If you've already eaten through L.A.'s best restaurants and sipped cocktails at the hottest bars from the Westside to Downtown, you're probably the type of person who loves checking out the city’s hottest eateries, but hates spending money on overhyped duds. With our heavily vetted list of newly opened restaurants (yes, we've personally checked out every single one), we're helping you decide where to head next—since there's nothing worse when it comes to going out than wasting one's precious, typically limited free time and, of course, money, especially with rising inflation.
Updated on a monthly basis, our best new restaurants list takes into account the quality of cuisine, overall ambience, price and value. We steer clear of the social media hype cycle, give thoughtful ordering tips and let you know exactly what to expect in terms of crowd, vibe and cuisine at upscale Hollywood hot spots, laidback fast-casual joints and everything in between. If necessary, we also make recommendations as to when, and how, to fit these red-hot restaurants into your finite leisure time and budget—whether they're worth driving out of your way for, or perhaps better suited for locals in the neighborhood.
In the interest of price transparency and reader convenience, we also strive to include valet costs and parking availability for every restaurant—further taking the headache out of your next great new meal in Los Angeles. Read on for September's best new restaurants, ranked.
September 2022: The kids are back in school, and unfortunately, wildfire season is in full force—which means (actual) fall is just around the corner. While the weather might not exactly be autumnal, we've rounded up the hottest fall openings to keep you up to date. From top to bottom, every single one of these new eateries, including the six new additions this month, are worth going out of your way. We also wanted to shout out three excellent spring and summer openings departing from this month's update: Kodo in the Arts District, Lincoln Carson's Mes Amis and Brandon Kida's Gunsmoke (both in Hollywood). Amid the intermittent rise and dips in COVID-19 cases, we’ve elected to keep outdoor dining callouts on this month’s list for anyone wishing to dine en plein air.