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Downtown Los Angeles may be the nation’s hottest food scene. Some eateries are helmed by Michelin-star chefs, others by entrepreneurs with a passion for local, sustainable ingredients. You’re guaranteed to satisfy your every culinary desire, whether it’s meatloaf from a vintage-era cafeteria, spicy fried chicken in Chinatown or fine dining on the 71st floor of a skyscraper. 


$: Entrees under $10, $$: Entrees $10-20, $$$: Entrees $20 and up

B: Breakfast,  L: Lunch, D: Dinner, W: Open Weekends, BR: Brunch

W/B: Wine and Beer, FB: Full Bar, De: Delivery, WiFi: Free WiFi


American

Bäco Mercat, 408 S. Main St.,  (213) 687-8808, bacomercat.com, $ . L . D . W . FB,  The restaurant’s signature flatbread sandwich is called the bäco — a hybrid sandwich, taco and pizza developed by prolific Downtown chef Josef Centeno. The Historic Core favorite also features Spanish-influenced small plates, creative salads and roasted meats.

Blu Jam Cafe, 541 S. Spring St., (213) 266-8909, blujamcafe.com, $$ . B . L . W . FB, Satisfying brunch and lunch options in an airy space. 

Blue Cow Kitchen, 350 S. Grand Ave., (213) 621-2249, bluecowkitchen.com, $$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . FB . WiFi, Urban farm cuisine using local, artisan products, with indoor and outdoor seating. 

Bonaventure Brewing Company (Westin Bonaventure), 404 S. Figueroa St., 4th Floor Pool Deck, (213) 236-0802, bonaventurebrewing.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi,  Enjoy your microbrew and burger on the skyline patio in this venerable establishment. 

Bottega Louie, 700 S. Grand Ave, (213) 802-1470, bottegalouie.com, $$ . B . L . D . W . BR . FB . WiFi,  Bistro-style dishes, a great bar, a market with beautiful pastries, fantastic pizzas and one of the loudest rooms in Downtown. It’s always crowded. 

Bunker Hill Bar & Grill, 601 W. Fifth St., (213) 688-2988, bunkerhillbar.com, $$ . L . FB . WiFi,  Elevated American eats like truffle burgers, short rib sandwiches and aioli fries next to U.S. Bank Tower. A great place to catch a football game on the many TVs.

Clayton’s Public House, 541 S. Spring St., (213) 863-4327, claytonspublichouse.com, $$ . B . L . D .  W . W/B,  Take a trip to the Victorian Era. The pub offers burgers and more paired with an extensive list of craft beers. Try the fish and chips.

Cliftons, 648 S. Broadway, (213) 627-1673, cliftonsla.com, $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB, This revitalized nostalgic favorite has a cafeteria and multiple bars. The facelift has restored the woodland decor. Look out for the giant indoor redwood tree. 

Cole’s, 118 E. Sixth St., (213) 622-4090, colesfrenchdip.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi,  The French Dip sandwich, served at Cole’s since 1908, comes with a serious side of history. 

The Counter, 725 W. Seventh St., (213) 228-7800, thecounterburger.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi, Grab a clipboard and design your own burger. Choose your protein, cheese, sauce and extra toppins. They have salads too. 

Dekkadance, 900 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 688-7777, dtla.intercontinental.com/dining, $$$ . B . L . D . W . FB,  Cuisines from around the world are served buffet-style in the Intercontinental Hotel in the Wilshire Grand Center. 

Faith and Flower, 705 W. Ninth St., (213) 239-0642, faithandflowerla.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB,  The vintage-meets-modern design is drool-worthy. The contemporary menu is touched with global flavors, and the cocktails celebrate the 1920s. 

Farmer Boys, 726 S. Alameda St., (213) 228-8999, farmerboysla.com, $ . B . L . D . W . WiFi,  Tasty fast food and grill items with a convenient drive-thru.

Gus’s Drive In, 1657 W. Third St., (213) 483-8885, gussdi.com, $ . B . L . D . W,  Drive through or dine in, they’ve got mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches and Mexican dishes. 

Howlin’ Ray’s, 727 N. Broadway, (213) 935-8399, howlinrays.com, $$ . L . W,  Make your way to Chinatown for this purveyor of spicy fried chicken. Lines can be long, but it’s worth the wait.

Justice Urban Tavern, 120 S. Los Angeles St., (213) 253-9235, justicela.com, $$ . B . L . D . BR . W . FB,  A friendly gastropub with the signature Barrister Burger and hand-cut fries.

Lawry’s Carvery (L.A. Live), 1011 S. Figueroa St., #115, (213) 222-2212, lawrysonline.com, $$ . L . D . W . W/B,  This casual eatery is known for its prime rib and hand-carved sandwiches. 

Ledlow, 400 S. Main St., (213) 687-7015, ledlowla.com, $$ . B . L . D . W . FB,  An upscale New American eatery in the heart of the Old Bank District from restaurateur Josef Centeno. 

Majordomo, 1725 Naud St., (213) 223-5980, majordomo.la, $$ . D . W . FB,  Superstar chef David Chang’s West Coast expansion shows off a signature brand of culinary creativity. Try the cod or the short ribs, or better yet, ask your serve for recommendations.  

Nick’s Cafe, 1300 N. Spring St., (323) 222-1450, nickscafela.com, $ . B . L . W . CO,  Since 1948, this nostalgic diner has served killer ham and eggs, along with a slew of breakfast and lunch favorites. 

