We wish to mention that we think that Clifton's Cafeteria (formerly known as Clifton's Brookdale), first opened in 1935, has the most wonderful L.A. homepage that we've yet come across. We receive no compensation for this referral. We're just pointing it out because we love it.
|Original Saugus Café||1886||25861 Railroad Ave, Santa Clarita|
|Big Dean’s Ocean Front Café||1902||1615 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica|
|Philippe the Original||1908||1001 North Alameda, Downtown Los Angeles|
|Cole’s||1908||118 East Sixth St, Downtown Los Angeles|
|Cletus' Chicken Shack (originally The Flower Drum Restaurant, then later Doc Brown's Chicken)||1915||4426 Main Way Universal, Universal Studios (North Hollywood)|
|Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain||1915||1526 Mission St, South Pasadena|
|Magee's Kitchen*||1917/1934||6333 West Third St, Farmers' Market (Fairfax, Los Angeles)|
|Musso & Frank Grill||1919||6667 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood|
|Barney's Beanery||1920||8447 Santa Monica Blvd, Hollywood|
|Pacific Dining Car||1921||1310 West Sixth St, Downtown Los Angeles|
|The Tam O'Shanter||1922||2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Atwater Village (Los Angeles)|
|Mary's Market & Canyon Cafe||1922||561 Woodland Dr, Sierra Madre|
|The Derby||1922||233 East Huntington Dr, Arcadia|
|The Original Pantry Cafe||1924||877 South Figueroa, Downtown Los Angeles|
|Joe Jost's||1924||2803 East Anaheim St, Long Beach|
|Greenblatt's Deli-Restaurant & Fine Wine Shop||1926||8017 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood|
|Lanza Brothers Market||1926||1803 North Main St, Los Angeles|
|Millie's Cafe||1926||3524 Sunset Blvd, Silverlake (Los Angeles)|
|El Cholo||1927||1025 Wilshire Blvd, West Los Angeles (also 1121 South Western Ave, Midtown LA)|
|Taix French Restaurant (originally Les Freres Taix)||1927||1911 Sunset Blvd, Silverlake (Los Angeles)|
|The Prince (originally The Windsor)||1927||3198 7th St, Koreatown (Los Angeles)|
|Rock Inn||1929||17539 Elizabeth Lake Rd, Lake Hughes|
|Wendill's Chicken House||1929||10337 San Fernando Rd, Pacoima|
|Casa La Golondrina**||1930||Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles|
|El Paseo Inn||1930||Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles|
|Canter’s Delicatessen & Bakery||1931||419 North Fairfax Ave, Fairfax (Los Angeles) (originally in Boyle Heights)|
|Halfway House Cafe||1931||5564 Sierra Hwy, Santa Clarita|
|Cielito Lindo||1934||Olvera Street, Downtown Los Angeles|
|The Galley||1934||2442 Main St, Santa Monica|
|Clifton’s Cafeteria||1935||648 South Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles|
|Damon's Steak House||1937||317 N Brand Blvd, Glendale|
|Lawry’s The Prime Rib||1938||100 North La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills|
|Phoenix Bakery||1938||969 North Broadway, Chinatown (Los Angeles)|
|Pink's Hot Dogs||1939||709 North La Brea Ave, Fairfax (Los Angeles)|
|Hawkins House of Burgers||1939||11603 Slater St, Watts (Los Angeles)|
|Vince's Market||1939||3250 Silver Lake Blvd, Atwater Village (Los Angeles)|
|Art's Famous Chili Dog Stand||1939/1944||1410 West Florence Ave, South Los Angeles|
* Originally opened in Grand Central Market in Downtown Los Angeles in 1917, then moved to Farmers' Market in 1934.
** Restaurateur Consuelo Castillo de Bonzo first opened "La Mision" in 1924 at the current site of Los Angeles City Hall. She was advised to call it a "Spanish" restaurant, rather than Mexican, but insisted, as later crowds enthusiastically affirmed, on calling it "Mexican cooking." She was later forced to close to make way for the building of city hall. She then invited to open a new Mexican restaurant on newly restored Olvera Street and opened Casa La Golondrina there in 1930. It is the oldest restaurant on Olvera Street and said to be the first Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles. It is located in the Pelanconi House (ca. 1855), the oldest brick house in Los Angeles.
And we wish to mention...
Miceli's, opened in Hollywood in 1949, claims to be the oldest Italian restaurant in Los Angeles.
Otomisan, opened in Boyle Heights in 1956, claims to be the oldest Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles.