AMAZING restaurants in West LA?
unfortunately none of those restaurants are in west la. they are more along the lines of mid city/miracle mile.
as for resto's in west la:
1. sushi zo - great sushi
2. orris - good japanese/fusion tapas
3. nook - good comfort food
4. sasaya - tasty izakaya
5. vincenti - great italian
6. la cachette - french
I agree with all of the above recommendations and simply want to recommend that you check out many of the restaurants on Sawtelle Blvd, north of Olympic, and you will find yourself happily occupied for a while: Kiriko (excellent sushi, though Zo is my favorite); 2117 (french/japanese); Blue Marlin (just try it!!); and Orris, which is often forgotten as one of the early great examples of Franco-Japanese cooking and still going strong. They don't take reservations but two of you can easily get seated at the bar.
Also some ramen places on that block -- Chabuya, and Asahi.
There's also a Beard Papa and Baby Blonde waffle place on that stretch.
My ideas of AMAZING are restrictive and would only include Kiriko in West LA. They manage to be a balanced place--not 'only fish that were native to the waters off the southwest coast Osaka circa the year 376' sushi purist, nor 'Flaming Spicy Californiadelphia Roll with a Twist TM' wacky. They do a good job with sushi, sashimi and cooked foods, and that is not as simple a task as it sounds. They also have great house smoked salmon and homemade ice creams.
That's it for AMAZING in my book.
A notch below that is The Nook Neighborhood Bistro, but not being a beef/pork eater, I am not sure I can give that a fair shake. Even so, I eat there (or takeout from there - with a 15% discount) almost weekly.
tacos por favor
or travel for guelaguetza
for teatime and custard tarts,
the tudor house
for grandiose breakfasts,
for burgers or sandwiches,
in venice, have you been to...
lilly's french cafe
not west LA, but must tries in hollywood...
Los Balcones de Peru
Rahel or Meals by Genet
Have only had omakase at Mori, and only two or three times. Specifically, I like the rice, the fresh wasibi, and the fish, which they cut and let warm up a bit before they serve the ngiri. I guess that isn't very specific. They don't give you soy sauce or wasibi to add, and I don't miss them.
Clementine (www.clementineonline.com) breakfast/lunch place with fantastic baked goods, sandwiches and salads, and great "take home & bake" food like mac n' cheese, spaghetti pie, mashed potatoes.
Josie -- both romantic and expensive, but they have a farmer's market prix fixe on Wednesdays that is very affordable. Menu changes every week based on what is available at the market. They also have no-corkage Mondays. www.josierestaurant.com
Violet, recommended by others, is always good, and they have a $35 prix fixe on Sundays that includes a bottomless glass of wine.
All of my other fairly affordable favorites are further east -- M Cafe de Chaya (Melrose & La Brea), Tasca (3rd street & Crescent Heights), Lou (Melrose & Vine) & Cube (BYOB, really affordable, must try on La Brea just south of Melrose www.divinepastaco.com).
If you're willing to pay more, Angelini Osteria & La Cachette are fantastic