Onyx Restaurant, Lounge & Bar, 118 W. Fifth St., (213) 891-1144, onyxloungela.com, $$ . D . W . FB,  A candlelit lounge in the Security Lofts serves farm-fresh meals, elegant small plates and entrees. Order a cocktail.

Orchid Bar & Kitchen, 819 S. Flower St., (213) 784-3048, barandkitchenla.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi,  Inside the O Hotel, savor market fresh flavors, craft beers and inventive cocktails. 

The Original Pantry Cafe, 877 S. Figueroa St., (213) 972-9279, pantrycafe.com, $ . B . L . D . W . CO,  Open 24 hours, this historic eatery owned by form L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan fills your belly with huge breakfasts, steak and burgers.

Original Tommy’s, 2575 W. Beverly Blvd., (213) 389-9060, originaltommys.com, $ . B . L . D . W . CO,  The chain’s original stand is open 24 hours and is home to the city’s most famous chili burger.

Philippe The Original, 1001 N. Alameda St., (213) 628-3781, philippes.com, $ . B . L . D . W . W/B, Home of the French dip sandwich since 1908. It’s an L.A. landmark, down to the sawdust on the floors.

Public School 213, 612 S. Flower St., (213) 622-4500, psontap.com, $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB,  This gastropub in the Financial District offers gourmet pub food and is busy at lunch. There is loads of good beer, too. 

Redbird, 114 E. Second St., (213) 788-1191, redbird.la, $$$ . L . D . B . W . FB,  Neal Fraser’s beautiful restaurant is highlighted by a retractable roof. The space is equaled by the food.

71Above, 633 W. Fifth St., (213) 712-2683, 71above.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  Chef Vartan Abgaryan’s market-driven contemporary American menu is served amid sensational vistas on the 71st floor of U.S. Bank Building. The views steal the show. There’s also a sultry bar and lounge with craft cocktails.

Spring Street Smoke House, 640 N. Spring St., (213) 626-0535, sssmokehouse.com, $ . L . D . W . W/B,  A laid-back joint that serves pork ribs, Texas hotlinks, brisket and more, cooked in a pit barbecue. Enjoy the beer selection.

Tom’s Urban (L.A. Live), 1011 S. Figueroa St., (213) 746-8667, tomsurban.com, $$ . B . L . D . W . FB,  An L.A. Live sports bar with 30 taps, craft cocktails, scores of TVs and a menu with everything from gourmet burgers to street tacos.

Traxx (Union Station), 800 N. Alameda St., (213) 625-1999, traxx.la, $$$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . FB,  Enjoy fine dining in this Art Deco-inspired restaurant that recalls the glamour and wonder of train travel’s golden era.

Water Grill, 544 S. Grand Ave., (213) 891-0900, watergrill.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  This longtime Downtown seafood eatery features a marble slab raw bar and craft beers on tap. For an unforgettable feast, order one of the iced shellfish platters. 

Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill (L.A. Live), 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 748-9700, wolfgangpuck.com$$$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi,  Puck modernizes the traditional bar and grill with signature comfort food (three-cheese mac and the sirloin burger). Dine outdoors or sit at the bar and watch the game with a cocktail.

Asian/Fusion

Baohaus, 727 N. Broadway #130, (213) 935-8740, baohausnyc.com, $ . L . D . W,  Celeb chef Eddie Huang’s temple of Taiwanese-style buns, stuffed with everything from pork belly to fried fish to tofu. 

Chego!, 727 N. Broadway #117, (323) 380-8680, eatchego.com, $ . L . D . W,  Located in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza, devotees of Pan-Asian street food go for the chubby pork belly rice bowl, ooey gooey fries and the Chego Burger with Thai basil.  

Ebaes, 2314 S. Union Ave., (213) 747-6888, ebaesla.com, $$ . L . De . W . W/B,  Boasting unique spins on traditional Asian dishes, this ramen haunt is popular with the college crowd and offers customizable ramen bowls and entrees. Ebaes also has a substantial sushi menu with plenty of drinks. 

Lasa, 727 N. Broadway #120, (213) 443-6163, lasa-la.com, $-$$ . L . D . W,  Brothers Chad and Chase Valencia are leaders in bringing Filipino food to the forefront of the L.A. dining scene. Their Far East Plaza spot features both casual lunches to go and a refined dinner experience. 

Little Sister, 523 W. Seventh St., (213) 628-3146, dinelittlesister.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB,  European favorites blend with Southeast Asian flavors in a modern environment. Try the signature shaky shaky beef. 

Orsa & Winston, 122 W. Fourth St., (213) 687-0300, orsaandwinston.com, $$$ . D . W (Sat. Only) . W/B,  Chef Josef Centeno thrills diners with his fine dining Japanese and Italian fusion plates and omakase menu. 

Wokcano, 800 W. Seventh St., (213) 623-2288, wokcanorestaurant.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB . De,  A casual chic restaurant and lounge featuring inventive sushi and rolls, and Thai and Chinese cuisines with a few twists on old favorites. It’s great for happy hour. 

WP24 (Ritz Carlton), 900 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 743-8824, wolfgangpuck.com, $$$ . D . W . FB . WiFi,  Restaurateur Wolfgang Puck tempts diners on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton at L.A. Live with a modern interpretation of Chinese cuisine.

