Credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
Credit: The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

The Best of DTLA: Where to Stay and Eat Near the Staples Center

Here’s How to Make Your Next Trip to the Staples Center a Full DTLA Experience

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the Staples Center is one of the most iconic and popular entertainment venues in the country. Whether you’re catching a Lakers game or attending a concert, you’ll want to plan a full DTLA experience! Grab a cocktail or dinner beforehand, and spend the night in DTLA after an epic night—or both! We’ve rounded up the best nearby restaurants and hotels that you absolutely can’t miss! Near Staples Center

 

Eat & Drink 

Cara Cara at DTLA Proper Hotel

Looking for an elevated rooftop restaurant to kick off your evening? Cara Cara, at the recently opened Downtown LA Proper Hotel, has an impressive wine list curated by an award-winning sommelier along with tasty bites that cover a wide array of flavors. Enjoy everything from shrimp tacos to innovative focaccias, and soak up the stunning skyline views before walking just half a mile up the road to the Staples Center for your main event!

Near Staples Center

Good Clean Fun

Good Clean Fun is the perfect place to expand your palate and develop an appreciation for natural and biodynamic wine. This one-of-a-kind restaurant is both a wine shop and a restaurant, meaning you can sit down for a paired meal on their funky outdoor patio or simply grab a bottle to-go. According to owner Ian Asbury, “We’re an all-in-one operation. We exclusively source from and support purveyors that are in line with sustainability, regenerative practices and seasonality as much as possible. Sustainably-made wine tastes better, the human body absorbs its nutrients better and it’s better for the planet.”

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LOAM

Located within the Ace Hotel, LOAM is a brand new plant-forward restaurant that wows with farm-fresh ingredients and unique flavors. “LOAM is a place for things to grow—a place for building and nourishing our community,” says Chef Joshua Guarneri. “That means supporting the local family farms and independent businesses who are the heartbeat of this city—building on the best of everything they have to offer to cook up an easy, restorative menu for our neighbors.” Being that LOAM is less than a mile from the Staples Center, stop by for one of their signature gin and tonics and some bites before your event. Take notice of the original, hand-drawn Hollywood-inspired images along the walls of the European-esque restaurant as you indulge in kampachi crudo, crispy Brussels sprouts and decadent roast chicken. 

Near Staples Center

Girl + The Goat

With an original location in Chicago, Girl + The Goat by “Top Chef”-winner Stephanie Izard is an open and airy restaurant that features an industrial flair. This restaurant has been generating quite the buzz due to innovative dishes like their sticky glazed pork shank and shrimp and crispy greens. “When trying to figure out which city we were going to open our second location, this neighborhood is what really sold us,” says Chef Izard. “This area has really evolved and grown, but it’s amazing to see that there is still so much to come.”

Local Insight: Marriott Bonvoy’s ‘Moments’ Platform offers experiences money can’t buy, like the private dining experience at Girl + The Goat with Chef Izard. Don’t miss their other exciting upcoming experiences.

 

Nick + Stef’s

If you’re looking for something fancier or more romantic, Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse serves up premium steaks that are actually dry-aged in house, giving them some of the richest flavoring possible. Though they have a lovely patio, the booths inside are very cozy, and the dim lighting creates an intimate setting. Voted “Best Steakhouse in California” by Food Network, Nick + Stef’s is a great pre-Staples Center spot for a special occasion.

Pilot

Pilot is another rooftop restaurant that you will definitely want to visit while the sun is still out! This airy and open Mediterranean-inspired restaurant presents a beautiful outdoor atmosphere with light, cushioned chairs and dainty umbrellas. Be sure to order their fried calamari and red pepper hummus with one of their craft cocktails! We recommend the Stone Fruit Margarita or a classic Negroni.

Near Staples Center

Sparrow

Credit: Sparrow

Located within the stunning Hotel Figueroa, Sparrow creates modern Italian dishes with a coastal touch. This brand new restaurant offers beloved classics, such as bruschetta and fritto misto, along with more contemporary items like crispy arancini and bone marrow agnolotti. The long booths and vaulted ceilings make the restaurant feel incredibly inviting and spacious both inside and outside on the patio. Though wine always goes great with Italian food, don’t miss their Basilicata cocktail, which features “strawberry air” and Amaro Lucano. 

