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Seven Middle Eastern dishes like kibbe and hummus on display at a table at Ammatolí.
Various dishes at Ammatolí in Long Beach.
Brian Addison

14 Outstanding Halal Restaurants in Los Angeles

LA’s halal options include Mediterranean, Somali, Brazilian barbecue, and more

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Various dishes at Ammatolí in Long Beach.
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For practicing Muslims seeking halal foods, Los Angeles offers an abundance of restaurant options, including those serving Mediterranean, Thai, Somali, Indian, and Pakistani cuisines. By adhering to food preparation standards outlined in the Quran (which includes specific rules around slaughtering animals, and omitting pork, among others), these restaurants serve highly flavorful meals highlighting chicken, beef, and lamb. From a solid cheeseburger from an LA mini-chain to a beloved Pakistani in Fullerton, here are 14 halal restaurants to try in LA.

NOTE: Though Eater LA vetted these restaurants, it’s always better to confirm with staff to determine if their food practices are indeed halal.

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Matu secures their beef from First Light Farms, so they’ve already done the heavy lifting for those seeking out halal dining. Open since mid-2021, the Beverly Hills steak restaurant prepares Wagyu and various cuts on a plancha or wood fire.

Sliced New Zealand wagyu steak from Matū.
Matū.
Matū

Banana Leaf

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Local South Indian chain officially has locations in Culver City, Redondo Beach, Downtown, Santa Monica, and Van Nuys, making it that much easier to find biryanis, samosas, and a formidable butter chicken in every corner of LA.

H&H Brazilian Steakhouse

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LA’s halal dining options include H&H Brazilian Steakhouse. Staff approach tables to carve pieces of picanha/prime culotte, beef ribs, or filet mignon tableside.

Picanha from H&H Brazilian Steakhouse in Los Angeles.
H&H Brazilian Steakhouse.
Matthew Kang

Al Watan Halal Tandoori Restaurant

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Operating out of the South Bay for over 30 years, Al Watan prepares traditional dishes like lamb korma and goat karahi stir-fried with onions and tomatoes. Always check to see if chef Mohammed Mumtaz added any new items to the menu.

Banadir Somali Restaurant

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Open for over a decade, Banadir resides on a mostly residential Inglewood street. Owner Hussein Mohamed will always recommend the marinated, slow-roasted goat or lamb. The basbaas sauce, an electric green sauce made with basil, jalapeno, and cilantro, should be poured over everything.

A plate of Somalian food with rice, meat, and a side salad at Banadir Somali Restaurant.
Lamb at Banadir Somali Restaurant.
Mona Holmes

Jerusalem Chicken

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Specializing in Palestinian-style chicken, Jerusalem Chicken’s menu is unique to Los Angeles. The lemon and garlic chicken over rice is wonderfully saucy and flavorful, with outstanding hummus as one of many side dishes available.

Roasted chicken stuffed with rice, mushrooms, and beef at Jerusalem Chicken in View Park/Windsor Hills in Southern California.
Roasted chicken at Jerusalem Chicken.
Jerusalem Chicken

Papi Tacos & Churros

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The family-run Papi Tacos & Churros operates out of Santa Monica, Hollywood, and Santa Ana, though the menu wasn’t always halal. The restaurant made the switch in 2021 where meats come from a wood-fired oven, including a 16-hour cooked beef birria.

Bangla Bazar & Restaurant

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Nestled slightly away from the bustle of 3rd and Western, this Bangladeshi spot is a LA hidden gem that also doubles as a market. Opt for the dal (lentils), fish, chicken, and spicy beef curry.

Soriana Halal Restaurant

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Located in Historic South Central, Soriana’s mandi lamb or chicken are the restaurant’s go-to dishes. This generously portioned Yemeni specialty is layered with rice and is best savored with a dining partner.

World Famous Grill

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World Famous Grill might seem Mediterranean at first glance, but scratch beneath the surface to find that it’s purely LA. The staff prepares breakfast burritos, nachos, tacos, burgers, and Philly cheesesteak-style fries right alongside classic kebab combination platters.

Ammatoli

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Ammatoli recently expanded its Long Beach footprint into a larger airy space. Owner Dima Habibeh’s Levantine menu remains the same by taking inspiration from Jordan, Palestine, Cyprus, Turkey, and Egypt. The spinach kibbeh, muhammara dip, and musakhan chicken are rightfully popular. And be sure to order an extra puffy, hot pita.

A Lebanese flatbread with mint, olives, tomatoes, and cheese at Ammatoli restaurant in Long Beach, California.
Lebanese flatbread from Ammatoli.
Brian Addison

Fatimas Grill

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There are currently three locations for Fatima’s Grillm where the Elreda family prepares a distinctly LA menu with crunch wraps, tacos, hot Cheeto burger, or a birria and mac and cheese mulita.

Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine

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Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine in Alhambra prepares some of Los Angeles’s heartiest halal cooking. On the menu are traditional dishes, like the hearty beef stir-fried with onion, bell pepper, and cubes of naan consumed by the Uyghurs, a Turkic group based in western China.

