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Updating the Eater Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what's new, what's hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the 'it' places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heat Map, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.

Check out the map of Los Angeles' 15 hottest restaurants below.


1/7/11: Added: Red Medicine, Eveleigh, Hostaria del Piccolo

3/22: Added: Wood + Vine, Son of a Gun, The Spice Table

7/11/11: Added: Picca, Black Market, Mr. C

9/6/11: Added: ink.sack, Next Door by Josie, The Strand House

10/6/11: Added: ink., Wurstkuche Venice, Osaka

1/13/12: Added: Short Order, Freddy Smalls, Bäco Mercat

2/2/12: Added: Little Bear, Tar & Roses

3/1/12: Added: Plan Check

4/10/12: Added: L&E Oyster Bar, UMAMIcatessen, Pitfire Pizza Fairfax

5/23/12: Added: The Pikey, BierBeisl

6/7/12: Added: Mo-Chica, The Corner Door

7/5/12: Added: Sycamore Kitchen

8/2/12: Added: Laurel Hardware, Superba Snack Bar, The Parish

9/6/12: Added: Cafe Gratitude Venice, The Churchill, Milo & Olive

10/4/12: Added: Mess Hall, Nobu Malibu, Spago

12/6/12: Added: The Hart and The Hunter, U-Mini

1/3/13: Added: Bar Ama, The Black Cat

2/7/13: Added: Bestia, chi SPACCA, littlefork, Barnyard, Sirena

3/7/13: Added: Bludso's Bar & Que

Have any suggestions? Any vital omissions? Leave 'em in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Spago

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176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880
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Los Angeles' most iconic Beverly Hills restaurant went under the knife this summer and just recently Wolfgang Puck's Spago emerged with a clean new aesthetic, thanks to designer Waldo Fernandez (Soho House). A new California-Asian fusion menu is in place, too.

2. Nobu Malibu

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22706 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 92065
(310) 317-9140

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's relocated Malibu branch of Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant chain Nobu is a looker. It's situated on the beach right off the PCH, a beautiful space for its glitzy clientele and pretty, pricey food. Signature dishes like Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, and Black Cod with Miso grace the menu.

3. Bestia

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2121 E. 7th Place
Los Angeles, Ca 90021
(213) 514-5724

Chef Ori Menashe and restaurateur Bill Chait have teamed up to open Bestia, a seasonal Italian restaurant with excellent house-cured salumi and a fancy wood-fired oven which cooks pizzas and more. The space is hip enough without trying to hard in a sort of industrial unfinished way, and as of late has been one of the hottest tickets in town. Reservations are recommended, but there's room for walk-ins at the bar.

4. Goldie's

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8422 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 677-2470
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Well, it didn't take long for Nick Mathers' (Eveleigh) boho-chic new eatery to blow up. Now open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Goldie's on West Third is the place to be for seasonal, inspired plates by chef Thomas Lim.

5. RivaBella

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9201 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2060
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Good luck trying to secure a primetime dinner reservation here. RivaBella, the white hot IDG plus chef Gino Angelini (Angelini Osteria) mashup is the place to see and be seen over elevated plates of Tuscan cuisine. The covered outdoor dining patio is sure to be an even bigger hit this summer.

6. The New "AOC"

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8700 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-6359

After a decade on West Third Street, chef Suzanne Goin's relocated wine bar is now as buzzy as ever. With a new full bar and revamped California-style menu, the tastefully designed eatery is perfectly poised for drinks with friends at the communal bar up front or a quiet date in one of the back booths.

7. Nozawa | BAR

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212 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, Ca 90210

Nozawa Bar, tucked away in a small room behind sugarFISH Beverly Hills, is a 10-seat sushi bar that serves about 20 courses of true Edo-style sushi. Dinner runs $150 a head without alcohol, but the adventurous meal is well worth its pricey tag. Expect pristine quality seafood like live octopus, monkfish liver, and several preparations of uni. Also, maybe the best toro you've ever tried.

8. Trois Mec

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716 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 468-8915
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Dinner at the French mashup, from all-star team Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo, is a tough ticket to score (just 26 seats), and meals must be purchased in advance off Trois Mec's website. Including tip but excluding alcohol, the nightly prix fixe amounts to nearly $100 a head.

