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7 Of Our Favorite “NEW” LA Restaurants (2021)


From authentic tacos and tapas to glimmering disco balls and poolside dining, Los Angeles knows a thing or two about a trendy dining experience. Whether you’re looking to sip hard kombucha in a tropical oasis with your crew or transport yourself to France for a romantic date night, look no further than these seven Los Angeles hot spots. Best Los Angeles Restaurants

Best Los Angeles Restaurants

The Long Beach foodie scene has officially made its mark thanks to Chef Michael Mina and Brent Bolthouse of The Bungalow Kitchen. The expansive restaurant and bar has several different rooms for you to explore, each possessing its own California-cool charm while maintaining a cohesive design throughout. No matter which area you choose to chill in, don’t forget to order the Gin & Juice cocktail; you won’t regret it!

Location: Long Beach
@bungalowkitchenbelmontshore

 

Que Padre is the latest and greatest restaurant in Palisades Village, and it has made quite the splash! One step inside will have you saying, “How cool!”. This coastal-inspired cantina offers unique street-style tacos on a laid-back patio that is simple yet inviting. After indulging in the aguachile ceviche, order the Lobster En Nogada made with poached lobster tail, walnut cream sauce, pomegranate and micro cilantro. The walnut cream sauce on top of the poached lobster is absolutely divine, and you won’t be able to have just one! 

Location: Pacific Palisades
@quepadretacos

Best Los Angeles Restaurants

The JuneShine Tasting Room in Santa Monica has created one of the most aesthetically pleasing, color-coordinated scenes in all of LA. The white and beige coloring paired with modern yet comfortable lounge-style furniture is beyond perfect for gathering comfortably in a group while you sip on a colorful flight of hard kombucha and snack on a sizable charcuterie board. If you’re plant-based, you definitely have to try the Vegan Pizza Haute Pocket!

Location: Santa Monica
@juneshineco

With a focus on using ingredients from local and sustainable farms, Cara Restaurant is a place where you leave feeling better than when you walked in. Make sure to snag a seat on the courtyard so you can sit poolside amongst the 100-year-old olive trees, making you feel as though you are sitting on a patio in Mallorca. Indulge in their vibrant avocado, beet and grapefruit salad, and pair it with a refreshing Aperol Spritz for an idyllic evening of casual elegance.

Location: Western Ave
@cara_hotel 

Best Los Angeles Restaurants

Located in the heart of Venice, Gran Blanco serves up Mediterranean-style bites in a stylish setting (check out that disco ball!). The vibe is earthy yet contemporary, giving you that modern feel without the coldness. Being that they are open until midnight, it is a great spot to enjoy a late-night glass of their exclusively natural wine and their famous mezze plate or crispy baby artichokes.

Location: Venice
@granblancovenice 

 

Travel to France without the pricey plane ticket by heading to LA’s newest Parisian-inspired restaurant, Bicyclette. Bicyclette features two main dining areas: the bistro and the restaurant, though only the bistro is currently open (the restaurant will debut in late 2021). Both the French menu and charm couldn’t be more authentic, and your lunch won’t be complete without trying their fresh Baguette & Rodolphe le Meunier Normandy Butter. Also, their crispy french fries are to die for!

Location: Beverly Hills
@bicyclette_la 

 

With ‘70s-style yellow booths and large succulent and cactus paintings on the walls, Soulmate truly speaks to the soul. This Spanish- and Mediterranean-inspired restaurant fits wonderfully in the heart of West Hollywood, and it is the perfect place to gather with a small group of friends as you catch up over some classic Spanish dishes like Pan Con Tomate and Croquetas De Pollo.

Location: West Hollywood
@soulmateweho

Best Los Angeles Restaurants


About the author

Hello! My name is Allie Lebos and I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017 with a BA in Communication. While in school I was a staff writer at The Daily Nexus for nearly two years. Since graduating I have written for The Palisades Magazine, as well as Hidden Hills Magazine. I currently live in Santa Monica where I love to indulge in good food, hot yoga, and daily walks along the beach. I have published articles on travel, special events, as well as features on local businesses and individuals. I think Locale Magazine highlights the beauty of Southern California in a unique and expansive way, and I would love to be able to contribute to the creative expression it promotes!



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