Halal hits at Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine in Alhambra.
Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine in Alhambra.
Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine

Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen

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Khan Saab debuted in 2020 when owner Imran Mookhi offers dishes from not only Indian food, but dishes from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond. It’s a welcome addition to the cheery stretch of Downtown Fullerton where dishes like the deep-fried butter chicken, bone-in tomahawk, and pomegranate-braised brisket are on display.

Overhead shot of food from Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen in Fullerton, California.
Khan Saab.
Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen

Matu

Matu secures their beef from First Light Farms, so they’ve already done the heavy lifting for those seeking out halal dining. Open since mid-2021, the Beverly Hills steak restaurant prepares Wagyu and various cuts on a plancha or wood fire.

Sliced New Zealand wagyu steak from Matū.
Matū.
Matū

Banana Leaf

Local South Indian chain officially has locations in Culver City, Redondo Beach, Downtown, Santa Monica, and Van Nuys, making it that much easier to find biryanis, samosas, and a formidable butter chicken in every corner of LA.

H&H Brazilian Steakhouse

LA’s halal dining options include H&H Brazilian Steakhouse. Staff approach tables to carve pieces of picanha/prime culotte, beef ribs, or filet mignon tableside.

Picanha from H&H Brazilian Steakhouse in Los Angeles.
H&H Brazilian Steakhouse.
Matthew Kang

Al Watan Halal Tandoori Restaurant

Operating out of the South Bay for over 30 years, Al Watan prepares traditional dishes like lamb korma and goat karahi stir-fried with onions and tomatoes. Always check to see if chef Mohammed Mumtaz added any new items to the menu.

Banadir Somali Restaurant

Open for over a decade, Banadir resides on a mostly residential Inglewood street. Owner Hussein Mohamed will always recommend the marinated, slow-roasted goat or lamb. The basbaas sauce, an electric green sauce made with basil, jalapeno, and cilantro, should be poured over everything.

A plate of Somalian food with rice, meat, and a side salad at Banadir Somali Restaurant.
Lamb at Banadir Somali Restaurant.
Mona Holmes

Jerusalem Chicken

Specializing in Palestinian-style chicken, Jerusalem Chicken’s menu is unique to Los Angeles. The lemon and garlic chicken over rice is wonderfully saucy and flavorful, with outstanding hummus as one of many side dishes available.

Roasted chicken stuffed with rice, mushrooms, and beef at Jerusalem Chicken in View Park/Windsor Hills in Southern California.
Roasted chicken at Jerusalem Chicken.
Jerusalem Chicken

Papi Tacos & Churros

The family-run Papi Tacos & Churros operates out of Santa Monica, Hollywood, and Santa Ana, though the menu wasn’t always halal. The restaurant made the switch in 2021 where meats come from a wood-fired oven, including a 16-hour cooked beef birria.

Bangla Bazar & Restaurant

Nestled slightly away from the bustle of 3rd and Western, this Bangladeshi spot is a LA hidden gem that also doubles as a market. Opt for the dal (lentils), fish, chicken, and spicy beef curry.

Soriana Halal Restaurant

Located in Historic South Central, Soriana’s mandi lamb or chicken are the restaurant’s go-to dishes. This generously portioned Yemeni specialty is layered with rice and is best savored with a dining partner.

World Famous Grill

World Famous Grill might seem Mediterranean at first glance, but scratch beneath the surface to find that it’s purely LA. The staff prepares breakfast burritos, nachos, tacos, burgers, and Philly cheesesteak-style fries right alongside classic kebab combination platters.

Ammatoli

Ammatoli recently expanded its Long Beach footprint into a larger airy space. Owner Dima Habibeh’s Levantine menu remains the same by taking inspiration from Jordan, Palestine, Cyprus, Turkey, and Egypt. The spinach kibbeh, muhammara dip, and musakhan chicken are rightfully popular. And be sure to order an extra puffy, hot pita.

A Lebanese flatbread with mint, olives, tomatoes, and cheese at Ammatoli restaurant in Long Beach, California.
Lebanese flatbread from Ammatoli.
Brian Addison

Fatimas Grill

There are currently three locations for Fatima’s Grillm where the Elreda family prepares a distinctly LA menu with crunch wraps, tacos, hot Cheeto burger, or a birria and mac and cheese mulita.

Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine

Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine in Alhambra prepares some of Los Angeles’s heartiest halal cooking. On the menu are traditional dishes, like the hearty beef stir-fried with onion, bell pepper, and cubes of naan consumed by the Uyghurs, a Turkic group based in western China.

Halal hits at Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine in Alhambra.
Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine in Alhambra.
Dolan’s Uyghur Cuisine

Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen

Khan Saab debuted in 2020 when owner Imran Mookhi offers dishes from not only Indian food, but dishes from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond. It’s a welcome addition to the cheery stretch of Downtown Fullerton where dishes like the deep-fried butter chicken, bone-in tomahawk, and pomegranate-braised brisket are on display.

Overhead shot of food from Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen in Fullerton, California.
Khan Saab.
Khan Saab Desi Craft Kitchen

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