Nature July 21, 2018
10 Wildly Famous Restaurants In Southern California That Are Totally Worth The Hullabaloo
When it comes to the dining scene in Southern California, there’s no question we have some of the best restaurants in the country. Although there are many options to choose from, you’ll find there are a number of places in SoCal that are wildly famous and bring people from all over the world to experience. Here are 10 of those restaurants that are extremely popular and totally worth a visit.
Please note, The Crab Cooker is temporarily closed.
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1. The Dresden
An iconic restaurant that's been around for more than sixty years and was made famous in the wildly popular movie Swingers, The Dresden is one SoCal restaurant that everyone should experience at least once. From mouthwatering dishes like Prime Rib to memorable live music and entertainment, The Dresden is a classic in every way. The Dresden Restaurant and Lounge is located at 1760 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027.
2. Mister A's
Quite possibly one of the best views in San Diego, Mister A's is an undeniably perfect setting for a memorable dining experience. Whether you're seated inside or out, the view of San Diego is stunning. When it comes to the food, you'll find a variety of elegant dishes including seafood, chicken, and steak. You can find Mister A's at 2550 5th Ave., San Diego, CA.
Spago has been a fixture in Southern California about as long as Wolfgang Puck has been a celebrity chef. Although this spot may be the kind of place you go for a splurge, it's worth it to experience this restaurant at least once. Even something as simple as a sandwich looks and tastes like a work of art at Spago. You can try this restaurant for yourself at 176 N. Canon Dr. in Beverly Hills.
4. Musso and Frank Grill
Musso and Frank Grill has been delighting customers since 1919. With a menu filled with elegant dishes ranging from pasta to prime rib in a setting that captures the glamour of old Hollywood, it's easy to see why this restaurant in SoCal continues to be wildly popular. You can find Musso and Frank Grill at 6667 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA.
5. The Crab Cooker
There's nothing quite like The Crab Cooker. Whether you're here for the massive crab legs or you are here for the clam chowder, your taste buds will be in heaven. In addition to serving up quality crab and seafood, the festive restaurant is always a hit for large gatherings with friends and family. You can find The Crab Cooker at 2200 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663.
6. The Ivy
Whether you live in SoCal or you're just visiting, The Ivy is one of those restaurants you must experience at least once in your life. In addition to being known as a popular dining destination for many Hollywood celebrities, it's also a downright delightful place to dine. You'll find a charming ambiance filled with colorful touches inside and out and a divine menu that will make your mouth water. You can find The Ivy at 113 N Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
7. Dan Tana's
Since 1961, Dan Tana's has been serving some of the best Italian food on the planet. With a loyal following and a consistently incredible classic dining experience, this landmark destination in SoCal is well worth all the buzz. Dan Tana's is located at 9071 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA.
8. Phillipe the Original
When it comes to a melt-in-your-mouth French Dip sandwich, there's nothing more famous than the original French Dip at Phillipe the Original. Located at 1001 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA, this iconic eatery has been a part of the SoCal restaurant scene since 1908. After you take your first bite of one of their sandwiches you'll see why this place is so famous.
9. Nate 'n Al Delicatessen
For more than 70 years, Nate 'n Al Delicatessen has been the go-to spot for locals and out-of-towners seeking classic deli food. From hearty hamburgers to deli sandwiches stacked with the freshest ingredients and the crunchiest deli pickles you'll ever taste, this popular deli sure knows how to please. You can find Nate 'n Al Deli at 414 North Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
10. Pink's Hot Dogs
When most people think of hot dogs in Southern California, the original Pink's hot dog stand on La Brea is quite possibly the first thing that comes to mind. Bite into a classic Pink's dog or a chili dog loaded with all of your favorite toppings and you will quickly discover why this spot in SoCal has long been the most famous hot dog stand in Southern California since it first opened in 1939. Pink's is located at 709 N La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA.
Do you have a favorite restaurant on this list? If there are any wildly famous restaurants we left out, please let us know in the comments what you would have added.
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