Among many things, Los Angeles is known for their authentic Mexican culture and food. Take a look at our 5 top picks for the best Mexican eateries north of the border. They’re worth checking out.
1 Red O Restaurant
Boasting high ceilings, a romantic lounge area, and plenty of atmospheric diversity, this Mexican restaurant by Rick Bayless has something for everyone. The outside patio is perfect for either a family dinner or a romantic date. The food itself blends bold and traditional flavors into one beautiful display. For an appetizer, try the guacamole, which many claim to be one of the most authentic dips in town. And even if you’re not all that hungry, sit at the beautifully carved bar and have one of their infamous drinks made with freshly squeezed juice. Open for Sunday brunch now.
2 Loteria Grill Farmers Market
Loteria Grill has three locations but the one at the Farmers Market is the casual diner’s favorite. Don’t let the kitschy décor fool you, the food is sophisticated with delicately crafted flavors. This taco stand has a diverse menu of tacos and sandwiches that you can eat walking down the street. If you don’t feel like waiting around, feel free to place your order for pick-up in advance - their to-go menu is available online!
3 Rosa Mexicano
This new edition to the family of Rosa Mexicano restaurants has been welcomed by West Hollywood with open arms. Their happy hour bar menu is popular and brings in the crowds. Many locals insist that the mole sauce is a must-have and one of the most authentic dishes on the menu. There is also a diverse array of fish and seafood. Tequila is taken seriously at this restaurant, so allow yourself a moment to enjoy a delicious margarita at one of their outdoor tables. Reservations required.
4 Loteria Grill Hollywood
Spectacularly lit at night. Tree inside. Romantic. High ceilings, exposed pipes, clean and simple décor. The Loteria Grill in Hollywood is a perfect compliment to its counterpart at the Farmers Market. If you feel like sitting down in a restaurant, the grill is the place to go. This location is versatile with it’s clean and simple décor, high ceilings, and white countertops, that are transformed by dramatic lighting at night. They serve everything from a classic Mexican breakfast with your choice of sauce, to hearty soups made with pork. For a special treat try the banana squash and corn soup. Reservations are available online, as well as their catering information.
5 La Huasteca
Named after a region in Souther Mexico, La Huasteca is not just known for how delicious the food is but also for the work that goes into the presentation of each plate. Each dish looks like an art piece, drizzled with a vibrantly colored sauce. The half an avocado filled with fish ceviche is a popular dish along with their traditionally prepared guacamole. The bar is fully stocked and tequila-lover friendly. Make sure to check out the beautiful murals on the walls that were made on site by the Mexican artists Beningno Magaña and Camilo Ramíirez.