West Hollywood’s diversity doesn’t just stop at the people and art but extends to the cuisine as well. Visit any of these locations below for a dining experience you’ll never forget.
Get a taste of the New England coast at Connie and Ted’s
This is one of Los Angeles’s most renowned seafood restaurants. The restaurant is a historical token conceived by two individuals, Connie and Ted, who immigrated to the U.S. from England, eventually settling in Rhode Island.
Connie and Ted’s love extended to the sport of fishing. They passed this passion onto their children, and it continues to live in the restaurant to this day.
Here, you’ll enjoy “simply prepared” dishes featuring shellfish like lobsters, crabs, and even live sea urchins from the coast of Santa Barbara. Many types of fish (served cooked and raw), calamari, and shrimp are available as well.
All dishes are prepared in the authentic New England style, as Connie and Ted made them years ago.
Try out some yummy cocktails at Employees Only
Employees Only is recognized as one of the best dining spots in town, primarily because of its cocktail menu and atmosphere.
The interior is designed to mimic large metropolitan spaces in the ’70s, providing a culturally sentimental, lively theme.
New York City also serves as the inspiration for the restaurant’s look, so look for homage to the East Coast in the interior design, menu options, and other aspects as you dine.
Recent updates to the menu welcomed an impressive selection of wood-fired pizzas, a gourmet burger, and snacks full of fresh vegetables.
Of course, you can’t miss out on their delicious cocktails like the “Old Monty” (primarily bourbon and vermouth), “sweet and savory” options such as the “Ready, Fire, Aim!” (Mezcal and Hellfire bitters, among other things), and the wonderfully fruity rum beverage, “Tropic City.”
Explore the tastes of Thailand at Night + Market
As an enthusiastic foodie, you’ll inevitably get tired of American cuisine now and then. To liven up the palate a bit, you’ll need to dine somewhere that serves dishes rooted in cultures from across the pond. Night + Market is perfect for the job.
Regarded as one of the best (if not the best) Thai restaurants in West Hollywood, Night + Market is owned and headed by chef Kris Yenbamroong.
(It’s no surprise that Yenbamroong is the son of Talesai’s owners, who were among the first to introduce Thai food to the Los Angeles area.)
Here, you’ll get a genuine taste of Thailand, as if you were strolling through a local Bangkok night market. While you’re there (or ordering take-out), make sure you get a taste of the moo sadoong, a spicy pork dish that’ll knock your socks off.
Let Rosaliné introduce you to Peruvian cuisine
A rather unusual addition to the lineup thus far is Rosaliné, a dinner portal into Peruvian culture. Many restaurants in Los Angeles capitalize on European, Asian, and Mexican cuisine; it’s rather uncommon to find “exotic” eateries that cater to a different palate.
This is why Rosaliné is such a refreshing bonus to the West Hollywood dining scene. Here, you can chow down on dishes like chaufa paella with sausage and prawns, scallops so fresh you can still taste the saltwater, ceviche, and steak.
There are vegan options as well, such as the aceitunas (Peruvian olives, eggplant puree, cancha corn, and turmeric flatbread).
Learn what sushi dining truly is at Sushi Park
Are you getting bored of the whitewashed sushi that fills so many sushi spots in Los Angeles nowadays? If you’ve got a taste for fresh fish in its purest form, Sushi Park is the dining space for you.
The chefs here vow never to serve their patrons the “trendy” sushi dishes that so many Westerners have gotten used to. In the restaurant, they, in a sense, prohibit all of the following:
- Trendy sushi (they mention California rolls and spicy tuna rolls by name)
It’s a humorous way of committing to sushi in its truest form, as the chefs want nothing but the best for all they serve. Make sure to come with an empty belly, though. You’ll get a multiple-course meal full of sushi, sashimi, and accompanying plates to satisfy the palate.
Experience an innovative take on traditional Mexican food at Gracias Madre
Gracias Madre offers a modern spin on Mexican cuisine with a fully plant-based, organic menu that invites diners of all dietary backgrounds to enjoy their meals.
Executive chef, Mario Alberto, demonstrates his eclectic inspiration in every dish, which he recalls from his travels through Latin America, the Amazon, and Europe.
His style is influenced by the minimalist Japanese food preparation methods, leading him to create aesthetically pleasing and tasty dishes.
Alan Sanz, also Gracias Madre’s executive chef, draws his inspiration from his culinary education in Chile, Spain, France, and Argentina. Sanz blends traditional flavors with cutting-edge innovation, and both of them make sure to source only the freshest ingredients.
When you visit, try the flavorful mushroom chicharrón wrap, the wet burrito with jackfruit “carnitas,” or the potato pimiento flauta — you won’t regret it!
Reserve your dinner date in West Hollywood
You deserve an unforgettable dining experience. Visit any of these top-rated dinner spots or search for your next favorite West Hollywood dining space and get ready to take your palate on a flavorful journey like no other.