Published on March 1, 2016

5 Downtown LA Restaurants Angelenos Love

Trying out a new restaurant near Downtown LA? Here's a list of Downtown LA restaurants Angelenos and critics love.

5 Downtown LA Restaurants Angelenos Love

1. Little SisterDowntown LALittle Sister's menu showcases Chef Tin Vuong's take on one of the more interesting and rich collisions of food and culture that was borne out of the European colonization of Southeast Asia. Dishes blend, and balance the spices and flavors of Southeast Asia with French techniques and Dutch and British colonial influences.

2. Cerveteca

CervetecaCerveteca DTLA is an inviting, family-owned and operated restaurant with a friendly staff that offers a vibrant taste of Latin America. Marrying a humble approach to LA comfort food with a deep commitment to authentic Latin dishes, the resulting culmination of flavors — including those from the ceviche and oyster bar — are both deliciously familiar and distinctively exotic. International beers and local microbrews as well as a variety of classic and eclectic wines round out the globally inspired beverage program.

3. Drago Centro

Drago CentroDrago Centro delivers innovative and varied twists on classic Italian dishes. A sophisticated wine list and an assortment of creative cocktails are also available and pair well with the authentic yet contemporary Italian fare. The bright, elegant space boasts an open kitchen and a demonstration kitchen housed in what was once the vault of City National Bank, while a patio provides additional seating for dining al fresco.

4. Simbal

SimbalSimbal dishes out creative Southeast Asian fare and craft cocktails in downtown LA. Chef Shawn Pham's Little Tokyo destination features an outstanding small plates-focused menu. The minimal and airy industrial-chic space features a 14-seat kitchen counter, dim sum-style carts and a glass enclosed sunroom.

5. Redbird

RedbirdRedbird occupies the former rectory of the Vibiana -- LA's historic downtown cathedral -- which now serves as home to the Chef Neal Fraser's creative New American cuisine. Inventive cocktails and small plates are on offer, and can be customized into a tasting menu or a more traditional three-course meal. While the outdoor courtyard dining area features a retractable roof, the interior features a relaxed lounge space with vintage and repurposed furniture, a notable wine cellar and a near 360-degree marble bar.

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