Café/Bakery

Bae Little Tokyo, 369 E. Second St., (213) 266-8899, baebae.co, $ . B .  L . FB . WiFi,  This Little Tokyo space is perfect for the Instagram crowd, but they also happen to make an excellent latte. The activated charcoal soft serve is a favorite.  

Cafe Dulce, 134 Japanese Village Plaza, (213) 346-9910, cafedulce.co, $ . L . D . W . WiFi, Get your LAMILL coffee and baked goods, such as the signature donuts (green tea, bacon and Fruity Pebbles).

Chado Tea Room, 369 E. First St., (213) 258-2531, chadotea.com, $ . L . W . WiFi,  A traditional Little Tokyo tea house with sandwiches and light fare. 

Di Alba, 827 E. Third St., (213) 620-6244, eatdialba.com, $ . L . D . W,  Roman-style focaccia and a bevy of seasonal salads in this takeaway shop in the Arts District.

Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana, 541 S. Spring St., (213) 537-0323, dfcasacubana.com, $$ . L . D . W, A restaurant from the coffee roaster features a big menu of Cuban-inspired eats. Naturally, the coffee is great.

Homegirl Cafe, 130 W. Bruno St., (213) 617-0380, homegirlcafe.org, $ . B . L . W (Sat. only) . BR,  This cafe with a social mission serves breakfast and lunch, using seasonal vegetables from their local farm.

Paramount Coffee Project, 1320 E. Seventh St., (213) 266-8899, pcpfx.com, $ . B . L . W . WiFi, Brighten up the morning by grabbing your daily dose of caffeine at this Austrian coffee outpost.   

Spring for Coffee, 548 S. Spring St., springforcoffee.com, $ . B . L . D . W,  A tiny but popular spot for stellar coffee and pastries. Ideal for grab and go.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 806 S. Santa Fe Ave., (855) 711-3385, stumptowncoffee.com, $ . B . L . D . W . WiFi,  Coffee fanatics love this Portland transplant, which serves yummy pastries (Spam musubi croissant) and even growlers of their excellent cold brew.

Urth Caffe, 451 S. Hewitt St., (213) 797-4534, urthcaffe.com, $ . B . L . D . W . BR . WiFi,  Enjoy gourmet breakfast or lunch with a cup of fresh-roasted organic coffee in the Arts District. The patio is ideal for people watching.

Verve Coffee/Juice Served Here, 833 S. Spring St., (213) 455-5991, vervecoffeeroasters.com, $$ . B . L . D . W,  Get your fix from a fancy Kees Van Der Westen espresso machine, take in the stunning plant-filled patio, and sample some of the 23 cold-pressed juices. 

Zinc Cafe & Market, 580 Mateo St., (323) 825-5381, zinccafe.com, $$ . B . L . D . W . BR . FB, This trendy cafe and specialty market serves great coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch. The expansive patio is the place to be seen. Free parking.

Chinese/Taiwanese

CBS Seafood, 700 N. Spring St., (213) 617-2323, $$ . L . D . W . W/B,  A Hong Kong-style seafood house with excellent dim sum service. They also have a to-go section.

Full House Seafood Restaurant, 963 N. Hill St., (213) 617-8382, $$ . L . D . W/B,  A Chinatown favorite that serves seafood and Cantonese cuisine. Open until 3 a.m. for those late-night cravings.

Hop Li Seafood Restaurant, 526 Alpine St., (213) 680-3939, hoplirestaurant.com, $ . L . D . W . W/B, Seafood and Cantonese fare, with their signature shrimp with honey glazed walnuts.

Lao Tao Street Food, 727 N. Broadway #207, (213) 372-5318, laotaostreetfood.com, $ . L . D . W, Chinatown’s Far East Plaza is getting even hotter with this purveyor of Taiwanese street food. The 25-seat eatery features lots of unique small bites from braised five-spice pork belly with rice to the Thousand-Year-Old Egg with tofu.

LiOrient Asian Bar and Restaurant, 633 W. Hope Place., (323) 500-1186, liorientrestaurant.com, $$$ . L . D . W/B . FB . WiFi,  A new addition to U.S. Bank Tower, the huge LiOrient offers expertly prepared takes on Asian cuisine, as well as a takeaway bar at lunch.

Peking Tavern, 806 S. Spring St., (213) 988-8308, pekingtavern.com, $ . L . D . W . FB,  Tasty Beijing street eats (scallion pancakes, hand-pulled noodles) and craft beer and cocktails in a cool basement space. Try the world’s most consumed liquor, Baijiu.

Plum Tree Inn, 913 N. Broadway, (213) 613-1819, plumtreeinn.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB,  This Chinatown favorite is popular for its addictive honey walnut shrimp and crispy beef.

Regent China Inn, 747 N. Main St., (213) 680-3333, $ . L . D . W . De,  You’ll find lots of seafood and Cantonese dishes at a reasonable price. 

Triple 8 China Bar & Grill (L.A. Live), 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 747-3700, triple8restaurant.com, $$ . B . L . D . W . FB, Cantonese-style dishes include seafood dim sum and porridge. They’ve got signature cocktails and craft beer. 

Yang Chow, 819 N. Broadway, (213) 625-0811, yangchow.com, $ . L . D . W . W/B,  Some of the best Mandarin and Szechwan dishes including a longtime Downtown favorite, the slippery shrimp.

