Los Angeles Top 25 Restaurants: August 2015

Los Angeles' Top 25 Restaurants list is back this month with a number of shake-ups to the list.

Veteran restaurants AOC and Spago made a clean swap with the former grabbing the No. 1 spot and the latter falling to No. 3. Also joining them in the Top 5 are Alma, which continues its climb up the list at No. 3, as well as Mastro's Steakhouse (No. 4) and Bucato (No. 5), which both made impressive jumps up from their previous standings to clock in at No. 19 and No. 16, respectively.

Additionally, Republique finally returned to the list from its over one year absence, ranking at an impressive No. 14.

Check out the full list below!

AOC's Polenta and Vegetables  | Yelp. Jam Y.

AOC's Polenta and Vegetables | Yelp. Jam Y.

Republique's Croque Madam  | Yelp, Jam Y.

Republique's Croque Madam | Yelp, Jam Y.

Alma's Uni and Tofu  | Yelp, Liz O.

Alma's Uni and Tofu | Yelp, Liz O.

Spago's Dessert Tray  | Yelp Kent D.

Spago's Dessert Tray | Yelp Kent D.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 AOC 180.74  
2 Alma 180.38  
3 Spago 179.83  
4 Mastro's Steakhouse 179.61  
5 Bucato 179.47  
6 Animal 178.64  
7 Sqirl 178.55  
8 Trois Mec 177.62  
9 Status Kuo 177.18  
10 Love & Salt 176.35  
11 Ink. 176.26  
12 Stir Market 175.37  
13 LA Chapter Ace Hotel 174.92 Play Video
14 Republique 174.81  
15 Butchers & Barbers 174.74  
16 Eggslut at Grand Central Market 173.98  
17 Baco Mercat 173.88  
18 Gjusta 173.74  
19 Maude 173.26  
20 Bestia 172.78  
21 Ostrich Farm 172.54  
22 Hinoki and the Bird 171.82  
23 Culina Modern Italian 171.10 Play Video
24 Father's Office 170.86  
25 Lukshon 170.62  

Los Angeles Top 25 Restaurants: June 2015

The Los Angeles Top 25 Restaurants list returns this month, featuring all Top 25 veterans.

Wolfgang Puck’s Spago maintains its No. 1 spot for another month in a row, followed closely by Animal and AOC at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Michael Voltaggio’s Ink made an impressive jump from No. 25 to No. 4, with Downtown LA darling Alma also rising from No. 23 to No. 5, though the latter’s jump may be related to rumors of an eventual shutter.

Despite losing Chef Evan Funke earlier this year, Culver City favorite Bucato still ranks on the Top 25, coming in at No. 16. The list also welcomes back Father’s Office, which hasn’t ranked since back in December of 2014.

Check out the full list below!

Alma's Smoked Ocean Trout  | Yelp, Jennifer B.

Alma's Smoked Ocean Trout | Yelp, Jennifer B.

Ink's Mountain Yams  | Yelp, Dean C.

Ink's Mountain Yams | Yelp, Dean C.

Spago's Bacon Macarons  | Yelp, Ivy W.

Spago's Bacon Macarons | Yelp, Ivy W.

Bucato's Octopus Escarole  | Yelp, Scott Smith

Bucato's Octopus Escarole | Yelp, Scott Smith

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Spago 180.56  
2 Animal 179.89  
3 AOC 177.59  
4 Ink. 169.44  
5 Alma 170.59  
6 Bäco Mercat 179.34  
7 Status Kuo 177.09  
8 Butchers & Barbers 180.48  
9 Eggslut 174.09  
10 Gjusta 176.31  
11 Stir Market 180.38  
12 Maude 180.03  
13 Sqirl 175.27  
14 Bestia 171.76  
15 Ostrich Farm 175.14  
16 Bucato 174.99  
17 Love & Salt 176.11  
18 Hinoki and the Bird 173.94  
19 Mastro's Steakhouse 177.31  
20 Trois Mec 177.15  
21 Culina Modern Italian 172.93 Play Video
22 Father's Office 165.64  
23 Lukshon 172.10  
24 Fig & Olive 170.73  
25 LA Chapter Ace Hotel 170.39 Play Video

Los Angeles Top 25 Restaurants: April 2015

It’s great to see you again, Los Angeles!

