Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: It’s date night again. You’re a little tired of all of your usual favorite restaurants. You’re looking for something new, a place with ambience and an amazing menu, but you don’t know where to go. With so many restaurants all over downtown LA, you hardly have time to try them all, so how can you choose? Here are our picks for the best dining experiences in Los Angeles.
A diamond in the rough, Bestia is located in an industrial area that’s at the forefront of the Downtown Arts District’s eastward movement. While it might not look like much on the outside, inside you’re greeted with what LA Weekly calls, “Twinkling lights and slaughterhouse swank.” The menu is seasonal, rustic Italian, with amazing pizza and pasta, as well as delicious meat dishes and appetizers. The wine selection is nothing to scoff at, either.
If you’re looking for simple, elegant, top-notch, Edomae-style sushi, look no further than Sushi Tsujita. The geometric bamboo paneling, sushi bar seats, and banquettes lend a unique and delightful atmosphere to a sushi restaurant that’s sure to please the palate.
For a more avant-garde experience, try Michael Voltaggio’s Ink. If you think you’ve tried it all before, you still haven’t tried anything like this. Ink is known for taking traditional recipes and adding unconventional and intriguing ingredients to please the taste buds in ways you would never imagine.
From breakfast to dinner, République owners Walter and Margarita Manzke have given traditional American cuisine a French twist with Asian influences in select dishes. The results are some of Los Angeles’ favorite dishes. The charcuterie board, in particular, is to die for, and save room for Margarita’s dessert specialties.