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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Downtown / South and East LA

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Downtown / South and East LA? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Bar Jackalope restaurant
5.0
5 (124)
$31 to $50
Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
Downtown
About the restaurant
Bar Jackalope is Seven Grand’s hidden whiskey lounge, where we offer comparative whiskey flights prepared and presented by our house whiskey curators. With a comfortable, candlelit indoor space filled with jazz music, along with an exclusive patio for cigar enjoyment, we offer a relaxing oasis from the hustle, bustle and noise of downtown Los Angeles. To preserve the soothing, intimate ambiance, Bar Jackalope has tables that can accommodate groups of up to 6, with the rest of the tables having a maximum capacity of 2 or 4. We do have a time limit on tables oo 2 hours. We do not do split parties, and discourage guests from making more than one reservation to try and have parties bigger than 6. If you want to reserve a table for more than 6 please email info@barjackalope.com for more information.

If you are looking for a special, comfortable place to unwind, celebrate, or simply relax with delicious whiskey, we invite you to make a reservation with us! Hope to see you soon.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
OPENTABLE requires a food rating but please note that Although there is no food served here EVERYTHING else was simply OUTSTANDING! Here on business for work & tried this place. My husband & I attended last night & we loved it! If you love Bourbon & cigars with a nice atmosphere/ambiance, music playing on vinyl this is the place for you! We will return when we’re in town again & will definitely recommend it to friends!
A photo of TENSHO restaurant
4.9
4.9 (60)
$50 and over
Shabu-shabu
Little Tokyo
About the restaurant
Even if seats are full, we may still have availability. Also, special requests or inquiries would be welcome. Please do not hesitate to reach us by phone (213-617-1016).

5.3.2022 Tue
NEW OPEN in Little Tokyo
[TENSHO]

Right in the heart of Little Tokyo, “Kagaya” has established itself a top tier shabu shabu restaurant. Now, the torches have been handed to a new head chef and owner, the next generation to carry the torches of tradition and exquisite flavor, with the new name of TENSHO.

Trained in traditional Japanese cookery, this 23 year veteran chef is on his way to introducing a new wave of Japanese delicacies to the States. As close as you can get to Japan itself, this chef brings his revisioned menu, with patron favorites, and extensive sake list. The desert and a la carte menu is designed by their French trained chef. 

The wagyu beef is of A5 rank.  The seafood, carefully selected to be of highest quality. Food that is not only delicious but also good for the health. 
Top review
MrMMvip
Dined 6 days ago
One of the best shabu shabu serving restaurants in Los Angeles
A photo of PROPAGANDA restaurant
4.9
4.9 (51)
$30 and under
Italian
Arts District
About the restaurant
Propaganda focuses on organic, biodynamic, Italian natural wines, aperitivi cocktails, Italian style Tapas and the authentic Pizza (Pinsa) Romana.
Aperitivo Happy Hour everyday till 6pm and till 5pm on Sunday
Top review
CarL
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
This is my favorite happy hour spot! The food is delicious and the happy hour menu is reasonable priced for such a beautiful restaurant!
A photo of Genwa Korean BBQ DTLA restaurant
4.9
4.9 (23)
$31 to $50
Korean
Downtown
About the restaurant
Enjoy a delicious meal with friends or family at Genwa Korean BBQ DTLA located at the heart of downtown Los Angeles. It boasts an contemporary decor and a casual atmosphere, offering high-quality meats and other authentic Korean dishes. Genwa dtla is renowned for its extensive variety of "banchan" Korean side dishes, setting it apart from other Korean BBQ establishments. Notably, Genwa features state-of-the-art smokeless grills, ensuring you won't smell like you've been to a campfire. Guests can choose from seafood, beef, pork and veggies to cook at their table on a smokeless grill. Genwa also has appetizers, desserts and dumplings, as well as noodle, vegetarian and rice dishes. It even provides entrées that are cooked in the kitchen. Earning top spot on LA Weekly's 10 Best Korean BBQ Restaurants in Los Angeles in 2012, Genwa continues to impress. It offers a full bar serving numerous drinks and cocktails. The restaurant accepts reservations and offers take-out services to guests.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Amazing service and delicious food. Excellent value
A photo of L’APPART restaurant
4.9
4.9 (195)
$30 and under
Contemporary French
Downtown
About the restaurant
L'APPART by AIR FOOD is above all two passionate visionaries, Marc and Thierry. They have come from two completely different paths.
One was a contractor in logistics the other a chef in London and Paris.
What they both have in common besides the love of good food is the love of street culture. Years ago they met in Paris during a regular sale of shoes at the Place de la République…
From this meeting, the pair launched into a collaboration of sharing their passion for food. They started with pop-up restaurants with the aim of offering gastronomic street food to all, from a range of mixed recipes from different cultures and from gastronomic food to street food. Then, they had a brainwave…. Resulting in to transforming their Pop-ups into a real restaurant in downtown LA. From PARIS to LA come and travel with us.
;-)
Top review
maardvark
Dined 2 days ago
wished for great traditional french food ..good but not great. also resent 35% cost above menu prices with their 5% 'surcharge' for no value, plus tax and tip. Each dish lacked something: confit duck soggy skin, baguette old, mussels bland sauce, ..
A photo of Kato restaurant
4.8
4.8 (249)
$50 and over
Chinese (Taiwan)
Downtown
About the restaurant
Kato serves seafood-focused tasting menus influenced by Taiwan and Asian American nostalgia.

