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Tempura course at N/Naka, Los Angeles
Tempura course at N/Naka in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles’s 2021 Michelin Stars, Mapped

All of the Los Angeles area’s Michelin star recipients for 2021 and where to find them

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Tempura course at N/Naka in Los Angeles.
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After a year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Michelin Guide has returned, with one upgrade from one to two stars for Brandon Go’s upscale Japanese kaiseki temple Hayato, and also for Mélisse in Santa Monica, which had originally received two stars back in the 2009-2010 version of the guide. Seven LA and Orange County restaurants were new one-star designations while three restaurants in Central Coast were one-star winners. In addition, a number of restaurants were taken off the Michelin Guide to due to closure: Trois Mec, Somni, Dialogue, and Urasawa.

Meanwhile, two restaurants, Maude and Le Comptoir, retained their stars despite not being open since March 2020 due to the pandemic. Maude has said they plan on reopening in its full tasting menu capacity at some point while Le Comptoir has not mentioned if and when it planned to reopen its tasting counter in Koreatown. Finally Shunji, which was closed for period, is on the cusp of reopening in early October with a new location in Santa Monica.

Here now are all of the Michelin star restaurants in Los Angeles for 2021, mapped.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Shin Sushi

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16573 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 616-4148

One star. A surprise entrant, Shin Sushi is one of two Michelin star restaurants in the San Fernando Valley, the other being Pasta Bar in Encino. Taketoshi Azami is the lead sushi chef behind the counter at this somewhat hidden destination.

2. Pasta Bar

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16101 Ventura Blvd #255
Encino, CA 91436

One star for Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee’s tasting menu restaurant in Encino serves a well-executed array of dishes, with pasta as the main focus.

3. Morihiro

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3133 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 522-3993
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One star for Morihiro Onodera, who founded Mori Sushi in West LA, and bounced around at various locations before settling at this Atwater Village sushi temple.

Japanese bowls hold fine foods during daylight hours atop a wooden table.
Dishes from Morihiro.
Morihiro

4. Bistro Na's

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9055 E Las Tunas Dr ste 105
Temple City, CA 91780
(626) 286-1999
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One star. This upscale dining San Gabriel Valley option does traditional Chinese food in an refined setting.

5. Phenakite

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1370 N St Andrews Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 380-8573
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One star for Minh Phan’s inventive and ethereal LA-inspired tasting menu in Hollywood.

6. Providence

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5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Two stars. Providence’s two stars have got to feel pretty good for Michael Cimarusti, especially being fresh off of a James Beard Foundation Award win for Best Chef: West in 2019. A classic seafood-oriented tasting menu with fantastic service along Melrose Avenue.

7. Kali

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5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 871-4160
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One star. Chef Kevin Meehan has plenty of fine dining years under his belt, and now he’s got his own star at one of Melrose’s best upscale modern California restaurants. The kind of excellent tasting menu that is approachable enough to visit fairly regularly.

8. Osteria Mozza

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6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 297-0100
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One star. While skewing slightly upscale, Osteria Mozza from Nancy Silverton is far from fussy. This Italian staple offers pasta, roasted meats, and one heck of a mozzarella bar.

Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza

9. Sushi Ginza Onodera

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609 La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 433-4817
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Two stars. This chain sushi restaurant keeps high standards all over the globe, earning two stars for their La Cienega location this time around.

10. Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura

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347 N Rodeo Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(424) 600-7490
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One star for Massimo Bottura’s outpost of Gucci Osteria in Beverly Hills, which serves fancy pasta and other Italian fare at sky-high prices.

Gucci Osteria’s tortellini in Beverly Hills.
Gucci Osteria’s tortellini in Beverly Hills.
Mona Holmes

11. Nozawa Bar

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212 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(424) 216-6158
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One star. This intimate sushi counter behind the Beverly Hills Sugarfish is one of the most impressive omakase experiences in all of Los Angeles with close to 20 courses of pristine fish prepared to near perfection.

12. Cut

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9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 275-5200
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One star. Wolfgang Puck’s inimitable steakhouse CUT serves some of the top meats in town from a lavish white tablecloth kind of space in Beverly Hills.

