Silver Lake is a neighborhood on the eastside of Los Angeles where you can experience the hipster culture in all its glory.
There are all sorts of artisanal coffee shops, art venues, and even a fun Indie music scene, but what I love most about this city is what it offers in terms of restaurants.
When I went to Silver Lake, I made it my mission to find all the best places to eat around the city, and I did not come back empty-handed. Actually, it was quite the opposite.
I found a whole list of restaurants that I think everyone should try, so I put them all together in a handy guide for all my fellow foodies out there.
- Pine & Crane
- Botanica Restaurant and Market
- Bowery Bungalow
- Same Same Thai
- Millie’s Cafe
- Silverlake Ramen
- Burgers Never Say Die
- El Cochinito
- Ceviche Project
- Bar Restaurant
Right down below, you’ll find all of my top picks for Silver Lake restaurants that I think you’re going to love, so don’t waste any more time and get started on finding your new favorite place to eat!
1521 Griffith Park Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
The first place I want to draw your attention to is called Pine & Crane. This restaurant specializes in Taiwanese fare and they do it better than anyone else in town, if you ask me.
You can check this place out off of Griffith Park Boulevard, just north of the Micheltorena Stairs.
When you get here, I suggest trying the garlic pork belly to get you started, but then I really think you should go for the minced pork on rice or the dan dan noodles.
Of course, there are plenty of other authentic Taiwanese dishes to choose from that are sure to please.
1620 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Not far south from the Silverlake Dog Park on Silver Lake Boulevard is a place called Botanica Restaurant and Market that you’re going to want to make plans to visit.
I love coming here for their dinner menu, but they open up early at 9 AM, so you can come get a delicious breakfast or lunch here as well.
My favorite part about Botanica Restaurant and Market is that they have an extensive selection of organic bottles of wine to choose from.
As a wine-lover, I found myself in heaven looking at the menu, but it sure was hard to pick just one bottle.
1710 Silver Lake Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Up next is a charming Italian bistro called Alimento that everyone is going to love. Look for Alimento off of Silver Lake Boulevard near the Los Angeles I’m Yours “Je t’aime” Staircase and the Silverlake Recreation Center. If you’re feeling hungry after a day at the park, then this is a great stop for dinner.
Whenever I come to Alimento, which is as often as I can, I usually find myself drawn towards the pasta portion of the menu, but they also offer a mouth-watering Snake River Farms tri-tip that’s rubbed with porcini for an absolutely wonderful flavor.
4156 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
This next place is called Bowery Bungalow and they’re a Middle Eastern restaurant that’s ideal for anyone looking to experience something a little different.
Of course, if you’ve never had Middle Eastern cuisine before, then this is a great place to start when you’re in Los Angeles.
Bowery Bungalow is a low-key spot that’s tucked away near the suburbs of Silver Lake that specializes in North African fare.
They serve an incredible Istanbul-style lamb sandwich that comes with labneh, cilantro, and onion served on a pita. Don’t be afraid to try something new when you come here, it’s all delicious.
2835 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Now, for some Thai food. Same Same Thai is one of my go-to spots for Thai food in Silver Lake and for very good reasons. There’s no other place that I can think of serving Thai cuisine better than this restaurant.
What I love the most from Same Same is the curry, hands down. They offer both red and green curry with the option of shrimp, beef, fish, pork, chicken, veggies, and even tofu.
Be sure to check out their selection of wine and beer as well to have something refreshing with your meal.
Check out Same Same Thai off of Sunset Boulevard, just north of the Olive Motel.
3524 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Millie’s Cafe is another must-visit spot for anyone in the Silver Lake area of LA. This charming little cafe has been open since 1926, so you know they’re doing something right to have stayed around for so long. That’s almost 100 years of serving the community delicious food.
This is my go-to breakfast spot when I’m nearby and I’m feeling hungry. My favorite things to order from Millie’s are the omelettes, but whenever I’m in the mood for a burger, this is also where I find myself stopping sometimes. They even offer vegan options for both their burgers and omelettes!
2927 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
This next place is a strip mall ramen joint called Silverlake Ramen that I don’t think many people know about.
This low-key spot is guaranteed to satisfy all of your ramen cravings, so definitely stop by if you find yourself in the area.
What I usually order from Silverlake Ramen is the tonkotsu spicy ramen, but the shoyu ramen is simply divine as well.