Dessert

Big Man Bakes, 413 S. Main St., (213) 617-9100, bigmanbakes.com, $ . W (Sat. only),  Heavenly cupcakes available in 10 daily flavors and 11 special flavors. Just the right amount of frosting. Try the Old School.

The Dolly Llama, 1820 Industrial St., (844) 932-4593, thedollyllamala.com, $ . B . L . WiFi,  We shouldn’t be surprised that waffles and ice cream make for such a delicious pair.

Downtown Donuts, 541 S. Spring St. #130, (213) 713-2345, downtowndonutsla.com, $ . W, Nostalgic pastries are gobbled up at this Spring Arcade Building spot, which upholds the tradition of the classic donut shops that graced the area in the 1920s. 

Gelateria Uli, 541 S. Spring St., (213) 900-4717, gelateriauli.com, $ . W . WiFi,  Sample from 16 rotating flavors of gelato and sorbet made daily in small batches. Varieties include poblano, beer, saffron and coconut lemongrass. They even have vegan waffle cones.

Gourmet L.A. Bakery, 548 S. Broadway, (213) 623-4244, gourmetlabakery.com, $ . W,  Mexican sweet bread, fresh croissants and cakes for special occasions.

Hygge Bakery, 1106 S. Hope St., (213) 995-5022, hyggebakery.com, $ . W,  South Park’s modern Danish bakery serves authentic pastries, cakes and breads. Try the Kringle Bar. 

Little Damage, 700 S. Spring St., (213) 628-3443, $ . W,  Their black charcoal soft serve is a huge hit on Instagram. 

McConnell’s Fine Ice Cream, 317 S. Broadway (Grand Central Market), (213) 346-9722,mcconnells.com, $ . W,  Ice cream aficionados love the gourmet scoops here, as well as the floats, sundaes and build-your-own ice cream sandwich. 

Mikawaya, 118 Japanese Village Plaza, (213) 624-1681, mikawayausa.com, $ . W . CO,  Serving traditional Japanese pastries since 1910. Their mochi ice cream is the best.

Nickel Diner, 524 S. Main St., (213) 623-8301, nickeldiner.com, $ . B . L . D . W,  Home of the maple bacon donut, Shaker lemon pie, Devil’s Food cupcake, mixed berry jam tarts and salty peanut cake. 

Phoenix Bakery, 969 N. Broadway, (213) 628-4642, phoenixbakeryinc.com, $ . W,  This longtime, family-operated bakery is famous for its fresh strawberry and whipped cream cake. It’s an L.A. tradition for birthdays and special occasions. 

The Pie Hole, 714 Traction Ave., (213) 537-0115, thepieholela.com, $ . W . WiFi,  Enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee with a slice of pie fresh from the oven. Standouts include the maple custard, Mexican chocolate and Earl Gray. 

Salt & Straw, 829 E. Third St., (213) 988-7070, $ . W,  The Portland shop has opened an L.A. location in the Arts District. 

Scoops, 727 N. Broadway, (323) 906-2649, $ . W,  The Chinatown ice cream shop has a cult following. You’ll see why after inhaling one of the gourmet scoops. Will it be the signature flavor brown bread?

Sprinkles Cupcakes, 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 228-2100, sprinkles.com, $$ . W,  This cupcake chain serves popular flavors such as red velvet, chocolate marshmallow, salted caramel, dark chocolate and lemon blueberry.  

Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, 300 S. Santa Fe Ave., (213) 625-0705, vanleeuwenicecream.com   I   $$ . WiFi, Earl Grey, Sicilian pistachio, honeycomb, apple crumble and even vegan options. Get it in a cone, cup or sundae. 

Filipino

Lasa, 727 N. Broadway #120, (213) 443-6163, lasa-la.com, $-$$ . L . D . W, Brothers Chad and Chase Valencia are leaders in bringing Filipino food to the forefront of the L.A. dining scene, and their Far East Plaza spot features both casual lunches to go and a refined dinner experience. 

Ricebar, 419 W. Seventh St., (213) 807-5341, ricebarla.com, $ . L . D . W,  Former Patina Executive Chef Charles Olalia runs a tiny eatery in the Jewelry District specializing in Filipino rice bowls using eight varieties of heirloom rice, as well as house-made longanisa sausage and local produce. 

The Parks Finest, 1267 W. Temple St., (213) 481-2800, theparksfinest.com, $$ . L . D . W . W/B, Lip-smacking barbecue with Filipino flair near Dodger Stadium. 

Sari Sari Store (Grand Central Market), 317 S. Broadway, (323) 320-4020, sarisaristorela.com, $ . L . D . W,  Beloved chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke try their hand at Filipino bowls. 

French

Cafe Pinot, 700 W. Fifth St., (213) 239-6500, patinagroup.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  Business lunches and romantic dinners unfold in this beautiful garden patio adjacent to the Central Library.

Industriel, 609 S. Grand Ave., (213) 488-8020, industrielfarm.com, $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB . WiFi, Get French comfort food in a chic-meets-rustic setting. The menu includes beet quinoa salad, brown butter skirt steak and the Roquefort bacon burger.

Kendall’s Brasserie, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7322, patinagroup.com, $$$ . L . D . W . BR . FB,  A lovely bistro beneath the Music Center serving French favorites. Check in early for weekday happy hour or late-night dining if you missed a bite before the show.

Le Petit Paris, 418 S. Spring St., (213) 217-4445, lepetitparisla.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  A gorgeous French eatery with two bars and a patio. Try the decadent lobster eggs benedict or truffle burger.

