Brentwood Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
11712 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Just a few blocks from MiniLuxe and Alfred Coffee, this brand-new casual eatery offers excellent thin-crust pizza from Naples-born chef Daniele Uditi, as well really great iterations of carciofi and caprese. High ceilings and lots of natural light open up the narrow space, which is already packed and buzzy at lunch time—definitely make a reservation, wait times for dinner can be especially long. Note: the pizzas are generous in size—two or three people could comfortably split one (but trying two to share is a safer bet and also too hard to pass up). Photos: Amy Neunsinger
225 26th St., Brentwood
Jeff Cerciello (former Thomas Keller culinary director) perfects the bakery-cum-larder-cum-restaurant concept in this sunny space with all-day dining at rustic communal tables including a wonderful family-style dinner with a market-driven menu. Ingredients here are top-notch and Cerciello knows what to do with them, keeping the food exciting and tasty without over-complicating. The Roast Jidori Chicken is a standout, along with any of the fresh seafood or excellent produce-based dishes. There's an attached mini-grocery store with an excellent cheese selection, pastries, and prepared salads and sandwiches.
Tavern Bar & Larder
11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
The atrium-like Tavern—helmed by Suzanne Goin who is one of L.A.'s biggest food stars—is a good option for big groups, and the bar is perfect for a burger and martini. Up front, there's Larder, where you can get prepared sandwiches and salads, pastries, and plenty of caffeine. This is the perfect place to stock-up on lunch for a picnic at one of the city's parks, or on the lawn at The Getty. There's also a Larder on Burton Way in Beverly Hills.
11917 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood
The givens: Unadorned sushi, attentive service, a busy and buzzy atmosphere. What sets it apart from the other west side options is very simple. It's the rice. Perfectly moist and served slightly warm, it's the ideal vehicle for the fish, which is, for the most part, presented sans sauce (why mar perfection?). They offer a $28 lunch special that condenses the omakase menu but still packs the same punch. There's also a location in Beverly Hills, and now one in New York.
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