9. Chi-Lin

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9201 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 278-2068
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IDG's newest venture takes form as a high end Chinese restaurant attached to RivaBella in West Hollywood. The smallish space is dark and intimate, decorated with large round booths and suspended illuminated lanterns. Chef Cecile Tang of JOSS consulted on the menu which includes dim sum and Peking Prawns.

10. Corazon Y Miel

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6626 Atlantic Ave
Bell, CA 90201
(323) 560-1776
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In the faraway land of Bell, Corazon y Miel is making a splash, with its daily changing list of inventive Latin American small plates. The bar is equally as strong, and creative drinks call for ingredients like Liquid Tamarind Candy and Chili Lime Candy.

11. Connie and Ted's

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8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 848-2722

Newly minted on Santa Monica Boulevard, Connie & Ted's is celebrated Providence chef Michael Cimarusti's contemporary take on a classic seafood "shack." He's serving up tried and true sea-centric constructions made with top quality ingredients and only the best sea animals, plus a few extras like a burger topped with Hook's four-year-aged cheddar.

12. Fishing with Dynamite

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1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA

Chef David LeFevre's tiny nook of a seafood joint has been slammed since its debut, which means it's vital to make a reservation in advance. In this bright and convivial (though cramped) space he's plating up a mixed batch of old and new seafood dishes, alongside a thoughtful list of intoxicants. Early standouts are the Thai Shellfish Coconut Soup, Albacore Tartare, and Loup de Mer.

13. Petty Cash Taqueria

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7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300

In the former home to Playa (RIP) comes Petty Cash Taqueria, a colorful and fun new eatery conducive to social dining (many communal picnic-style tables). Chef Walter Manzke collaborated with famed Baja chef Guillermo Campos Moreno of Tacos Kokopelli on Petty Cash's Mexican street food menu. There's deep fried cheesy churros, a bevy of tacos, and even raw pork ceviche.

14. Flores

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2024 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(424) 273-6469
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A rustic, hip bungalow serving modern California cuisine amid a sea of Asian cafes, Flores is an ambitious new addition to Sawtelle. Expect small plate farm-to-table fare with global influences and strong technique. After all, chefs Angela Hernandez and Rob Lawson have worked at both L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (New York) and The Bazaar.

15. Nikita Malibu

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22716 E Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-3274
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Right next door to Nobu Malibu, Nikita is a room with a view, perched right on the beach overlooking the ocean. This Mediterranean number with its blonde wooded interior and rooftop patio has a Michelin-starred chef in the kitchen, serving handmade pastas, fish and meat dishes with an overall Italian/California slant. Top notch inspired cocktails are executed by Greg Seider of Summit Bar (NY).

16. Salt Air

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1616 Abbot Kinney
Venice Beach, CA

Salt Air, the newest restaurant from Reiss Co (Sunny Spot, A-Frame), is a white on white addition to Abbot Kinney, plating chef Greg A. Daniels' seafood-centered small plates. Don't overlook the fried fish skin chips with harissa or the bright green pea toast with ricotta. There's Gueuze on tap, and Brian Butler's cocktail list makes good use of beer and wine in drinks like the passionfruit shandy.

17. Phorage

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3300 Overland Ave. #105
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 876-0910

A rustic minimalist Vietnamese eatery serving inexpensive bowls of oxtail pho and pork banh mi, but also rolls, rice, and noodle dishes made with locally sourced product. Drop in for lunch or dinner.

18. Girasol Restaurant

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11334 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91602
(818) 924-2323
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A sleek new Studio City addition designed to resemble a sunflower, Girasol is a dedicated California eatery through and through. Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson is responsible for the restaurant's refined seasonal California menu, and there's beer and California wines to go alongside.

19. Mari Vanna

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8475 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(323) 655-1977
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Part of an international chain, this Melrose Place eatery captures the Russian spirit from its tchotchke-filled multi room indoor/outdoor space to its modern Russian menu with a California spirit. There are separate rooms to eat and imbibe, and the restaurant touts 70 flavored of infused vodka.

