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7 Restaurants in LA’s Arts District to Add to Your Foodie Bucket List

You’re Going to Want to Save These Suggestions

Written By: Charlotte Farrell
Photographed By: Ryan Hensley Where to Eat in the Arts District
Model: Michel Phiphak, @foodwithmichel Where to Eat in the Arts District

On the east edge of LA, the Arts District is the bright and shiny new star of the city. The urban district is sprinkled with a hefty dose of edgy flair, and has always been home to street artists, eclectic murals and galleries, but now reps an undeniably poppin’ foodie scene. Michel Phiphak of @foodwithmichel roamed the streets of this historical pocket of the City of Angels to discover the best of the best that this part of town can dish out to eager diners.


Best of the Best


If you can get a reservation ahead of time, this is one spot you cannot pass up. And it’s worth the wait. Bestia is always at the top of the list when it comes to the best restaurants in LA. The industrial decor is on point and the food keeps tables and bellies full with their exquisite take on rustic Italian fare, Arts District-style.

2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021


For Better or For Wurst


Bratwurst, vegetarian Mexican chipotle, rattlesnake and rabbit. Well, that escalated quickly. The menu offers something for the German-cuisine lovers, whether they’re traditionalists or a tad more adventurous. Each creation is served on a freshly baked roll, with the intention of taking you to another level of Deutsche-dining.

800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013


The Real Deal


Nestled inside Hauser & Wirth, Manuela is a bright gem just waiting to be discovered. They pride themselves on their artisanal techniques blended with fresh takes on dishes using seasonal ingredients. The relationship between the kitchen, the farmer and the artist is close-knit, allowing for a one-of-a-kind experience that your appetite will thank you for upon completion.

907 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Give Me the Grub

Ktchn Dtla

We know the name is missing some vowels, but the menu isn’t missing any flavor. The pop-up is a foodie haven, beckoning those with eager palates to let go of their expectations and be taken on a journey. The menu is constantly changing, but the quality is unwavering. With highlights like the Mediterranean Potatoes and the Habanero Scramble, don’t hate us for posting a bunch of Insta-stories and sharing every angle of the plate’s glory.

Ktchn Dtla
428 S Hewitt St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Domo Arigato, Mr. Robatayaki

Inko Nito


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This new-kid-on-the-block is serving up robatayaki Japanese fare that swerves in the direction of the unconventional, urban attitude characteristic of the Arts District. The low-key atmosphere is inviting to those who are unfamiliar with this style of cuisine, as well as being a welcomed oasis for fans of the charcoal-centric form of cooking. The restaurant offers a communal vibe, enhanced with an outdoor patio complete with a living wall to admire while you sip on sake.

Inko Nito
225-227 S Garey St
Los Angeles, CA 90012


That’s Amore

Officine BRERA

Inspired by the trattorias of Northern Italy, Officine BRERA’s core is built on memories of growing up amongst family and friends. Each plate is a contemporary take on the classics, allowing the chef to retain the heart of traditional Italian recipes while instilling modern influences with locally-sourced ingredients. We’re drooling over the Osso Bucco!  

Officine BRERA
1331 E 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Middle Eastern Flair



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The brains behind Bestia are here to send your taste buds on a journey once again, this time with the flavors of their family heritages taking center stage. Their roots run deep in Morocco, Israel, Turkey and Egypt, and the menu reflects their lineage in a unique way that has Angelinos lining up around the block in order to get a taste. Try the traditional spreads like hummus and baba ghanoush as starters, but don’t fill up too early! The apps are worth ordering and sharing with a group, and the rest of the menu is simply something you will have to build up your appetite for during the day, as you’ll be tempted to try one of everything at dinner!

500 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Sip, Don’t Trip: Some of our favorite drinks at Manuela include the Pomegranate Sour and the Bitter Flower.

That’s Amore: Bestia is a real work of love. The owners are married, with the wife as head pastry chef and husband as the head chef.

What the Cluck? You will find actual chickens hanging out at Manuela in their farm area, plus a garden and some amazing artwork.

Native Knowledge: Downtown Taco Co will come to you for corporate events, birthday parties and even those awkward family reunions.

Michel Phiphak@foodwithmichel

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Charlotte is a fan of all things beauty, health, food, wellness, travel and a touch of nerdy fandom. She graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego in Communications and English Literature and enjoys writing, looking at puppies on Instagram and drinking all the tea.




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