Delicious Dining Index – The List is Long, But (Not Necessarily) Distinguished

You didn’t really think that an obsessive/compulsive listgeeky tastespotter would blog about food for three years without meticulously keeping careful, detailed track of every (no, really, every) single place she’s gone, did you?

You just didn’t know that the Delicious Dining Index even existed because the link has been (and will continue to be) hiding in that sidebar over there and who the hell ever looks at a blog’s sidebar anyway?!?!


Now, the index is quite cumbersome because it is wholly maintained by a painstaking manual process that only allows my htmlly-challenged brain to create one long, alphabetized list. Some day, when my badass bow-hunting skills can be translated to the web, I will make this index all slick with categorization and the ability to sort and filter. Oooh. Fancy.

Until then, grab your cocktail and click forth at your own risk. You haven’t seen anything this well-endowed since…

Oh, never mind.

Restaurant Cuisine/Style Location
17th Street Cafe American Santa Monica
101 Coffee Shop diner Hollywood
930 (Nine-Thirty) at the W Hotel small plates Westwood
AOC Wine Bar mediterranean Beverly/Third
The Abbey bar/club West Hollywood
Abbot’s Pizza Company pizza Venice
Abbot’s Pizza Company, II pizza Santa Monica
Abode California Santa Monica
Acapulco mexican Westwood
Air Conditioned wine bar Santa Monica
Akbar Cuisine of India indian Santa Monica
Akwa asian Santa Monica
Al Gelato italian Beverly Hills
All India Cafe indian West LA
Amandine Patissierre bakery Brentwood
Ambala Dhaba indian Westwood – Blvd
Ame new american San Francisco
Amuse Cafe (closed) california Venice
Angelato Cafe ice cream/gelato Santa Monica-Promenade
Annapurna Indian Cuisine indian Culver/Palms
Antica Pizzeria pizza Marina Del Rey
Aroma Coffe and Tea Co. coffee Valley-east
ArcLight bar/club Hollywood
Aroma Cafe eastern european Westwood – Blvd
Arsenal Bar bar/club West LA
Asakuma Sushi sushi Brentwood
Asian Kitchen indian Culver/Palms
BCD Tofu House korean Koreatown
BLD american Beverly/Third
Babalu caribbean Santa Monica
Backyard at the W Hotel american Westwood
Baja Bud’s mexican Santa Monica- 3rd St
Baja Cantina mexican Marina Del Rey
Bandera american West LA
Bankgkok West Thai thai Santa Monica-downtown
Barney’s Beanery bar Santa Monica-Promenade
Barney’s Gourmet Burgers burgers/sandwiches Brentwood – San Vicente
Bay Cities Italian Deli Deli, Italian Santa Monica-downtown
Beacon Asian Cafe (2) (3) asian Culver City
Beard Papa’s Sweets Cafe bakeries Sawtelle
Beauty Bar bar/club/lounge Hollywood
Beechwood (2) american Venice
Benito’s Taco Shop (2) mexican West LA
Blowfish Sushi to Die For (2) sushi West Hollywood
Blue Marlin Japanese Bistro japanese West LA – Sawtelle
BOA Steakhouse steakhouse Santa Monica
Bodega Wine Bar wine bar Santa Monica
Bohemian Cafe korean Koreatown
Bombay Cafe (2) indian West LA
Border Grill mexican Santa Monica
Boulevard 3 bar/lounge Hollywood
Boule Atelier bakery La Cienega
The Bowery american/french Hollywood
Bravo Cucina italian Santa Monica-Promenade
Bread & Porridge breakfast/brunch Santa Monica
Brentwood, The steakhouse Brentwood
Bridge, The California West Hollywood – La Cienega
Brig, The bar/lounge Venice
Broadway Deli deli Santa Monica-3rd St
Bryan’s Pit BBQ bbq LA Farmers’ Market
Cabana Club bar/club Hollywood
Cabo Cantina bar/club Brentwood
Cafe Bellagio italian Santa Monica-Promende
Cafe Bleu korean Koreatown
Cafe Brasil brazilian Culver/Palms
Cafe Crepe French-crepes Santa Monica – downtown
