The Best Foods Near UCLA

Best Foods Near UCLA!

Welcome to Westwood! Neighboring the UCLA campus and catering to both locals and students alike, Westwood Village, now home to a large array of coffee shops, restaurants, and businesses rests on a European-inspired shopping district. In Bruin County, there's a restaurant for every budget and craving - all in walking distance from the UCLA campus. But with so many authentic and delicious options to choose from, where do UCLA and Santa Monica College students eat, anyway? 

If you’re looking for excitement and variety in your dining options, fast but fresh foods, exotic desserts, or in search of a more upscale but modern feel, consider this list below. Check out these top-rated and best foods near UCLA in Los Angeles even the UCLA grad students will love these options.

Breakfast And Brunch:

THE BEST ONE

Google Star Rating: 4.9 out of 5

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Address: 1716 S Sepulveda Blvd Suite 104, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: (424) 325-3131

Websitehttps://www.thebestonela.com/

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · Order Online

Driving distance from UCLA: 6 minutes

UCLA and Santa Monica College students are raving about this one, and we see why! With reviews about how delicious their food is, I’m ready to add The Best One to my list of regulars. Menu features creamy fruit smoothies, burritos, sandwiches, tacos, vegetarian dishes, bowls, salads, and great coffee just to name of few.

Best of all, you can skip the wait and order online. I mean, what’s not to like? Delicious foods, good portion sizes, nice staff, a clean and spacious room, and reasonable prices.

From the looks of it, The Best One is starting to pick up traction. Still, a hidden gem indeed and only a hop, skip away from UCLA! Definitely worth the try.

Vegetarian / Vegan Fare

FALAFEL INC. LA

 Google Star Rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Address: 933 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (410) 886-6570

Menu: https://www.falafelinc.org/#menu

Service options: Dine-in * Curbside pickup * No-contact delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 2 minutes

Falafel Inc LA is top-rated for their falafel and hummus in Westwood Village. Originating in Washington, DC and now global, Falafel Inc is the first of its kind - helping to feed refugees across the globe with every food purchase in partnership with the UN World Food Programme. How amazing is that?

Not to mention, the food here is scrumptious - serving up authentic Palestinian street food with affordable and unbeatable prices. Seriously, check out their reviews! 

Vegetarian falafel, hummus, delicious dishes made daily with all natural, fresh ingredients. This definitely has a casual, on-the-go vibe and with a 4.8-star rating, I’d be more than curious to give this one a try. 

NATIVE FOODS – WESTWOOD

Google Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Address: 1114 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 209-1055

Menu: https://nativefoods.com/menu/

Service options: Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup ·

Driving distance from UCLA: 2 minutes

Looking for some good, vegan flare near UCLA? Consider this option. Located in Westwood Village Square, Native Foods - a laid-back vegan food chain offering tasty selections of vegan bites, burgers and entrees, now has locations in Southern California, Colorado, Oregon, and Chicago.

Along with gluten free options, their menu features classic favorites with a regular plant-based menu and dishes made daily. With over 600 reviews and at an overall 4.5-star rating, this is definitely a vegan-friendly spot for Santa Monica, UCLA students and locals around.

Burger combos include, the Gastropub Burger – served with “Native Foods signature burger patty, plant-based provolone, tomato bacon jam, crispy onion rings, plant-based mayo, and toasted pretzel buns”; or, enjoy gluten-free options such as the Cauliflower Chickpea Shawarma Bowl – served with “shawarma-style chickpeas and cauliflower, creamy tahini sauce, quinoa, arugula, tomato cucumber salad, ranch, mint, and parsley”.

They even have plant-based holiday options sold frozen for easy at home prep – helping customers to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family and friends. 

    On-The-Go

FAT SAL’S DELI – WESTWOOD

Google Star Rating: 4.4 out of 5

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Address: 972 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 

Phone: (855) 703-3465

Menu: https://www.fatsalsdeli.com/westwood-menus/

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · Delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 2 minutes

With locations in Westwood, West Hollywood, and Encino, Fat Sal’s has served SoCal for more than 10 years. This top choice among students to grab tasty, fat burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, wraps, and sides has many ordering their “favorite guilty pleasure sandwich… or salad” - to go. 

