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The 38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants

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Here, now and in full is the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant…” This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and, collectively, satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Over time, the Eater 38 will change, with new restaurants joining as others fall off, but we'll keep the total number steady at 38. The only hard and fast rule of engagement is that a restaurant must be open at least six months to qualify for inclusion on the list, though strong consideration is given to neighborhood favorites over fancier destination spots. And so, without further ado—and in no particular order—here is the Eater 38.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Kogi

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2. Umami Burger

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850 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. The Bazaar by Jose Andres

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465 La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

4. Il Grano Restaurant

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11359 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

5. Giorgio Baldi Ristorante

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114 W Channel Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402

6. Father's Office

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3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

7. Apple Pan

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10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

8. Animal Restaurant

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435 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

9. Guelaguetza Restaurant

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W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

10. In-N-Out Burger

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11. Matsuhisa International

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129 La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

12. Mozza Pizzeria

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641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

13. Dan Tana's

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9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

14. Mastro's Steakhouse

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246 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

15. Campanile Restaurant

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624 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

16. AOC

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8022 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

17. Fraiche

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9411 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

18. Capo

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1810 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

19. Pace

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2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

20. Sushi Nozawa

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11288 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

21. Providence

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5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

22. Church & State

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1850 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

23. Sushi Zo

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9824 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

24. Sushi Park

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8539 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

25. Wurstküche

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800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

26. Spago Beverly Hills

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176 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

27. Bar Marmont

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8221 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069

28. Melisse Restaurant

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1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

29. Jitlada

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5233 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

30. Palate Food & Wine

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933 S Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91204

31. Gjelina

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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

32. Loteria

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6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

33. Petros Restaurant

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451 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

34. Sunnin Lebanese Cafe

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1779 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

35. Bay Cities Italian Deli

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1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

36. Drago Centro

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525 S Flower St
Santa Ana, CA 92701

37. Park's BBQ

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955 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006

38. Santouka Ramen

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3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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1. Kogi

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2. Umami Burger

850 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
850 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. The Bazaar by Jose Andres

465 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
465 La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

4. Il Grano Restaurant

11359 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
11359 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

5. Giorgio Baldi Ristorante

114 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
114 W Channel Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402

6. Father's Office

3229 Helms Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

7. Apple Pan

10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

8. Animal Restaurant

435 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
435 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

9. Guelaguetza Restaurant

W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005
W 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90005

10. In-N-Out Burger

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11. Matsuhisa International

129 La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
129 La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

12. Mozza Pizzeria

641 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

13. Dan Tana's

9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

14. Mastro's Steakhouse

246 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
246 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

15. Campanile Restaurant

624 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
624 N La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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16. AOC

8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
8022 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048

17. Fraiche

9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
9411 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

18. Capo

1810 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
1810 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401

19. Pace

2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
2100 Laurel Canyon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

20. Sushi Nozawa

11288 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
11288 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

21. Providence

5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004
5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90004

22. Church & State

1850 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
1850 Industrial St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

23. Sushi Zo

9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034
9824 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

24. Sushi Park

8539 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8539 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

25. Wurstküche

800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

26. Spago Beverly Hills

176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
176 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

27. Bar Marmont

8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
8221 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90069

28. Melisse Restaurant

1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

29. Jitlada

5233 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
5233 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

30. Palate Food & Wine

933 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204
933 S Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91204

31. Gjelina

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

32. Loteria

6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

33. Petros Restaurant

451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
451 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

34. Sunnin Lebanese Cafe

1779 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
1779 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

35. Bay Cities Italian Deli

1517 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

36. Drago Centro

525 S Flower St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
525 S Flower St
Santa Ana, CA 92701

37. Park's BBQ

955 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006
955 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006

38. Santouka Ramen

3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066
3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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