Patina, 141 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-3331, patinarestaurant.com, $$$ . D . W . (Sat. Only), Located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Patina Executive Chef Paul Lee has devised a tasting-menu-only that you will long remember.

Perch, 448 S. Hill St., 13th floor, (213) 802-1770, perchla.com, $$$ . D . W . FB,  Great food, a stellar wine list, and cocktails. Grab a seat on one of the outside patios with a fireplace or head up the top floor for a more intimate setting at a fire pit and experience the Downtown skyline.

Taix, 1911 Sunset Blvd., (213) 484-1265, taixfrench.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi,  Family-owned since 1927, this Echo Park institution serves French country fare. You can also grab a cocktail and watch the game at the bar. 

Indian

Badmaash, 108 W. Second St., (213) 221-7466, badmaashla.com, $$ . L . D . W . W/B,  The Indian gastropub serves tasty Bombay street food with a sense of humor. The tikka poutine blends the owners’ Canadian and Indian roots, while the playful chili cheese naan is pure comfort. 

Gill’s Cuisine of India (Stillwell Hotel), 838 S. Grand Ave., (213) 623-1050, gillsrestaurant.com, $ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . W/B . De,  In South Park, a notoriously good, and cheap, Indian food buffet.

Indus by Saffron, 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 688-1400, 300 S. Grand Ave., (213) 687-0555, saffronindia.com, $$ . L . D . WiFi,  Great Indian food done fast, at multiple locations. 

Saffron, 505 S. Flower St., (213) 488-9754, saffronindia.com, $ . L,  Inside the City National food court you’ll find Indian faves like the tofu daal and samosas.

Italian/Pizza

Bestia, 2121 E. Seventh Pl., (213) 514-5724, bestiala.com, $$$ . D . W . FB,  If you’re lucky enough to snag a reservation at this rustic Italian, meat-centric hotspot with an industrial-chic aesthetic, you’re in for a treat. 

Colori Kitchen, 429 W. Eighth St., (213) 622-5950, colorikitchen.com, $$ . L . D . W (Sat. only),  A longtime and understated Downtown favorite, this quaint and affordable eatery serves stellar meatballs and cioppino. BYOB.

Drago Centro, 525 S. Flower St., #120, (213) 228-8998, dragocentro.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  An elegant eatery from chef Celestine Drago features quality ingredients and old Italian flavors.  

Factory Kitchen, 1300 Factory Pl., (213) 996-6000, thefactorykitchen.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  This tucked-away Arts District establishment turns out luxurious handmade pasta (try the “handkerchief”) and irresistible specialties such as the stuffed flatbread or focaccia di Recco. 

Live Basil Pizza (L.A. Live), 1011 S. Figueroa St., (213) 746-5483, livebasilpizza.com, $$ . L . D . W . W/B,  Enjoy high-quality ingredients quickly at this Neapolitan-style pizzeria. An easy stop before a game or concert.

Maccheroni Republic, 332 S. Broadway, (213) 346-9725, maccheronirepublic.com, $$ . L . D . W, Get your freshly made pasta at this gem of a trattoria with an ever-growing fan base. 

Officine Brera, 1331 E. Sixth St., (213) 553-8006, officinebrera.com, $$ . L . D . W,  The duo behind the Arts District’s Factory Kitchen delivers rustic cuts of meat grilled over an open wood fire. There is also an outdoor bar where you can sample small bites. 

Prufrock, 446 S. Main St., (323) 284-5661, theregenttheater.com, $$ . L . D . W . W/B,  This cozy eatery serves Neapolitan-style personal pizza, including one with a cauliflower, gluten-free crust. It’s next to rock club The Regent.

Rossoblu, 1124 S. San Julian St., (213) 749-1099, rossoblula.com, $$$ . L . D . W . W/B,  Chef Steve Samson explores the cuisine of Northern Italy at Rossoblu, with meats cooked over a fire and pasta made by hand daily.

San Antonio Winery and Maddalena Restaurant, 737 Lamar St., (323) 223-1401, sanantoniowinery.com, $$ . L . D . W . W/B,  Tour an actual winery and dine on hearty Italian cuisine.

Superfine Pizza, 1101 S. San Pedro St., (213) 880-7790, superfinepizza.com, $$ . L . D . W (Sat Only) . De,  Chef Steve Samson’s latest Downtown outpost adds a fresh take on thin-crust pizza. 

Terroni, 802 S. Spring St., (213) 221-7234, terroni.com, $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB,  Dine in style at this Italian eatery with great food and wine. 

Urban Oven, 700 S. Flower St., (213) 223-5980, theurbanoven.com, $$  . L . D (Wed. through Friday) . W . De,  A popular food truck turned brick and mortar, Urban Oven has all the typical pizza staples. 

Vespaio, 225 S. Grand Ave., (213) 221-7244, vespaiodtla.com, $$$ . L . D . W . BR . FB,  A nautical-style Italian eatery next to The Broad museum, it offers an upscale Tuscan menu and an amazing patio. Great for cocktails, too.

Japanese

Daikokuya, 327 E. First St., (213) 626-1680, daikoku-ten.com, $ . L . D . W,  One of the best ramen houses in the city. There’s usually a wait but it’s worth it.

Hama Sushi, 347 E. Second St., (213) 680-3454, hamasushila.com, $$ . L . D . W . W/B,  A very small but delicious sushi spot that overflows with satisfied guests. Ask the chef what he recommends. And don’t ask for a California roll. Seriously.

Honda Ya, 333 S. Alameda St., floor, (213) 625-1184, izakayahondaya.com, $ . L . D . W . W/B,  Succulent Japanese small plates and grilled meat on skewers.

Inko Nito, 225 S. Garey St., (310) 999-0476, inkonitorestaurant.com, $$ . L (weekends only) . D . W . De . FB, Sporting a menu focused on modern robatayaki grilling, expect plenty of succulent meats and tasty vegetables. 

Izakaya Fu-ga, 111 S. San Pedro St., (213) 625-1722, izakayafu-ga.com, $ . L . D . W . FB,  A modern spin on Japanese small plates with a lounge-like aesthetic.

Kai Japanese Roots, 542 S. Broadway, (213) 232-4900, katsuyarestaurant.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB, Nigiri, fusion-style rolls, grilled skewers and more in an airy space.  

Katsuya (L.A. Live), 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 634-4637, kaijapaneseroots.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  An upscale, fun sushi and robata restaurant with a lounge. Try the Katsuya roll. 

KazuNori, 421 S. Main St., (213) 493-6956, kazunorisushi.com, $$ . L . D . W . W/B,  It’s all about hand rolls at this Historic Core spot from the team behind Sugarfish. Meals are done fast and the quality is high. 

Kinjiro, 424 E. Second St., (213) 229-8200, kinjiro-la.com, $$$ . D . W (Sat. Only) . WB, This little spot specializes in exceptional izakaya fare — that is, fancy Japanese bar food paired with sake or beer. The beef tongue and uni risotto are a must. Reservations suggested. 

Kula Revolving Sushi Bar, 333 E. Second St., (213) 290-9631, kulausa.com, $ . L . D . W . W/B,  Let your sushi come to you on an entertaining conveyor belt. 

Marugame Monzo, 329 E. First St., (213) 346-9762, $$ . L . D . W . WB,  If you take your udon seriously, then Monzo is your kind of place. The broth is hearty and packed with flavor while the fresh handmade noodles are soft and chewy. There’s usually a wait — wait in it. 

Mitsuru Sushi and Grill, 316 E. First St., (213) 626-4046, $ . L . D . W . W/B,  An eclectic variety of Japanese and American favorites in a casual atmosphere. 

Mrs. Fish, 448 S. Hill St., (213) 223-5980, mrsfish.com, $$$ . D . W (Sat. only) . FB,  Admire Japanese art while you dine. Take your pick of an extensive sushi and entree menu and wash it down with an expertly crafted cocktail. 

Ohana Poké Co., 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 265-7833, ohanapokeco.com, $$ . L . D . W . WiFi,  Chef Eric Park’s restaurant in the FIGat7th mall was inspired by family trips to Hawaii. There are poke options, a dish with Spam and fried chicken choices.

Oomasa, 100 Japanese Village Plaza, (213) 623-9048, $$ . L . D . W . W/B,  Pull up a stool at the 40-seat sushi bar where they have been serving Downtowners since 1972.

Ramen Champ, 727 N. Broadway, (213) 316-8595, ramenchamp.com, $ . L . D . W,  The gang behind Eggslut delivers a 22-seat modern ramen bar in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza. They’ve also got meat and dairy-free vegan bowls. The lunch line says it all.

Shabu Shabu House, 127 Japanese Village Plaza, (213) 680-3890, shabushabuhouse.menutoeat, $ . L . D . W . CO . W/B, One of Little Tokyo’s busiest and most popular eateries. Be prepared for a wait.

Shibumi, 815 S. Hill St., (213) 265-7923, shibumidtla.com, $$$ . D . W . FB, This kappo-style Japanese restaurant features a minimalist decor and a 400-year-old cypress wood bar.  

Sora, 900 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 688-7777, dtla.intercontinental.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB, Luxe sushi comes via conveyor belt at this Wilshire Grand Center restaurant. 

Sugarfish, 600 W. Seventh St., (213) 627-3000, sugarfishsushi.com, $$$ . L . D . W . W/B, Traditional sushi done right in a modern, casual setting from one of L.A.’s best sushi chefs. Order the Trust Me special. 

Sushi Gen, 422 E. Second St., (213) 617-0552, sushigen-dtla.com, $$$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . W/B,  This is where the sushi connoisseurs go to get their fix. The sashimi plate rules.

Takami Sushi & Robata, 811 Wilshire Blvd., 21st Floor, (213) 236-9600, takamisushi.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  On the 21st floor, guests come for the tasty Japanese cuisine, swanky digs and sweeping views.

Yojie Japanese Fondue & Sake Bar, 501 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 988-8808, yojie.com, $$ . L . D . W . W/B,  Become the chef at this lively shabu shabu spot that also serves dessert fondue.

Korean

Korea BBQ House, 323 E. First St., (213) 680-1826, koreabbqhouse.com, $ . L . D . W . W/B,  Cast-iron turtle skillets are loaded with sizzling meat and caramelized cabbage.

Oleego by Parks BBQ, 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 614-9090, oleegousa.com, $ . L . D . W . W/B, Scrumptious Korean bulgogi bowls in a food court.  

Seoul Sausage, 236 S. Los Angeles St., (213) 935-8677, seoulsausage.com, $ . D . W, A new way to get your Korean barbecue flavors — in the form of sausages, burgers and even poutine.

