Personally recommended restaurants in Los Angeles

Ten leading names from the worlds of art, fashion and interior design share their favourite food haunts in the city

Ruth Chapman enjoys a late breakfast at Sqirl, which has delicious healthy food and jams
Ruth Chapman enjoys a late breakfast at Sqirl, which has delicious healthy food and jams

RUTH CHAPMAN, MATCHESFASHION.COM CO-FOUNDER Sqirl has the most delicious healthy food and jams – breakfast there is always is a treat. Sqirl, 720 Virgil Ave #4 (+1323-284 8147; sqirlla.com). ​​​​

Matches fashion co-founder Ruth Chapman says breakfast at Sqirl is always is a treat
Matches fashion co-founder Ruth Chapman says breakfast at Sqirl is always is a treat

BENJAMIN MILLEPIED, CHOREOGRAPHER For me, a great day in LA starts with an Intelligentsia coffee – it is so much better than anything you’ll find in Paris. I also like the creative Spanish-fusion cuisine at Bäco Mercat downtown. Intelligentsia Coffee, intelligentsiacoffee.com. Bäco Mercat, 408 S Main Street (+1213-687 8808; bacomercat.com).

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DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, FASHION DESIGNER I’m a huge fan of Ray’s, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma), which serves Mediterranean cuisine in an intimate midcentury-modern setting. Brunch at The Beverly Hills Hotel and the delicious macrobiotic meals at the casual M Café are also irresistible. The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills (+1310-276 2251; dorchestercollection.com/beverly-hills). Lacma and Ray’s and Stark Bar, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard (+1323-857 6180; lacma.org). M Café, 7119 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood (+1323-525 0588; mcafe.com).

Diane von Furstenberg is a big fan of Ray’s at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Diane von Furstenberg is a big fan of Ray’s at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art | Image: Dustin Downing

RODMAN PRIMACK, CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER OF DESIGN MIAMI Not only am I huge fan of the city’s taco trucks, some of my favourite restaurants in the world are in LA. I like Gjelina for its inventively prepared vegetables and butterscotch pudding; Hinoki & the Bird for Japanese-influenced Californian cuisine, and the dinner scene at The Tower Bar on Sunset is wonderful too. Gjelina, 1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (+1310-450 1429; gjelina.com). Hinoki & the Bird, 10 West Century Drive (+1310-552 1200; hinokiandthebird.com). The Tower Bar, 8358 Sunset Boulevard (+1323-654 7100; sunsettowerhotel.com).

Rodman Primack heads to Hinoki & the Bird for Japanese-influenced Californian cuisine
Rodman Primack heads to Hinoki & the Bird for Japanese-influenced Californian cuisine

NATALIA VODIANOVA, MODEL My favourite sushi restaurant is Sushi Park, and I love Baby Bea’s Bakeshop, where you can make your own cakes. And it has become a bit of a tradition that on the way in from the airport I stop at In-N-Out Burger – I’m not normally a burger girl but it is my must-have in LABaby Bea’s Bakeshop, 311 S Robertson Boulevard, Beverly Hills (+1424-249 3362; babybeasbakeshop.com). In-N-Out Burger, 9149 S Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles (+1800-786 1000; in-n-out.com). Sushi Park, 8539 Sunset Boulevard 20, West Hollywood (+1310-652 0523).

Model Natalia Vodianova’s favourite sushi restaurant is Sushi Park on Sunset Boulevard
Model Natalia Vodianova’s favourite sushi restaurant is Sushi Park on Sunset Boulevard | Image: Léa Crespi

LARRY GAGOSIAN, GALLERIST Sushi Sasabune serves A-plus omakase sushi; while it is literally a hole in the wall, the food is just unbelievable. LA does unassuming sushi bars very well, but this one is above and beyond. Sushi Sasabune, 11917 Wilshire Boulevard, West Los Angeles (+1310-478 3596).

Natalia Vodianova also enjoys Baby Bea’s Bakeshop in Beverly Hills, where you can make your own cakes
Natalia Vodianova also enjoys Baby Bea’s Bakeshop in Beverly Hills, where you can make your own cakes

CHRISTINA KIM, FASHION DESIGNER I love to eat at Woodspoon, a Brazilian restaurant where, on Saturdays, the chef Natalia does a special brunch. It’s a calm white space with wooden tables and it does simple but delicious dishes like house-made sausage and scrambled eggs. It’s Brazilian street food from a region called Minas Gerais, which has European and African influences. Woodspoon, 107 West 9th Street (+1213-629 1765; woodspoonla.com).

Interior designer Kelly Wearstler recommends Pizzeria il Fico in Beverly Hills for its cool, casual feel and perfect thin-crust pizzas
Interior designer Kelly Wearstler recommends Pizzeria il Fico in Beverly Hills for its cool, casual feel and perfect thin-crust pizzas | Image: Emily Berl

KELLY WEARSTLER, INTERIOR DESIGNER For Italian food, it has to be Pizzeria il Fico in Beverly Hills, which has a cool, casual feel and perfect thin-crust pizzas; Bestia, perhaps the most amazing Italian food in town, in an industrial-yet-chic setting downtown; or Tra Di Noi in Malibu, where you can sit on the patio and eat super-healthy versions of Italian classics like the excellent zucchini spaghetti with arrabbiata sauce. Bestia, 2121 East 7th Place (+1213-514 5724; bestiala.com). Tra Di Noi, 3835 Cross Creek Road, at Malibu Country Mart (+1310-456 0169; tradinoimalibu.com). Pizzeria il Fico, 310 South Robertson Boulevard (+1310-271 3426; pizzeriailfico.com).

Kelly Wearstler also rates downtown LA’s Bestia for excellent Italian food
Kelly Wearstler also rates downtown LA’s Bestia for excellent Italian food

JOHN VARVATOS, FASHION DESIGNER For dinner I like Dan Tana's, which is an old-school Italian. It’s not gourmet, it’s just the kind of classic restaurant you go to for great conversation and fun with friends – exactly my kind of place. Dan Tana's, 9071 Santa Monica Boulevard (+1310-275 9444; dantanasrestaurant.com).

Designer Lee Broom enjoys the tasting menu at Providence, where the service is incredible
Designer Lee Broom enjoys the tasting menu at Providence, where the service is incredible

LEE BROOM, PRODUCT DESIGNER I was so impressed by the tasting menu at Providence. From start to finish, nothing disappointed. It was mostly Japanese-inspired seafood, though the last dish before dessert was wagyu beef – four slices with jus; delicious. It was quite a stark interior, and all the waiters were dressed as if they had walked straight off Wall Street – and there were dozens of them. The service was incredible. Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave (+1323-460 4170; providencela.com).

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