Since our last Foodable Top 25, there have been tons of new restaurant and bar openings in the area, making for an interesting list this month.

April data shows that AOC falls off the throne and down to No. 8. Bäco Mercat and Sqirl, which held the No. 2 and No. 3 spots last time, also make their way down the list, to No. 6 and No. 12, respectively. 

So, who took it to the top this month?

Wolfgang’s Spago, that’s who. 

With an impressive climb up from No. 17, Spago hasn’t even made it into the Top 10 since October 2014. And this is the first time the restaurant has been ranked No. 1 on LA’s Foodable Top 25. Steered by the legendary Wolfgang Puck, Spago takes California cuisine to the next level in a fine dine setting using a farm-to-table philosophy with a simple design aesthetic to complement the guest experience. Spago is co-owned by Barbara Lazaroff, and Lee Hefter is Executive Chef and Managing Partner.

Also on the list this month, we are excited to welcome some Foodable Top 25 first timers, three of which broke into the Top 10! Welcome Butchers & Barbers, Stir Market, Status Kuo, and Gjusta!

Check out the full Top 25 rankings below.

Duck breast, figs & chanterelles from Spago  | Credit: Yelp, Anthony N.

Duck breast, figs & chanterelles from Spago | Credit: Yelp, Anthony N.

Tangier quinoa bowl with salmon from Stir Market  | Yelp, Anna D.

Tangier quinoa bowl with salmon from Stir Market | Yelp, Anna D.

Bacon & Eggs ravioli from Maude  | Yelp, Jennifer B.

Bacon & Eggs ravioli from Maude | Yelp, Jennifer B.

Marinated & grilled swordfish with ricotta gnocchi & peas from Butchers & Barbers  | Instagram, butchersandbarbers

Marinated & grilled swordfish with ricotta gnocchi & peas from Butchers & Barbers | Instagram, butchersandbarbers

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 Spago  180.56  
2 Butchers & Barbers  180.48  
3 Stir Market  180.38  
4 Maude  180.03  
5 Animal  179.89  
6 Bäco Mercat  179.34  
7 AOC  177.59  
8 Mastro's Steakhouse  177.31  
9 Trois Mec  177.15  
10 Status Kuo  177.09  
11 Gjusta  176.31  
12 Love & Salt  176.11  
13 Sqirl  175.27  
14 Ostrich Farm  175.14  
15 Bucato  174.99  
16 Eggslut  174.09  
17 Hinoki & the Bird  173.94  
18 Culina Modern Italian  172.93  
19 Tar & Roses  172.93  
20 Lukshon  172.10  
21 Bestia  171.76  
22 Fig & Olive  170.73  
23 Alma  170.59  
24 LA Chapter Ace Hotel  170.39  
25 Ink. 169.44  

Los Angeles Top 25 Restaurants: December 2014

We see some major shifts in this month's Los Angeles Top 25 ranking before the close of 2014.

At No. 1 restaurant this December is AOC with a social score of 178.37. This upscale eatery is known for its small plates and wine selection and moves up from No. 5 to replace November's victor, Maude. Jumping from No. 7 to No. 2 is the European restaurant known for its Spanish-fusion fare, Baco Mercat. Sqirl drops one rank but stays strong to round out the top three. 

Foodable welcomes back a few restaurants that took a brief hiatus from the list- including the restaurant, Father's Office that lands at No. 14 and Hinoki & the Bird at No. 22. Hanging on at No. 23 is the neighborhood bakery and pizzeria, Milo and Olive

Check out the full list below!

