GUIDE: Los Angeles

  •  

    Venice Beach Wines

    529 Rose Ave.

    Venice

    Cuisine: Californian, Sandwich

    $$

    It started as a grab-and-go bottle shop—a shoe box nook packed from floor-to-ceiling with boutique wine from around the world and some 30 craft beers—but quickly blossomed into one of Venice’s tiniest but most beloved wine bars. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Vespaio

    225 S. Grand Ave.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    The name Vespaio translates from Italian as “wasps’ nest,” but the menu of Italian fare at this chic new restaurant by chef-owner Agostino Sciandri (Ago, Sor Tino) is all about comfort. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Wilde Wine Bar & Restaurant

    320 S La Brea Ave.

    Hancock Park

    Cuisine: Eclectic, New American, Wine Bar

    $$$

    Co-owners Nader Naderi and Lorna Donohoe envisioned an experience that would feel like visiting a close friend’s house for dinner—and like at the best dinner parties, you’ll want to take your time getting to know all there is to enjoy at this newish entry on La Brea. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Water Grill

    544 S. Grand Ave.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $$$$

    Embraced as one of LA's top seafood restaurants, Water Grill is a civilized sort of place. Quiet and dimly lit, done up art deco-style with warm wood details, and staffed by attentive servers, READ REVIEW

  •  

    West Restaurant & Lounge

    Angeleno Hotel: 170 N. Church Ln.

    West Los Angeles

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Though the restaurant doesn’t rotate (sigh), the views do go on for miles—a fabulous backdrop for swilling martinis and digging into rich, smoky steaks and handmade pastas. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Wood & Vine

    6280 Hollywood Blvd.

    Hollywood

    Cuisine: New American

    $$

    We love the location—in the historic Taft Building across from Pantages—and the farm-to-table, California cuisine, which is anything but nostalgic. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Wurstküche

    Multiple Locations:
    Downtown, Venice

    $

    Jonathan Gold put it best when he said, "there may be no more universal pleasure in the world of meat than a well-made sausage plucked straight from the fire." At Wurstküche that is exactly what you get. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Xiomara

    6101 Melrose Ave.

    Hollywood

    Cuisine: New American

    $$

    Chef Michael Reed makes the critic-approved transformation from Nuevo Latino to Californian, with the best mojitos in town still intact. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Yxta Cocina Mexicana

    601 S. Central Ave.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Mexican

    $$

    Credit Jesse Gomez for a bright-and-soaring industrial loft of an interior and a collection of authentic Mexican dishes that showcase clean, bright flavors from local purveyors. READ REVIEW

  •  

    Zane's

    1150 Hermosa Ave.

    Hermosa Beach

    Cuisine: New American

    $$

    Sleek and stylish with vaulted ceilings and glistening banks of windows—upscale urban, but stay long enough and the beachy vibe from its Hermosa location sneaks in. READ REVIEW


x