Upon arrival, start with Sal’s Signature Heroes which include the Irresistible Italiano, the Tenacious Turkey & Pastrami, the Phenomenal Philly Cheesesteak, and the Glorious Grilled Chicken just to name a few. Add on any specialty cheese fries as a side – with options to make it bigger and better. 

With a large variety of sandwiches and burgers to choose from, Fat Sal’s also has what is known as the Big Fat Fatty – an enormous dish made with cheesesteak, cheeseburgers, pastrami, chicken fingers, crisp bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, fries, onion rings, chili, marinara, and Fat Sauce® all on a 27-inch garlic hero.

Legend has it, “if eaten by one brave adventurous soul in the allotted time” of 40 minutes, the item is free and the winner can create and name their very own fat sandwich! Sounds like a plan. A place worth checking out for sure!

IN-N-OUT BURGER

Google Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Address: 922 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024 

Phone: (800) 786-1000

Menu: http://www.in-n-out.com/menu.aspx

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No Delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 1 minutes

Born in 1948 in Baldwin Park, In-N-Out Burger is a favorite spot for Santa Monica, UCLA students, and locals alike for quick, feel-good, on-the-go options and late-night cravings. This “classic California-based burger chain” offers made-to-order burgers, such as the classic Double-Double burger, with options to add on from their Not-So-Secret menu to get each order just the way you like it. 

The combo comes with hand-cut fries made from the finest and freshest potatoes. You can also order their shakes - made with real ice cream and prepared and served in the classic style guests have been enjoying since 1948. With over 4000 Google reviews and averaging at a 4.5-star rating, this is a spot worth checking out!

Sweets, Treats and Desserts

DIDDY RIESE –

Google Star Rating: 4.7 out of 5

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Address: 926 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 208-0448

Menu: https://www.diddyriese.com/menu/

Service options: Takeout · Delivery · No dine-in

Driving distance from UCLA: 2 minutes

Did someone say Candy Chocolate Chips? Born in 1983 and nestled in the heart of Westwood Village, Diddy Riese is the go-to classic dessert shop where UCLA students and locals line up for authentic ice cream, cookies, and brownies. And yes, there is ALWAYS a line.

Made from scratch, Diddy Riese offers cookies of 11 different flavors (from Candy Chocolate Chip to White Chocolate Macadamia), ice cream sandwiches to live for with the choice of any combination of two freshly baked cookies and one flavor of premium ice cream, sundaes, soft and delicious fudge brownies for just $1, and much more! Don’t take our word for it, check out their reviews! UCLA memories formed with oh so delicious treats at Diddy Riese! Yum!!!

MON AMOUR CAFÉ – WESTWOOD

Google Star Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Address: 927 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 824-7980

Menu: https://www.yelp.com/biz/mon-amour-cafe-los-angeles

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 2 minutes

In Westwood rests Mon Amour Café – a laid-back, French-inspired cafe offering a variety of delicious sweet and savory build-your-own crêpes and macarons to satisfy any craving. The Nutella banana crepe seems to be the go-to option – leaving each customer satisfied with every visit.

Reviews has it that Mon Amour is a cute and cozy cafe with outdoor seating, friendly service, and reasonable prices. A hidden gem students are starting to discover near the UCLA campus. A must see - check this one out!

Italian:

LA BRUSCHETTA – WESTWOOD

Google Star Rating: 4.7 out of 5

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Address: 1621 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (424) 273-4892

Menu: Menu: https://www.labruschettarestaurant.com/menus

Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup · Delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 6 minutes

A local favorite, La Bruschetta is a welcoming and serene Italian eatery - offering authentic and fine Italian indoor and outdoor dining to suit everyone’s needs. UCLA students and locals are in love with this place! The food here is absolutely delicious with recommended items such as the Insalada di Barbabietole e Buratta, and Rigatoni Bolognse with a glass of red wine.

Homemade Italian breads, pastas and desserts are made from scratch, and the menu comes complete with rotating seasonal specials and an extensive wine list. Ah, living the dream. 

Best of all, La Bruschetta is very vegetarian friendly with items such as the Tortino di Funghi con Fonduta – served with Vegetarian pâté of wild mushroom and black truffles with a fontina cheese fondue. Top-notch service, great tasting food, a beautiful atmosphere, and all with prices reviewers say are well worth it. I believe it. A great find, indeed!