Mediterranean 

Bavel, 500 Mateo St., (213) 226-8156, baveldtla.com, $$  .  D . W . FB,  Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis return to their roots for this instantly lauded Middle Eastern restaurant. 

California Kabob Kitchen, 141 W. 11th St., (213) 747-9500, ckkabob.com, $$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . De . WiFi,  This quaint sit-down Persian spot with a friendly staff serves kabobs, rice specialties and salads, including fish and veggie options.

Exchange Restaurant, 416 W. Eighth St., (213) 395-9531, freehandhotels.com/los-angeles/the-exchange, $$$ . B . L . D . W . FB,  Located on the ground floor of the Freehand Hotel, the Exchange serves Israeli-inspired fare with a California twist. 

Halal Guys, 510 W. Seventh St., (213) 628-3072, thehalalguys.com, $ . L . D . W, Craveworthy sandwiches and plates piled with chicken, beef gyro or falafel, all topped with that legendary white sauce.  

Madcapra (Grand Central Market), 317 S. Broadway, madcapra.com, $$ . L . D . W,  A modern falafel counter with colorful flatbread sandwiches and sumac-beet soda.  

Palikao, 130 E. Sixth St., (213) 265-7006, pali-kao.com, $$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . De,  Rediscover the often-overlooked Mediterranean staple couscous at this fast-casual restaurant. 

Shekarchi, 920 S. Olive St., (213) 892-8535, shekarchirestaurant.com, $$ . L . D . De,  Come for the lunch specials with grilled kabobs and specialty rice. The long-running Downtown establishment just moved to a new home.

Spitz, 371 E. Second St., (213) 613-0101, eatatspitz.com, $ . L . D . W . FB,  Get your döner kebab with a side of hip. They have a full bar.

Sultan Chicken, 311 W. Sixth St., (213) 236-0604, sultanchicken.com, $ . B . L . W (Sat. only) . De, The chicken, hummus and garlic sauce are out of this world. 

Veranda, 939 S. Figueroa St., (213) 660-3032, verandadtla.com, $$ . B . L . D . Br . W . FB,  Pull up a chair at this poolside eatery in the just refurbished Hotel Figueroa. Make sure to peruse the cocktail menu.

Mexican/Latin American

Bar Amá, 118 W. Fourth St., (213) 687-8002, bar-ama.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB,  Get gourmet Tex-Mex comfort food and cocktails in a lively space. Try the puffy tacos.

Barcito, 403 W. 12th St., (213) 415-1821, barcitola.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB,  This Argentine-style neighborhood bar offers great cocktails and shareable plates.  

Boca at Conga Room (L.A. Live), 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 745-0162, congaroom.com, $$$ . D (Thurs., Fri. & Sat.) . W . FB,  Enjoy a night of salsa dancing and dining with a menu of traditional Spanish flavors.

Border Grill, 445 S. Figueroa St., (213) 486-5171, bordergrill.com, $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB,  This colorful, venerable spot serves modern Mexican eats.

Broken Spanish, 1050 S. Flower St., (213) 749-1460, brokenspanish.com, $$ . D . FB,  Modern Mexican cuisine melds with Southern California ingredients at this restaurant. It’s a more formal approach from chef Ray Garcia of Downtown’s popular B.S. Taqueria.

B.S. Taqueria, 514 W. Seventh St., (213) 622-3744, bstaqueria.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB,  From chef Ray Garcia comes a modern take on tacos. The soft corn tortillas are made to order, brought to life with ingredients like chorizo and potatoes, garlicky clams with lardo, and even cauliflower al pastor.

Calavera Burrito Co., 541 S. Spring St. #107, (213) 628-3094, calaveraburritoco.com, $ . L . D . W, The new arrival in the Spring Arcade Building takes inspiration from Dia de Los Muertos and serves thick burritos as well as plates with chicken, beef, pork and vegetarian options.

Chica’s Tacos, 728 S. Olive St., (213) 896-0373, chicastacos.com, $$ . B . L . D . W,  Everything here is Instagram-worthy, from the red and turquoise trim to the Airstream and picnic tables with yellow-striped umbrellas. They’ve got whole coconuts and aguas frescas, and the tacos are off the hook.

Dama, 612 E. 11th St., (213) 741-0612, damafashiondistrict.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB., With plenty of Latin American-inspired options to choose from, including dry-aged rib eye steak and whole red snapper, this City Market South newcomer combines fine dinning with an extensive cocktail menu.

Don Francisco’s Coffee Casa Cubana, 541 S. Spring St., (213) 537-0323, dfcasacubana.com, $$ . L . D . W, A restaurant from the coffee roaster features a big menu of Cuban-inspired eats. Naturally, the coffee is great.

Guisados DTLA, 541 S. Spring St. #101, (213) 627-7656, guisados.co, $ . L . D . W, The Spring Arcade Building houses this casual gourmet taco shop, which often sports a line out the door. You’ll find some of the best tacos and handmade corn tortillas around, filled with succulent braised meats and toppings. Order the sampler plate. 

La Golondrina, W-17 Olvera St., (213) 628-4349, $$ . L . D . W . FB,  A pretty patio, authentic Mexican food and huge margaritas.

Loteria Grill, 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 438-0200, loteriagrill.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB,  A taco-centric menu and margaritas mark this chain at the FIGat7th food court. 