 

Fixins Soul Kitchen

Credit: Fixins Soul Kitchen

Created by former NBA All-Star and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, Fixins Soul Kitchen brings southern comfort food to LA Live. Located less than half a mile from the Staples Center, stop by this casual and sporty eatery for some of the best chicken and waffles in town! “We’re honored to bring a fully realized restaurant that celebrates the rich heritage of soul food to Los Angeles,” says Johnson. “When you come to Fixins, you’re going to feel like family.”

Near Staples Center

Katsuya

Also located at LA Live, Katsuya is the place to go for spectacular sushi and specialty cocktails. If you’re ever stumped on what to eat before a game or concert, you can’t go wrong with sushi—especially if it’s Katsuya. Sip on the Burning Mandarin cocktail as you dig into their famous crispy rice with spicy tuna.  

 

Stay

Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel is a distinctive and enticing accommodation that uses industrial decor and loft-styled rooms that transports you to a hip NYC apartment rather than the historic Broadway Theater District of DTLA. If views are at the top of your priority list when booking hotels, you’ll definitely want to splurge on a room with a private balcony, so you can soak up the city lights and people-watch below. Between LOAM and the Ace Hotel’s stylish rooftop bar, you’ll find yourself thoroughly entertained while relaxing before or after your Staples Center event. Local Insight: The rooms at the Ace Hotel have some of the most stacked mini bars! You definitely won’t be able to resist diving right in after check-in. 

Near Staples Center

DTLA Proper Hotel

From the tranquil rooftop pool and sundeck to a 360-degree view of downtown, the DTLA Proper Hotel provides understated luxury for their guests. Spend time sipping a cocktail by the pool or read a book in your Morrocan-inspired room before walking a short half-mile to the Staples Center. Anything designed by Kelly Wearstler is a must-visit destination, and you’ll want to put this hotel at the top of your list. Though you definitely don’t want to miss out on the stunning Cara Cara views, you also have the option to order room service from the hotel’s other on-site restaurant, Caldo Verde. 

 

The Freehand

The Freehand is a funky hotel that resides in a historic DTLA building built in 1924. Only one mile from the Staples Center, guests of The Freehand are able to enjoy a drink at the Broken Shaker rooftop bar and take in panoramic views of the city while kicking back in a pink pool lounge chair. Though the on-site restaurant is currently closed, stop by one of the restaurants listed above and explore all that DTLA has to offer!

The Hoxton

Only a 15-minute walk from the Staples Center lies the chic and upscale Hoxton Hotel. The Hoxton has a European charm that intersects with old Hollywood glamour, boasting rooms that are both comfortable and stylish. Being that Pilot is right upstairs on the roof, it is super easy to have drinks and dinner before leisurely strolling on over to your event. Though pretty much anyone would appreciate The Hoxton’s decor and detail, this hotel really is a design lover’s dream.  

Near Staples Center

The Wayfarer

One of the newer DTLA hotels, The Wayfarer is an eclectic and trendy place to spend the night. Featuring a rooftop social club and an underground bar, there’s no shortage of delicious food and drink options here before or after a night at the Staples Center. The lobby is ohso-Instagram worthy, and the rooms offer a contemporary vibe that matches that of DTLA. 

Near Staples Center

Hotel Figueroa

Boasting artistic flair and relaxed rooms, it is no wonder that Hotel Figueroa has succeeded in being one of the longest-standing accommodations in DTLA. Having been around for nearly a century, Hotel Figueroa makes you forget that you’re in a hotel and invites you to feel at home with its top-notch amenities and warm hospitality. Once you can bring yourself to leave the comfort of your eclectically designed room, walk a mere seven minutes to the Staples Center for your main event!

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles

Ritz-Carlton properties are known for being lavish and always delivering with luxury. Though its architecture is more modern than most accommodations found in the hotel chain, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles is no exception to this rule. Boasting the largest spa in downtown LA, this is an ideal spot for those looking for a real staycation that goes beyond dinner and drinks. Their heated rooftop pool also means you can take a dip no matter the season! 

 

About the author

Allie Lebos graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school she was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating she has written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. Currently living in Santa Monica, Allie loves to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach; writing articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals.

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