Driver Scallops at AOC  | YELP, Carol L. 

Driver Scallops at AOC | YELP, Carol L. 

Pulled Goose Confit at Bäco Mercat  | YELP, Ed K.

Pulled Goose Confit at Bäco Mercat | YELP, Ed K.

Brown rice bowl with sorrel pesto, preserved meyer lemon, pickled radish, feta, and a poached egg at Sqirl  | YELP, Rose C. 

Brown rice bowl with sorrel pesto, preserved meyer lemon, pickled radish, feta, and a poached egg at Sqirl | YELP, Rose C. 

Warm butter Cake at Mastro's Steakhouse  | YELP, FIFI L.

Warm butter Cake at Mastro's Steakhouse | YELP, FIFI L.

RANK Restaurant Social Score VIDEO
1 AOC  178.37  
2 Baco Mercat  177.39  
3 Sqirl  177.24  
4 Mastro's Steakhouse  177.10  
5 Trois Mec  176.96  
6 Bestia  176.71  
7 Alma  176.67  
8 Maude  175.28  
9 Bowery Bungalo  174.51  
10 LA Chapter Ace Hotel  174.07  
11 Rivera  173.05  
12 Tar & Roses  172.54  
13 Factory Kitchen  171.22  
14 Father's Office  170.63  
15 Bucato  170.28  
16 Lukshon  170.17  
17 Spago  170.01  
18 Ink.  169.95  
19 Chi Spacca  169.75  
20 Eggslut at Grand Central Market  169.73  
21 The Springs  169.62  
22 Hinoki and the Bird  169.54  
23 Milo and Olive  168.53  
24 Lucques  167.22  
25 Guisados 167.09  

Los Angeles Top 25 Restaurants: November 2014

Which LA restaurants have the highest social scores this November? 

This month's list features 23 returning restaurants and two newbies. At no. 1 is Maude with the high social score of 178.73. The victor moved up from no. 8 last month and is an eatery with a tasting menu that changes seasonally. Right behind at no. 2 is Sqirl and Mastro's Steakhouse moves up from no. 13 to round out the top three. 

Foodable welcomes Bowery Bungalow, a farm-to-table concept featuring Middle Eastern Flavors at no. 8. The casual vegan eatery and wine bar, known as The Springs makes it debut on the list at no. 20. 

Check out the full list below!

Ravioli  with duck egg, artichoke ricotta, nueske bacon, and onion jus at Maude  | YELP, Jennifer B. 

Ravioli  with duck egg, artichoke ricotta, nueske bacon, and onion jus at Maude | YELP, Jennifer B. 

Pork Belly at Sqirl  | YELP, m h. 

Pork Belly at Sqirl | YELP, m h. 

Fresh berries at Mastro's Steakhouse  | Yelp, fifi l. 

Fresh berries at Mastro's Steakhouse | Yelp, fifi l. 

Rib-eye over peanut butter at Trois Mec  | YELP, Sean L. 

Rib-eye over peanut butter at Trois Mec | YELP, Sean L. 

RANK Restaurant Social Score
1 Maude  178.73
2 Sqirl  178.10
3 Mastro's Steakhouse  177.46
4 Trois Mec  177.19
5 AOC  177.10
6 Alma  176.83
7 Bäco Mercat  176.52
8 Bowery Bungalow  176.36
9 LA Chapter Ace Hotel  175.52
10 Red Medicine  174.71
11 Rivera  173.59
12 Tar & Roses  173.03
13 Factory Kitchen  172.62
14 Bucato  172.47
15 Lukshon  172.41
16 Spago  171.99
17 Ink.  171.78
18 Allumette  171.57
19 Eggslut at Grand Central Market  171.35
20 The Springs  170.94
21 Lucques  170.79
22 Guisados  170.23
23 Chi Spacca  169.67
24 Providence  167.88
25 Water Grill  167.52