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14 New LA Restaurants to Put On Your Radar ASAP

Book Your Reservation ASAP or Let the Countdown Begin!

Written By: Jarone Ashkenazi

Over the past several years, LA has grown as a dining destination. Chefs from all over the world are flocking to “La La Land” to open new restaurants. This year, that trend continues with local chefs, restaurateurs and award-winning chefs opening new hotspots all across town. If you consider yourself a foodie or are simply looking for new places to check out, here are some of the most recent and anticipated openings in 2018.


Dinner and a Show

Located within The Bazaar by José Andrés in Beverly Hills, Somni invites diners to embark on a stimulating, multi-sensory culinary experience centered around an exhibition kitchen, where chefs push the boundaries of traditional techniques with an evolving tasting menu of more than 20 courses.

465 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Hey, Old Sport!

Restaurateur Sam Fox invites all to the “Greatest Neighborhood Restaurant,” The Henry in West Hollywood. Serving breakfast, lunch, post-work cocktails and dinner, they feature craveable eats, from short rib pot stickers to black truffle cheese fondue, in a large, Gatsby-inspired space.

The Henry
120 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Dumpling Heaven

Stuff’d is a California-inspired, fast-casual concept with a focus on “dumplings reimagined.” Local chef Missy Kim invites guests to experience savory and sweet options like miso black cod and baby bok choy dumplings with bacon dashi broth, or strawberry rhubarb dumplings with vanilla bean ice cream and berry drizzle.

Stuff’d Dumpling Shop
6909 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038



Industrial-chic meets noodles and meats at another David Chang eatery that we are so excited to have in the City of Angels.

1725 Naud St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Opening Soon

Global Flavor

Badmaash, meaning “rascal” or “badass” in Hindi, is an industry-favorite, owned and operated by two generations of the Mahendro family. Patriarch and chef Pawan, and sons Nakul and Arjun, bring their DTLA hotspot to Fairfax, taking a modern approach on classic Indian dishes as well as cross-cultural riffs like the ever-popular Chicken Tikka Poutine.

Badmaash Fairfax
Anticipated Opening: May 2018
418 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036


Parisian Dining Without the Plane Ticket

Tesse is a play on délicatesse and is the culmination of chef Raphael Francois’ years of experience working at Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris, New York and Washington DC. The menu will feature contemporary, yet casual food with French roots, alongside delectable selections from pastry chef Sally Camacho Mueller.

Anticipated Opening: Spring 2018
8500 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069


Your New Date Night Go-To

In DTLA’s Arts District, chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis present Bavel, a pan-Middle Eastern restaurant with a menu inspired by dishes from Israel, Morocco, Turkey and Egypt. Expect traditional items with flavors that Menashe and Gergis grew up with, alongside their unique spin on classics.

Anticipated Opening: Spring 2018
500 S Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90013


Up Close and Personal

James Beard Rising Star Award-winner Jessica Largey is set to open Simone in DTLA’s Arts District this Spring. Drawing from her experience as chef de cuisine at Michelin-starred Manresa, the multifaceted restaurant will feature produce-driven California fare and an interactive six-seat tasting menu counter experience.

Anticipated Opening: Spring 2018
447 S Hewitt St
Los Angeles, California 90013


Just Like Mama Used to Make

Sixth + Mill is a new concept from chef Angelo Auriana and restaurateur Matteo Ferdinandi celebrating the region of Southern Italy. Featuring durum wheat pastas and a selection of shared small plates and dishes, the menu is inspired by chef Angelo’s childhood memories and Auriana’s Italian upbringing.

Sixth + Mill
Anticipated Opening: Spring 2018
1335 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021


Dry Aged to Perfection and Then Some

APL Restaurant seeks to reinterpret the contemporary steakhouse concept, with a celebration of steakhouse classics from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The distinctive and multi-sensory venue in the heart of Hollywood includes a downstairs dry-aging room, hand-forged knives and an approachable, but upscale ambiance in its dining room.

APL Restaurant
Anticipated Opening: Spring 2018
1680 N Vine St, Ste 4
Los Angeles, CA 90028


Better Than Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab

The much-lauded Tartine Bakery from San Francisco will make its mark in Los Angeles at the ROW DTLA. Featuring a trio of James Beard Award-winning chefs, Tartine Manufactory will include a bakery, market, all-day cafe, dinner-only restaurant, coffee lab and coffee roastery.

Tartine Manufactory
Anticipated Opening: Spring 2018
757 S Alameda St, Ste 160
Los Angeles, CA 90021


Bites From Morning to Night

From popular Sqirl in Silver Lake, Jessica Koslow is bringing Tel, a pan-Jewish restaurant to the Westside. The all-day restaurant will offer coffee and bagels in the morning to full-service dinner at night. Dishes will receive an Israeli and Eastern European spin using local and organic produce. 

Anticipated Opening: Spring 2018
2231 S Barrington Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064


The Most Insta-Worthy Restaurant…Ever

Bottega Louie West Hollywood will differ from its DTLA location only in design—expect the same great California cuisine with European influence in a new, contemporary space featuring modern details like high ceilings, a transparent façade and expansive dining patios.

Bottega Louie West Hollywood
Anticipated Opening: Early 2019
8936 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, California 90069


Who Isn’t Craving Tacos and Tequila?

Duo Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes bring their East Coast take on Mexican cuisine to LA with Cosme. Chef Olvera, from New York’s Cosme, pairs up with James Beard Award-winning Rising Star Chef Soto-Innes to bring the West Coast dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions while celebrating local ingredients.

Anticipated Opening: Late 2018-Early 2019
2124 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021

About the author

Jarone Ashkenazi is a freelance writer who covers restaurants, bars, travel, sports and other lifestyle topics. View more work at Connect with him on Twitter at @JaroneAsh.


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