Tasting Menu (Dining Room) │ $275
The dining room tasting menu focuses on seasonality and innovation.

Bar Tasting Menu │ $170
The bar tasting menu is a slightly abbreviated collection of classic Kato dishes.

An 18% fair wage and operational fee has been added to your bill. It goes to provide elevated, comprehensive benefits, as well as consistent, livable wages for all staff. Though many of our guests choose to leave gratuity for exemplary service, it is neither necessary nor expected, though it is greatly appreciated. This gratuity will be shared by all hourly staff.
Top review
urbangrid
Dined 3 days ago
I took my husband and our dear friend for a belated father's day dinner. The restaurant called ahead of time to check on any allergies as well as if the dinner was for any special occasions. When we arrived, there was a hand-written card for a belated happy father's day, and it was a very warm & elegant gesture. The food and service were both excellent and we had a lovely evening together!
A photo of Poppy + Rose restaurant
4.7
4.7 (646)
$30 and under
American
Flower District
About the restaurant
Poppy + Rose is known for our buttermilk fried chicken & waffles, pulled pork hash, mimosas, rose mojito and more! Come visit us at the historic SoCal Flower Market 7 days a week from 9AM-3PM.

Poppy+Rose's Rooftop Patio is currently closed; all groups will be seated in our indoor dining room located at 765 Wall Street.

Poppy+Rose welcomes walk-ins 7 days a week. For groups up to 8, reservations can be made Mon-Thurs via Open Table. We do not take reservations on Friday or Saturday for groups under 9.

For groups of 9+ we offer large party pricing and reservations 7 days a week for our dining room only. While a reservation for a large group is not necessary, the pricing for large parties will still apply to all walk-in parties of 9+. For large party reservations and buyout pricing please email gm@poppyandrose.com.

Top review
blakedinner
Dined 5 days ago
Such a fun spot in the flower market district. Our server was energetic and fun. The food was so good.
A photo of The Capital Grille - Los Angeles restaurant
4.9
4.9 (516)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Great experience. I was running late (it was my birthday) called to let them know and they accommodated me being the last guest. They still pulled out all the stops. Service and food were great!
A photo of Bacari Adams restaurant
4.8
4.8 (610)
$31 to $50
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Bacari W. Adams is a Venetian-inspired small plates restaurant featuring Mediterranean-influenced dishes by Chef Lior Hillel. We are the original restaurant of Kronfli Brothers, a family-owned, growing group of restaurants in the Los Angeles area. Offering a rotating curation of small-production wines and eclectic beers from around the world, we are also known for our one-of-a-kind 90-minute open bar special.

Our team provides warm hospitality in our comfortable, intimate dining room marked plaster walls and vintage light fixtures.

We welcome but do not require reservations — we love to accommodate walk-ins and large parties, even on busy nights. Bacari W. Adams is the go-to spot for our neighbors, and we look forward to hosting you soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
Everything was awesome! The food was tasty and the service was impeccable. We love all Bacari restaurants and couldn’t recommend enough.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ - Downtown Los Angeles | CA restaurant
4.9
4.9 (133)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Little Tokyo
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Better service than the Beverly Hills location. Food was good. Staff was great.
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