Best restaurants in LA?
I'm from NYC, living in LA for the summer and need some restaurant help...
I know asking for "best restaurants" is very broad as everyone has a different opinion but I'd love some of your top 5 if you're willing.....
I don't eat red meat or poultry (husband does, though) but I do eat seafood. Love vegan or vegetarian (if it's done well).
Looking for somewhere to take parents, go to for an anniversary dinner and just great places in general. I've been to a few places around Los Feliz which I thought were pretty mediocre.
Been to Real Food Daily in Santa Monica which I thought was pretty good but nothing new and exciting.
But that's about it so far....
Thanks for any suggestions!
re: David W
Some of the best healthy vegetarian food in LA can be had in Glendale's Armenian restaurants. I recommend Carousel, a wonderful Lebanese-Armenian restaurant on Brand Blvd., which also serves kabobs for your carnivorous dining mates.
Yes, sushi is also one of your best bets for seafood!
Campanile on La Brea would be a lovely setting for a family dinner:
http://campanilerestaurant.com/ - I've had some lovely seafood there but can't vouch that it's consistently superb.
Try Seafood Village--it serves Chiu Chow/Cantonese-style seafood.
9669 Las Tunas Dr., Temple City 626-286-2299
684 W. Garvey Ave., Monterey Park 626-298-0088
Newport Seafood Tan Cang Restaurant also has some exceptionally good seafood. It serves Vietnamese/Chinese/Thai-style seafood. They take cash only.
835 W. Las Tunas Dr., San Gabriel 626-289-5998
I have reviews of these two places: http://www.geocities.com/raytamsgv/ch...
Via Veneto is my favorite restaurant here - Italian, in Santa Monica, and is best for special nights out (very nice, dimly lit ambience), though it can get loud so you may or may not want to take your parents here - I was there when it was packed and didn't think it was very loud, but others here have said it was way too loud to the point of distraction... They have great service with very knowledgable waiters, and they have a huge number of "specials" every night, which is pretty much all I order from. And they do quite a bit with seafood.
When my mom was in town recently, I took her to Spago, and we had the greatest meal, great service, and got to meet Wolfgang. It was really special for her. (sidenote - apparently, Woflgang only uses organic ingredients now) This would be perfect for your parents' anniversary.
26 Beach in Venice is a great place in general - pretty casual, wonderfully cute inside with an enormous menu of great salads, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas (though I don't really recommend the pizza), and meat and seafood entrees. I was just here last night with a friend from out of town, and he was absolutely bowled over by the place.
Lastly, some people on here really hate The Ivy, but I love it. Both locations have pretty much the same menu. Probably their most popular dish is their Grilled Vegetable Salad - wonderful, extremely well done. A lot of other restaurants have tried to copy it, but none that I've had come close. Their little warm wheat bread loafs are really great too. Aside from that, The Ivy has a lot of variety on the menu, so there's something for everyone.