624 S. La Brea Ave.
Hancock Park, CA 90036
Critics' Pick
Best Of
République +

Courtesy République Charcuterie board


  • Daily, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; dinner: Sun.-Wed., 5:30-10 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 5:30-11 p.m.
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Local Ingredients
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
If you were to ask about our favorite restaurant in Los Angeles, République might not be top of mind. Yet it's amazing how many smaller "favorites" are wrapped up in the layers of this place. Favorite room? Absolutely — carved from the courtyard and façade of the castlelike historic building once owned by Charlie Chaplin, the Moroccan-tiled space is breathtaking in its beauty. Favorite wine list? It's certainly up there. Favorite croissants, favorite bread accompaniment (in the form of pan drippings served in a cast-iron pot), favorite place to linger at the table on a weekday afternoon over a burger and a glass of wine? Check, check, check. Walter and Margarita Manzke's incredibly ambitious restaurant and bakery and cafe and bar is one of Los Angeles' great places to celebrate over a slab of prime beef filet with foie gras and black winter truffles, just as it is a lovely venue for a casual cocktail and a black and white salad — black winter truffles, endive, hearts of palm, sunchokes, crème fraiche, hazelnuts and Parmesan — at the bar. You can do whatever you want with this restaurant, as long as you can get a reservation — it turns out half the city considers République a favorite of one sort or another. (Margarita Manzke has a new venue to express some of her own ambitions, the Filipino concept Sari Sari Store in Grand Central Market.) —Besha Rodell
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