Pez Cantina, 401 S. Grand Ave., (213) 258-2280, pezcantina.com, $$ . L . D . W,  In walking distance to Disney Hall, this Bunker Hill eatery serves upscale coastal Mexican cuisine. Pez features an ocean-meets-land decor with a lovely patio and craft cocktails.  

Rosa Mexicano (L.A. Live), 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 746-0001, rosamexicano.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB . De . WiFi, Tasty Mexican food and margaritas in a colorful space. 

Sonoratown, 208 E. Eighth St., (310) 987-6994, $$ . L . D . W, Order any of the burritos made with fresh, handmade flour tortillas (the true star), killer salsa and an agua fresca. The mesquite grill imparts smoky perfection to every dish.

Yxta Cocina Mexicana, 601 S. Central Ave., (213) 596-5579, yxta.net, $$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . FB, A modern spin on the classics with a lively happy hour. The bar serves creative cocktails and pours more than 55 tequilas.

Seafood

Fisherman’s Outlet, 529 S. Central Ave., (213) 627-7231, fishermansoutlet.net, $$ . L . W (Sat. only) . W/B,  Located in the Industrial District, this longtime lunch favorite serves fresh fish, shrimp and scallops fried or grilled.  

Rock’N Fish (L.A. Live), 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 748-4020, rocknfishlalive.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  A Manhattan Beach import that serves mouthwatering steak and seafood. 

Water Grill, 544 S. Grand Ave., (213) 891-0900, watergrill.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  This longtime Downtown seafood eatery features a marble slab raw bar and craft beers on tap. For an unforgettable feast, order one of the iced shellfish platters. 

Southern

Little Easy, 216 W. Fifth St., (213) 628-3113, littleeasybar.com, $$ . L . D . BR . W . FB,  This New Orleans-style gastropub in the Alexandria Hotel serves skillets of seafood gumbo and mac and cheese, bananas foster bread pudding and even milk punch. The French Quarter ambiance is a sight to behold. 

Little Jewel of New Orleans, 207 Ord St.,  (213) 620-0461, littlejewel.la   I   $$ . B . L . D . W . WiFi, Start your morning with a cup of chicory coffee and a beignet. For lunch, chow down on a muffuletta sandwich or shrimp Po’boy. Since it’s part deli and market, they’ve also got house-made sausages and other gastronomic delights. 

Preux & Proper, 840 S. Spring St., (213) 896-0090, preuxandproper.com, $$ . L . D . W . BR . FB, SoCal freshness pairs with the flavors of New Orleans to create dishes like smoked shrimp beignets, and crispy frog legs with Anaheim chili. Be sure to partake in the gorgeous moonshine-based cocktails like the blackberry honey sour or the hibiscus mule. 

Steakhouse

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (L.A. Live), 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 745-9911, flemingssteakhouse.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  Classic steaks and 100-plus wines by the glass. Popular before games and concerts at L.A. Live

La Boucherie on 71, 900 Wilshire Blvd., (213) 688-7777, dtla.intercontinental.com/dining, $$$ . L . D . W . FB, Located in the Wilshire Grand Center, La Boucherie offers a French flair and a big wine list. 

L.A. Prime (Westin Bonaventure), 404 S. Figueroa St., (213) 612-4743, thebonaventure.com/la-prime   I   $$$ . D . W . FB,  This New-York-style steakhouse atop the Bonaventure Hotel offers thick cuts of meat scenic views of the city. 

Morton’s The Steakhouse, 735 S. Figueroa St., (213) 553-4566, mortons.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB, This upscale steakhouse in the FIGat7th mall boasts an elegant dining room and a lively bar.

Nick & Stef’s, 330 S. Hope St., (213) 680-0330, patinagroup.com, $$$ . L . D . W (Sat. only) . FB, Get your aged beef and expertly made martini at this Bunker Hill steakhouse.  

Pacific Dining Car, 1310 W. Sixth St., (213) 483-6000, pacificdiningcar.com, $$$ . B . L . D . W . FB, Downtown power brokers still flock to this stylish steakhouse in a converted rail car. Open 24 hours a day.

Palm Downtown, 1100 S. Flower St., (213) 763-4600, thepalm.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  The Palm is renowned for prime beef, jumbo lobsters and authentic Italian fare. Sip expert martinis while taking in the wall adorned with caricatures of Downtown personalities.

Riordan’s Tavern, 875 S. Figueroa St., (213) 627-6879, riordanstavernrestaurant.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB . WiFi,  Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan owns this cozy New York-style steakhouse next to the Pantry. It’s also perfect for grabbing a classic cocktail or two.

Rock’N Fish (L.A. Live), 800 W. Olympic Blvd., (213) 748-4020, rocknfishlalive.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  This Manhattan Beach import serves mouthwatering steak and seafood. 

Spear Restaurant, 800 W. Sixth St., (213) 688-3000, spearrestaurant.com, $$$ . L . D . W . FB,  Get steaks and chops, as well as seafood with an Asian bent. 

Vegan/Vegetarian

Âu Lac, 710 W. First St., (213) 617-2533, aulac.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB,  Beautifully presented vegan and often gluten-free Vietnamese cuisine and cocktails. You won’t miss the meat.

PYT, 400 S. Main St., (213) 687-7015, pytlosangeles.com, $$ . L . D . W . FB,  Josef Centeno’s string of culinary hits continues with PYT, a vegetable-focused restaurant that has some of the most eclectic and delicious plates in Downtown.