Casual but nice mexican food and margaritas. Located cross from the welcome party location, Cliff’s Edge.
French restaurant and bar with a nice ambiance for dinner. The bar that gets pretty crowded on weekend nights so enter through the side door if you want to avoid pushing your way through a crowd. See reviews
All-day middle eastern restaurant. One of our favorites. See review
All-day American / Mediterranean restaurant with a nice outdoor space. See review
Night + Market Song
Good Thai food in a casual, lively restaurant. We always write our name down then go across the street to Hachi LA for a beer while we wait for our table.
Great place for a nice dinner, although they also have a good brunch. Echo Park is minutes away from Silver Lake, where Cliff’s Edge is located. See Review
Mediterranean vegetarian staple. See Review
Italian food that is worth the advanced reservation. Good for dinner. See review
The Restaurant at the NoMad
Lunch and dinner. Their rooftop is very beautiful for food or drinks. See review
Grand Central Market
Good for lunch with large groups. Various restaurants and nice to walk around.
A lot of vegetarian food, but does have a couple meat options for dinner. See review
Dan Sung Sa 단성사
Korean restaurant / bar. Very divey and fun. See review
Also across the street from the welcome party location and has a nice outdoor space. Oysters and such here.
Nice Italian dinner. See review
L&E Oyster Bar
Seafood. Great for dinner. See review
Pine and Crane
A very popular Taiwanese food. Seems to be everyone’s favorite.
Great brunch spot. There is always a line but it moves pretty quickly. All-Time and Botanica are a good alternative if you don’t want to mess with the wait. See review
Mexican BBQ, great for happy hour and dinner with mostly outdoor seating. See review
Good spot for brunch on the patio. See review
Middle Eastern food from the same Chefs who opened Bestia. We’ve been wanting to go. See review
Really good hand roll sushi at a sushi bar. Good for casual lunch or dinner. Although the sushi bar is small they have a very efficient system and line is fast. See review
Latin, Caribbean restaurant. See review
Parks Korean BBQ
An activity and dinner at the same time! There are many other Korean BBQ restaurants with a better ambiance but Parks’ house marinated BBQ is the best. See review
New restaurant on the second floor of the Line Hotel, where the Commissary previously existed. We haven’t been but the space makes it worth a try. See review
Everson Royce Bar
It has a large outdoor patio which is good for large groups. See review
Upstairs bar at the Ace
Lively, often music. See review
The cocktails are great and it is definitely popular on the weekends. One of our old go-tos and worth checking out if it’s not too crowded.
Dark, little wine bar. See review
Cute wine bar, a neighborhood classic, owned by a fellow Oklahoman.
Swanky bar on the 73 floor of the US Bank tower. Highest bar in the western hemisphere.
The Normandie Club
Below the Normandie Hotel. Nice bar with a speakeasy in the back. See review
Big red booths and fried chicken. Divey, landmark restaurant / bar. See review
Dancing and crowded but can be fun.
Dover St. Market
Something in between shopping and an art gallery.
A Current Affair
This is one of the best places to find vintage. This show travels between SF, LA and NY. You’re so lucky it’s in town Saturday and Sunday – downtown nonetheless!
The Bradbury Building
A historical architectural building near the Grand Central Market that you can pop in and take a look at.
Griffith park and Observatory
Griffith has a lot of nice hikes, most are not too difficult. At the top there is a beautiful view and an observatory which is worth going inside.
One of our favorite LA art pieces by an folk artist, Simon Rodia. He spent 30 years building towers out of trash and found items, and it’s beautiful!
The Broad Museum
Really amazing collection of contemporary art, much of which used to be housed at LACMA.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, near the Broad.
Marciano Art Foundation
A newer museum with contemporary art.
Huge collection of art from various time periods and cultures.