Caffe Delfini italian Santa Monica
California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) California, pizza Westwood-village
California Roll and Sushi Fish sushi Brentwood
California Vegan thai West LA
California Wok chinese Brentwood
Campanile mediterranean Miracle Mile
Canal Club (2) asian fusion Venice
Cantaloop ice cream Hollywood
Canter’s Deli Vietnamese LA/Fairfax
Casa Escobar (2) mexican Brentwood
Cha Cha Cha caribbean Silver Lake
Chado Tea Room Tea LA/Beverly-Third
Chameau moroccan Fairfax
Chan Dara thai West LA
Chandni Indian Vegetarian indian Santa Monica
Chang’s of Brentwood chinese Brentwood
Charcoal American, steakhouse Hollywood
Chart House american Marina Del Rey
Checkers Hotel hotel Downtown
Cheese Store of Beverly Hills cheese Beverly Hills
Cheesecake Factory american Brentwood – San Vicente
Chez Jay American-seafood Santa Monica-coast
Chin Chin chinese-dim sum Brentwood
China Gate chinese Koreatown
Chinese Gourmet Express Chinese-fast food Santa Monica-3rd St
Chosun Galbee korean Koreatown
Cinch asian fusion Santa Monica
Citizen Smith (2) american Hollywood
Ciudad latin Downtown
Cobra Lily spanish Beverly Hills
Cobras and Matadors spanish Beverly/Third
Coldstone Creamery ice cream Brenwtood
Comfort Cafe at Fred Segal California Santa Monica-downtown
Con Sabor el salvadorean Culver City
Coral Tree Cafe sandwiches/salads Brentwood
Cubby’s Cafe sandwiches/salads Culver City
Curry House Japanese-curry West LA-Sawtelle
Dagwood’s Pizza pizza Santa Monica
Delphi Greek Cuisine greek Westwood
Dhaba Cuisine of India indian Santa Monica – Main St
Diddy Riese (2) desserts Westwood – Village
The Dive bar/lounge LA
Don Antonio’s (2) mexican West LA
Dong Il Jang korean Koreatown
Double Dutch Dinette diner Culver City
The Dragon (2) chinese Koreatown
El Carmen mexican Beverly/Third
El Cholo mexican Santa Monica
El Guapo Cantina mexican Los Angeles
Empanada’s Place argentinean Culver City
En Sushi (2) sushi West LA
Enterprise Fish Company seafood Santa Monica, Main St
Enzo’s Pizzeria pizza Westwood – Village
Falafel King Middle Eastern Santa Monica-3rd St
Famima!! (2) american/japanese Westwood
Fassica (2) ethiopian Culver City
Fat Fish sushi West Hollywood
Ferry Building markets San Francisco
Finn McCool’s irish Santa Monica – Main St
Fioretto Trattoria italian Culver City
Foley’s irish San Francisco
Foodies (closed) american Brentwood
Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas american Las Vegas, NV
Frankie & Johnnie’s (2) (3) pizza Brentwood – San Vicente
Fred 62 diner Silverlake
Fresh Corn Grill american Westwood
Frontera Grill mexican Chicago
Frying Fish sushi Little Tokyo
Fuddruckers burgers Century City
Furusato sushi Koreatown
Gaby’s Mediterranean mediterranean Culver/Palms
Gaby’s Mediterranean mediterranean Marina Del Rey
Gaucho Grill argentinean Brentwood
Geisha House sushi Hollywood
Gino’s East pizza Chicago, IL
Golden Gopher bar/club Downtown LA
Good Luck Bar bar/club Silverlake
Gozar (2) spanish West Hollywood
Greek Islands greek Chicago
Guelaguetza mexican – oaxaca Culver/Palms
Gulen’s Mediterranean mediterranean Century City
The Gumbo Pot cajun/creole Los Angeles
Guy’s bar/club Beverly Center
Hakata Sushi sushi Santa Monica
Hamburger Hamlet american Brentwood
Hana Haru Sushi sushi South Bay
Hana Sushi sushi Brentwood
Hanoi Cafe (closed) vietnamese South Bay
Harper’s Express italian Century City
Hatfield’s new american Third/Beverly
HK Market korean market Rowland Heights
HMS Bounty american Koreatown
Hodori korean Koreatown
Holly’s West bars/clubs Santa Monica