20. Little Sister

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1131 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-2096
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Jed Sanford and chef Tin Vuong of Abigaile in Hermosa and WildCraft Sourdough Pizza in Culver are behind this dark, cozy, rustic number, which is offering up a Euro-Southeast Asian menu of small plates and craft beer. Think Myanmar okra curry, shaky shaky beef, and Singapore curry noodles.

21. Bucato

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3280 Helms Ave
Culver City, CA 90034
(310) 876-0286
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Chef Evan Funke, formerly of Rustic Canyon, experiments with seasonal Italian fare at Bucato, and his house-made pastas steal the show. A wood-burning oven churns out small meat and veggie-centered plates, but don't try and snag a photo. The use of cell phones inside the restaurant is "politely discouraged."

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1. Spago

176 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Los Angeles' most iconic Beverly Hills restaurant went under the knife this summer and just recently Wolfgang Puck's Spago emerged with a clean new aesthetic, thanks to designer Waldo Fernandez (Soho House). A new California-Asian fusion menu is in place, too.

176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

2. Nobu Malibu

22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 92065

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's relocated Malibu branch of Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant chain Nobu is a looker. It's situated on the beach right off the PCH, a beautiful space for its glitzy clientele and pretty, pricey food. Signature dishes like Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, and Black Cod with Miso grace the menu.

22706 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 92065

3. Bestia

2121 E. 7th Place, Los Angeles, Ca 90021

Chef Ori Menashe and restaurateur Bill Chait have teamed up to open Bestia, a seasonal Italian restaurant with excellent house-cured salumi and a fancy wood-fired oven which cooks pizzas and more. The space is hip enough without trying to hard in a sort of industrial unfinished way, and as of late has been one of the hottest tickets in town. Reservations are recommended, but there's room for walk-ins at the bar.

2121 E. 7th Place
Los Angeles, Ca 90021

4. Goldie's

8422 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048

Well, it didn't take long for Nick Mathers' (Eveleigh) boho-chic new eatery to blow up. Now open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, Goldie's on West Third is the place to be for seasonal, inspired plates by chef Thomas Lim.

8422 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

5. RivaBella

9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Good luck trying to secure a primetime dinner reservation here. RivaBella, the white hot IDG plus chef Gino Angelini (Angelini Osteria) mashup is the place to see and be seen over elevated plates of Tuscan cuisine. The covered outdoor dining patio is sure to be an even bigger hit this summer.

9201 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

6. The New "AOC"

8700 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

After a decade on West Third Street, chef Suzanne Goin's relocated wine bar is now as buzzy as ever. With a new full bar and revamped California-style menu, the tastefully designed eatery is perfectly poised for drinks with friends at the communal bar up front or a quiet date in one of the back booths.

8700 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

7. Nozawa | BAR

212 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, Ca 90210

Nozawa Bar, tucked away in a small room behind sugarFISH Beverly Hills, is a 10-seat sushi bar that serves about 20 courses of true Edo-style sushi. Dinner runs $150 a head without alcohol, but the adventurous meal is well worth its pricey tag. Expect pristine quality seafood like live octopus, monkfish liver, and several preparations of uni. Also, maybe the best toro you've ever tried.

212 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, Ca 90210

8. Trois Mec

716 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Dinner at the French mashup, from all-star team Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo, is a tough ticket to score (just 26 seats), and meals must be purchased in advance off Trois Mec's website. Including tip but excluding alcohol, the nightly prix fixe amounts to nearly $100 a head.

716 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

9. Chi-Lin

9201 West Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069

IDG's newest venture takes form as a high end Chinese restaurant attached to RivaBella in West Hollywood. The smallish space is dark and intimate, decorated with large round booths and suspended illuminated lanterns. Chef Cecile Tang of JOSS consulted on the menu which includes dim sum and Peking Prawns.

9201 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

10. Corazon Y Miel

6626 Atlantic Ave, Bell, CA 90201

In the faraway land of Bell, Corazon y Miel is making a splash, with its daily changing list of inventive Latin American small plates. The bar is equally as strong, and creative drinks call for ingredients like Liquid Tamarind Candy and Chili Lime Candy.

