Living in Los Angeles you learn that your Instagram feed really matters. Cute little restaurants that double as a backdrop and a delicious meal is like killing two birds with one stone. Los Angeles is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, and lucky for us, many of them are also picture-perfect for the gram. From trendy brunch spots to chic dinner destinations, we’ve rounded up the coolest Insta-worthy restaurants in LA.
Location: 8715 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood
Catch LA is a trendy rooftop restaurant located in the heart of West Hollywood. The restaurant offers stunning views of the city skyline and a chic atmosphere perfect for capturing those Instagram-worthy shots. Not only can you catch (see what we did there?) cute instagram photos in front of their green photo wall, the restaurant also specializes in seafood. They’ve got dishes like crispy whole snapper and king crab tempura that are not only delicious but are also beautifully presented. The terrace is where we recommend for those instagram pictures since it is adorned with lush greenery, cozy seating areas, and chic lighting that creates a romantic and intimate ambiance. Don’t even get us started on the views. Make a reservation before you visit (because its hard to get a table) on Open Table here.
Location: 861 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles
Barton G is one of those places where the food does not look real. Barton G is a whimsical and playful restaurant located in West Hollywood. The restaurant’s over-the-top presentation make it a favorite spot for capturing unique and eye-catching photos. For example, one table may have a giant glass shoe as its centerpiece, while another may have a tabletop garden with a miniature water feature. Dishes are designed to be as visually exciting as they are delicious, with presentation that ranges from playful to downright theatrical. One dish, the “Marie Antoinette’s Head,” is a cotton candy sculpture of the famous queen’s coiffure, while another, the “Dollar Dollar Bill Y’all,” is a dessert that is set ablaze at the table. Barton G also has a variety of inventive cocktails that are equally as photo-worthy. The drinks come in all shapes and sizes, such as the “Popcorn” cocktail, which comes with actual popcorn on top. They really take everything literal, just the way we like it. Make a reservation on Opentable here.
Location: 23000 E Pacific Coast Hwy Building C, Malibu
Malibu Farm Pier Cafe is a charming beachfront restaurant located on the historic Malibu Pier. With its picturesque setting and farm-to-table menu, it’s no wonder why this restaurant is a popular destination for foodies and “Insta-grammers.” The restaurant’s outdoor seating area is perched above the Pacific Ocean, offering unobstructed views of the water and the Malibu coastline. The pier itself is also an iconic landmark that makes for the perfect photo backdrop. The restaurant’s menu features a variety of healthy and sustainable dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients. Some of the most popular menu items include the avocado toast, the seafood salad, and the grass-fed burger. Whether you’re looking to capture the perfect photo or simply enjoy a delicious meal, this restaurant is sure to impress.
Location: 633 W 5th St 71st floor, Los Angeles
As one of the highest restaurants in the United States, 71Above offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city from every angle, making it a prime location for capturing stunning photos. With floor-to-ceiling windows that provide an unobstructed view of Los Angeles it makes you never want to leave. Dishes such as seared diver scallops, lamb rack, and mushroom risotto are not only delicious but also served up beautifully which makes for the perfect insta story. Not only will you be looking at the view but after the photos you’ll take here, people won’t stop looking at you. Make a reservation on their website here.
Location: 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles
Yamashiro is thee destination for stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and panoramic views of Los Angeles. It’s no surprise that Yamashiro has been around for decades and is a popular destination for both locals, tourists, and celebrities. Did we mention that the restaurant is on top of the Hollywood Hills and has views of the entire city? The restaurant not only features an unbeatable view but also has gardens that are filled with lush greenery, tranquil ponds, and Japanese-inspired sculptures and lanterns. In the evening, the gardens are lit up with twinkling lights, creating a magical and romantic ambiance. Yamashiro’s menu features a variety of Asian-inspired dishes that are both delicious and visually appealing. We recommend the Yellow Dragon roll that is not only colorful, but also very yummy. Book your table on Resy here.
Location: 8440 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
Casa Madera is not only fun but also has an amazing ambiance unlike any other. The restaurant’s interior is designed to feel like a cozy Mexican hacienda, with warm earth tones, wooden accents, and plenty of greenery, making it a great location for capturing cozy and intimate photos. What makes Casa Madera truly photo-worthy, however, is its outdoor patio. The patio is a lush and vibrant oasis, with brightly-colored walls, potted plants, and string lights overhead. The tables are adorned with colorful tablecloths and floral arrangements, making it the perfect spot for capturing a cute pic. The food is also to die for. One of the most popular dishes is the chile relleno, which is stuffed with queso fresco and served with a smoky tomato sauce. At night it may even feel like a club with pumping music and amazing staff that make your experience 10x better. Make a reservation on Opentable here.
Location: 6516 Selma Ave, Los Angeles
Ka’teen is a trendy and stylish restaurant located in the heart of Culver City. For the more calm oasis, and what makes Ka’teen truly photo-worthy, is its outdoor patio. The patio is a serene and peaceful oasis, with lush greenery, hanging plants, and a stunning mural painted on the back wall. The seating area is adorned with colorful cushions and string lights, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for capturing intimate photos. The menu at Ka’teen is inspired by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, with a focus on fresh and flavorful ingredients. Popular dishes include the spicy hummus, lamb kebab, and grilled octopus, all of which are beautifully presented and perfect for a food highlight on the gram. Book your table on Resy here.
Location: 1545 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles
Mother Wolf is a classic, true Hollywood restaurant feel with even yummier food. We’ll be blunt, it is HARD to get a reservation here, but well worth it. First off, the bold patterns, moody colors, and unique lighting fixtures inside make it a great location for capturing striking and playful photos. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a ballroom ready to dance around the fancy food which includes popular dishes include the grilled cauliflower steak, the roasted mushroom risotto, and the crispy pork belly. Book your table on Resy here.
Location: 23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu
Taverna Tony is a charming and authentic Greek restaurant located in the heart of Malibu. If you have or have not been to Greece allow us to take you there. The restaurant’s interior is designed to feel like a traditional Greek taverna, with white-washed walls, rustic wooden tables, and plenty of Mediterranean accents making your Instagram followers think you flew to Greece for lunch (as they should!). The patio is a romantic and picturesque space, with white-washed walls, stone floors, and plenty of potted plants and flowers, creating a serene and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for capturing beautiful photos. In addition to the charming decor and delicious food, Taverna Tony also has a full bar that offers a variety of Greek-inspired cocktails, such as the “Santorini Sunset” and the “Ouzo Margarita.” These cocktails are going to take you straight to Santorini, guaranteed. Make a reservation on their website here.
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Feature image from @kateen_la