Food is one of the top reasons travelers rest their weary feet in any location. Whether to replenish their energy reserves or immerse themselves in a local experience, good restaurants are usually high on everybody’s priority list.
The Los Angeles food scene has everything from award-winning chefs and dishes to local favorites off the beaten track. Teak Master has researched some of the best LA foodie spots that you simply have to try on your 2023 travels. The criteria here are simple: delicious foods and epic ambiance.
Mother Wolf is the brainchild of Chef Evan Funke. It’s where Italian cuisine meets fine dining, and if you weren’t sure whether pizza could possibly fall into this category, it’s time to give Mother Wolf a visit. While dishes such as sea bass with a fennel salad and a classic saltimbocca go down well, Funke is known for his sumptuous pasta dishes and a selection of authentic, wood-fired pizzas.
Situated at 1545 Wilcox Ave., LA, the restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Fridays from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Patrons of The Edmon are transported back in time to the opulent world of “The Great Gatsby” with incredible design and decor features. When it comes to hospitality, however, you’ll find yourself transported to the likes of the bar from “Cheers” instead. Culinary feasting includes everything from duck confit tacos and kale salad to fresh oysters and a short-rib cavatelli. You can wash it all down with a fine selection of whiskeys or house cocktails.
The Edmon is situated on 5168 Melrose Ave., LA. It’s open Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
It’s impossible to have a list of phenomenal dining experiences without including one of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants. The Los Angeles installment not only sports a Michelin star, but also happens to be the original location of the CUT line, with several more dotted across the States. Some of the stars on the menu include the Wagyu sliders and a variety of steak dishes that’ll leave meat lovers spoiled for choice. There’s also a selection of fresh oysters, caviar dishes, and ahi tuna on the menu.
Cut is located at 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, and operates Tuesday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
If you’re expecting culinary perfection, you’re sure to find it at Fiish. The restaurant itself is a modern twist on authentic Japanese design. The seamless blend of wood and stone set off with great lighting creates the perfect ambiance for intimate dinners, whether it’s a romantic date night or a special family birthday. The menu ranges from lemon drop maki to salmon and tuna nigiri. Sashimi is a must try, and if you’re feeling adventurous, opt for a platter of the finest selection of dishes available.
Fiish is located at 8820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, and offers lunch and dinner time slots. Lunch is served from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Dinner is 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 5 p.m. to late on Thursdays through Saturdays.
Chef Michael Cimarusti creates a seamless seafood menu that prompts patrons to wade through an ocean of delicious dishes. Sophistication and elegance are the perfect backdrop for this two-star Michelin establishment where you can feast on dishes such as the Warm Fricassee of Shellfish, which is an abalone dish. Uni Egg is another delightful surprise, as you get to tuck into sea urchin.
You can expect to see fresh sashimi, oysters, and caviar on the menu, which is seasonal and depends on local catches and produce. As a result, there will often be interesting specials, such as a line-caught fish of the day paired with locally sourced sides. Providence is located at 5955 Melrose Ave., LA. Dinner times are Tuesday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Perch combines delectable cuisine with the epic LA skyline. In terms of ambiance, it delivers with tasteful design, lush foliage, and soft lighting. This rooftop bar and restaurant offers a wide array of cocktails, paired with delicious dishes, such as rabbit ravioli, scallops, octopus, and pork belly. There’s also the option of a prix fixe menu for large parties.
The restaurant is situated on the rooftop of 448 S. Hill St., LA. Dinner service is available Monday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday brunches are offered from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Petty Cash Taqueria and Bar
Chef Walter Manzke understands bold Mexican flavors and how to honor classic dishes while giving them a modern twist. Petty Cash features a modern industrial design with epic wall art to inspire conversation. There’s plentiful seating and outstanding menus, making it the ideal drinks-to-dinner spot. What better way to get the appetite going than with a serving of chips and salsa or crudo? While nachos, chimichangas, and quesadillas all feature, chef Manzke is lauded for his selection of tacos, which feature fillings such as charcoal grilled octopus, adobo chile rubbed pork shoulder, and braised lamb.
You’ll find Petty Cash at 7360 Beverly Blvd., LA. Operating hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The word here is comfort, and it will surround you from the minute you set foot in this cozy cottage setting to enjoy its North African cuisine. Bowery Bungalow offers tasteful interior and exterior dining spaces that can easily serve as the venue for an informal lunch date or an intimate dinner party. While tabouleh and couscous dishes are to be expected, some delicious surprises include the harissa-spiced potatoes and tahini toast. For mains, consider the beef tongue shawarma or the baby back ribs seasoned with a Mideast spice rub, Turkish coffee, and grape molasses.
The restaurant is situated at 4156 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, and operating hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.