6626 Atlantic Ave
Bell, CA 90201

11. Connie and Ted's

8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Newly minted on Santa Monica Boulevard, Connie & Ted's is celebrated Providence chef Michael Cimarusti's contemporary take on a classic seafood "shack." He's serving up tried and true sea-centric constructions made with top quality ingredients and only the best sea animals, plus a few extras like a burger topped with Hook's four-year-aged cheddar.

8171 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

12. Fishing with Dynamite

1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA

Chef David LeFevre's tiny nook of a seafood joint has been slammed since its debut, which means it's vital to make a reservation in advance. In this bright and convivial (though cramped) space he's plating up a mixed batch of old and new seafood dishes, alongside a thoughtful list of intoxicants. Early standouts are the Thai Shellfish Coconut Soup, Albacore Tartare, and Loup de Mer.

1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA

13. Petty Cash Taqueria

7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

In the former home to Playa (RIP) comes Petty Cash Taqueria, a colorful and fun new eatery conducive to social dining (many communal picnic-style tables). Chef Walter Manzke collaborated with famed Baja chef Guillermo Campos Moreno of Tacos Kokopelli on Petty Cash's Mexican street food menu. There's deep fried cheesy churros, a bevy of tacos, and even raw pork ceviche.

7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

14. Flores

2024 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

A rustic, hip bungalow serving modern California cuisine amid a sea of Asian cafes, Flores is an ambitious new addition to Sawtelle. Expect small plate farm-to-table fare with global influences and strong technique. After all, chefs Angela Hernandez and Rob Lawson have worked at both L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon (New York) and The Bazaar.

2024 Sawtelle Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025

15. Nikita Malibu

22716 E Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265

Right next door to Nobu Malibu, Nikita is a room with a view, perched right on the beach overlooking the ocean. This Mediterranean number with its blonde wooded interior and rooftop patio has a Michelin-starred chef in the kitchen, serving handmade pastas, fish and meat dishes with an overall Italian/California slant. Top notch inspired cocktails are executed by Greg Seider of Summit Bar (NY).

22716 E Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, CA 90265

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16. Salt Air

1616 Abbot Kinney, Venice Beach, CA

Salt Air, the newest restaurant from Reiss Co (Sunny Spot, A-Frame), is a white on white addition to Abbot Kinney, plating chef Greg A. Daniels' seafood-centered small plates. Don't overlook the fried fish skin chips with harissa or the bright green pea toast with ricotta. There's Gueuze on tap, and Brian Butler's cocktail list makes good use of beer and wine in drinks like the passionfruit shandy.

1616 Abbot Kinney
Venice Beach, CA

17. Phorage

3300 Overland Ave. #105, Los Angeles, CA 90034

A rustic minimalist Vietnamese eatery serving inexpensive bowls of oxtail pho and pork banh mi, but also rolls, rice, and noodle dishes made with locally sourced product. Drop in for lunch or dinner.

3300 Overland Ave. #105
Los Angeles, CA 90034

18. Girasol Restaurant

11334 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA 91602

A sleek new Studio City addition designed to resemble a sunflower, Girasol is a dedicated California eatery through and through. Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson is responsible for the restaurant's refined seasonal California menu, and there's beer and California wines to go alongside.

11334 Moorpark St
Studio City, CA 91602

19. Mari Vanna

8475 Melrose Place, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Part of an international chain, this Melrose Place eatery captures the Russian spirit from its tchotchke-filled multi room indoor/outdoor space to its modern Russian menu with a California spirit. There are separate rooms to eat and imbibe, and the restaurant touts 70 flavored of infused vodka.

8475 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069

20. Little Sister

1131 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Jed Sanford and chef Tin Vuong of Abigaile in Hermosa and WildCraft Sourdough Pizza in Culver are behind this dark, cozy, rustic number, which is offering up a Euro-Southeast Asian menu of small plates and craft beer. Think Myanmar okra curry, shaky shaky beef, and Singapore curry noodles.

1131 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

21. Bucato

3280 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

Chef Evan Funke, formerly of Rustic Canyon, experiments with seasonal Italian fare at Bucato, and his house-made pastas steal the show. A wood-burning oven churns out small meat and veggie-centered plates, but don't try and snag a photo. The use of cell phones inside the restaurant is "politely discouraged."

3280 Helms Ave
Culver City, CA 90034

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