Studio City

Studio City is an area in the San Fernando Valley, just to the west of Universal City and about 12 miles NW of Downtown LA. As its name implies, Studio City arose to support the motion picture studios with affordable housing for their employees.

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CBS Studio Center

Was founded as Mack Sennett Studios, home of the Keystone Kops and Charlie Chaplin's earliest American films. It later became the Republic Pictures lot, and more recently it has been home to such sitcoms as ''Seinfeld'' and ''That '70s Show''. Unfortunately, the studio is not open to the public for tours, but many television shows are still produced here and with careful planning you can attend the taping of a show; [] is one resource to look into.


Unofficially endorsed by Jay Leno, Carney's operates from a bright yellow rail car, serving what it calls "Probably the best hot dogs and hamburgers in the world". The chilidogs and chili chesseburgers are probably worthy contenders-- and the whole experience, with indoor and outdoor seating, is good, clean, cheap fun. A second location is on the Sunset Strip.

EAT   —  12601 Ventura Blvd

Wilacre Park

Offers panoramic views of the San Fernando Valley. The Betty B. Dearing Trail starts at the main parking lot and, after a short steep climb, levels off and begins a gentle descent before ending at a residential street. A walk up the trail and back to the parking lot through residential streets takes about an hour to complete. Parking is $1.

SEE   —  3431 Fryman Rd


Another of the "sushi alley" restaurants, Katsu-Ya offers really good sushi at reasonable prices. The baked crab roll is a specialty and should not be missed. Parking is tough to find so plan on using the valet for $3.50. Waits can be long, so call for reservations. Dinner for two will cost between $40 and $60 with sake.


A tasty and reasonably-priced casual dining spot, offering standard breakfast fare (try the banana pancakes) and simple lunch and dinner entrees. The outdoor patio is a neat spot to dine amongst trees and flowers. Expect to pay $5 - $8 per person for breakfast, slightly more for lunch and dinner.

A Ca-Shi

Located just off Ventura Blvd along Studio City's "sushi alley", this small restaurant offers up amazing fresh fish at reasonable prices. Be sure to share a cup of warm saki with Jay, the friendly owner. Dinner for two, including sake, will cost between $40 and $60.


The iconic California burger chain has a location in Studio City. Its minimalist menu offers excellent renditions of fast-food staples at rock bottom prices. A "secret menu" offers a somewhat larger selection for those in the know.

EAT   —  3640 Cahuenga Blvd

Jerry's Famous Deli

One of many locations, Jerry's is nevertheless noteworthy for its pricey but massive sandwiches, soups, and desserts. The Matzo Ball soup ($7.15 for a bowl) is particularly good.

Laurel Tavern

An upscale gastropub with several Californian craft beers (Old Rasputin, Arrogant Bastard, etc) on tap as well as a full bar, and gourmet burgers.


Probably the best bowling alley in Los Angeles. Features excellent lanes, glow-in-the-dark bowling at night, arcade, and more.

Studio City Farmer's Market

Offers locally produced meat and vegetables for sale as well as a petting zoo and face painting for kids.

BUY   —  Ventura Pl

Decor Art Galleries

Historic black-and-white photos of old Hollywood, classic L.A., and various famous faces.

Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel

Famous hotel over 100 years old, featuring large green space and swan-filled lake.

El Patio Inn

Simple and cheap hotel.

SLEEP   —  11466 Ventura Blvd

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