This article showcases our top picks for the best Los Angeles based Restaurant companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Restaurant industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
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Top Los Angeles Restaurant Companies
Ordermark is an online ordering management system for restaurants. It addresses a big and growing challenge for restaurants: online ordering services, which drive tremendous revenue to restaurants, each operates differently with their own technology and procedures for handling orders.
This makes adding new online ordering services costly and time consuming for restaurants. It helps restaurants increase efficiency and grow profits by aggregating mobile orders across all of the major online-ordering service providers into a single dashboard and printer.
Ordermark powers the technology behind Nextbite, one of the early pioneers in the virtual restaurant space. Nextbite’s portfolio of virtual-only restaurant brands generates incremental orders for under-utilized kitchens.
It was founded in 2017 and is based in Los Angeles, California.. .
CloudKitchens is a real estate company that provides smart kitchens for delivery-only restaurants. They provide infrastructure and software that enables food operators to open delivery-only locations with minimal capital expenditure and time.
It was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, United States.. .
eatOS – Restaurant Management Made Simple
At eatOS, we have built a cloud-based technology solution exclusively for restaurants. Our team’s collective experience in the restaurant industry helps us understand the complexity of running restaurants, which has allowed us to build a customizable solution to help restaurants react and adapt to the industry’s needs.
We offer a cloud-based platform that works across iOS & Android, adding flexibility for restaurants. Our restaurant management solutions provide the ability to simplify operation for restaurants of all sizes.
Our approach to guest engagement improves the guest experience by reducing friction. Our technology gives restaurants the ability to engage with the community in new and innovative ways..
EnvoyNow is an on-demand food delivery service that enables students to order and get food delivered from any restaurant on campus. The service expanded to 20 college campuses nationwide, and was acquired by JoyRun in 2017.
EnvoyNow was founded by Anthony Zhang and Chad Massura in November 2013 and is based in Los Angeles, California.. .
Somabar is a robotic bartending assistant that contains an unlimited and customizable digital bar menu able to make any listed cocktail in 10 seconds from the Somabar machine. The technology features automated cleaning and is virtually indestructible, rated for 1500 hours of continual use, the equivalent of 500,000 drinks.
Industry beta testing conducted at various restaurant locations in Los Angeles has indicated that Somabar increases beverage revenue by 30% (on average) and decreases beverage labor costs by 65% (on average).. .
inHouse Produce Inc
inHouse Produce is a b2b agtech startup that grows food right where it is served. We build, lease, and service our automated vertical gardens right in the dining area of our foodservice clients.
Together, with their culinary imaginations, we create a distinctive farm-to-table experience for their guests. inHouse monthly subscription is priced at approximately the market-rate of the produce grown in our gardens.
Clients don’t pay more even though they get fresher ingredients and a better guest experience! Check out our Instagram @inhouseproduce to visualize and follow our work!. .
Pegasus Foods, Inc. opened in 1998 as a family owned frozen food manufacturing company.
They are located in Downtown Los Angeles occupying a 55,000 sq. ft.
USDA/HACCP approved SQF Level 3 facility with Organic, Gluten Free and Kosher capabilities. Pegasus is a quality Co-pack and Private Label manufacturer of Frozen Dough, Appetizers, Bakery and Dessert items for both Retail and Foodservice customers.
What makes Pegasus unique is their ability to combine automation with hand formed products. In 2017 Pegasus will be opening their second plant in Rockwall, Texas..
Menyooo gives you the chance to open your own food/catering business. All you need is cooking skill and access to your home kitchen and a free profile in Menyooo.
Your cooking skills will no longer be limited to your friends and family. If you are great at making pizza, pastry or any other food, you can start to earn money from your home using Menyooo.
Post your menu, get orders, deliver and get paid!. .
Umami Restaurant Group
Umami Restaurant Group is an American restaurant chain that specializes in serving hamburgers. The company was founded by Adam Fleischman, a self-taught chef and successful food and wine entrepreneur.
The Umami Burger first dropped on Los Angeles in 2009, immediately becoming a must-try burger and positioning itself firmly on the city’s best restaurant lists, and the nation’s best burger lists. Since then, San Francisco, Chicago and New York have been Umamified, with 24 locations spanning the nation.
In early 2017, it opened its first international location, bringing Umami Burger to the home of umami itself, Japan, with additional locations on the way.. .
KitchenSync offers professional business services to high-volume restaurants and hospitality groups. With resources dedicated to finance, accounting, purchasing, HR, and application development, KitchenSync allows its customers to dramatically reduce the amount of time and money spent on business administration.
KitchenSync pairs its proprietary technology with a team of trained back office professionals to execute the unsexy administrative tasks associated with running a restaurant so clients can focus on the fun stuff.. .
