24 Best West Hollywood Restaurants for Date Night Dinners & More – Time Out

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From glitzy hotel eateries to cozy Thai breakfast, these West Hollywood area restaurants offer the city's best combinations of food and ambience.
In West Hollywood, restaurants are typically better known for celebrity sightings and outrageous menu prices than truly amazing food, and upscale nightlife-oriented eateries are a dime a dozen within the tiny city.

After all, WeHo has Boystown—the largest queer nightlife corridor across all of Los Angeles—and newer influencer favorites like Saddle Ranch and BOA Steakhouse, where the party doesn’t stop even if the food is terrible. For hardcore fans of
Vanderpump Rules, SUR, PUMP and TomTom are all within city limits, the restaurants featured in the E! show and its subsequent spin-offs. The area also boasts L.A.’s most centrally located Norm’s, a regional 24-hour diner stalwart housed in one of the finest examples of Southern California’s Googie architecture.
It’s also worth noting international sushi chain Nobu and over-the-top Miami export Barton G call the neighborhood home as well, while icons like Craig’s and Cecconi’s (whose reputations surpass their culinary chops) cater to Hollywood power brokers, stars both wannabe and actual and the wayward tourists and paparazzi who trail in their wake. Even more people who prefer to be seen (and drink, rather than eat their calories) flock toward the Tower Bar—a West Hollywood institution with five-star service, old Hollywood style and the blandest salmon poké bowl this side of the Mississippi.  

