Where to Eat in Los Angeles Right Now

Nicole Franzen

From new restaurants to visiting chefs, these Los Angeles restaurants are where you should be eating right now.

These choice locations await in the City of Angels: a secret-location pop-up with a Colombia-meets-Alaska twist, an exciting guest chef series at Eataly LA, a vegan German beer garden (yes, really!), and a debut restaurant for chef Eric Bost.


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Auburn

Late last week, chef Eric Bost (Guy Savoy, Republique) opened his debut restaurant: a 105-seat love letter to Los Angeles-inspired cuisine. The kitchen is centered around a steel hearth and the menu filled with refined, seasonal dishes like English peas with Santa Barbara sea urchin and sweet lemon, duck from Sonoma served with sprouted rye, black garlic, and amaranth, razor clams with bone marrow, and salt-baked orange with burnt honey. The cocktail menu, created in partnership with Death & Company and Nitecap, fosters a similar vibe––think: gin, vermouth, douglas fir, and yuzu or a dazzling mix of kumquat, white wine, amaro, cacao, and sparkling pear cider.

The airy, effortlessly elegant dining room is dressed in neutral tones, natural materials, and ample planters that give the urban setting a wild feel. It is a beautiful space for Bost to showcase his 20 years helming some of the world’s best-loved restaurants and to celebrate stepping out on his own. 6703 Melrose Ave; 323-486-6703


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Dinner with Dres

Los Angeles is home to many pop-ups restaurants. But particular this monthly series, which features the cuisine of Colombian-born chef Andres Dangond (L20, Alinea), holds a particular air of excitement. This deeply intimate dinner taps into the chef’s memories, travels, and emotions as well as his deep love of Colombian cuisine, offering an evolving and innovative tasting menu reinvented each season. Current dishes include halibut ceviche with celery leche de tigre and serrano oil, alder-smoked mushroom consommé with wild rice, Alaskan king salmon with smoked beet, pickled kumquat, and burnt hazelnuts, and New York strip with charred onion and leek cream. For dessert, a wild blueberry cheesecake is paired with root beer granita.

The location for the two-hour, 14-guest meal is sent to guests the night before their reservation. Tickets for the March dinner are sold out but check the website soon for April’s date.

Related: Where to Eat in New York City Right Now


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Eataly LA: Guest Chef Series

Fans of the Italian culinary wonderland have a new reason to visit its Los Angeles outpost. Throughout 2019, they are hosting beloved LA chefs at their in-house restaurant La Pizza & La Pasta. Each chef will offer a signature pizza or pasta dish that highlights their own style as well as the Eataly LA’s partner farmers and producers. Diners will have a chance to interact with the chef and watch him or her work in the kitchen.

March’s guest chef, Michele Lisi (Nerano) created an orecchiette dish with broccoli rabe, dried pepperoncino, Parmigiano Reggiano DOP, and plenty of garlic––a simple, more-than-the-sum-of-its-parts dish that showcases the produce-forward cuisine of southern Italy. Upcoming guest chefs will be announced soon, so keep an eye out on the website. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd; 213-310-8000


Matthias Brandt

Hinterhof

If any city can be home to an all-vegan beer garden and German kitchen, Los Angeles is it. At Hinterhof––which launched dinner service in January and will soon roll out breakfast, lunch, and brunch––the beer offerings are classic, with nearly a dozen draught brews available. The menu, meanwhile, is decidedly unique.

In addition to enjoying German-style soft pretzels served with imported mustard and a sampler of Oma-inspired salads (creamy potato and vinegar-spiked carrot and cucumber, among others), diners can tuck into a variety of house-made vegan sausages and entrees. A crispy seitan “wienerschnitzel” is paired with mashed potatoes and red cabbage. Meanwhile, the vegan currywurst is served with spicy curry sauce and fries. Dumpling lovers can try the kasespatzel smothered in a nut-based cream sauce and served with smoky tempeh and grilled onions. Don’t be fooled––the meat-free menu may be arguably virtuous, but it is also delightfully decadent. 4939 York Blvd; 323-739-0209