The Top 10 Restaurants in Hollywood

Discover the best Hollywood restaurants, from classics to modern

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If you think of Hollywood as a state of mind rather than a specific point on your L.A. map, then you'll want to eat where stars have shown. From celebrity chefs to celebrity diners, famed faces might turn your head while you eat. We can't guarantee that you'll have a celebrity sighting while eating in Hollywood, but at least you can dine like one.

25 Degrees



If you're looking for places that overflow with Hollywood history, then The Hollywood Roosevelt is a must-see destination. From the first Academy Awards to Lindsay Lohan's peak party days, celebrities have flocked here. When making your pilgrimage to The Hollywood Roosevelt, you can get your burger fix at 25 Degrees as you soak in the scene.

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Beauty & Essex



Beauty & Essex is a New York import that made a splash even before it opened in Los Angeles in March 2017. That buzz got bigger after Beyonce was photographed dining there shortly before the birth of her twins. The menu from chef Chris Santos is impossibly hip with items like Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos and a "Jewels on Toast" section that goes far beyond plain avocado toast. Beauty & Essex takes reservations up to 30 days in advance and it's available for special events for parties of 13 or more.

Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant



Fans of food-related television will instantly recognize Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant for chef Curtis Stone. The Australian culinary king has long been a fixture on the small screen with his appearances on chat shows and reality TV competitions - he was even at contestant on the third installment of Celebrity Apprentice - and hosted three seasons of Top Chef Masters. Gwen is a collaboration between Stone and his brother Luke and it's a very personal restaurant, named for their maternal grandmother and reflecting the brothers' early years working in a butcher shop.

Jitlada



A favorite amongst foodies, Jitlada also attracts its share of celebrities in search of quality food inspired by the southern part of Thailand. Ryan Gosling is known to eat here. Aziz Ansari has tweeted about his love of the restaurant and recommends the crispy catfish salad. Even celebrity chefs like Roy Choi and Ludo Lefebvre have stopped in for a bite. The siblings behind the restaurant - Suthiporn "Tui" Sungkamee and Sarintrip "Jazz" Sinsanong - became local celebrities for their beloved restaurant as well. In fact, Sungkamee's passing in October 2017 brought forth an outpouring of condolences from longtime fans of the restaurant.

Loteria Grill - Hollywood



Named for the popular Mexican game of chance, Loteria Grill adorns its walls with oversized versions of the artful playing cards. Helmed by executive chef Jimmy Shaw, Loteria Grill features a mix of Mexican dishes with an emphasis on ivaried regional cuisines. Shaw is a native of Mexico City who launched his career as a restaurateur with a small space at The Original Farmers Market on 3rd Street. Since then, he has opened three other locations, including one in the heart of bustling Hollywood Boulevard. This Loteria has outdoor seating for those who like to people-watch, as well as a full bar.

Musso & Frank Grill



As much of a Hollywood icon as the stars that line the boulevard in front of it, Musso & Frank Grill has been around since the heyday of silent films. Charlie Chaplin was a regular and you can still dine at his usual booth. Musso & Frank has long had a reputation as a haunt for film stars as well as famed writers: Elizabeth Taylor, Raymond Chandler, Gary Cooper and William Faulkner were all known to go here. It's even said that Chandler wrote parts of The Big Sleep at Musso's. This old school steakhouse is the place to go if you want to soak up Hollywood's past. If you're not in the mood for a full meal, though, hit up the bar. They serve mean cocktails too.

Pink's Famous Hot Dogs



Whether you head to Pink's during the day or night, you'll probably find a line. The legendary hot dog stand on La Brea has been around since 1939 and has sold its staple product to generations of ordinary folks and celebrities alike. Famed Pink's customers over the years include Orson Welles, Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart. There's even a hot dog named after Stewart - it's topped with relish, onions, bacon, tomatoes, sauerkraut and sour cream. Other celebrity-inspired eats include the Emeril Lagasse Bam Dog (with jalepeños and bacon) and the mozzarella-topped Giada de Laurentiis Dog.

Pizzeria Mozza



Mario Batali is known across the U.S. for the dedication to Italian food that he's shown both in his restaurants and on television. Nancy Silverton is a hometown hero who rose to fame with her La Brea Bakery. With Pizzeria Mozza, the two James Beard Award-winning chefs combined talents to form an immensely popular pizza spot. If you want the taste of the Batali/Silverton pizza without having to deal with crowds, there's a Mozza2Go option.

Trois Mec & Petit Trois



Tattooed French chef Ludo Lefebvre is a favorite amongst L.A.'s restaurant-following crowd. Trois Mec adds to that fascination with its concept - the five-course tasting menu changes and to enjoy it, you have to make prepaid reservations. The restaurant also hosts events called "2 Chefs," where Chef Ludo joins forces with one of his pals for a six-course menu. Those events also require a prepaid reservation. Meanwhile, Petit Trois offers a set menu and doesn't take reservations, making it a more accessible way to find out what Chef Ludo is doing.

Yamashiro Hollywood



Yamashiro started out life in 1914 not as a restaurant, but as a mansion built by brothers Adolph and Eugene Bernheimer, who collected Asian art. Much of their collection was auctioned off in the 1920s and ultimately the "Mountain Palace" fell into disrepair until it was later revived - first as a bar and then as a restaurant. Yamashiro is massive and it's known for much more than its Asian fusion cuisine. Various spaces on the grounds had been used as apartments that were once the homes of noted actors, including the late, great comedy star Richard Pryor. The Japanese-influenced architecture also led to Yamashiro serving as a location in films and TV shows. Today, Yamashiro is perhaps best known for its hillside view, but the Hollywood lore is plentiful.