The 5 Cheapest Michelin Restaurants in Los Angeles
In LA and dreaming of some top-class cuisine in great surroundings? But you’d rather not pay the eye-watering prices of L.A.’s most famous eateries? Surpirsingly, there are several spots in the city where you can enjoy Michelin-starred dining without breaking the bank.
These places have it all, the freshest produce produced by creative chefs, exciting wine lists, and a fantastic atmosphere – for less than $125 per person! We hope you’ll enjoy our selection of L.A’s best-value Michelin-starred restaurants to explore and be inspired by.
1. Rustic Canyon
Incredibly, Rustic Canyon offers a 1-star Michelin dining experience for less than $50 per head. Yes, service and drinks are extra, but still, it’s incredible value. With a menu that changes regularly to incorporate the best of locally-sourced seasonal ingredients, Executive Chef Andy Doubrava and chef/owner Jeremy Fox offer their vision of freshness, simplicity, and sustainability to their diners.
Rustic Canyon has featured in Wine Enthusiast’s “Best Wine Restaurants” for the past five years. Sommelier Kathryn Spencer places her focus on small vineyards and offers over 300 selections by the bottle, with 30 rotating options if you prefer to order by the glass. On tap artisan beers and classic and seasonal cocktails are also available.
If you’re looking for fantastic, high-quality food, with exciting drinks to complement it, and a convivial atmosphere, Rustic Canyon on Wiltshire Boulevard in Santa Monica (30 minutes or so from LA is well worth the trip.
2. Osteria Mozza
If you’re a lover of real buffalo mozzarella, Italian-inspired Osteria Mozza dedicates an entire menu section to this specialty. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a white Carrara marble Mozzarella Bar, where chef/owner Nancy creates an astonishing variety of small dishes featuring top-quality mozzarella, freshly imported from the finest Italian producers.
This superstar of the LA restaurant scene attracts A-listers and tourists alike. Expect to have to wait for a table, whether you prefer to dine in the high-energy atmosphere of the front room or the quieter space at the back. As you’ll likely have to wait between courses, don’t choose Osteria Mozza if you’re in a hurry. Just enjoy the buzz and fill up on their famous, mouthwatering bread.
Incredibly for a Michelin-starred restaurant, you can eat here for as little as $69 per person, or for parties of 8 or more, choose the special menu at $100 per person.
Looking for a 7-course menu in a Michelin-starred restaurant in downtown LA for less than $100? Impossible, surely! Well, not when you discover the unique experience of Shibumi, David Schlosser’s kappo omakase.
What makes kappo so special? The word means, literally, ‘to cut and to cook’, and refers to a multi-course cuisine based entirely on the chef’s choices.
Attention to detail is at the heart of everything in this intimate 40-seat Japanese restaurant and bar. Guests are offered exquisite dishes prepared with the pick of local, organic, and sustainable ingredients, skilfully presented on handmade ceramics on a counter made from 400-year-old cypress wood. All this is accompanied by a unique and rare selection of beverages to round off a truly memorable dining experience.
4. Orsa & Winston
This Japanese-Italian fusion gained kudos from the Michelin team, who were impressed by the use of sustainably raised seafood and wine list, which features 90% natural and organic selections.
So if you’re looking for somewhere lively with modern design, a buzzing open kitchen, and the coolest jazz playing in the background, don’t miss the chance to spend a lunchtime or evening here.
Orsa & Winston’s single 5-course tasting menu for $125 rises to $205 with the wine pairings – both exclusive of the 20% service charge, which is automatically added to the final bill.
5. Mori Sushi
Although legendary chef Mori is no longer found in the kitchen preparing the daily sushi, the restaurant is in the more-than-capable hands of Chef Masanori “Maru” Nagano. It fully deserves all the superlatives offered by the Michelin reviewer – who simply explains that everything about the place and the food is “nothing short of exquisite”. High praise indeed.
A relaxed and tranquil ambience is created by the soft lighting, white walls, and wood accents. The artwork, by local L.A. artists, is refreshed every few months, so the unique look of the restaurant is constantly updated.
The ‘Nigiri Omakase’ tasting menu, consisting of one appetizer and the chef’s selection of sushi, is priced at $125, excluding sake from their excellent list.