Where to Eat in Los Angeles – Michelin Star Restaurants 2018

Los Angeles is recognized as one, if not THE most famous and popular state in the whole of the US. Renowned for its idyllic weather, 75 miles of exquisite coastline, the Hollywood sign, Walk of Fame, Santa Monica Mountains, Los Angeles Lakers, Downtown L.A Fashion District, the list really does go on.

No matter what your business is in this state, you can be guaranteed to find a ton of cool stuff to do that will entertain you and the whole family for hours, days, and weeks. Whether you’re into your arts and culture, looking to learn some history at one of the 100’s of museums, kitting yourself or your kids out with a new wardrobe at the amazing shopping malls and designer stores, or just looking to explore the place as a whole – with so much to see and do, you’ll be overwhelmed and should probably consider returning multiple times to fully appreciate the experience.

For those who haven’t got the luxury of spending the next 6 months exploring this Southern California city, you can still make your time here count, especially when it comes to eating and drinking out. Los Angeles is certainly the place to be if you’re looking to sample some of America’s finest Michelin-style cuisines.

Hypothetically, L.A doesn’t actually have a Michelin guide and hasn’t done so for almost a decade! This is due to the lack of interest from the city as well as Michelin themselves. After the economic pitfall in 2010, Michelin Inspectors found it too difficult to evaluate the 500 square miles of L.A’s greater metropolitan area, so a business decision was made to exclude publishing a Michelin guide for Los Angeles, and the same scenario applied to Las Vegas and New Orleans too. Surprising right? Considering the sheer size and comestible reputation of Los Angeles, you would naturally assume it would host and boast an unfathomable amount of Michelin star restaurants and diners…

Although this is technically not the case, it doesn’t mean you can’t find a classy place to chow down in this town. There are plenty of first-class places to indulge your tingling taste buds, and savor multiple cuisines from around the world, without even stepping a foot outside the L.A!

With a plethora of diverse and dynamic dining options for all, ranging from slap-up pub grub and exotic street food, to gourmet à la carte and red-carpet worthy plates of deliciousness; although none of the restaurants here are officially marked with a Michelin star rating, more and more of America’s top chefs are setting up bases in this illustrious city. David Chang, Daniel Humm, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten are just 3 of the Michelin famous chefs who have recently opened restaurants up in L.A.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the fine-dining establishments you can ‘sink your teeth into’ if you’re planning a vacation to this awesome city!

Guide to the best “should have” a Michelin star restaurants in Los Angeles 2018

N/Naka

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Type – Japanese
Price Range – $95/$225 optional wine pairing
Address – 3455 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034, USA

Situated in the heart of Downtown L.A. N/Naka has been ranked at #1 on TripAdvisor as delivering the most outstandingly authentic Japanese food in the entire city. The chef responsible for their success and reputation is L.A born and bred Niki Nakayama. With 10 years’ worth of experience under her belt, she, her collective of chefs and their remarkably tasty creations, have been the talk of the town and earned them countless awards and certificates of excellence over the years.

There are 3 menus to choose from at N/Naka. Modern Kaiseki is made up of thirteen mouth-pleasing dishes including steamed seabass, unagi eel, seasonal tuna and calamari, Japanese wagu beef, with a string of sweet deserts such as passionfruit cheesecake, lime sorbet, coconut wafer, golden plum granite and so much more. They also have a flavor-packed vegetarian menu and an untold amount of wine, champagne, beer, Junmai and Sake drinks.

Providence

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Type – Seafood
Price Range – Tasting Menu – $120/$170 with wine pairing
Address – 5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038, USA

Providence is the ultimate place to tantalize your appetite if you’ve got a hunger for the fish monger! Owned by Chef Michael Cimarusti and co-owned by one of L.A’s most notorious hosts Donato Poto – this high-class, restaurant serves up some of the most succulent, delectable seafood in the whole city, and has been ranked at #2 on TripAdvisor for its fine-dining menus and tranquil atmosphere.

Basic tasting menus start at $120 a head, and includes Vermillion Rock Fish, Troll-caught King Salmon, Bigeye Tuna, Rodolph Le Meunier Black Truffle Brie, as well as Liberty Farm Duck (for those a bit fished out) as well as a strawberry, burrata and basil desert.

If you have a slightly bigger budget to play around with, there are another 2 elegant menus; Chef’s Tasting Menu and Signature & Seasonal Tasting Menu. Both include the above, but include a wider selection of appetizers, deserts and cheeses.

Patina Group

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Type – French
Price Range – $95
Address – 141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

Patina Group are a restaurant who are conveniently located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall and are known best for serving up the most sophisticated of contemporary French cuisine. Coupled with exceptional service, this award-winning establishment have independent, gourmet kitchens located throughout the whole of the states. Each one is consistently being praised for its affordable, yet unprecedented food quality and diverse menu options.

Patina Restaurant in L.A, offers the most heavenly, seasonal tasting menus, costing as little as $95 a person for 6 full courses. Also available is their 3-course tasting menu from $105pp and includes dishes such as black truffle risotto, Colorado lamb, milk-fed veal, and summer fruit pavlova. They also have a very palette-pleasing vegetarian menu, a plethora of juicy cocktails and the most flavorful wines are all listed and available for you to savor. Not drinking? No problem! There’s even a special menu for water!

Carlitos Gardel

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Type – Argentinian
Price Range – Unknown
Address – 7963 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Carlitos Gardel was established in 1996, and is a family owned Argentinian Steak joint extremely popular and well known among the L.A community for its authentic, hearty cuisine. Showcasing the most suprematistic menus, all boasting the finest and most delicate cuts of meat that will have you drooling before you’ve even had a chance to smell it.

Not only do Carlitos Gardel offer 2 vast and deliciously carnivorous menus, they also have an underground cellar homing nearly 180 unique and intensely flavored wines; Argentinian, French and Italian, plus traditional tipple such as Malbec, Cabernet, Champagne, plus an array of crisp and dry white wines too. All of their meats are locally sourced, hormone and anti-biotic free and all dishes come with complimentary sautéed vegetables or root vegetable-puree mashed potatoes. With their broad selection on food and wine, it’s no big surprise they have been voted “Best Steakhouse” in Los Angeles!

The Magic Castle

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Type – Victorian
Price Range – Unknown
Address – 465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA

The Academy of Magical Arts is primarily famous for… well you can probably guess! It’s wondrous and mysterious magic shows. It is also home to some of the most phenomenal and spellbinding dishes in the entire city. Catering for all different types of dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan and those with gluten intolerances – you can be guaranteed to find something for everyone inside this enchanting fortress of culinary art!

Magic Castle doesn’t miss a trick when it comes to serving up the most scrumptious of food, but there is a small catch when it comes to dining at this extraordinary amusement complex. Anyone wishing to enter the clubhouse must either be a member or accompanied by an existing member. There is also a strict and formal dress code which must be adhered to in order to enter Magic Castle, and anyone under the age of 21 is also not permitted.

Redbird LA

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Type – American
Price Range – Unknown
Address – 114 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

Operated by Chef Neil Fraser and his wife Amy Knoll Fraser – Redbird is one of the cities hotspot restaurants and the go-to places for sampling the most cultural and finest of American-themed cooking. The food sold here is not what you would expect from a typical US restaurant, where servings are as big as your head! Redbird are a lot more sophisticated and are true believers of quality over quantity.

They have a vast assortment of different menus which cater for all palettes and covers mouth-watering appetizers and entrées, succulent main courses and heavenly deserts. From grass-fed beef tartare, day boat scallops, squid ink bucatini, to delicious rocky road, yuzu custard desert, and a plethora of different cocktails, beers and wines. They have around 10 menus for certain times of day and occasions, so you’ll be sincerely spoilt for choice if you choose to dine at this top-notch, historic establishment!

Parkway Grill

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Type – American
Price Range – $17-$53
Address – 510 S Arroyo Pkwy
Pasadena, CA 91105, USA

Parkway Grill have been the talk of the town for many years and are annually recognized as a leading food delegate in the LA community, with their outstanding selection of wines scoring them the ‘Best Of’ award by wine spectators since 1999.

It’s not just the rich and fruity wines which have made this restaurant become so successful though. Despite the fact all of their produce is locally sourced and served in the highest-quality and most presentable fashion, Parkway offer an exceptionally low-cost menu in comparison to many other top-shelf food outlets in LA.

The most expensive item on their dinner menu is a grilled filet mignon at the cost of $53, and it still comes with a helping of rosemary roasted potatoes, wild mushrooms, caramelized shallots and peppercorn veal jus. Sounds pretty amazing right? Check out what else they have to offer because this isn’t even scratching the surface!

Bestia

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Type – Italian
Price Range – Unknown
Address – 2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA

Another family-owned delight located in the industrial part of Downtown LA is Bestia, (Italian for ‘beast’) is mostly known for its modern, yet ever-so sophisticated approach towards Italian home cooking. The restaurant itself is made up of old-style materials such as wood, steel and marble giving it a real authentic, historic and intimate feel. Owned by Chef Ori Menashe and wife Genevieve Gergis – the foody couple have been creating magic in the Bestia kitchen since the year 2012.

So what tongue-tantalizing dishes can you expect on menu? All the Italian classics of course – pizza, pasta, anti-pasti, salad, deserts, cocktails, beer, wine tasty appetizers. It’s not just your standard Papa Luigi style bistro though! All dishes are cooked in such a way that make them tender, packed full of flavor and will leave you feeling more than satisfied and probably yearning for more, even when your stomach can’t physically handle it!

Crafts Los Angeles

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Type – American
Price Range – Unknown
Address – 10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067, USA

Homing a stunning veranda overlooking a four-acre park and 10,000 sq. ft. of eating area in the restaurant itself; Craft Los Angeles brings about a whole new dining experience for the entire family to revel in.

Serving up the most genuine American-infused home cuisine the city has to offer, such as crispy roasted octopus, moist and tender pork belly, halibut ceviche, juicy oysters and an abundance of vegetarian and vegan options – Craft’s take immense pride in their use of pristine, seasonal ingredients and produce which is prepared right in front of its guests, allowing them to build and construct their own plates according to their tastes and preference exactly.

We should also emphasize the fact that Craft’s host a wonderfully tempting desert menu consisting of ricotta fritters, chocolate panna cotta, home baked chocolate cookies, and an overwhelming amount of ice-cream flavors. Don’t forget to try their amazing home-brewed coffee too!

Conclusion

So, there are a few of the options for you and your loved ones to experience if you end up on vacation in Los Angeles and looking for somewhere to sample the city’s food culture. Although they aren’t officially Michelin ranked restaurants, they have been voted as the ‘best of the best’ according to 2018 customer reviews on TripAdvisor – so you certainly won’t be walking away disappointed and more importantly -hungry!

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Jean Carter is from Oakland, California and studied jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco, California. After graduation, and pining for a warmer climate, Jean relocated to the Tule Springs suburb of Las Vegas, where she owns and operates her own online jewelry boutique incorporating traditional native American styles with her own unique designs. A true fan of the sophistication and glamor of Las Vegas casino life, Jean is also a freelance blogger specializing in all things suave and fashionable surrounding the casino lifestyle.