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The 38 Essential Los Angeles Restaurants, April '12

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It's time to update 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. Every couple of months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

To start, and for obvious reasons, we're swapping out the long revered and sadly shuttered Sushi Nozawa for sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa's modern chainlet sugarFISH, arguably the best bang for your buck in the sushi space. Meanwhile, in the burgeoning downtown arena, after 20+ years of seafood service, Water Grill and its fresh new look bump out Sunnin's hummus and fried cauliflower.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to leave your thoughts in the comments? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or in the tipline.

Additions and Subtractions:
·April, 2012: Sushi Nozawa, Sunnin dropped; sugarFISH, Water Grill added
·January, 2012: Kogi dropped; Picca added
·October, 2011: Valentino dropped; Mo-Chica added
·July, 2011: Sushi Zo, Loteria Grill dropped; Urasawa, Rustic Canyon added
·April, 2011: Capo, AOC dropped; Angelini Osteria, The Tasting Kitchen added
·January, 2010: Axe, Jones, and Stefan's at LA Farm dropped; Park's BBQ, Drago Centro, and Santouka added
·August, 2010: Petros, Fraiche, Bar Marmont and Pace dropped; Patina, Valentino, La Casita Mexicana, and Dean Sin World added

For more Eater 38 guides updated today across the Eater Universe, head over to Eater National.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Umami Burger

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850 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

2. The Bazaar by Jose Andres

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465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

3. Giorgio Baldi Ristorante

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114 W Channel Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402

4. La Casita Mexicana

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4030 Gage Ave
Bell, CA 90201
(323) 773-1898
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5. Father's Office

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3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

6. Apple Pan

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10801 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

7. Animal Restaurant

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435 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. Guelaguetza Restaurant

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3014 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

9. In-N-Out Burger

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10. Matsuhisa International

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129 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

11. Pizzeria Mozza

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641 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

12. Dan Tana's

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9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

13. Mastro's Steakhouse

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246 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

14. Campanile Restaurant

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624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

15. Providence

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5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

16. Sushi Park

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8539 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

17. Patina Restaurant

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141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3331
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18. Wurstküche

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800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

19. Spago Beverly Hills

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176 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

20. Melisse Restaurant

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1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

21. Jitlada

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5233 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

22. Gjelina

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1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

23. Park's BBQ

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955 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(213) 380-1717
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24. Dean Sin World

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306 N Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(626) 571-0636

25. Urasawa

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218 N Rodeo Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

26. Bay Cities Italian Deli

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1517 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

27. Santouka Ramen

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3760 S Centinela Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90066

28. Drago Centro

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525 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

29. Picca

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9575 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035

30. Lazy Ox Canteen

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241 S San Pedro St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

31. Mo-Chica

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3655 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007

32. The Tasting Kitchen

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1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

33. Angelini Osteria

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7313 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

34. CUT

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9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

35. Rustic Canyon

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1119 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403

36. Langer's

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704 S Alvarado St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

37. sugarFISH

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38. Water Grill

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544 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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1. Umami Burger

850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
850 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

2. The Bazaar by Jose Andres

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

3. Giorgio Baldi Ristorante

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

4. La Casita Mexicana

4030 Gage Ave, Bell, CA 90201
4030 Gage Ave
Bell, CA 90201

5. Father's Office

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

6. Apple Pan

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

7. Animal Restaurant

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

8. Guelaguetza Restaurant

3014 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006
3014 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90006

9. In-N-Out Burger

Various Locations

10. Matsuhisa International

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

11. Pizzeria Mozza

641 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036