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A Gold Mine of Restaurants in Downtown LA

Jonathan Gold is the Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times who publishes a 101 Best Restaurants list each year. From cheap eats to fine dining, the annual roundup showcases the food critic’s favorite places to eat and the best of the LA region’s culinary scene.

Over the past 12 years, Jonathan Gold has featured 367 different restaurants on his lists with locations ranging from Costa Mesa to Santa Monica. We examined the lists and, according to our analysis, determined that Downtown Los Angeles now has the highest concentration of top restaurants.

DTLA’s Grand Central Market, ranked #80 on the 2017 list – Photo by @kasperstegeman

That wasn’t always the case. In 2005, there were just seven restaurants in Downtown LA featured on Jonathan Gold’s 101 list. But by 2017, there were 21:

  • Bestia
  • Church & State
  • Officine Brera
  • Manuela
  • Guerrilla Tacos
  • Redbird
  • P.Y.T.
  • Spring
  • Orsa & Winston
  • Grand Central Market
  • Otium
  • Rossoblu
  • 71Above
  • Rice Bar
  • Little Sister
  • Q Sushi
  • Shibumi
  • Drago Centro
  • Broken Spanish
  • Lasa*
  • Howlin’ Ray’s*


“The rise of restaurant density in Downtown LA mirrors the overall development renaissance downtown,” said Eric Kenas, Market Director, Research at Cushman & Wakefield. “As the volume of projects increases, it has also spurred a movement in the food world, drawing chefs and diners alike to the flourishing area.”

Check out more of our key findings from Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants !

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