Hollywood Bowl (2) american Hollywood
Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel bar/club Hollywood
Honey’s Kettle chicken Culver City
Houston’s american Santa Monica/3rd St Prom
Hungry Cat (2) seafood Hollywood
Hurry Curry japanese West LA – Sawtelle
i Cugini italian Santa Monica
Il Grano italian West LA
Il Moro italian West LA
In N Out Burger fast food/burgers Everywhere
India’s Oven indian Westwood
India’s Tandoori indian Brentwood
Indo Cafe indonesian West LA
Iroha Sushi of Tokyo Japanese-sushi Valley-east
Islands Burgers burgers/sandwiches Westwood
Jack Sprat’s Grille american Westwood
Jackson Street Market deli Culver City
Jamba Juice (2) coffee/juice Brentwood – San Vicente
James’ Beach american Venice
Jar american Los Angeles
Jer-ne at Ritz-Carlton american, buffet Marina Del Rey
Jerry’s Famous Deli deli/diner Westwood – Village
Jin Patisserie desserts Venice
JiRaffe american Santa Monica
Joe’s Restaurant american Venice
Johnnie’s Pastrami sandwiches West LA
Johnny Rocket’s diners, burgers Santa Monica-3rd St
JP’s Sports Bar and Grill bar/club Santa Monica
JR Seafood (2) chinese West LA
Jumak Sheeri Cafe korean Koreatown
Kabuki Sushi (2) sushi West LA
Katmandu Kitchen indian (nepalese) Culver City
Katsu-Ya sushi Brentwood
Kay and Dave’s Cantina mexican Santa Monica
Kennadee’s bar/club Milwaukee, WI
King’s Hawaiian, The Local Place hawaiian, bakery South Bay
Kingyo Sushi sushi Orange County-Newport
Kiriko Sushi (2) sushi West LA – Sawtelle
Kizoku Sushi/K Lounge bar/club Chicago, IL
Koutoubia moroccan Westwood – Blvd
La Cabaña mexican Venice
La Dijonaise french Culver City
La Oaxaquena (taco truck) Mexican-taco truck Venice
La Salsa mexican Brentwood – San Vicente
La Scala Presto italian Brentwood – San Vicente
La Serenata Gourmet mexican Westwood
La Terza (2) italian Beverly/Third
Langer’s Deli delis/diners Los Angeles
Lares mexican West LA
Lawry’s Carvery sandwiches Orange County – South
Lazy Daisy Cafe breakfast Brentwood
Le Colonial vietnamese San Francisco
Le Cupcake cupcakes Santa Monica-Promenade
Le Petit Greek greek Larchmont
Le Prive korean (club) Koreatown
Le Saigon vietnamese West LA
Leda’s Bakeshop desserts/bakery Valley
Library Alehouse american Santa Monica
Literati Cafe bakery/cafe Brentwood
Little Hong Kong Cafe chinese West LA – Sawtelle
The Lobster American/Seafood Santa Monica
Locanda del Lago italian Santa Monica-Promenade
Lola’s bar/lounge Fairfax
Lori’s Diner delis/diners San Francisco
Loteria Grill at the LA Farmers Market mexican LA
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Pizzeria Chicago
Louise’s Trattoria italian Brentwood
Lula (2) mexican Santa Monica – Main St
Luna Park American Comfort LA/Mid-Wilshire
Magnolia american Hollywood
Magnolia Bakery bakery/cupcakes New York
Ma’Kai asian fusion Santa Monica
Mama Voula’s greek West LA
Mandarin Shanghai chinese San Gabriel Valley
Mario’s Peruvian peruvian Hollywood
Marix Tex Mex Cafe mexican West Hollywood
McCormick & Schmick’s American/Seafood Beverly Hills
McDonald’s burgers Inglewood
Mel’s Drive-In delis/diners Hollywood
Messob Ethiopian ethiopian Fairfax
Michi asian fusion, sushi Manhattan Beach
Milwaukee Public Market market Milwaukee, WI
Miyako sushi Culver City
Mi Song sushi Rowland Heights
Mizu 212 japanese (shabu shabu) West LA – Sawtelle
Mondrian Hotel Hotel West Hollywood/Sunset
Monsoon Cafe pan-asian Santa Monica-Promenade
Montmartre Lounge bar/club Hollywood
Morels French Steakhouse and Bistro french LA
Mori Sushi sushi West LA
Mr. Beef sandwiches Chicago, IL
Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs BBQ Santa Monica
Musha (2) japanese (izakaya) Santa Monica
Nanbankan (2) japanese (izakaya) West LA
Napa Valley Grille california Westwood – Village
Natalee Thai thai Culver City
New India Grill (2) (3) indian Westwood – Blvd
New Japan japanese West LA
New York Deli delis/diners Century City
Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse steakhouse Downtwon
Niko Niko Sushi sushi West LA
Nizam Indian Cuisine indian Westwood
Nobel Bakery bakeries/desserts Valley
Noma Sushi sushi Santa Monica
Nook Bistro american West LA
Nordstrom: The Cafe at Nordstrom cafe San Diego
O-bar california comfort West Hollywood
Orchid Thai Fusion Thai/Fusion Santa Monica
Orris asian West LA – Sawtelle
Osteria Latini (2) (3) italian Brentwood – San Vicente
Ozumo japanese San Francisco
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro “chinese” Santa Monica-3rd Street
Pacifico’s (2) mexican Culver City
Palmeri, S.A. italian Brentwood
Palms Thai thai Hollywood
Papa John’s pizza everywhere
Panda Express chinese fast food Brentwood
Papa John’s Pizza pizza Brentwood
The Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel california Santa Monica
Pete’s Cafe and Bar american Downtown
Pharaoh’s Pheast Buffet at the Luxor american Las Vegas, NV
Phaze bar/club South Bay
Philippe’s The Original sandwiches Downtown
Pho 99 (2) (3) vietnamese Brentwood
Phoreign Vietnamese West LA/Sawtelle
Pili’s Tacos mexican West LA
Pinkberry frozen yogurt Everywhere
Pink’s of Hollywood (2) hotdogs Hollywood
PJ Clarke’s bar Chicago, IL
Place Yuu japanese (izakaya) West LA – Sawtelle
Portillo’s Hot Dogs hot dogs Chicago, IL
Primitivo Wine Bistro mediterranean Venice
Punch Grill confused Santa Monica
Q’s Billiards sports bar Brentwood
Ramenya japanese/ramen West LA
Real Chili chili Milwaukee, WI
Red Head Piano Bar bar/lounge Chicago, IL
Red Lion Tavern German Silverlake
Red Moon Cafe vietnamese West LA
Red Rock Bar & Eatery american/bar West Hollywood
Redwood Room at the Clift Hotel bar/lounge San Francisco
Renaissance Bistro italian Orange County – North
Republic American Steakhouse La Cienega
Rosalind’s ethiopian Fairfax
Royal Star Seafood chinese Santa Monica
Rubio’s Fish Tacos maxicen fast food Everywhere
Ruby Skye bar/club San Francisco
S & W Country Diner diner Culver City
Sagan (2) korean Orange County – North
Saints and Sinners bars/clubs Culver City
Sakura House kushiyaki Culver City
San Antonio Winery winery Downtown
San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina american/breakfast San Diego
San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, Yacht Club american San Diego
San Gennaro Cafe italian Culver City
San Gennaro Restaurant italian Brentwood
San Soo Dang korean Koreatown
Santa Monica Bar & Grille american Santa Monica
Sasabune sushi Santa Monica
Sa Sa Ya japanese (izakaya) West LA
Sato Sushi sushi Orange County – North
Schatzi on Main california Santa Monica – Main St
Sea Empress chinese South Bay
Seo Rae Gwan korean Koreatown
SF Saloon bar West LA
Shade Hotel hotel,bar/lounge Manhattan Beach
Sham Mediterranean Cuisine middle eastern Santa Monica
Shamshiri Grill persian Westwood
Shane cal-asian Santa Monica – Main St
Shik Do Rak Korean-BBQ Koreatown
Shin Sen Gumi japanese (izakaya) South Bay
Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel Bar/Lounge West Hollywood/Sunset
Social, The new american Milwaukee, WI
Sor Tino italian Brentwood – San Vicente
(Original) Soup Man soup New York
Spanish Kitchen Mexican La Cienega
Sprinkle Cupcakes (2) bakery Beverly Hills