In short, West Hollywood is a little bit of a clusterfuck, and while this makes parking terrible, especially on weekends, this dense locale is also home to a few celebrity nightlife hotspots actually worth trying, red-sauce Italian joints for days and a slew of restaurants perfect for date night and boozy brunch. For the best West Hollywood restaurants with both great ambience and food, read on for our carefully curated guide—which intentionally excludes all of the places name-checked above.
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Equal parts celebrity hotspot and exceptional fine dining destination, this ultra-stylish Sunset Strip hotel eatery offers flawless “vegetable-forward” cuisine and an air of sweeping, expensive romance that’ll make you forget all about the fact you’ll have to pay $18 for the EDITION’s valet parking, if not more. Here, hosts in slinky white dresses and kitten-heeled boots will usher you to the plant-filled, warm-hued dining room—and the overall effect is  downright cinematic. Every dish that arrives dazzles here, from the must-order milk bread topped with caramelized beefsteak tomatoes to the skirt steak, which comes with garlic confit and an exquisite red salt. Larger groups can splurge on the eye-poppingly expensive gooseberry phyllo pizza drizzled with aged balsamic dinner; the tableside preparation and final product make it well worth the price. (For our full review, click the link below.)
At this point, Edomae-style sushi isn’t particularly hard to come by, but you’d be hard-pressed to find it at the same level of renown as this La Cienega Boulevard sushi bar named for (and originating from) the most exclusive neighborhood in Tokyo. Located next to the popular combination restaurant-nightlife spot E.P. & L.P., you’ll feel worlds away from the drunken scene just outside the serene dining room. The nigiri-forward omakase climbs past 20 courses, each bite focused on incredibly high-quality fish that’s been brushed with soy, lightly tempura-battered or served in a pool of ponzu. Of course, all this raw fish mastery doesn’t come cheap: An omakase here will set you back $400—a splurge worth making for some of the finest sushi in L.A.
While Suzanne Goin and Caroline Stynes’s iconic eatery is technically just outside WeHo city limits in Beverly Grove, this 20-plus year old L.A. institution should still be on your radar the next time you’re looking to dine around West Hollywood. Known for Mediterranean-inspired small plates and an excellent wine list, this seasonally-driven eatery still dazzles with its beautiful patio and fireside booths for date nights and signature dishes like bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with parmesan and Spanish fried chicken with farm-fresh romesco. Goin, the culinary half of the duo, also rotates in newer dishes to keep the menu fresh for long-time regulars, but you can’t go wrong with the family-style roasted chicken—an ode to San Francisco’s Zuni Café, a farm-to-table spot that helped establish what is now called Californian cuisine.
While nobody goes to Dan Tana’s for the food alone, this Santa Monica Boulevard stalwart offers the kind of delicious red-sauce Italian fare that’ll transport you back in time, all in an Old Hollywood atmosphere that’ll make you want to knock back a couple of martinis and stay awhile. Seasoned staff members, most of whom have worked at Dan Tana’s for decades, serve patrons in old-school red waiter’s jackets, and the throwback spot is still favored by today’s Hollywood power set, not to mention a cast of locals, who mostly hit the walk-in bar for meals of veal cutlet a la George Clooney and Sinatra’s steak and peppers. While snagging a table here is tough, we couldn’t recommend Dan Tana’s chicken parm more—so pray for an open seat at the bar, or just call ahead for (limited) reservations.
Catch LA is a definite place to see and be seen, but the restaurant’s pricey, globally inspired menu of seafood, sushi and show-stopping desserts delivers a consistent, crowd-pleasing experience that hits the mark every single time. The West Coast outpost of NYC’s Catch, the Melrose rooftop destination features breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills and an open-air retractable ceiling that makes the restaurant a little cozier on colder nights. The floral-lined entryway might be among the most Instagrammed spots in West Hollywood, but that’s all part of the fun at Catch LA, whose glitzy ambience, crowd-pleasing fusion cuisine and excellent service combine for a nightlife-oriented dinner where every diner feels like a star.