SusieCakes Holdings LLC
SusieCakes Holdings LLC. is an all-American bakery offering classic desserts such as cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, and puddings – made entirely from scratch using simple, natural ingredients.
SusieCakes’ Founder, Susan Sarich, grew up in Chicago, where she was called Susie by her two beloved grandmothers, Mildred and Madeline. SusieCakes’ classic treats are made daily by in-house bakers, using the freshest & finest ingredients.
Come visit us for delicious, sentimental sweets and a friendly, old-fashioned neighborhood experience. SusieCakes believes cakes are the hallmarks of celebration, and we created this business to help you celebrate life’s special moments.
We operate in a manner that genuinely connects us to our team members, our guests, our families, and our local communities. We hope that by sharing SusieCakes with your loved ones, you too will share in this connection.
Just like our grandmothers, SusieCakes do not use any mixes, artificial preservatives, high-fructose corn syrups or trans-fats in our products. They bake their products entirely from scratch using only the freshest and finest natural ingredients.
SusieCakes is proud to use recycled and reclaimed paper and plastic products in all our bakeries.. .
Kogi BBQ is a fleet of five fusion food trucks in Los Angeles famous both for their combination of Korean with Mexican food. Highlights of typical fare include Spicy Pork Tacos, Kimchi Quesadillas, and Short Rib Sliders.
Kogi BBQ was co-founded by Mark Manguera and Caroline Shin.. .
Handcrafted ‘off the beaten path’ city experiences delivered right to your iPhone. Designed for locals, travelers and voyeurs, this app will uncover the unexpected, off the beaten path and highly interesting places that only a few people know about.
We have hand picked Curators that are truly experts about things to do, eat and drink in selected areas. They have crafted themed experiences like Best Dive Bars, Art in the Streets, Vintage Shopping, Food Trucks, and many more.
Not only does the app guide you on cool places to go, it also includes Curator Notes which provides things like what night to go, what to order, what’s the history and essentially what’s up at different spots.. .
LAFOOD.com is an independent digital media company that brings the best stories about food, culture, and culinary minds to life. Every dish tells a story, from the origin of the ingredients to their presentation on a plate.
The story is filled out with the creative process of making the meal, experiencing the spaces we dine in, and building unforgettable culinary adventures. Our mission is to capture all things food and culture, in the city we love.
We write for the families, friends, and individuals who devour each and every bite. We tell these stories on multiple platforms, simultaneously informing, entertaining, and engaging our readers.
Los Angeles is a culinary paradise in our backyard, with so many stories to tell. Find those stories here..
Good Heart Catering
We are a professional catering company focusing on delivering box lunches, lunch platters, breakfast platters and more. Good Heart Catering was founded with the intent of serving delicious affordable catered meals to organization and event producers in Los Angeles.
We feature branded box lunches, lunch platters, breakfast platters and more. Check in with one of our dedicated catering concierges to assist with your next event.
Or place an order online and our catering concierge will be in touch with you to make arrangements. Corporate and university accounts available..
CHAYA Restaurant Group
CHAYA restaurants have remained one of the city’s most beloved dining destinations for 28 years. Lead by Corporate Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe, CHAYA restaurants are renowned for their modern Euro-Asian concept and influence on the Los Angeles dining scene.
Chef Tachibe creates an inspired menu by infusing exotic ingredients and honored culinary traditions from his native Japanese roots. All CHAYA locations highlight their menu with local and sustainable ingredients fresh from the farmer’s market each week and seasonally refresh their menus based on local availability.
With three locations in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco, CHAYA caters to every location. Guests can enjoy lunch Monday through Friday and dinner seven nights a week.
An “All Night, Every Night Happy Hour” is offered seven days a week in each location’s bar and lounge, from 5pm to close and is a popular time for both locals and professionals to enjoy savory small plates, specialty cocktails and the incomparable CHAYA ambiance. Visit our three Los Angeles locations in Beverly Hills, Venice and Downtown LA, or in San Francisco on the Embarcadero for an unparalleled dining experience..
Restaurant Supply Drop
Restaurant Supply Drop carries the largest supply of food packaging products. Select from clamshell take out boxes, deli containers, paper food containers, chinese take out boxes, fold to-go boxes, and soup containers.
For coffee supplies we have everything you’ll need to run your coffee shop: disposable coffee cups, coffee jackets, torani syrups, monin syrup, davinci gourmet coffee syrup, and 1883 maison routin syrup. As the most complete supplier of bubble tea products, we feature: PET plastic cups, et-99 plastic cup sealing machine, tea zone syrups, dried tapioca boba, bursting boba, bossen, popping pearls, and more.
For frozen yogurt supplies, we carry frozen yogurt jelly toppings, mini mochi toppings, dessert cups, shaved ice machines and supplies.. .
