Ventura Boulevard from Studio City to Woodland Hills runs about 13 miles—and in that space sits hundreds of restaurants—among them mom n’ pops, a plethora of ethnic cuisines, casual and fast food chains, gastropubs, and finer dining restaurants. The rundown here is by no means exhaustive, but rather a hit list of some of the best, and historically significant, on the boulevard for any dining occasion.
North Hollywood is one of the first neighborhoods you'll encounter when you head “over the hill” into the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. While much of entertainment history has taken place in the area, it has undergone a renaissance as of late with a slew of new destination points for daytime hangs, kitschy shopping and eclectic nightlife. Journey through all the cultural offerings North Hollywood has available, as there are a slew of creative mediums being showcased at a variety of venues in the North Hollywood Arts District. A great part about this microcosm of the San Fernando Valley is that it's entirely accessible right now thanks to the Metro Los Angeles. Just take the red line all the way north and you'll end up right in the center of all the action.
Los Angeles is a wonderful place to be if you’re a Japanese food aficionado. There are entire neighborhoods dedicated to cuisine: Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles, Sawtelle Japantown on the Westside, and the suburban Japanese culinary destination in the South Bay.
Sushi Row is a stretch of Ventura Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley that's named from the area's many raw fish specialists. Often overlooked when it comes to the conversation of sushi in Los Angeles, are the restaurants along Ventura outside of Studio City. While the majority of them are heavy on the rolls and cater to a more Westernized crowd, it’s a good choice for happy hour or if you’re planning an epic food crawl. Read on for the best sushi restaurants on Sushi Row and beyond.
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The San Fernando Valley is one of the largest and most historic regions in L.A., with spectacular natural landscapes, vibrant cultural attractions, eclectic shopping and a diverse range of international cuisines. One of the best ways to discover the Valley’s thriving culinary scene is during Restaurant Week. Read on for selected Valley restaurants that are participating, as well as events and hotels that will make your dining experience even more memorable.
Universal Studios Hollywood℠ is more popular than ever, thanks to The Simpsons™, Fast & Furious - Supercharged, and 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.
The North Valley is just as its name implies, the northern part of the San Fernando Valley, and includes neighborhoods stretching from Chatsworth to Tujunga, Van Nuys to Sylmar, Granada Hills to Shadow Hills, and everything in between. Often referred to as the “Deep Valley,” there are some great restaurants, shops, and even places to hike. Check out our list below of some of the best things to do and try in the North Valley of Los Angeles.
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Woodland Hills is an upscale neighborhood located on the edge of the Santa Monica Mountains in the San Fernando Valley of northern Los Angeles. Woodland Hills is bordered by Calabasas, Tarzana, Topanga and is a short hop from the famous beaches of Malibu. It's lush, green and a great place to hike, bike, enjoy nature and update your wardrobe. Whether your interest is shopping or the outdoors, Woodland Hills has activities and attractions that can provide a fun, entertaining experience. On Ventura Boulevard there are lively bars and gastropubs with delicious food and live music, making Woodland Hills a unique, vibrant destination in the Valley.
Even though the San Fernando Valley is known as one of L.A.’s largest regions, there are local neighborhoods that are easily navigated and pedestrian friendly. The historic and upscale neighborhood of Sherman Oaks is one of those areas, especially along Ventura Boulevard, which one can explore on foot. Many of L.A.’s favorite restaurants and stores have Valley locations in Sherman Oaks, which is just “over the hill” from Bel-Air and Beverly Hills. Though it’s nice to come across familiar brands, there are numerous local gems that make Sherman Oaks truly a delight to explore on foot.
Formerly known as Laurelwood, Studio City is located on the north slope of the Santa Monica Mountains. It was part of the Rancho Ex-Mission San Fernando, a Mexican land grant, and named after the area's studio lot, opened by Mack Sennett in 1927. That studio is now known as CBS Studio Center. As a community that was born out of the entertainment industry, Studio City is regarded as the "Jewel of the Valley," attracting actors, musicians, and writers and serving as a hub of the San Fernando Valley and a gateway to the Westside and Hollywood. Read on and discover hidden gems in Studio City that are worth checking out.