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Right in the thick of it all, this drop-dead gorgeous eatery offers globally inspired Spanish cuisine, delicious craft cocktails and the stylish nightlife-adjacent ambience people tend to want while dining out in West Hollywood. Mood lighting, breezy open-air seating and the restaurant’s literal name make Soulmate perfect for date night, but must-order dishes like the seafood paella and fluffy Basque cheesecake have kept all manner of diners coming back for more. Plus, the smaller tapas-style starters are perfect for snacking at bar before a night out on the town, while the weekend brunch menu works perfectly for your next special occasion daytime gathering.
For the last two decades, Suzanne Tracht’s Beverly Grove eatery has served a lightly Asian-inspired steakhouse menu that has kept neighborhood locals hooked thanks to the delicious char siu pork chop (once featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate) and the melt-in-your mouth signature pot roast. The modern chophouse’s elegant dining room has made several notable on-screen appearances, including in La La Land, and for good reason: with a well-made cocktail in hand and delicious food in front of you, the dim-lit space feels downright cinematic. A new sidewalk patio with string lights provides an airier atmosphere, and walk-ins are welcome at the bar, where longtime patrons regularly stop in for a drink and a butterscotch pudding that rivals the one offered by Pizzeria Mozza’s Nancy Silverton—Tracht’s former boss.
This fully vegan Mexican eatery on Melrose is home to one of our favorite patios in all of L.A. County, and the food’s half-decent as well. Despite the glittering neighborhood and even more scene-y weekend clientele, Gracias Madre’s beautiful patio manages to create a lively atmosphere that’s welcoming to all—a feat you can chalk up to the courtyard’s 80-year-old olive trees, colorful umbrellas in the afternoon and a fireplace and heat lamps on cooler winter evenings. To start, dip into a bowl of guacamole paired with one of the bar’s phenomenal cocktails, and order one of our favorite entrées from Gracias Madre: the potato pimiento flautas.
Just for you! After closing what everyone thought would be for good in 2018, this beloved Route 66 burger stand has reopened, hopefully for good (with longtime proprietor Sonia Hong and her signature paper plate doodles in tow). Now with an expanded, lightly spruced up menu, this West Hollywood classic offers the same high-quality burgers, fries and shakes, plus a few newer items like pastrami and birthday cookies topped with rainbow sprinkles. Whether you’re a new or old fan of Irv’s, this fast food icon is definitely worth making a pit stop for one of the few casual, everyday meals in WeHo worth going out of your way for.
Among its many other claims to fame, WeHo-adjacent Melrose Avenue is home to Tal Ronnen’s Crossroads, one of the best vegan fine dining experiences in the country. The warmly lit formal dining room serves a seasonally driven tasting menu full of high-quality produce and playful imitations of traditional meat, eggs and dairy. For a less spendy, extravagant meal, you can also opt for the restaurant’s à la carte menu full of signature dishes, including the spaghetti carbonara with tomato “yolk.” Upscale comfort dishes like “chicken” and waffles and a plant-based take on Georgian khachapuri provide equally compelling options at brunch, when sunlight graces over the red banquette booth closest to the windows—the best seats in the house, in our humble opinion.
The pancake-oriented offshoot of nearby Salt’s Cure, this is our favorite place in WeHo to grab a no-fuss brunch or breakfast. The counter-service eatery—which also has locations in Santa Monica and NYC’s West Village—also offers a killer breakfast sandwich, avocado toast topped with walnut romesco and a couple of sides of molasses-cured pork shoulder, but that’s about it. The focus here, really, is their griddle cakes, and you’ll understand it once you try the product: Salty, sweet, doughy and with a crispy exterior, they give any other stack of pancakes in L.A. a run for the money.
Who doesn’t love a hot dog-shaped hot dog stand? As fun to visit as it is to say aloud, this iconic roadside stand next to the Shake Shack offers all manner of hot dogs delivered in charming pup-shaped paper boats, including vegan options, burgers and a puppy-shaped hot dog for children of any age. While several timeless options exist on the menu, you can also build your own bun loaded with your choice of toppings; the choice is yours. The stand’s sprawling indoor-outdoor seating area, plus alcohol and soft serve make this revamped version of Tail o’ the Pup a must-visit for anyone looking for an affordable and fun meal in the area, not just L.A. history and architecture buffs.