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CUT
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13. Maude

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212 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 859-3418
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One star. Chef Curtis Stone’s original vision for Maude has, over the years, flowed into something more, with rotating menus that focus on particular regions from around the world. Currently on hiatus as Pie Room, a casual Australian-style savory and sweet pie shop. Maude plans to return to its tasting menu format in the future.

14. Le Comptoir

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3606 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 290-0750
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One star. Longtime LA chef Gary Menes takes his locavore approach seriously, growing much of the menu for this vegetable-focused Koreatown restaurant himself. Currently closed with no plans to reopen announced yet.

15. Orsa & Winston

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122 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-0300
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One star. Chef Josef Centeno’s longtime Downtown tasting menu still hits on all levels, making it one of the most unsung but excellent dining destinations in LA.

16. Q Sushi

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521 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

One star. Yet again, more love for LA’s many sushi masters at work. A rarefied omakase with the high price to match.

17. Shibumi

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815 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(323) 484-8915
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One star for David Schlosser’s kappo-style restaurant in Downtown LA.

18. Kato Restaurant

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11925 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(424) 535-3041
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One star. Chef Jon Yao has done the impossible, turning a corner strip mall location with no alcohol into a Taiwanese tasting menu destination worthy of the Michelin Guide.

19. Hayato

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1320 E 7th St #126
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 395-0607
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Two stars. Hayato hit the scene hard in 2018, earning loads of praise from critics and the media thanks to its small, tucked-away space and elevated Japanese fare. Now Brandon Go’s kaiseki experience is one of the top restaurants in the city, according to Michelin.

Chef Brandon Go at Hayato
Hayato
Hayato

20. Mori Sushi

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11500 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-3939
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One star. Long a stalwart of the LA sushi scene, Mori retains its accolades thanks to the Michelin dining team.

21. n/naka

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3455 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 836-6252
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Two stars. Niki Nakayama and partner Carol Iida-Nakayama have retained two stars for their Palms kaiseki restaurant incorporating traditional Japanese tasting menus with California ingredients.

Amuse bouches at n/naka, Los Angeles
n/naka
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22. Rustic Canyon

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1119 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-7050
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One star. As one of the city’s stalwart neighborhood California restaurants, it’s good to see staple Rustic Canyon earn a nod.

23. Mélisse

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1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-0881
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The luxury hasn’t left the building at Mélisse, Santa Monica’s stalwart white table cloth experience known for its wine, caviar, and picture-perfect cooking from chef Josiah Citrin’s team. Mélisse has earned (and kept) its stars for years now, even through the pandemic and the bifurcation of its classic space to add Citrin, a sister project under the same roof.

24. Vespertine

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3599 Hayden Ave
Culver City, CA 90232
(323) 320-4023
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Two stars. Perhaps the most polarizing restaurant in LA, Vespertine goes out if its way to shroud in secrecy, to confuse, delight, and push the boundaries of what eating a meal even looks like.

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Vespertine
Anne Fishbein

25. Shunji Japanese Cuisine

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3003 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 826-4737
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Shunji Nakao’s one-star omakase restaurant has reopened, albeit with just takeout to start, with plans to open its dining room some time in October 2021. The veteran sushi chef serves some of the highest quality fish to LA.

Shunji sushi on a plate bearing the restaurant’s name.
Tuna sushi at Shunji.
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26. Pasjoli

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2732 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(424) 330-0020
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One star for Dave Beran’s ode to French bistro cooking in Santa Monica.

Pasjoli, Santa Monica, dining room.
Dining room at Pasjoli.
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27. Sushi Inaba Manhattan Beach

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1300 Highland Ave STE 107
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-3345

Sushi I-Naba earns the South Bay’s first-ever Michelin star serving mostly takeaway omakase, though before the pandemic, the difficult-to-find sushi counter prepared some of the finest Japanese fish in LA.

Sushi from Sushi Inaba.
Sushi from Sushi Inaba.
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28. Taco Maria

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3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 538-8444
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One star. Congrats to chef Carlos Salgado and the team for their continued work, representing not only Orange County but as the only Mexican restaurant in LA/OC in the Southern California Michelin Guide.

