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The Best Restaurants in L.A. Opening in Spring 2018

Baskin-Robbins becomes Milk Bar, Ludo Lefebvre expands and more
Best New Restaurants Los Angeles Spring 2018
The curry bun at Somni | Photo: Somni

From new locations of Milk Bar and Tartine Manufactory to José Andrés's latest venture, these are the best restaurants in Los Angeles opening in spring 2018.  

Petit Trois

Ludo Lefebvre's intimately snug and hard-to-get-into bistro is expanding into a larger second location in Sherman Oaks. With that extra space will come a heftier all-day menu with options that will include dishes of cassoulet, prime rib and dover sole filleted tableside. 

 

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Somni

Billed by José Andrés and Think Food Group creative director Aitor Zabala as more of a multisensory culinary experience versus normal dining room, Somni invites guests into a 10-seat exhibition kitchen, where there as many chefs as there are place settings. Throughout the 20-course meal, diners are encouraged to interact with the cooks as they plate each dish.


Tartine Manufactory

The San Francisco bakery and marketplace Southern Californians have long been envious of is bringing its famed pastries and breads to the Row in Downtown L.A. The massive space will also include a coffee-roasting facility and, more excitedly, a number of restaurants—including a pizzeria from the legendary Chris Bianco.

Simone

After spending years as the chef de cuisine of three-Michelin-star Manresa in the Bay Area, Jessica Largey is going back home to SoCal. Her first solo restaurant, which opens this spring, will take a more casual tone with menu items like sweet potato with tahini, Shishito peppers and Harissa vinaigrette and an abalone toast with avocado and charred cucumbers.

 

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Crustacean

The An family, who are among the first of L.A.'s fine dining immigrant restaurateurs, are reopening their iconic Beverly Hills flagship. Along with the renovated dining room, the menu has been updated with plates like a vegan hearts of palm "crab cake." Don't worry: The famous garlic noodles that are made in a separate, secret kitchen haven't gone anywhere.

Milk Bar

What used to be a Baskin-Robbins and an old Laundromat will become the largest location of Christina Tosi's neon-lit bakery—brimming with the sugary confections she's become so well known for, like birthday cake cookies, cereal milk soft-serve and Crack Pie.

 

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