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Overflowing with tiny pepperoni cups, the legendary squares sold by the slice at this New York City export drip with melted cheese, mouthwatering red sauce and a certain je ne sais quoi we have yet to completely identify. Try the Spicy Vodka for an unforgettable pasta-pizza mash-up—and while the thick-cut square slices are the reason to pay this Sunset Strip pizza shop a visit, the New York-style triangles are also just as good as any you’ll find in Manhattan. Note: For whole pies, you can order ahead and pick up, and Prince Street even offers local delivery.
From the same hospitality group behind E.P & L.P. comes Strings of Life, a sunny, ultra-bright Aussie-inspired café known for excellent flat whites, sausage rolls and an impressive all-day menu that pops with color and produce. Think everything-bagel-inspired potato cakes with smoked salmon; grilled corn and pea fritters; chutney-tinged breakfast burritos; and, of course, a full range of espresso and wellness drinks, including a date-sweetened mushroom “chagaccino.” For those who prefer a simpler cup of joe, the house blend’s spot-on, too. For those who love to people-watch, the outdoor seating in an alleyway just off Melrose Avenue is one of our favorite spots in West Hollywood to sit a spell and take in the scene full of athleisure-clad locals “doing” lunch and taking the perfect Instagram shot.

With its long-running, all-caps set of rules detailing the likes of “NO CALIFORNIA ROLL, NO SPICY TUNA ROLL, NO TERIYAKI,” this West Hollywood strip mall spot is the beloved curmudgeon of the L.A. sushi scene. Head here for a classic, eye-poppingly expensive no-frills omakase meal that tops out around $200 or more per person. In return, you’ll receive several courses of nigiri, sashimi and small plates you’ll still be thinking about weeks later—plus the bragging rights to having dined at one of the city’s greats.
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With locations in Silver Lake, Venice and Las Vegas, Kris Yenbamroong’s nationally renowned new-school Thai joint might be a mini-empire today, but the West Hollywood original still serves a unique and flavorful menu like no other Thai spot in town. Inspired equally by the street foods of Bangkok’s night markets (hence the name) and the pork-centric cuisine of northern Thailand, Night + Market offers a rotating menu that practically begs for a glass of natural wine or ice-cold beer; every drinking-oriented dish goes all gas, no brakes on salt, spice and umami flavors, including the signature “party wings” and signature fried chicken sandwich.
Whether you’re in Brentwood, West Hollywood or Sherman Oaks, this neo-Neapolitan pizzeria delivers consistently excellent wood-fired pies, antipasti and salads that will transport you to Italy, the birthplace of head chef Daniele Uditi. Here, the longtime pizzaiolo uses family recipes Uditi’s inherited, and dough is made using a decades-old starter that’s been in his family for generations. Plus, the Robertson Boulevard location’s narrow but long patio serves as the perfect casual hideaway for lunch or dinner in the area. Our tip? Keep your eye on their Instagram for any seasonal specials and one-offs.

In search of a delicious, spendy meal in West Hollywood with a lively atmosphere to score major cool points? Rosaliné fits the bill. Founded by prolific local chef Ricardo Zarate, this tiny Peruvian-ish restaurant on Melrose serves family-style skillets of chaufa peppered with Italian pancetta, Chinese lap cheong sausage, Filipino bagoong (shrimp paste) and local prawns, plus vibrant ceviches that shimmer with citrus, chili and other seasonings. The hanging plants in the dining room give the intimate space an almost tropical feel, and the cocktails here are superb—making this spot one of the most underrated date night and special occasion eateries in the area.
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On the far end of West Hollywood, June Intrachat’s modern Thai restaurant quietly serves one of the only Thai breakfast offerings in town and an affordable, simple evening menu of traditional dishes and more creative riffs, like calamari dusted with matcha powder and served with a side of creamy sriracha sauce. Highlights of the all-day breakfast and lunch menu includes khao kai jiew (Thai ground chicken omelet) rice bowl and the “It’s a Joke,” Intrachat’s signature rice porridge. For a Thai take on your average breakfast skillet, order the kai-kata—a delicious savory blend of fried eggs, lap cheong sausage and ground chicken topped with green onions and served with a side of sliced baguette.

Part of the post-2020 wave of Detroit-style operations that have overtaken the city’s pizza scene, this West Hollywood pop-up inside Phorage offers golden, crispy rectangular pan pizzas that L.A. transplants from Motor City just might recognize as the real deal. Chef Ryan Ososky, who hails from Detroit, offers both classic pies toppings and more unique options, like the all-white “Haole” Aka Not Hawaiian (bacon jam, charred pineapple and pickled jalapeños) and the over-the-top Resolution (shaved A5 Wagyu, pickled red onions, truffle, and scallions). Note: The pop-up shop is located inside the Trader Joe’s shopping complex.
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There are all-around best brunch spots, and there are Instagram brunch spots; this Sunset Strip eatery falls in the former category, with an airy indoor-outdoor dining room and patio and eye-catching “brunch creations” like a hand-painted colorburst latte and a multi-colored mimosa flight. Lined with olive trees, the patio feels almost storybook, even though BBCM (as the restaurant calls itself for short) sits on one of the busiest stretches in West Hollywood. While not exactly creative, most brunch dishes at this daytime eatery are freshly made and delicious—the kind of food that plays well for both a special occasion brunch or a simple morning breakfast the next time you’re in the neighborhood.
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Michael Cimarusti’s New England seafood spot might no longer be the hottest reservation in town, but this upscale-casual restaurant still offers the same delicious, sustainably sourced seafood as when the chef—of Michelin-starred Providence fame—first opened the place in 2012. Order a pricey seafood tower from the raw bar and watch the action on Connie and Ted’s spacious patio overlooking Santa Monica Boulevard, then double-fist the lobster and clam rolls, which come served on a griddled top-split bun. They do other classics well too, like fish and chips, plus a decent burger and a market price grilled catch of the day served with your choice of herb crust or herb oil.
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