Sprinkles Cupcakes bakeries Newport Beach
Spumoni italian Santa Monica – Montana
Spy Bar bar/club Chicago, IL
Standard Hotel, The Diner at (2) deli/diner Downtown
St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach hotel dining Orange County – Dana Point
Surah (2) korean Orange County – North
Sushi Karen sushi Culver City
Sushi King sushi Santa Monica
Sushi Mon Japanese-sushi Santa Monica-downtown
Sushi Shogun Japanese-sushi Santa Monica-3rd St
Sushi Roku Japanese-sushi Santa Monica-coast
Sushi Tenn sushi Sawtelle
Susina Bakery and Cafe bakery Beverly/Third
Swig small plates Milwaukee, WI
Table 8 eclectic Hollywood
Tacomiendo mexican West LA
Taiko Japanese/Sushi Brentwood
Taka Sushi Japanese-sushi Santa Monica – downtown
Talay Thai thai West LA
The Talpa mexican West LA
Tampopo japanese – ramen West LA
Tanino Ristorante Bar italian Westwood – Village
Tantra’s India’s Oven (2) (3) indian Brentwood
Taps Fish House & Brewery seafood, southern Orange County – North
Tender Greens American Culver City
Tengu Japanese/Sushi Santa Monica
Terried Sake House japanese (izakaya) West LA
Thai Bamboo thai Brentwood
Thai Dishes thai Culver City
Thai Dishes thai Santa Monica
Thai Dishes thai Santa Monica-downtown
Thirsty Bear spanish (tapas) San Francisco
Three on Fourth japanese, american, italian Santa Monica-downtown
Tia Juana’s (2) mexican West LA
Toast Bakery Cafe Breakfast LA/Beverly-Third
Tofu-Ya korean West LA – Sawtelle
Toi Thai Cafe thai Santa Monica
Tokio japanese Hollywood
Tokyo Fast Food japanese West LA
Tong Dang Thai (2) thai Brentwood – San Vicente
Top Dog hot dogs Berkeley
Torafuku japanese West LA
Town Hall new american San Francisco
Trader Joe’s markets West Los Angeles
Trader Vic’s polynesian Beverly Hills
Trastevere italian Santa Monica-Promenade
Tuk Tuk Thai thai West LA
Typhoon asian Santa Monica
Usinger’s Sausages sausages Milwaukee, WI
Uzen Sushi sushi West LA
Vanilla Bake Shop bakery Santa Monica
Veranda Bar at Casa Del Mar bar/lounge Santa Monica
Versailles cuban Culver City
Viceroy, The bar/lounge (with food) Santa Monica
Victor Jr.’s (2) italian Culver City
Viktor Bene’s Continental Bakery bakeries Century City
Vino Venue wine bar San Francisco
Violet american Santa Monica
VIP Harbor Seafood (2) (3) chinese Brentwood
W Hotel hotels Westwood
Voda Vodka Bar & Restaurant american Santa Monica-downtown
Volcano Tea House coffee/juice West LA – Sawtelle
Wabi Sabi asian fusion Venice
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos mexican Brentwood
Warszawa (2) eastern european Santa Monica
Weiland’s Brewery American Downtown
Wharo korean Marina Del Rey
Whisper Lounge bar/club Los Angeles
Whole Foods Market market Brentwood – San Vicente
Wildflour Pizza pizza Santa Monica
Wilshire organic Santa Monica
Wolfgang Puck Catering asian fusion Los Angeles
Wolfgang Puck Express California Santa Monica-3rd St
Woo Lae Oak korean Beverly Hills
World Cafe california Santa Monica – Main St
XES bar/club Hollywood
XYZ at the W Hotel bar/club San Francisco
X’otik Kitchen organic Culver City
Y Bar bar/club Chicago, IL
Yank Sing chinese-dimsum San Francisco
Ye Olde King’s Head british Santa Monica
Yu Restaurant and Lounge asian Santa Monica – Montana
Yummy Cupcakes cupcakes Santa Monica
Yuuki (closed) japanese West LA – Sawtelle
Yuzu japanese Torrance
Zachary’s Chicago Pizza pizza Berkeley
ZaZen asian fusion Marina Del Rey
Zip Fusion asian fusion Venice
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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Craig April 10, 2008 at 1:13 am

