List of The Best Restaurants and Cafes in Koreatown Los Angeles

The finer things in life all seem to be especially present in the world’s most coveted city, the beautiful city of Los Angeles. Whether it be food, fun, or fantasy, this city has everything a dreamer could ever desire – and more. When it comes to finding the top restaurants in Los Angeles, we’ve got you covered. This guide will show you the best restaurants in Los Angeles, as well as the best spots to enjoy in Los Angeles while you stay at The H Hotel.

We recognize the limitless potential that the best restaurants in Koreatown, Los Angeles present, and we’re here to make sense of all that madness, one bite at a time. We’re here to take you on a journey not only through the best restaurants in LA but through the best cafes in Koreatown as well. We’ve scoured the city and compiled a list of the most phenomenal meals available for your dining pleasure. Whether you’re craving a life-changing bite or an unforgettable experience, our experts at H Hotel are here to guide you through your dining journey. So sit back, relax, and let us present to you the top Koreatown Restaurants. And you’ll be happy to know that these destinations are all within a 20-minute drive of H Hotel – so happy eating!

1) Osteria Mozza

Pasta lovers, rejoice – first atop our list is Osteria Mozza, an Italian classic located in the heart of the city. An Italian restaurant that’s deemed one of the top restaurants in Los Angeles by sources such as LA Eater and The Infatuation, this restaurant – owned by legendary Chef Joe Bastianich – is a continuation of the Chef’s culinary empire. Boasting a range of impressive feats including a mozzarella bar and a Michelin star, this restaurant is as delicious as it is challenging to get into. But worry not – at just 3.6 miles from H Hotel, you’ll have all the time in the world to book a table, explore the city, and enjoy one of the most fabulous meals of your lifetime.

2) Katana

Next on our list of the best restaurants near Koreatown, LA is Katana, a must-visit for tourists, foodies, and those who value a great ambiance. This casual-elegant restaurant specializes in Japanese cuisine, fusing traditional flavors with contemporary presentation. Adorned with gorgeous decor – complete with a massive staircase leading up to its flame-embellished entrance, Katana offers an unrivaled patio seating overlooking the Sunset strip. Travelers, this is a photo-friendly hot-spot you won’t want to miss – and it’s less than 7 miles from H Hotel, so you might as well give it a try. (Also, try the octopus, and thank us later!)

3) Running Goose

For those craving a fusion blend of Los Angeles’ most prominent cultural subdivisions, H Hotel, introduces you to the Running Goose. Representing the cuisines of Koreatown, Little Ethiopia, and Little Tokyo, this family-style restaurant offers a pleasant surprise to any sophisticated palette. With a chic interior yet a family-oriented approach to food (larger portions, spacious patio seating with ample lighting and an abundance of plants), we highly recommend you take the 4.5 mile trip from H Hotel and check out the

Running Goose during your stay. Sometime when describing food, you come across meals that are so delicately flawless that it seems almost an insult to translate that experience into words. But here we are, attempting to portray just what makes the food and ambiance at Jar an essential one for any Los Angeles visit. Could it be the sweet n sour pork chop, cooked to perfection, or the black mussels with lobster béarnaise that took our breath away? The world may never know, but what we know for sure is this Michelin-starred restaurant is an absolutely essential visit for our most refined foodies. We’d go as far as to say its one of the best dinner restaurants in LA. And hey – it’s only 5.3 miles from H Hotel, so if you’re willing to make a mini-journey at least once, we highly recommend giving Jar a try.

4) Taste on Melrose

For the Instagram-savvy, the next spot on our list is just for you. Whether it be the beautiful wall decor or the expertly plated dishes, Taste on Melrose is a socially-coveted hot-spot, ready to take on all your brunch needs (yes, Instagram photoshoots included). Boasting an interior of chic, modern design, and a menu tailored to brunch and dinner lovers, this all-in-one location is your dream destination. And we can’t forget – they’re bottomless mimosa friendly, so if you’re willing to be the friend that calls the 6.1 mile Uber from H Hotel, your friends and stomach will love you forever.

5) Fig and Olive

For our social butterflies and drink enthusiasts, we hold a special place for you in our list (and in our hearts). Known for its pleasant ambiance, Fig and Olive is your go-to spot for a friendly atmosphere to grab delicious food and craft cocktails with style, comfort, and ease. Home to an array of delicacies such as shucked oysters, octopus carpaccio, lobster salad and a lamb burger (!!), this gem is as delicious as it is worth the 6.1 mile drive from H Hotel. Happy brunching, lunching or drinking – we don’t judge, and we just might join you for some happy hour cocktails.

