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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Los Angeles

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Los Angeles? 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 SUSHI MIYAGI restaurant
5.0
5 (148)
$50 and over
Sushi
Brentwood
About the restaurant
We will open on Father's Day!! Only Omakase set menu. *A reservation for 5-7 people will automatically become a private due to the size of our restaurant. It is recommended for groups who would like to avoid contacts with other customers. *Bringing your own Sake in is prohibited. *Please arrive on time. If a guest is late, the chef will not be able to make up the courses that have already been served. *No fragrances, please. -To-Go/pre-order only. Please order before 3pm and Pick-up time will be 5:30~5:45pm **Any cancellations and modifications for Omakase"Date"must be received 72 hours prior to the time of the reservation (Premium "Miyagi" & group of over 5 people: 6 days prior to the day) or a cancellation fee will be applied. **Cancellation within 24 hours or No-show, we will charge the whole Omakase price. *Cancellation before 24 hours of reservation: Fee (per person) will be "Miyagi"-$200, "Date"-$150 Lunch-$80. The total number of members of the original booking must be present.
Top review
MikaRvip
Dined on May 4, 2024
Went for the weekend lunch. The food was amazing - really enjoyed it.
A photo of Brunello Trattoria restaurant
4.9
4.9 (826)
$30 and under
Italian
Culver City
About the restaurant
The married team of Cinzia and Bruno Morra came to the United States in 1985 with the intention to share their culture with Los Angeles. Today,the family opened up Brunello Trattoria and expands their empire to the eastern edge of Culver City to turn out solid southern Italian food. Cinzia, the chef, manages the kitchen and prepares fresh pasta sauces that are made to order and Bruno and son, Daniele run the dining room. Pictures of Naples give the restaurant a traditional feel, while the central bar offers a social dining option. Come in and join us for lunch or dinner to meet the family and experience real homemade Italian food!
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BHfoodlover
Dined 5 days ago
Family owned, delicious food!! Enjoyed the Caesar salad, fettuccine bolognese!
A photo of Pastina Trattoria restaurant
4.9
4.9 (530)
$30 and under
Italian
West Los Angeles
About the restaurant
Casually elegant, Pastina is home to some of the best Italian cooking in town inspired by the freshest ingredients, cooked simply and prepared beautifully with excellent service and a warm comfortable atmosphere. Many of the clientele are on the first name basis with host Franco Catullo who supplies ample amount of Italian charm to go along with delicate antipasti, splendid pastas, fresh fish, hefty veal chops and fabulous desserts flown in from Italy. Pastina strikes a perfect balance between favorite dishes of the moment and trusty standbys with waiters that have the Italian enthusiasm for seeing diners happy.
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CatzEyes
Dined on May 17, 2024
Delightful find on Westwood Blvd, a few blocks north of West Pico Blvd but with quiet residential streets either side -- which makes this a real neighborhood place, as I noticed staff and manager chatting with regulars. I had a delicious dish of sand dabs (very Californian small fishes, a bit like sole). The helpful and friendly waiter said I could substitute a simple spaghetti with olive oil and garlic for the potatoes, and sauteed spinach for the roasted veg, and leave out the capers in the lemon-butter sauce... A customized dish that suited the mild spring evening perfectly. The house Chardonnay was perfect accompaniment. If I lived in LA, I'd make myself a regular, too!
A photo of The Auld Fella restaurant
4.9
4.9 (31)
$31 to $50
Irish
Culver City
About the restaurant
We're an Irish joint in the heart of Culver City. Since taking residence in fall 2019 we have become the standard bearer for legendary Irish hospitality and friendly service in Los Angeles. We've re-imagined the Irish pub experience for today. While tipping a respectful cap to those that have gone before us, we've created an authenticity loved place that is enjoyed by everyone. We are very proud of our team who operates as a loving family to provide our guests with the best possible experience every time.

A home from home but with better food, booze and craic.

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Mary
Dined on May 12, 2024
Lucky to get a reservation for Mother’s Day brunch. Service was great. Disappointed that the chicken from kids menu was too spicy. Most kids don’t eat spicy. Roast and waffle were over cooked and lobster roll was sent back as I didn’t smell fresh. Shepherds pie was good. Overall ok. Unlikely we’ll return.
A photo of Mauro Cafe restaurant
4.9
4.9 (140)
$31 to $50
Italian
Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
About the restaurant
Since 1992, Mauro Cafe has been a local establishment and Los Angeles destination in the heart of West Hollywood. Enjoy California Italian dishes all day in an extended outdoor seating area with music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and during Saturday and Sunday brunch. There is ample free parking as you shop Ron Herman and the neighborhood.
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rinnivip
Dined 2 days ago
The food and service never disappoints. One of our favorite restaurants.
A photo of Divino - Brentwood restaurant
4.8
4.8 (847)
$31 to $50
Italian
Brentwood
About the restaurant
Soft-green walls, black-and-white photos and high ceilings illuminate the affluent crowd for lunch and dinner.
The intimate family setting combined with the professional service just add to the fact that DIVINO is a little culinary diamond in the rough.

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LADiner
Dined on May 21, 2024
Fantastic meal, very wonderful ambiance. Love the charm of this neighborhood gem with its most welcoming owners and servers! Awesome must visit!
A photo of Le Gourmet French Cuisine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (277)
$30 and under
French
Upland
About the restaurant
Le Gourmet French Cuisine is a classic French restaurant tucked away in the hills of Upland. Please join us for lunch, dinner, or special events. Le Gourmet is a cozy space with an an open kitchen.
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mcmdkdd
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great food . We had chicken cordon blu, steak and frites, chicken piccata . All were excellent prepared and super delicious..  Juan and his service team are the best ever
A photo of BISTRO 13 restaurant
4.8
4.8 (182)
$30 and under
Italian
Camarillo
About the restaurant
is a family - run restaurant in camarillo we are proud to serve exquisite and authentic italian cuisine to the area. The combination of our amazing pastas along with our casual atmosphere allow us to welcome many regulars from the camarillo area.
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JHmom4
Dined on Mar 31, 2024
Had a great dinner. Food was terrific and service was outstanding. Always a favorite.
A photo of Malbec Market restaurant
4.8
4.8 (133)
$30 and under
Argentinean
Eagle Rock
About the restaurant
Malbec Market is the little sister of Malbec Argentinean Cuisine. Providing the enticing flavors of Argentine and Italian Foods in a casual environment. Whether you order the meat dishes or one of our vegetarian dishes, you are sure to find something that you will enjoy.
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elik
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
First time at this inviting, cozy spot. Loved the food & the entire staff was wonderful! Especially the pulpo/octopus! Definitely will be returning!
A photo of Brew Kitchen Ale House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (21)
$30 and under
Comfort Food
Los Alamitos / Cypress
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
The very best food in the area. Everything is cooked fresh on site and the owner is there every night to ensure food quality and service. Everything here is amazing...the wings with dry rub, the fajitas, the burgers..everything...also..great bar with many options for old fashions, mules and other craft cocktails...to top it off...one of the few places in the area that has an extensive variety of small brewery beers on tap...and...always has Russian River beers! This is the place to go!
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