With Love
From Kat

With Love
From Kat

Where To Eat In LA

Santa Monica, CA

I’ve lived in LA for 2 years now, and have been fortunate enough to try a wide variety of restaurants during this time.  I LOVE discovering new spots and dishes and make an effort to visit a new place weekly.  I don’t need a restaurant to be fancy or sceney to enjoy it – of course it’s nice when a spot has great ambiance – but the food quality and taste is KEY for me.  I’m SO excited to go more in depth here on the blog, and share the best restaurants in LA with you.  Remember you can always find my favorite restaurants in LA and more on my Travel App, which is free to download in the App store when you search “With Love From Kat.”  Without further ado…

Where To Eat In Los Angeles


This place knocks it out of the park for me.  The decor is bohemian chic and you feel as if you’ve been transported to Tulum.  It’s one of the few rooftop restaurants in LA, let alone Santa Monica and has a nice view of the ocean from the balcony.  The food is out of this world incredible – whatever you do – do not leave without ordering the eggplant naan and a pizza.  The cocktails are so refreshing and innovative.  And the restaurant layout/vibe is super fun for both large parties/groups and couples.  It’s peaceful at lunch (they do a great prix fixed menu option) and it’s lively on the weekends.  Make reservations and enjoy!

Nobu Malibu

This spot is stunning for lunch or dinner.  Get a table outside at sunset and enjoy the ocean view and freshest sushi.  Reservations are a must!  If there’s a long wait, grab a drink at Malibu Farm down the road.


This has been one of the top restaurants in LA for years for a reason.  It’s right on Abbot Kinney and has an understated, dark NYC vibe.  The food is delicious – their pizzas are my favorite, and I love ordering the crispy sunchokes to start with.  The food is New American and the menu has just the right mix of veggies + rich/decadent food.  Reservations are a must for dinner and book up weeks in advance sometimes.  I don’t love their brunch/lunch menu as much so go for dinner if you can!


Two words; garlic bread.  Holy cow, they have the best crispy, thick sourdough bread I’ve ever had.  It comes in a HUGE square piece the size of your hand with a giant butcher’s knife stuck through it and a side of garlic butter to smear on top.  It’s insane.  Their fish dishes are super yummy, and the large/open layout of the restaurant is beautiful and relaxing.  Take some baked goods home with you if you go during the day!  Their brunch is just as good as their dinner.


This cute little cafe in Silver Lake is the perfect spot to grab lunch and stroll along the Main street.  Silver Lake has tons of darling shops and cafes so it’s a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  I love getting their salmon bowl!

Jon & Vinny’s

If you love Italian food, you’ll be obsessed with this spot.  Authentic pizza and pasta in a cool, casual setting.  It’s a celeb favorite.  They just opened one in Brentwood, but I still prefer the West Hollywood location.

Plant Food and Wine

Whether you’re vegan or not, this spot will wow you.  Matthew Kenney’s vegan restaurant in Venice on Abbot Kinney does not disappoint.  Step inside this space and into the magical garden which is full of gorgeous trees and twinkly lights.  The kelp noodles and dessert are top notch.

The Rose Venice

Another Venice restaurant – Rose is ideal for a big group of friends and my favorite time to go is at night.  Ask for the cacio e pepe which isn’t on the menu.  It’s what they’re famous for!  This spot is where I send any friends visiting Venice for the first time – you can’t go wrong here!

The Ivy

If you want a fabulous ladies lunch with an over-the-top girlie ambiance and giant salads – head to The Ivy.  They have two locations which are both equally fun, but if you want to people watch head to the one on Robertson.

The Polo Lounge

Located at the Beverly Hills hotel, the Polo Lounge is iconic and a really fun spot to have lunch at if you’re visiting.  Sit back in the green and white striped booths and look out at the pool on a sunny day.


You’ve probably seen or heard of Sugarfish from their signature sushi boxes.  The quality of the sushi is unreal and it’s always worth the 45+ minute wait.  They have multiple locations all over LA and the setting is casual.  I personally prefer ordering take out and enjoying it at home!


This is a sceney restaurant that actually has pretty darn good food.  I was unsure of whether or not this place would be worth going to, but I have to say my girlfriends and I really enjoyed it on a weekend night!  Yummy food, fun atmosphere and central location to all of the bars/clubs.

Cafe Habana

I love this spot for a chill post hike brunch on a Saturday or Sunday.  The restaurant is located in the Malibu Country Mart and is super dog friendly – the manager literally feeds everyone’s dog ham – it’s the cutest thing.  They have delicious salads and generous portions of chips + guac.  It’s a no frills spot that always makes me feel comfortable and welcome.

Taverna Tony

David Beckham and many other celebs love this spot for good reason.  The Greek food is some of the best I’ve ever had – but go hungry – the portions are GINORMOUS.  It’s a very family friendly restaurant and is also located in the Malibu Country Mart.


Head to Cecconi’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It’s right in the heart of West Hollywood.  The crowd and decor are ultra glamorous.


This cute gourmet restaurant, bakery and market is located in the Brentwood Country Mart.  I love spending a few hours here strolling around all of the cute shops (Sugar Paper, Space NK, and Goop to name a few) and then having a lovely lunch at FarmShop.


If you’re a breakfast/brunch person then you must go to Republique.  The waffles are what they’re famous for – and basically all of the pastries.  The decor is super insta-worthy and the portions are overly generous!

Malibu Farm

Drive out to Malibu and enjoy lunch or dinner at the Farm.  The views from the Pier are gorgeous and the food is organic and local – you will love it!


Another restaurant on Abbot Kinney, this Italian spot is hard to get a reservation at for a reason.  It feels like a NYC restaurant and the little bar when you first walk in is the perfect spot to wait for your table.  Their pasta is AMAZE.


This is another Italian spot that is old school, dark, swanky and romantic.  Enjoy dinner by candlelight, and be prepared to lose track of time with a great bottle of wine and course after course.


If you’re looking for a late night, rowdy-chic dinner spot head to Delilah.  Go with a group and settle in one of their plush booths and eat, drink and be merry!


Can you tell I have an obsession with Italian food?!  This spot is in Venice, and amazing for date night.  I love that they have gluten free pasta options and a hidden speakeasy bar that you can go to after you’re done with your meal!

For more of my favorite restaurants in LA – be sure to download my app, and look out for my next LA post which will feature my favorite coffee shops!  Have you been to any of these restaurants?  What’s your favorite spot in LA?  Do tell!

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  • Shannon Skinner says:

    These all sound like such lovely places, I can’t wait to visit LA some day x

    Shannon | https://shannonmichelle1.blogspot.com

    March 6, 2019 | Reply
  • Rach says:

    Totally going to reference this post when I go to LA! This sounds like an amazing list of restaurants!


    March 6, 2019 | Reply
  • Roses for Fridays | by mia says:

    Just a parfait guide. Merci for sharing your ideas and tips!

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    March 6, 2019 | Reply
  • Lisa Autumn says:

    Oh I really want to visit LA one day!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    March 7, 2019 | Reply
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  • Kimberly says:

    As of this week I’ve lived in LA 16 years and I’d 100% agree with this list. We love all the same places :) nice job

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  • Emily, The JetSetting Fashionista says:

    I love the variety of places you listed. These restaurants all sound do good, I don’t know where to go first!

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