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Dining out, DTLA-style

March 17, 2015

food plated nicely

When it comes to food we don’t mind playing favorites, so we curated this list of some of our go-to area restaurants downtown.

If you’re in the mood for upscale atmosphere and good food that won’t break the bank, try out these chic local spots.


  • Bottega Louie

    What can we say? We’re partial to Louie’s. After all, they’re our neighbors (and they’ll deliver to your apartment at Eighth and Grand). But if you’re in the mood for a lively social atmosphere, their bright and bustling ambiance will do the trick any night out on the town. And you'll want to get a good look at all those cakes!


  • Baco Mercat

    The baco is a unique flatbread sandwich created by chef Josef Centeno. It can be a challenge to find a seat at this popular spot for Spanish cuisine even on a Sunday, but put your name on the list and they’ll text you when it’s ready!


  • Industriel

    This is urban comfort food, farm-fresh, finessed and a little Frenchish. If you dig an artsy vibe you’ll like this place. Do short rib croquettes and confit followed by chocolate sorbet cheesecake sound good? We think so, too.


  • Sugarfish

    Notorious chef Nozawa’s “trust me” concept democratized, Sugarfish, brings downtowners some of the best sushi in the city (and that’s saying a lot around here). Try the blue crab hand roll. Oh yeah, but fair warning – they don’t take reservations.


  • Bestia

    No proper list of fine dining restaurants would be complete without this trendy upscale Italian joint. When it comes to picking a place for date night, you can’t go wrong with Bestia. With a lively atmosphere and knowledgeable staff you’ll be well taken care of. Our favorites are the pork and ricotta dumplings… homemade sausage, people!


  • Alma

    Alma was voted the best new restaurant by Bon Appetite a couple years ago and it’s still going strong. It has a cozy atmosphere and is oh so tastefully decorated. After eight courses, you be the judge. Hint: try the squash blossom beignets. You’re welcome.



    [photo of Alma's beignets via Yelp]