downtown la

Hip and trendy or cool and laid back, Downtown LA offers a plethora of dining options sure to suit any occasion and please even the pickiest of palates. So whether you’re hankering for something from the Far East, want to wine and dine like the French, or are just craving a steaming cup of joe, make your way to the heart of the city and you’ll discover an array of ambiance just as delightful as the cuisine.

Café Metropol

Nestled in a culturally rich neighborhood across the alley from a wall of artistically stunning graffiti resides this European-inspired venue. Cozy up at a table next to the exposed brick walls and choose from an impressive array of fine cheeses and dishes made with local organic ingredients. Menu options include pastas, pizzas, wraps, salads and gourmet burgers. Be sure to check it out Friday and Saturday evenings when live jazz musicians entertain guests in the back room.

923 E. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

3 Mendocino Farms

Nurturing the foodie within all of us, Mendocino Farms owner Mario Del Pero brings fine dining to the sandwich level with his one-of-a-kind eco-gourmet sandwiches. Inspired by Mendocino County’s “wine country” ingredients, Mendocino Farms is committed to supporting seasonal food and the sustainable farmers who grow it. Some innovative, tasty vegetarian options include the Vegan Squash Stack and the Drunk’n Goat in Paris.

California Plaza
300 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Venture down the alley between 2nd and 3rd streets and up the stairs of an old railroad loading dock in the Arts District and you’ll find a minimalist Japanese sushi spot that resembles an art gallery as much as it does a restaurant. Relax in the Frank-Gehry-designed chairs and order something yummy, such as sautéed Japanese eggplant.  

923 E. 2nd St., Suite 109
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tiara Café

A veritable jewel in the Fashion District, Tiara Café embodies its sassy motto, “Eat healthier more often and diet less!” It’s not hard to heed this advice while enjoying organic, seasonal fare in this whimsically-decorated space. Signature Fresh’wiches wrapped in rice paper, chickpea fritters and the lemonade of the day are highlights of the menu. If you’re pressed for time, Tiara also features a high-end market complete with delicious baked goods. Don’t forget to grab a giant cookie on your way out.

127 E. Ninth St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Noé Restaurant & Bar

Blending French-inspired dishes with Japanese aesthetics to create progressive American cuisine, Noé is truly a memorable downtown dining experience. With a menu that’s constantly evolving according to the availability of the finest and freshest ingredients, you’d be advised to select one of Noé’s one-of-a-kind tasting menus. Throw in an exquisite wine list and impeccable service and it’s no wonder the restaurant has received accolades from the Los Angeles Times, Bon Appétit and Gourmet.

Omni Los Angeles Hotel
251 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Pete’s Café and Bar

Pete’s Café and Bar features modernized American standards such as macaroni and cheese that boasts Vermont cheddar, goat cheese and asiago with tarragon. Early birds enjoy brunch al fresco, and night owls gather for late-night bites available until 2 a.m. With free shuttle service between Pete’s and downtown venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Staples Center, why wouldn’t you drop in?

400 Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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