Taco Maria
Taco Maria
Farley Elliott

29. Knife Pleat

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3333 S Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 266-3388
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One star for Orange County’s French tasting menu restaurant Knife Pleat from Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi, who were previously operators of Church and State in the Arts District.

Chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi.
Chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi.
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30. Hanare Sushi

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2930 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 545-2800
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One star. This fancy sushi omakase counter in Costa Mesa starts at $200 and goes up from there depending on what they’re serving for the night.

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1. Shin Sushi

16573 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

One star. A surprise entrant, Shin Sushi is one of two Michelin star restaurants in the San Fernando Valley, the other being Pasta Bar in Encino. Taketoshi Azami is the lead sushi chef behind the counter at this somewhat hidden destination.

16573 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436

2. Pasta Bar

16101 Ventura Blvd #255, Encino, CA 91436

One star for Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee’s tasting menu restaurant in Encino serves a well-executed array of dishes, with pasta as the main focus.

16101 Ventura Blvd #255
Encino, CA 91436

3. Morihiro

3133 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Japanese bowls hold fine foods during daylight hours atop a wooden table.
Dishes from Morihiro.
Morihiro

One star for Morihiro Onodera, who founded Mori Sushi in West LA, and bounced around at various locations before settling at this Atwater Village sushi temple.

3133 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

4. Bistro Na's

9055 E Las Tunas Dr ste 105, Temple City, CA 91780

One star. This upscale dining San Gabriel Valley option does traditional Chinese food in an refined setting.

9055 E Las Tunas Dr ste 105
Temple City, CA 91780

5. Phenakite

1370 N St Andrews Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028

One star for Minh Phan’s inventive and ethereal LA-inspired tasting menu in Hollywood.

1370 N St Andrews Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90028

6. Providence

5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Two stars. Providence’s two stars have got to feel pretty good for Michael Cimarusti, especially being fresh off of a James Beard Foundation Award win for Best Chef: West in 2019. A classic seafood-oriented tasting menu with fantastic service along Melrose Avenue.

5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

7. Kali

5722 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

One star. Chef Kevin Meehan has plenty of fine dining years under his belt, and now he’s got his own star at one of Melrose’s best upscale modern California restaurants. The kind of excellent tasting menu that is approachable enough to visit fairly regularly.

5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

8. Osteria Mozza

6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza

One star. While skewing slightly upscale, Osteria Mozza from Nancy Silverton is far from fussy. This Italian staple offers pasta, roasted meats, and one heck of a mozzarella bar.

6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

9. Sushi Ginza Onodera

609 La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Two stars. This chain sushi restaurant keeps high standards all over the globe, earning two stars for their La Cienega location this time around.

609 La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

10. Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura

347 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Gucci Osteria’s tortellini in Beverly Hills.
Gucci Osteria’s tortellini in Beverly Hills.
Mona Holmes

One star for Massimo Bottura’s outpost of Gucci Osteria in Beverly Hills, which serves fancy pasta and other Italian fare at sky-high prices.

347 N Rodeo Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

11. Nozawa Bar

212 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

One star. This intimate sushi counter behind the Beverly Hills Sugarfish is one of the most impressive omakase experiences in all of Los Angeles with close to 20 courses of pristine fish prepared to near perfection.

212 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

12. Cut

9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
CUT
CUT
[Official Photo]

One star. Wolfgang Puck’s inimitable steakhouse CUT serves some of the top meats in town from a lavish white tablecloth kind of space in Beverly Hills.

9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

13. Maude

212 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

One star. Chef Curtis Stone’s original vision for Maude has, over the years, flowed into something more, with rotating menus that focus on particular regions from around the world. Currently on hiatus as Pie Room, a casual Australian-style savory and sweet pie shop. Maude plans to return to its tasting menu format in the future.

212 S Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

14. Le Comptoir

3606 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

One star. Longtime LA chef Gary Menes takes his locavore approach seriously, growing much of the menu for this vegetable-focused Koreatown restaurant himself. Currently closed with no plans to reopen announced yet.

3606 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

15. Orsa & Winston

122 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

One star. Chef Josef Centeno’s longtime Downtown tasting menu still hits on all levels, making it one of the most unsung but excellent dining destinations in LA.