Whatever you order, you know it’s going to be good since they boil their ramen for 13 hours to ensure the highest-quality, authentic flavor. I really can’t recommend this place enough.
2388 Glendale Blvd Unit A, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Just east of the Silver Lake Meadows park off of Glendale Boulevard is a place called Burgers Never Say Die.
This is the ultimate spot to visit for the burger of your dreams, trust me. Look for them right across the street from the Neutra Institute Gallery & Museum.
When you get here, you just have to get a burger. It’s the only way to go, really. These burgers are unlike any I’ve tried before and I usually end up ordering at least two of them. As if that wasn’t enough, I never can resist their French fries with cheese on them.
3508 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Up next, we have a family-owned and operated Cuban restaurant called El Cochinito. This place specializes in the classic slow-roasted Cuban pork as well as all the other amazing, traditional fare you would expect from a top-notch Cuban joint.
I simply cannot come to El Cochinito without ordering a Cubano sandwich. In my opinion, you will not find a better Cuban sandwich than El Cochinito’s outside of Tampa, Florida where the sandwich is said to have originated.
They have a large menu here, however, so if a sandwich doesn’t suit you, there is surely something else that will.
2619 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Right next to the Comfort Inn Los Angeles Near Hollywood off of Sunset Boulevard is a place called Freedman’s that you have to eat at while you’re in town.
You will not find a better Jewish-American restaurant in the area, I promise. This place puts an insane amount of care into all their cuisine.
What I love most about this place is that they serve up some incredible food and craft cocktails that will make for a splendid night out.
I highly recommend booking a reservation here if you’ve got a romantic evening planned and you want to make a lasting impression.
2524 1/2 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Not far east of the Ivanhoe Reservoir and the Silver Lake Reservoir on Hyperion Avenue is a place called Ceviche project. This Latin American restaurant is like no other when it comes to artisan ceviche. They even make it right in front of you so you can actually see how fresh it is.
Ceviche is the name of the game here, of course, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try some of the other delicacies offered at Ceviche Project.
The raw bar is a fantastic way to start when you come to Ceviche Project. I prefer the oysters on the half shell.
4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Up next is Bar Restaurant, a European-influenced eatery with a gorgeous, seasonal menu that you do not want to miss out on.
You can find this place off of Sunset Boulevard, right across the street from “The Bates Motel”, surrounded by other great places to eat.
What I think you should try when you come to Bar Restaurant is one of their classic cocktails to start with like a Manhattan or a Negroni, but that’s just to sip on while you pursue the menu.
The menu is heavily influenced by French cuisine, so if that’s something you enjoy, then you are in the right place.
3510 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Another amazing place to eat in Silver Lake that you do not want to miss out on is Eszett. This restaurant is extremely unique and unlike any other places I’ve dined in the city.
The menu changes frequently here at Eszett, so if you like variety, then this is the place you should be visiting every month or so to try something new.
When I had the pleasure of dining here at Eszett, I enjoyed the whole fish entree. It consists of an entire branzino fish that’s grilled over charcoal with hazelnut, herb oil, and lemon for an intricate flavor profile.
2829 Bellevue Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Tucked away in the suburbs of Silver Lake is a bagel shop called Maury’s that’s absolutely ideal for anyone in search of a breakfast and lunch spot here in town.
They open up early at 7 AM, so it’s perfect for any early birds out there in need of coffee and a bagel to get their day started.
What I usually find myself ordering from Maury’s is a breakfast sandwich on one of their homemade bagels.
I think my favorite bagel sandwich is the lox with cream cheese, red onions, and capers, but you can build your own too.
3827 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Wrapping things up is Needle, a phenomenal Chinese restaurant that you can find off of Sunset Boulevard and the corner of Hyperion Avenue.
If you find yourself in the nearby area feeling hungry, this place is always worth a visit. Just keep an eye out for the bright green sign on the building!
Needle serves up some of the most terrific Hong Kong-style buns, as well as other traditional Chinese favorites.
Everything on the menu here at Needle is so artfully-prepared and presented that you will almost feel guilty eating it, but that will only last until you’ve tasted the food.
Silver Lake is one of those places that you might not expect to find that many places to eat, but there actually turns out to be a whole treasure trove of restaurants just waiting for you to explore.
Hopefully, now the next time you’re near Silver Lake, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect meal.
If these Silver Lake restaurants aren’t your thing, you should check out these awesome places to eat near Redondo Beach!
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