Eating Out

If it can be eaten, it can be found in Los Angeles. Each borough brings its own unique culinary take to the table. Whether you’re searching for kosher cuisine in the Fairfax District, sushi in Little Tokyo, or Mexican food in Echo Park, the perfect dish is right around the corner. You can find something to suit any appetite or budget, from a $3 meal off a taco truck to a $100 plus multi-course meal at a fine dining restaurant.

While the average meal will cost between $8 and $25, it’s good to remember that alcoholic drinks can often dramatically increase the bill, and that lunch is usually cheaper than dinner. Restaurant hours vary, but generally speaking they are 11:00 to 15:00 for lunch and 18:00 to 22:00 for dinner (sometimes later at weekends). Cafes are typically open from 08:00 to 23:00.

Friday and Saturday nights are the busiest times, so it’s good to make reservations whenever possible. Note that many restaurants are closed on Sundays and/or Mondays. Late-night dining in LA can sometimes be a challenge. After 23:00 you may have to find a 24 hour joint – but fear not, there are many. LA Weekly ( is a wonderful resource for restaurant listings and reviews. When choosing a place to dine, always note the restaurant rating posted in the window (A, B or C) and try to stick to As and Bs.

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