Taste Terminal is your ticket to taste. We’re a lifestyle publication focusing on food, drinks and traveling from a local to global scale by providing a voice for industry talent through high resolution photography and HD video.
Stay current with daily news and events occurring nationally and in your city. Or inspire your kitchen with our recipes ranging from house moms to executive chefs..
The name Yamashiro translates as “”Mountain Palace”” in Japanese. This majestic restaurant sits atop the Hollywood Hills and provides one of the most famous views of LA.
With Asian inspired Californian cuisine, killer cocktails and an ambiance fit for a celebrity, Yamashiro boasts the perfect balance of its history along with modern flare.. .
American Bars (“AB”), on a high level, is a B2B (SAAS) Marketing Platform for Bars/Pubs (“bars”) that utilizes artificial intelligence and smart database design to help bars market with very little interaction from the bars themselves. The AB network consists of an extensive web app with bar owner dashboards, bar owner apps, and a consumer app, call BUUZ.
AB uses the historical data of users and bars to recognize patterns and to predict behavior to enhance a user’s experience and to automate bar marketing. American Bars’ consumer facing app, which is always free to consumers, allows people to find great bars all over the US, along with a lot of other cool functions.
AB tracks a users behavior and use predictive analysis to enhance their app experience, suggest new bars, beer and liquor. Then, we use their behavioral data to send bars new customers who are predisposed to their type of bar.
Getting consumers to download the app comes directly from bars in large part. Bars, from either their dashboards or their bar owner app, can upload customer lists or add them individually.
AB is also integrating with POS systems and using Credit Card data to export customers to the AB system. Once they do add the customer(s), AB determines whether or not a user has downloaded the AB app.
If they have not, we send a text and a download link asking the user to download the app to follow that specific bar. When they do download the app, we automatically add that bar as one of their favorites.
FoodJiva.com – Food. Delivered.
FoodJiva.com provides consumers with an easy way to order restaurant food online for delivery & take-out with a patent-pending Jiva food recommendation system. A system where consumers could search, order & pay for their meal online – no cash, no hassle..
Nature’s Next Beverages
Nature’s Next Beverages was created to take advantage of major consumer trends away from processed sugar and artificial sweeteners and toward functional beverage products made with all-natural ingredients. Although NNB is launching with a single product our companies vision is a future with a whole line of healthy beverage products.
Nature’s Next Beverages has executed an Operating Agreement to develop, manufacture, and distribute Next Margarita Mix. Phase One will introduce Next Margarita Mix into the market with the 30 serving canister.
Phase Two will include multiple packaging options including single serving and large quantity containers and the release of three additional flavors; options include strawberry, cucumber jalapeno, white peach, mixed berry, and watermelon. Phase Three will branch out into other types of mixers, RTD (ready to drink) beverages, bottled zero-sugar simple syrups, and soda gun liquid bags common in the restaurant, bar, and hospitality sector.
PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR SHORT VIDEO TO LEARN OTHER KEY ASPECTS OF THIS OFFERING.. .
FoodDiggerâ€™s goal is to develop an international food enthusiast community where people can share and quickly glean the collective intelligence of people who share their same tastes. It was founded by a small group of passionate food and wine lovers to improve the process of eating well.
The FlavorMatchâ„¢ algorithm identifies people with similar taste profiles and creates a more reliable way of predicting what restaurants they will like.. .
ChainWise is a free iPhone app that helps you find familiar restaurants nearby or in any city. Choose your favorite chain restaurants from hundreds of restaurant franchises.
Perfect for travel or home, ChainWise connects you with the food you Know & Love.. .
Alfred Coffee Kitchen
But first, coffee.® We opened the doors to our first location, our Melrose Place cafe, in January of 2013. Over the ensuing months Alfred became a destination cafe known for its impeccable style, and a fixture of the Los Angeles food and beverage scene.
We’ve labored hard to establish a loyal clientele, and attract attention from national news media. As we continue to grow we strive to remain true to our ideals of providing delicious coffee, and unparalleled hospitality..
They are Jeanne and Patrick Grosset of Los Angles, California. They create farm-to-table fresh, organic, 100% VEGAN dishes for better health and longevity.
Passionate chefs & teachers, happy to be of service, doing what they love. They do not use recipes for their plant based creations – they are talented intuitive chefs – producing food that is in balance with their current season and local demographic.
All natural, wholesome, alkaline balanced foods to nourish and satisfy your body and mind. They specialize in gluten free grains and use locally grown vegetables that are in season.
Powerful foundational foods balanced according to the principles of Macrobiotics to help create a self-healing alkaline blood quality to promote a healthy, happy, long life. Whole foods experts – keeping whole grains “whole” for optimal benefits, soaking grains and beans for easier digestion, using top quality ingredients and fermented foods with high levels of probiotics to promote well being..
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