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These Downtown L.A. Restaurants Are Worth Braving Traffic For


Benoit Linero

There's no denying that Los Angeles is one of the most exciting cities to eat in right now (even Zagat agrees). Between the multicultural culinary influences and the inspiring technical innovation, downtown restaurants such as Chef Ray Garcia's Broken Spanish and Chef Steve Samson's Rossoblu shine despite sitting in the shadows of the city's high rises.

Thinking about making a reservation at a downtown L.A. restaurant? Ahead are eight local haunts so good they're worth braving traffic for.

Redbird

Jenn Emerling

Located in the historic rectory building at St. Vibiana's cathedral,В Redbird's beautiful setting is rivaled only by its delicious dishes. Reserve a seat in the courtyard on a warm L.A. evening to catch a glimpse of the church's gorgeous bell tower throughВ the restaurant's retractable roof while you dine.

Carley Rudd

Chef Neal Fraser's menuВ atВ Redbird showcases the multicultural influences present in Los Angeles, and the hamachi crudoВ (pictured), made with coconut, kumquats, and crispy shallots, is noВ exception. Pair this seasonal appetizer with a delicious glass of wine for a decadent start to your meal.

Otium

Sierra Prescott

Situated next to The Broad, one of Los Angeles's newest and most frequented contemporary art museums,В Otium's striking interior nearly rivals that of its neighbor's.В The downtown L.A. restaurant's industrial-inspired design is both rustic and sophisticated, making it a perfect complement to its cuisine.

Sierra Prescott

Chef Timothy Hollingsworth's menu atВ OtiumВ features refined yet unpretentious dishes ranging from delicate octopus served atop a rich mole sauce to a flavorful falafel dish featuring eggplant and slices of fresh cucumber and bright Meyer lemon (pictured).

Rossoblu

Ed Anderson

Located in downtown'sВ City Market South, Chef Steve Samson'sВ RossobluВ isВ pleasantly removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. The restaurant's outdoor patio offers alfresco dining on pleasant evenings, while the main dining roomВ features a beautiful, large-scale mural by artist Cyrcle, a nod to the nearby Arts District neighborhood.

Ed Anderson

AlthoughВ RossobluВ is a thoroughly Italian restaurant, you won't find pizza on the menu. With standout dishes likeВ Nonna's Tagliatelle al RagГ№ Bolognese, which was inspired by Chef Samson's grandmother's recipe, and Tortellini in Brodo (pictured) on the list, we promise you won't miss it.

Bestia

Sierra Prescott

Despite the fact thatВ BestiaВ opened its doors in 2012, it's still one of the harder restaurants to get a reservation at in Los Angeles-a true testament to the lasting popularity of Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis's Italian restaurant. Be sure to plan a month in advance to snag a table at this downtown L.A. hot spot.

Sierra Prescott

AlthoughВ getting in the door atВ BestiaВ takes a bit of planning, one bite of theВ Cavatelli alla Norcina pasta (pictured) will prove that it was worth the wait.В You'd be remiss if you skipped ordering theВ Alla'nduja pizza, made with housemade spicy 'nduja (pork salami), too.В

Spring

Emi Rose Photography

Make a reservationВ at Chef Tony Esnault'sВ SpringВ toВ takeВ a trip to the south of France without leaving L.A.'s city limits. Sitting under the steel-and-glass roof of the restaurant's atriumВ next to the trickling fountain, you'll forget that you're even in downtown Los Angeles before you taste the food.В

Emi Rose Photography

AtВ Spring,В ChefВ Esnault crafts his menus using only the freshest ingredients, so the restaurant's offerings vary from season to season. We're dreaming of these delicately seared diver scallops served with decadent dollops of caviar.

NoMad L.A.

Benoit Linero

NoMad L.A. was one of the most anticipated hotel openings of 2018. TheВ New York mainstay arrived in Los Angeles, taking up residence in the historic Giannini Place building, which was originally home to The Bank of Italy in the 1920s. The Italian-inspired architectureВ makes for a stunning setting for the hotel's two restaurants, The MezzanineВ and The Lobby (pictured).

Benoit Linero

The Lobby,В NoMad L.A.'s casual dining space located on the first floor of the hotel serves up a mouthwateringly deliciousВ milk-and-honey ice cream sandwich for dessert (pictured). Made with creamy milk ice cream,В buttery shortbread cookies, and a gooey orange-blossom honey center, pastry chef Bradley Ray's creation is a must-order menu item.

Church & State

Emi Rose Photography

Founded by the same husband-and-wife teamВ that runs Spring,В Church & StateВ isВ the iconic French bistro located in theВ Arts District in the building that housed the original Nabisco bakery. The laid-back bistro atmosphere of the interior pairs perfectly with the restaurant's cafГ©-style menu.

Emi Rose Photography

Church & StateВ serves up classic French fare, including delectable dishes like steak tartare, housemade charcuterie, chicken liver mousse, and escargot (pictured), making this bistro a must-visit downtown L.A. restaurant.

Broken Spanish

Jenn Emerling

Chef Ray GarciaВ puts a modern twist on traditional Mexican ingredients and cooking techniques at his beautiful downtown L.A. restaurant,В Broken Spanish. The dГ©cor is reflective of the cuisine, featuring traditional decorative tile alongside trendy minimalist light fixtures.

Dylan + Jeni

You can't eat atВ Broken SpanishВ without ordering the chicharrГіn (pictured). Chef Garcia's version of this classic snack is cookedВ for 24 hours by sous-vide before it's deep-fried to a crisp and served with elephant garlic mojo, radish sprout, and pickled herbs, making for a striking presentation.