Los Angeles – AKA The City of Angels – is home to a sprawling cultural scene known for its art, film, food and more than 70 miles of scenic coastline. A trip here with your closest girlfriends would likely be filled with music, a potential celebrity sighting and endless fun activities both in and outdoors. However, no vacation is complete without memorable dining experiences. Below are 12 of the trendiest hotspots in the city for an excellent meal, carefully crafted drinks and of course – a lively atmosphere.
Top Notch Food, Aesthetic Atmosphere
1. Leona's Sushi House
This hot new space in Studio City is a social club dedicated to building community while enjoying a memorable dining experience. Come in for small bites and sashimi or enjoy hand-crafted specialty rolls paired with a cocktail – we recommend the ‘Leonas Lyncheetini.’
Photo Credit: Leonas LA
2. Casa Madera
Self described as a ‘gourmet experience for all the senses’ this carefully curated restaurant is a mix of fine dining, beautiful aesthetics, and transcending events and experiences. A mix of energy from the Mediterranean coast and flavors from the Mayan Riviera, a meal here will elevate your next girls’ night out!
Photo Credit: Casa Madera
This Italian restaurant sits in the Arts District of LA and is run by the talented husband and wife Ori and Genevieve. In 2013 Bestia was ranked one of the top 10 best new restaurants of the year by Los Angeles Magazine and it has been racking up accolades since! Not only are the mains delicious, but the restaurant also boasts an impressive dessert menu. Be sure to check out the Coconut Macadamia Caramel Tart!
Photo Credit: Bestia
Manuela – also located in The Arts District – is a restaurant dedicated to seasonal dishes sourced from the farms of Southern California. The restaurant uses fresh, rotating ingredients not only for its dishes, but also to create bitters and tonics in house so you can ensure a tasty and intentional meal no matter when you visit.
Photo Credit: Manuela
5. The Little Door
The Little Door offers guests French Fare and a stunning, colorful atmosphere to dine in style. Enjoy the pour of fine wines alongside an entree plated to perfection. Keep in mind, this is a fancy dinner experience and isn’t ideal for those seeking a casual girls’ night out. However, we encourage you to add it to your list if you want a luxurious and relaxing dining experience that checks all the boxes!
Photo Credit: The Little Door
6. San Laurel
Described as ‘California flavor with a Spanish accent,’ San Laurel is a delicious restaurant that excels in merging fresh locally grown produce with the bold flavors of Spain. Started by Michelin-Starred chef Jose Andres, each dish exudes perfection. Additionally when enjoying the lush cocktail offerings and the trendy atmosphere, you surely won’t want to leave!
Photo Credit: San Laurel
If you’re looking for seafood on your girls night, Angler is where you want to go. Started by the Michelin-Started creators of the popular Saison and Angler co-restaurant in San Francisco, this trendy seafood spot has opened its doors in L.A. It features a newly renovated and intimate dining experience. Still trendy and whimsical, yet equally intimate, Angler oozes intentionality from its decor to its small and high bar menu.
Photo Credit: Angler
Looking for an upscale girls’ night dinner? n/naka is a modern dining establishment boasting 2 Michelin Stars! Here, diners will enjoy a thoughtful meal presented through a traditional Japanese culinary form called kaiseki. This is a multi-course meal with an intentional form of preparation. Choose between a modern or vegetarian 13-course flavor exploration and pair it with an exquisite sake menu.
Photo Credit: n/naka
Fiish is another popular seafood restaurant in Los Angeles offering a wide range of sushi options. This restaurant takes pride in its dedication to sustainability, sourcing most of its seafood from local aquaculture farms.
Photo Credit: Fiish
While this hotspot offers delicious american cuisine, our favorite part is the view! While dining here you can enjoy 360 degree views of the city, thanks to the stunning floor to ceiling windows. The name of this restaurant nods to the height of the view, sitting on the 71st floor – so if you’re scared of heights beware!
Photo Credit: 71Above
This French restaurant is housed in a historic building, dating back to 1929. It truly has something for everyone, offering fine dining and communal tables, alongside a bakery and full bar. The history and decor of the building, paired with the illustrious menu make for an unforgettable time.
Photo Credit: République
With a focus on seafood and plating colorful, eye-catching dishes – Juliet leans on French influence and local ingredients. The contemporary architecture and modern decor make for a classy, yet cozy atmosphere for you and your friends to enjoy!
Time to Make a Reservation
Do any of these popular restaurants pique your interest? You're not alone! Be sure to make a reservation for the day you want to visit, so you don't miss out! Follow our blog for more area guides and travel tips!