122 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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16. Q Sushi

521 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

One star. Yet again, more love for LA’s many sushi masters at work. A rarefied omakase with the high price to match.

521 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

17. Shibumi

815 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

One star for David Schlosser’s kappo-style restaurant in Downtown LA.

815 S Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

18. Kato Restaurant

11925 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

One star. Chef Jon Yao has done the impossible, turning a corner strip mall location with no alcohol into a Taiwanese tasting menu destination worthy of the Michelin Guide.

11925 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

19. Hayato

1320 E 7th St #126, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Chef Brandon Go at Hayato
Hayato
Hayato

Two stars. Hayato hit the scene hard in 2018, earning loads of praise from critics and the media thanks to its small, tucked-away space and elevated Japanese fare. Now Brandon Go’s kaiseki experience is one of the top restaurants in the city, according to Michelin.

1320 E 7th St #126
Los Angeles, CA 90021

20. Mori Sushi

11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

One star. Long a stalwart of the LA sushi scene, Mori retains its accolades thanks to the Michelin dining team.

11500 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

21. n/naka

3455 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Amuse bouches at n/naka, Los Angeles
n/naka
Wonho Frank Lee

Two stars. Niki Nakayama and partner Carol Iida-Nakayama have retained two stars for their Palms kaiseki restaurant incorporating traditional Japanese tasting menus with California ingredients.

3455 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

22. Rustic Canyon

1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

One star. As one of the city’s stalwart neighborhood California restaurants, it’s good to see staple Rustic Canyon earn a nod.

1119 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

23. Mélisse

1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The luxury hasn’t left the building at Mélisse, Santa Monica’s stalwart white table cloth experience known for its wine, caviar, and picture-perfect cooking from chef Josiah Citrin’s team. Mélisse has earned (and kept) its stars for years now, even through the pandemic and the bifurcation of its classic space to add Citrin, a sister project under the same roof.

1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

24. Vespertine

3599 Hayden Ave, Culver City, CA 90232
Vespertine exterior photo
Vespertine
Anne Fishbein

Two stars. Perhaps the most polarizing restaurant in LA, Vespertine goes out if its way to shroud in secrecy, to confuse, delight, and push the boundaries of what eating a meal even looks like.

3599 Hayden Ave
Culver City, CA 90232

25. Shunji Japanese Cuisine

3003 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Shunji sushi on a plate bearing the restaurant’s name.
Tuna sushi at Shunji.
Crystal Coser

Shunji Nakao’s one-star omakase restaurant has reopened, albeit with just takeout to start, with plans to open its dining room some time in October 2021. The veteran sushi chef serves some of the highest quality fish to LA.

3003 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

26. Pasjoli

2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Pasjoli, Santa Monica, dining room.
Dining room at Pasjoli.
Wonho Frank Lee/Eater LA

One star for Dave Beran’s ode to French bistro cooking in Santa Monica.

2732 Main St
Santa Monica, CA 90405

27. Sushi Inaba Manhattan Beach

1300 Highland Ave STE 107, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Sushi from Sushi Inaba.
Sushi from Sushi Inaba.
Sushi Inaba website

Sushi I-Naba earns the South Bay’s first-ever Michelin star serving mostly takeaway omakase, though before the pandemic, the difficult-to-find sushi counter prepared some of the finest Japanese fish in LA.

1300 Highland Ave STE 107
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

28. Taco Maria

3313 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Taco Maria
Taco Maria
Farley Elliott

One star. Congrats to chef Carlos Salgado and the team for their continued work, representing not only Orange County but as the only Mexican restaurant in LA/OC in the Southern California Michelin Guide.

3313 Hyland Ave
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

29. Knife Pleat

3333 S Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi.
Chef Tony Esnault and restaurateur Yassmin Sarmadi.
Bernardo Doral

One star for Orange County’s French tasting menu restaurant Knife Pleat from Tony Esnault and Yassmin Sarmadi, who were previously operators of Church and State in the Arts District.

3333 S Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

30. Hanare Sushi

2930 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

One star. This fancy sushi omakase counter in Costa Mesa starts at $200 and goes up from there depending on what they’re serving for the night.

2930 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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