If you’re missing Europe and its delectably fresh cuisine, go to a.o.c., which features not only the most beautiful open-air seating options, but also a menu of exquisite small-plate French dishes and a seemingly endless wine list. After you decide on a wine, be sure to consider the cheese and charcuterie menu as well if you’re interested in playing sommelier for a day. Although a.o.c. ends up being a rather pricey experience, this place is sure to make you feel satisfied, happy, fancy, and refreshed.
AOC Wine Bar, 8700 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 310 859 9859
Galanga Thai Fusion
If you like feeling like you’re halfway on a tropical island eating the best coconut rice in town, Galanga Thai Fusion right off of Santa Monica is the place to be. Not only do they serve classic Thai dishes known for their authenticity, but they can also whip up some awesome fusion dishes that will make your taste buds happy. Plus, the very reasonable prices and covered patio seating area give the place an ultra-relaxed vibe.
Galanga Thai Fusion, 7440 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, USA, +1 323 851 4355
On the corner of Laurel and Santa Monica, you can find Irv’s Burgers, a casual burger place that has become famous not only for having the most delicious burgers in West Hollywood, but also for its friendly and personalized service. Having been around since 1950, the restaurant boasts a simple menu and is a great bang for your buck. Plus, each paper plate comes with a quick stick-figure sketch of you drawn by Sonia (an employee and member of the family who owns the joint). Check out #irvsburgers on Instagram and you’ll find hundreds of funny drawings.
Irv’s Burgers, 7998 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, USA, +1 323 650 2456
Hutchinson Cocktails & Grill
We all love steak, but what’s even better than a steakhouse is a steakhouse with immaculate décor, reasonable prices, and an unique Indonesian flare. Born out of international adventure stories and authentic Indonesian recipes that have been passed down through generations, both seafood and steak dishes are cooked up on a wood-fire grill and served with a variety of original cocktails at Hutchinson. Whether you come for brunch, lunch, dinner, or the late-night bar menu, the food here matches perfectly with the place’s swanky atmosphere.
If you’re looking for similarly cheap but highly authentic L.A. eats, head over to Guisado’s where you can find tacos and beer. Featuring a different artist at each of its locations, Guisado’s reminds us of how important art is to L.A.’s identity and represents an essential part of the city’s culture: homegrown Mexican cuisine. Since the tacos are on the small side, you can try a few different kinds while enjoying classic California weather and drinking a beer in their outdoor seating area.
Guisado’s, 8935 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, USA, +1 310 777 0310
Jon & Vinny’s
To feel hip and cool, and to maybe see a celebrity (or three), go to Jon & Vinny’s. Packed nightly with pizza enthusiasts looking to chow down on an array of savory Italian dishes, the place is buzzing with life. If the place is too busy for your liking, both take out and delivery are also available. Make sure to stop by sometime in the morning, too, as Jon & Vinny’s also serves up some tasty pastries and coffee.
Jon & Vinny’s, 412 N Fairfax Ave Apt. 12, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 334 3369
Fresh Corn Grill
All the bright eyed, healthy, and active Californians flock to one place for lunch, and that place is none other than Fresh Corn Grill. Although part of a small chain that has a few locations around town, Fresh Corn Grill offers the widest array of purposely healthy food, while refusing to sacrifice flavor in any of their dishes. Their menu boasts anything and everything from lettuce wraps to salmon to salads to steaks, but there’s really no way you could go wrong considering how reasonable their prices are.
Fresh Corn Grill, 8714 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, USA, +1 310 855-9592
Unanimously referenced as one of the best overall restaurants in West Hollywood, Ink is the perfect date-night spot. Not only is Ink known for its trendy and upscale atmosphere, but it is equally renowned for beautifully plated dishes that serve up unique, American spins on many different kinds foods from around the world. The decorations are minimalist, but the flavors are anything but. Still, if you’re feeling a little more casual, you can pick up a masterfully constructed sandwich from Sack Sandwiches – Ink’s sister restaurant – that also sits right off of Melrose.
Ink, 8360 Melrose Ave Ste. 101, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 651 5866
The Church Key
A gorgeous restaurant that binds together a chic atmosphere with inventive and unbeatable dishes is The Church Key. In addition to an extensive wine list, The Church Key offers many original cocktails (canned ones and frozen ones). The New American food can be served either à la carte or dim sum-style, and the bone marrow dish is to die for. Stop by The Church Key if you’re looking for a highly detailed and classy cuisine experience.
The Church Key, 8730 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, USA, +1 424 249 3700
Right off of Santa Monica Blvd. sits an upscale sushi restaurant called Jinpachi. Although this place is tiny inside, it leaves a big impression on all of its sushi aficionado customers. Jinpachi is undoubtedly a place for purists, run by Chef Taka whose family has been studying the art of sushi for years. As they garnish their nigiri with the perfect light splash of soy sauce and source the best fish that California has to offer, Jinpachi is a knockout meal that is well worth the money.
Jinpachi, 8711 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA, USA, +1 310 358 9134