Rooftop table at Checkers

The Best Restaurants with a View in Los Angeles


Ariana Shuris

Nothing quite tops off a great meal better than a spectacular view. There’s just something about the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean or the twinkling of city lights that sets the perfect tone for a light lunch or an evening out. The organic ambiance of a breathtaking sight truly enhances one’s dining experience and adds a touch of sophistication to any date or casual outing. Here are Los Angeles restaurants worth seeking out, even if it’s only just to take in the beautiful views.

Hama Sushi in Downtown L.A.

The Best Sushi in Downtown Los Angeles


Clarissa Wei

It’s a great time to be a sushi aficionado. The Japanese food scene in Los Angeles is stronger than ever as the American palate is evolving to be less squeamish towards raw fish and much more inclined towards simplicity than the fanciful mayonnaise-drenched rolls of yesteryear. There seems to be sushi at every corner in Los Angeles, but Downtown L.A. in particular boasts a diversity of options. Little Tokyo in itself is sushi central and not far from it are powerhouses like Sushi Zo and Sugarfish. You’ll get a good mix of affordable plus luxurious choices – all without driving very far.

BonaVista Lounge at The Westin Bonaventure

Fantastic Features of Los Angeles Hotels: Part One


Sarah Dandashy

Travelers and locals alike are lucky that Los Angeles is home to incredible hotels across the city. Whether they are sleek and modern in design or historic properties with Golden Age Hollywood glamour, we have hotels to fit every need. Of course, in a city that is sunny and perfect throughout the year, hotel pools are a top feature. The fun doesn’t stop at the hotel pool. The following guide lists some of the “Fantastic Features” of Los Angeles hotels that you’ll want to visit when planning your next daycation, staycation or vacation!

Green Tea Monster pancakes at Bea Bea's

Great Places to Eat Near Universal Studios Hollywood


Joshua Lurie

Universal Studios Hollywood℠ is more popular than ever, thanks to The Simpsons™, Fast & Furious - Supercharged, and the impending arrival of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Still, people can’t live on Krusty burgers and butter beer alone. Before or after visiting the theme park, swing by one of our favorite restaurants within a two-mile radius. Bonus: this guide also benefits people who live or work in the area.

Kimchi fried rice at Republique

The Best Restaurants in Los Angeles for Instagram


Stacey Sun

More than half of Internet-using young adults age 18-29 use Instagram, and without a doubt, many of them are posting photos of what they’re eating. Fortunately for Instagrammers dining out in L.A., there are restaurants across the city that feature gorgeous food that tastes as good as it looks with lots of natural light and beautiful decor. If you want that money shot with guaranteed “likes,” here are our picks for the best restaurants in Los Angeles for Instagram.

Wine bottles at Franco on Melrose

Top 10 BYOB Restaurants in Los Angeles


Gabrielle Olya

Whether you’re looking to save a few bucks or you just want to enjoy a favorite wine for a special occasion, there are restaurants across Los Angeles that allow you to bring your own bottle for little or no corkage fee. Here are 10 of the best restaurants in L.A. where you can BYOB.

Cheesesteak at Papa Jake's Sub Shop

The Best Cheesesteaks in Los Angeles


Joshua Lurie

Cheesesteaks have clear ties to Philadelphia, where hot dog vendors Pat and Harry Olivieri were scarfing down links every night before switching things up for dinner one night. Their grilled steak and onion sandwich caught on with cabbies and Harry’s son Frank later added molten Cheez Whiz to the mix. Over the years, Provolone or American cheese have also become popular, as have peppers. Now, the Philly original serves as a touchstone across cultures. From traditional to otherworldly, learn about 10 of the best cheesesteaks in L.A.

Poke at A-Frame

The Best Poke in Los Angeles


Zach Brooks

Ask us where our favorite poke place in L.A. is and we'll likely answer "Whichever poke place is closest to you." Because at this point, there are versions of Hawaii's take on ceviche in practically every part of the city. Ahi tuna, soy sauce, sesame oil, seaweed and sesame seeds are the constant, along with adding avocado for a few bucks. At newer places you're also likely to find kale, kelp noodles, spicy edamame and coconut flakes tossed in sauces made from sriracha, ponzu or miso. Whether it’s new or old, traditional or modern, there's a poke for everyone. Here are 10 of the best in L.A.