I was confused since I know you went to some other places. :) But then I remembered you are in your own DL universe where time continuim is at your own pace.


2 al April 10, 2008 at 2:32 am

Cookies, cupcakes and now a whole list of foooood places! It’s opening the flood gates of all kinds of cravings. And I have to wear a peach (shudder) bridesmaid dress this year :( I’m going to look like a giant peach (minus the fuzz because I’ll have the decency to shave).


3 sarah j. gim April 10, 2008 at 4:58 am

craig: yep…and that’s actually going to be a post in the next few days (or weeks!) – about how there is no sense of linear time here at The Delicious Life :)

al: peach! i feel you. when my sister got married, i was a giant tangerine ;)


4 taste memory April 10, 2008 at 4:08 pm

man…and I thought I get hungry!

Great list….glad to hear gaucho grill is still around; though a chain, they are still good for a few things.

I like all the little Japanese spots you mentioned @ W.LA + Sawtelle!


5 sarah j. gim April 10, 2008 at 4:55 pm

taste memory: gaucho is still around, and in fact, i just read that the founders are changing their chic hollywood steakhouse, charcoal, into a flagship gaucho grill. haha!


6 monimtw April 15, 2008 at 5:29 am



hopping to hear from you soon,


7 Paul April 16, 2008 at 7:29 am

Your father’s legal surname in English is actually “Gim?”

Or, is the spelling of your surname something you took into your own hands?


8 Just Bekka April 16, 2008 at 1:27 pm

I love your index & I in fact have turned to it the 2 times I headed to LA!! It’s perfect! I suppose I am 1 of the select few that looks AND reads what’s in the side bars of Blogs! I thought everyone did?!?!?!


9 Terry B April 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Sarah–What a great list! We are so mining it next time we head to LA. Chez Jay and Frying Fish were two favorite stops when we did our big California road trip last fall. Have you been to Daikokuya in Little Tokyo? We had some amazing ramen there, sitting at the counter and watching the cooks work.

I empathize with you about sidebars not getting read, by the way. I put a lot of love into my Kitchen Boombox and WTF? sidebars each week, only to see them sitting there like forlorn little wallflowers while everyone dances with my food posts.


10 monish September 21, 2008 at 10:38 am

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11 Pepsi Monster March 25, 2009 at 9:28 am

Oh wow! There so many restaurants you have visited and wrote about. I’ll never catch up in my lifetime to that list. LOL!

Great job Sarah!


12 Anonymous March 31, 2009 at 8:49 pm

How about Providence?


13 SinoSoul April 9, 2009 at 12:28 am

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! someone actually went to the Y bar in Chicago.. I once dated a chic who lived across the street.



14 florence Herve April 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Hope you come visit us some day ! ;-)



15 amanda klein July 20, 2011 at 5:43 am

have you tried potato corner?  They have amazing flavored fries..


16 Sababa Long Beach September 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Sababa Restaurant and Lounge should definitely be added to this list. Its a hidden gem in Long Beach, specializing in Modern American and Mediterranean cuisine. Drinks are trendy and tasty, and the food was creating by Iron Chef contestant Eric Greenspan. You can check out all the details at


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