6) Gwen Butcher Shop

We’ve had our fair share of dainty bites and light meals on this list – carnivores, it’s your turn. H Hotel introduces you to Gwen Butcher Shop, a restaurant whose specialty is in the name. Owned by culinary legend Curtis Stone, this spectacular joint is one true foodies wouldn’t dream of missing out on. This is unquestionably one of the best restaurants near Koreatown, Los Angeles. Home to an unprecedented collection of prime meats, Gwen is particularly known for their aged steaks, which are renowned for their impeccable quality. With an elegant, classy interior and one-of-a-kind steaks, we highly recommend all of our carnivores out there to give Gwen a visit. And it’s less than 5 miles from us here at the H Hotel, so give it a try – and please bring us some leftovers.

7) APL

The next stop on our carnivore journey is APL – the unmistakable restaurant owned by Chef Adam Perry Lang. This steakhouse offers a wide variety of delectable dishes, including rigatoni pasta, chicken-fried pork chop, and of course, prime steaks such New York Strip and Ribeye. APL has mastered the art of traditional yet elevated cuisine, perfecting the dishes that Americans and foodies around the world have fallen in love with. These include thick-cut smoked bacon, roasted cauliflower, mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes. Of course, a restaurant doesn’t achieve the status that APL has by offering simple dishes – these meals have their own unique, immaculate twists. Us foodies at H Hotel highly recommend you make the 4.2-mile journey from us to APL – you’ll be stuffed and happy, guaranteed.

8) Matsuhisa

For those craving a light yet complex meal composed of a multitude of intricate, perfected dishes, look no further. Us food experts here at H Hotel are pleased to introduce you to one of Los Angeles’ finest yet gems – Matsuhisa. This treasure is tucked away, almost hidden from view, yet the Chefs behind its walls will forever impact your expectations of Japanese cuisine. The first restaurant of culinary legend Nobu Matsuhisa, Matsuhisa is everything you could desire from Nobu – and more, marking it as one of the best dinner restaurants in LA. Indulge in the unrivaled omakase course, a multi-course meal specially curated by the Chef for the ultimate dining experience. While the omakase experience varies, you can expect to tantalize your tongue to some of the world’s freshest fish and most tender wagyu. At 5.2 miles from H Hotel, Matsuhisa is undoubtedly one of the highest recommended ventures on this list for those looking to permanently redefine their definition of spectacular cuisine.

9) M Grill

We can’t say this is truly a list of LA’s most promising dinner destinations if we didn’t include at least one all-you-can-eat destination. M Grill, located in the heart of Koreatown, is your one-stop-shop for all your meat, salad, and drink needs. Pay a flat rate fee and indulge in their enormous salad bar, filled with an array of scrumptious salads and complete with a charcuterie section. Anything you can’t find in the salad bar, you’ll get without having to move – M Grill is filled with butchers wandering around with prime cuts of meat balancing on their shoulders, just waiting for your cue to slice some cuts straight onto your plate. These factors easily rank M Grill as one of the best restaurants in Koreatown, Los Angeles. We highly recommend making a reservation, as finding a walk-in table is unlikely, but at just 1 mile from H Hotel, we’ll make sure that making a reservation ahead of time will be no problem.

10) Kali

Last but not least is the newly Michelin-star awarded gem, Kali. Home to two chefs who believe spectacular food doesn’t need to wear a flashy exterior, Kali presents a culinary experience like no other. Adorned in a chic yet relaxed interior, complete with a bar that offers full dining as well as expert wine pairings, the experience and food you get at Kali is near to no other. Whether it be the expertly roasted duck or the fascinatingly paired wine, Kali is an exquisite venture expertly tailored to fill all of your dining needs. And of course, it’s just 3.3 miles away from H Hotel – so leave your worries with the concierge, and let your palette pave the way for an unparalleled meal.


Well, that’s it, food-lovers. We hope you’ve enjoyed our expertly tailored list of the best restaurants in Koreatown, Los Angeles, just as much as we enjoyed making it. Whether it be the best dinner restaurants in LA or the best cafes in Koreatown, we’re thrilled to be a part of your culinary experience. Make sure to give these spectacular restaurants a try for the best possible dining experience, and as always, we look forward to familiarizing you with the city’s most spectacular locations. Now that you know the best spots and restaurants to go to in Los Angeles and Koreatown, book your room at the H Hotel today.