PRINCE OF VENICE RESTAURANT – WESTWOOD

Google Star Rating: 4.7 out of 5

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Address: 1066 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 208-8671

Menu: lamonicasnypizza.com

Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup · No-contact delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 2 minutes

One of Westwood’s best Italian restaurants - Prince of Venice Pasta & Pizza Bar - features a one-of-a-kind pasta laboratory, where guests are free to watch the chefs make their pasta from scratch, daily. “The ingredients used for both sauces and pasta dough are of Royal Standards — featuring locally sourced organic vegetables, cage-free eggs, and free-range meats from California farms, paired with Italian flour, olive oils, and truffles.

Pizzas are prepared fresh and everything is hand made in the restaurant - with a variety of pizzas and Vegetarian options always available. 

LAMONICA’S NY PIZZA – WESTWOOD

Google Star Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Address: 1066 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 208-8671

Menu: lamonicasnypizza.com

Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup · No-contact delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 2 minutes

Lamonica’s NY Pizza truly caters to UCLA students and young professionals – offering better prices for night owls and exam crammers. The slices and pies are made with dough from Brooklyn – serving the best NY-style pizza outside of New York! 

Some items include the White Pizza – made with Ricotta, Mozzarella, Imported Romano & Parmesan Cheese, and Fresh Garlic. Other favorites include the Meat Stuffed Pizza with Pepperoni, Sausage, Ham, and Mushrooms. A true reward for late night studiers. Check this one out!

POMODORO TRATTORIA WESTWOOD

Google Star Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Address: 1393 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 445-9998

Menu: http://pomodorowestwood.com/lunch.html

Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup · No-contact delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 4 minutes

Consider this casual neighborhood bistro if you’re in search of delicious, well-cooked pasta, warm garlic breads to love, handmade gnocchi, thin-crust pizzas and a warm ambiance. With a 4.6-star rating, guests say it’s the best Italian food they ever had! Definitely a go to for students and locals in the area! 

Asian Cuisine 

GOGOBOP KOREAN RICE BAR – WESTWOOD

Google Star Rating: 5 out of 5

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Address: 1059 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 208-0820

Menu: clover.com

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No-contact delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 2 minutes

From this list of top-rated and best foods near UCLA, Gogobop Korean Rice Bar – Westwood has the best reviews! Students and locals adore this Korean restaurant – with build your own bowl or burrito options to include a mix of Korean & Mexican ingredients. There’s more. 

To create your bowl, first, choose a base (Korean Mix Rice, White Rice, or Mixed Greens). Next, choose a side (Black Beans or Grilled Cabbage – both vegan and gluten free). Then, choose a protein (with perfectly cooked and seasoned pork belly, chicken breast and more – with gluten free options).

Then lastly, choose up to 5 toppings! You can even sauce it up with Gogobop’s signature sauce - Gochujang Mayo. Students and locals agree, all orders are made with quality ingredients and generous portions sizes. And of course, just 2 minutes away from UCLA! Yay!!!

THAI FRESH CAFÉ – WESTWOOD

Google Star Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Address: 1771 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 478-1345

Menu: http://thaifreshcafe.com/?page_id=1260

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · No-contact delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 5 minutes

Tucked away off of Westwood Boulevard, Thai Fresh Café – Westwood offers phenomenal Thai curries with a good selection of rice, noodle, and soup dishes provided in a cozy area for casual indoor and outdoor dining. This is said to be one of the best Thai places in Westwood Village – dishes made with fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. The food here is very delicious with good portions, wonderful service, and very good prices for the area.

Starters include fresh rice paper rolls with vermicelli, veggies, and shrimp served with house dipping sauce. Or try the “Kai Tod - chicken wings marinated in a fish sauce then lightly battered deep-fried. The Yellow Chicken Curry is the most popular curry in the states – made with tender chicken chunks slow-cooked in yellow curry paste and coconut milk with potatoes and carrots.

Sweets and treats include Fried Banana, with the option to add ice cream, Chinese donuts, and more. I say, it’s worth the visit! 

Sushi Restaurants

KAZUNORI: THE ORIGINAL HAND ROLL BAR – WESTWOOD

Google Star Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Address: 1110 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 935-3974

Menu: places.singleplatform.com

Service options: Dine-in · Takeout · Delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 2 minutes

Looking for the best sushi spot near UCLA in Westwood? Dine here! With such high standards for sushi, KazuNori delivers the highest quality in food and preparation. Check out their reviews!

