Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants for 2017

The Annual Guide to Essential Local Dining Has a New No. 1

The Los Angeles Times has published Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants, the authoritative annual guide to local dining, updating the previous year's rankings with a new No. 1. Premiering on as a subscriber exclusive, the premium print edition will be delivered to Times' Sunday subscribers on Oct. 29. In honor of this year's best, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic hosts The Gold List, a celebration of the 101, tonight at The MacArthur.

"Let us address the spaceship in the docking port here," writes Gold in the latest edition of the guide. "…not everybody is going to be ecstatic that we are naming Vespertine the best restaurant in Los Angeles." With that, Providence ends its four-year streak in the top spot and takes silver on Gold's list. Spago, two decades into its second iteration, rounds out the top 3.

Gold's restaurant guide documents L.A.'s culinary culture through a collection of new capsule reviews paired with images from The Times' renowned photographers. The digital edition allows consumers to chart their courses throughout the year using an interactive map. The Times' Daily Dish will feature coverage from the 101 throughout the week, highlighting the top 10, new entries to the list, where to get the best for the least money, and select cuisines and dishes.

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