17 Throwback Restaurants You Have to Visit in LA

Those who say that Los Angeles has no history clearly haven’t eaten at Philippe the Original or Musso & Frank. These are just two of the oldest restaurants still operating today, places that harken back to a simpler time. Some of the most iconic restaurants might be gone — Chasen’s is now a Bristol Farms, the original Brown Derby (the hat-shaped one) is a Koreatown strip mall, Coconut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel is a school, and a condo stands where Perino’s did on Wilshire Boulevard — but there are a lot of dining establishments that still throw a vibe from the 1920s straight through the 1980s (yes, that’s “retro” now). Here is a look at the must-visits around town now.