Living up to the high expectations of sushi lovers, KazuNori serves the freshest fish, along with specially harvested seaweed, house made sauces, and their signature warm rice. With the use of truly authentic ingredients – this casual eatery focuses on carefully prepared hand rolls - using insanely delicious flavors for guests to crave for more. Favorites include the Toro, Yellowtail, Salmon, Bay Scallop, Crab, and Lobster Hand Rolls. 

Come early to avoid the wait, or grab a spot at the bar (which is first come, first served). In Westwood, KazuNori: The Original Hand Roll Bar provides extraordinary sushi to UCLA students and local residents – hands down! 

Fine Dining:

VIOLET BISTRO

Google Star Rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Address: 1121 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 208-1121

Website: https://violetla.com/menu/

Service options: Dine-in * Curbside pickup * No-contact delivery

Violet Bistro is known for its charming feel, excellent service, and a simply outstanding French menu – marking this restaurant a wonderful neighborhood gem! Established in January of 2020, Violet Bistro provides a warm escape into a small European town. Featuring a romantic courtyard, Violet Los Angeles is a lively, yet intimate French-inspired bistro – serving dinner Tuesday-Saturday, from 5:30PM-9:00PM– with gluten free, dairy free, and plant-based options. It is equipped with a full bar and a cooking school – all in the heart of Westwood Village. 

Favorites include the Slow-Turned Cauliflower, Mary’s Organic Chicken, and the La Mousse au Chocolat – made with coconut cream and peanut brittle. Oh, so good! Definitely a new favorite spot in Westwood!

LA TABLE DE SOPHIE - WESTWOOD

Google Star Rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Address: 1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 441-5384

Menu: latabledesophie.com

Service options: Dine-in · Curbside pickup · No-contact delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 4 minutes

This Modern French Restaurant is said to be an unexpected find with amazing, authentic foods! For fine dining options, consider La Table de Sophie - Westwood – specializing in crepes and French cuisine. 

Main courses include a superb selection of authentic Galettes / Savory Buckwheat Crepes which guests are in love with, and the quality of service is exceptional with friendly and welcoming staff. La Table de Sophie is equipped with an extensive wine and cocktail list. If you’re looking for a simply amazing experience, guests and students should check this place out.

BRUIN PLATE - RESIDENTIAL RESTAURANT 

Google Star Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Address: 350 Charles E Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Contact Info: http://bruinplate.hhs.ucla.edu/menus.php

Menu: http://bruinplate.hhs.ucla.edu/menus.php

Service options: Dine-in · No delivery

Walking distance from UCLA: 6 minutes

Located in the developed Carnesale Commons complex and with its arrival in Fall of 2013, Bruin Plate is UCLA's newest residential restaurant - emphasizing health-oriented dishes made with local & sustainable ingredients. “B Plate” as it’s known to UCLA students, “offers a menu focusing on fresh, wholesome, and nutritionally-balanced options and follows best practices of sustainability in food service operations.” 

“Leading practices include using vegetables from “local farms, seafood that meets Monterey Bay Aquarium sustainability criteria, grass-fed beef, free-range chickens, cage-free eggs, and fair-trade teas.” Oh, and might I add, the food is simply delicious. “

The Bruin Plate menu is offered from seven distinct food stations located throughout the restaurant, featuring creative and wholesome options” such as freshly bowled or grilled breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. UCLA students truly have it made! A great option for fine dining.

FELLOW – LA

Google Star Rating: 4.6 out of 5

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Address: 1071 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 208-1071

Menu: fellow.la

Service options: Dine-in · No takeout · No delivery

Driving distance from UCLA: 3 minutes

If you’re looking for a cozy, yet chic atmosphere, top notch service from beginning to end, and delicious entrees, Fellow is the spot! This contemporary American cuisine presents a chic, spacious setting and a full bar. 

With exceptional and equally delicious menu items, some favorites include seared duck breast with smoked peaches, onion and black garlic, the poached ora king salmon with cauliflower, castelfranco, and miso, and the roasted short rib with potato, maitake mushroom, and horseradish. Fantastic addition to LAs fine dining scene. A must try, indeed!

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Michelle Cadet
The Best Foods Near UCLA
01/20/1970

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