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Best restaurants los angeles

The Los Angeles Restaurant Standby List
September 30, 2020
By , Founder

You’ve never had an avocado — or sushi for that matter — until you’ve had it in LA. This is the city where they’ve mastered the art of effortlessly good food because the ingredients are just so darned fresh. In fact, farm to table in California is the standard, as it would be more effort to source ingredients that weren’t just harvested from the local farmer.  It’s impossible to include all the new, trendy places for LA, and given COVID times, it doesn’t seem so important, so we’re sticking to the classics, for the most part.  If you’re at any of these restaurants for the food and service, you’ll likely get a side of scene, like dining next to the Beckham clan at Giorgio Baldi.  

Cecconi's

Why we like it:  Pre-COVID times, you could sit here all day and work on your computer at a table, totally undisturbed, except for the refill of tea, where your breakfast of green eggs and avocado becomes a lunch of zucchini fritti and a big butter lettuce salad with salmon, then for good measure a black truffle pizza with zucchini blossoms for a late afternoon snack.  The vibe is beautiful no matter when you are there, and the terrace is currently open for outdoor dining.  Even for a coffee, this is always on the circuit.  

Nobu Malibu

Why we like it:  Nobu is a restaurant that has been consistently drawing the beautiful people for over two decaides, whether it’s London, New York, Chicago or Malibu.  This may be though, there most stunning location with views over the ocean.  It’s always a good time for the King Crab Tempura, the Yellowtail Jalapeno, Tuna Tartare, Lobster Tacos, and of course, the Rock Shrimp Tempura.  And don’t forget the sushi, of course.   

Giorgio Baldi

Why we like it:  The atmosphere is just darned sexy, where everyone looks good under the lighting of Giorgio Baldi.  You may get a celeb sighting, but you’re here for the food and service, which is some of the best in LA.  It’s why the restaurant continues to pack them in at this family-run restaurant for their signature Lobster di Gio and as much pasta as you can eat, that’s of course made in house.  We dream of the Agnolotti with corn and truffle and purposely invite more friends so we can do a pasta tasting of the 10+  they usually have on the menu.  

Blue Plate Taco

Why we like it:  The beauty of LA is how casual it is, and when we’re biking along the beachfront in Santa Monica, we bypass the coolest new place and come to our go-to of Blue Plate Taco.  Besides having great tacos, where our favorites are the lobster, shrimp and fish, they also have a solid ceviche and guacamole. This is the kind of spot where you fill the table with food and chill with friends and family for the afternoon under the warm California sunshine.  

The Ivy

Why we like it:  It’s a classic since 1917, all the way from the English garden theme where anywhere else it would be too much, but here, it’s 100% The Ivy.  This is the see and be seen spot for a long brunch over fried chicken, the crab benedict and a big side of people watching.  Yes, it’s touristy but sometimes it just has to be done. It’s always a fun time, and you’ll usually get a sighting or two for your Hollywood fix.