They don’t call it ‘Tehrangeles’ for nothing. Los Angeles is blessed with a rich Iranian community and even has a neighborhood, Little Persia, dedicated to it. Try delicious, authentic Persian foods at these inviting restaurants and cafés on the Westside.
Not a huge fan of fancy sit-downs? Not a problem. Taste of Tehran is a modern and casual space in Westwood Court. Its contemporary décor and charming chairs give this Persian restaurant a new urban flair. Quality pricing for quality food.
Café Glacé not only serves its ice cream espresso drink namesake but an array of sandwiches and warm stuffed pizzas, as well. Lit with neon signs, Café Glacé is fast-paced like a café straight out of Tehran, combining elements of American and Iranian cuisine with an exciting menu.
Persians don’t just get their kabobs right, they also make pretty amazing sandwiches. Attari Sandwich Shop is no exception. Try classic Persian sandwiches like the popular mortadella sandwich or classic salad olivieh, a chicken potato salad mixed with Persian pickles, which add a punch.
With its crave-worthy menu and sophisticated atmosphere, Shamshiri Grill in Westwood is a local favorite. The warmly lit sit-down restaurant is a great setting for a date, family dinners, or a treat with friends. Start off with warm Lavash flatbread and Mast O’mooseerfor appetizers and continue your meal with chicken or beef skewers served with basmati rice and vegetables.
For a fancy dining experience, Darya Restaurant is an elegant venue, illuminated by chandeliers and Victorian décor. The ambience takes you away from the rush of the city and places you in a serene environment, with classical live music playing in the background during the day or evening, along with service fit for royalty.
Javan Restaurant is a classy space furnished with a grand piano and stunning full bar reminiscent of a James Bond film. Treat yourself to a colorful and flavorful dish with a chilled Persian dough, a savory carbonated yogurt drink sometimes seasoned with mint.
Shaherzad Restaurant, Los Angeles | Image Courtesy of Emporium Cuisines
Take a large group of friends to Shaherzad Restaurant for their first taste of Persian cuisine. Not only will your friends grow a newfound appetite for Persian food, but the endless options for rice dishes, delicious meats, and various vegetarian and vegan options will give a new meaning to Persian food. With a very friendly and accommodating staff, Shaherzad provides that authentic Persian restaurant experience.
For freshly baked, warm sangak bread, Naan Hut on Santa Monica Boulevard is the place to go; every Persian in California knows it. Sangak bread is a traditional whole wheat flatbread topped with sesame seeds, enjoyed as a snack with butter or in your sandwich. Naan Hut serves a variety of Persian dishes that can be enjoyed in the cozy hut, full of nostalgia for a more rustic Iran.
If you love chicken, Farsi Café will not disappoint. This fine dining restaurant is the perfect spot for a classy dinner on a special evening. The most popular dish, tahchin, is a Persian specialty: crispy saffron rice layered with boiled chicken and topped with sautéed barberries.
With both a traditional and modern vibe, Flame Persian Cuisine captures the essence of Persia with ancient designs from Persepolis and classical miniature paintings in a contemporary atmosphere. Mouth-watering appetizers like kashk-eh-bademjan and variations of skewered meats accompanied with fluffy rice and roasted tomatoes are served with typical Lavash flatbread.