The dining room at the new and improved Kato. Photo by Jeni Afuso, courtesy of Kato

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Where to Eat In Downtown L.A.


The beauty of Downtown L.A. is that it’s not just a city center — it’s a destination unto itself, especially when you factor in micro-neighborhoods like Little Tokyo, Chinatown, and the Arts District. History and future meld seamlessly here, from the shiny curves of the Walt Disney Concert Hall to the cobblestone streets of El Pueblo de Los Angeles (the city’s 1781 birthplace). 

Downtown’s ongoing renaissance has weathered a few scrapes and bruises from the pandemic, but it continues to reinvent itself with entertainment, hospitality, and top-notch food and drink options. Whether you try to tackle it in a day or a year, you need a strategy. This is our guide to where to eat in DTLA, in 18 exceptional spots.