Echo Park has Patra. This is the spot for a simple afternoon bite to eat, or better yet, a very necessary weekend morning breakfast burrito.

1524 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

12. Valerie Echo Park

1665 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Valerie is tucked away up Echo Park Avenue, into the hills and warrens of single-family homes. As one of the only enduring businesses in that far stretch, the place has become an every day go-to with eggs in the morning, quick-service coffee and pastry, and mellow midday meals for those able to linger.

1665 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

13. Trencher

1305 Portia St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Trencher is Echo Park’s basic sandwich staple, a spot for big, inexpensive meals and rotating specials. The best move is to grab a few on the go before a Dodger game, and head into the park to make everyone else in the same section insanely jealous.

1305 Portia St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

14. Thunderbolt

1263 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90026

When first visiting Thunderbolt, take a look around to study the room. There’s likely a large group of friends who haven’t seen each other in 16 months, people on dates who haven’t done so in over a year, and the lone sipper who missed drinking at a bar. The short version of this story, Thunderbolt is the place for most drinkers with cocktails and solid food.

1263 W Temple St
Los Angeles, CA 90026

15. Konbi

1463 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Konbi is still busy in Echo Park. The hyper-focused Japanese spot does pickled vegetables, coffee, pastries, and of course those Instagrammable sandwiches, be they made of egg salad or pork katsu.

1463 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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16. Tsubaki

1356 Allison Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Tsubaki in Echo Park, California
Tsubaki
@gastronomyblog

Tsubaki is, simply put, one of LA’s best restaurants. The Japanese izakaya grills meat skewers to perfection while also doling out endless amounts of small-batch sake, and all from a shoebox-sized space.

1356 Allison Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

17. Lady Byrd Cafe

2100 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Outdoor greenhouse dining area at Lady Byrd Cafe in Echo Park, California
Lady Byrd Cafe
Ali Buck

There’s a lot to take in at Lady Byrd Cafe, from those COVID-19-inspired greenhouse dining “rooms,” to the other airy, colorful dining areas with lush surroundings. Overall, Lady Byrd is a cheery place to take in brunch or dinner, thanks to an outstanding wine list.

2100 Echo Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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