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The Best Restaurants In LA, As Recommended By 5 Stylish Tastemakers

Venice boardwalk promises the perfect setting for people-watching, ocean views and lively bars

From Old Hollywood haunts to cool neighborhood hangouts, the Los Angeles restaurant scene is eclectic and ever-changing. KATIE BERRINGTON asks five tastemakers to share their favorite spots to eat in the city

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Caroline Belhumeur, designer and creative director of Vince

“Musso & Frank Grill in Hollywood is always a fun moment to dress up. I love the Old Hollywood feel, with circular booths named after Sinatra, Chaplin and The Rolling Stones, and the seat at the bar occupied by Brad Pitt’s character in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. The traditional steak-house offering is always good. My go-to order is a dry vodka martini with a twist and filet mignon with fries.”

Dine on robata, sushi and cocktails in Taisho’s black and white courtyard, or modern Italian-Australian dishes, such as the Baja tuna tartare (pictured), at Grandmaster Recorders

Zerina Akers, stylist

“My go-to neighborhood joint is Taisho, a Japanese restaurant with great food, good drinks, and always a vibe. I like to get a table around 6:45pm and watch the place come alive. I also love Angler in the Beverly Center, a seafood restaurant that’s quite hidden – you have to pull into the valet parking lot to find it. The caviar and pancakes are a must, but the entire menu is fabulous. I usually order the green salad, sliced potato, artichokes and crusted fish.

“I’ve recently been frequenting Grandmaster Recorders in Hollywood, a new restaurant converted from an old recording studio. It has an open kitchen, gorgeous ambience and music recorded there at the entrance. The mafaldine pasta is my favorite, and I’m obsessed with the caviar there as well. I also recently discovered Antico Nuovo, a super-cute Italian place in an unassuming shopping center in the Larchmont area. It’s small, with not many tables – a great restaurant for date night.”

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Olivia Perez, journalist, podcast host and entrepreneur

“My favorite restaurant is Marvin on Beverly. I’ve been going there for years with my family, and I automatically feel at home. The vibe is really casual, so it’s great for date night, friends visiting in town, a work dinner – anything. There’s outdoor seating, so there’s plenty of action, too. Their bolognese is a must-order – it’s one of the best in town. Along with a glass of orange wine, it’s one of my most-looked-forward-to meals in LA.”

The laid-back Amara Kitchen in Highland Park is the perfect spot for breakfast, brunch and lunch

Camilla Engstrom, artist

“I love Amara Kitchen in Highland Park. The atmosphere is very laid-back – the perfect spot to go with a friend on the weekend. I like to get my meal to go and enjoy it in the park nearby. They make a beautiful poached egg with pesto, purple cabbage and beet puree – it’s full of color. Their Pearl Rose drink is delicious as well. If I’m in the mood, I’ll order the chocolate-chunk cookie to enjoy later. Everything they make is healthy but also truly comforting – the perfect combination. I feel nurtured when I eat here.”

Cleo Wade, writer and artist

“Found Oyster feels like a party. Even though it is a New England-inspired restaurant, it reminds me so much of hanging out at a fun oyster bar in my hometown, New Orleans. They don’t take reservations and it can be a bit of a wait, but everyone working there is so nice; you can get a glass of wine and relax with your friends outside until your table is ready. The food is fresh, delicious and not at all pretentious (I personally can’t deal with pretentious food). If you like comfort food and festive vibes, Found Oyster is your spot.”