La Cienega Boulevard

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La Cienega Boulevard(Spanish "The Swamp"
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South end El Segundo Boulevard near El Segundo
I-10 near Santa Monica
North end Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood

La Cienega Boulevard is a major north–south arterial road that runs between El Segundo Boulevard in Hawthorne, California on the south and the Sunset Strip/Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood to the north. It was named for Rancho Las Cienegas, an area of marshland south of Rancho La Brea .

Route description[edit]

From south of Fairview and from north of Rodeo Road (not Drive), La Cienega Boulevard is a regular surface street and one of Hollywood's major thoroughfares. Offices for A&E Network, The History Channel and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are located on La Cienega as are the studios of Citadel Broadcasting flagships KABC and KLOS, two of Los Angeles' biggest radio stations. A portion of La Cienega in and adjacent to Beverly Hills is known as "Restaurant Row" for its large number of upscale restaurants. South of Olympic, La Cienega runs through the Pico-Robertson and Crestview neighborhoods in West Los Angeles into Culver City and is known for its large number of automotive-related business including several used car dealerships and many body shops and auto mechanics.[1]

Looking north on La Cienega Blvd. from Santa Monica Blvd.

It continues south passing Interstate 10, and the Metro Expo Line.

It is unusual among Southern California roadways to be built to freeway standards. South of Interstate 10, La Cienega was built to freeway standards in the late 1940s as part of the proposed Laurel Canyon Freeway, part of State Route 170. The SR 170 freeway was never completed south of U.S. Route 101, and the stretch of La Cienega from just north of Fairview Blvd in Inglewood, through the Baldwin Hills and along the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area to Rodeo Road in Los Angeles is a divided, limited access highway with few traffic signals. As such, emergency call boxes like those found along the area's freeways were installed along that stretch in the 1970s.

La Cienega Design Quarter[edit]

The area of La Cienega Boulevard, from Beverly Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard, and its satellite streets is known as the La Cienega Design Quarter. Its shops and galleries house many antiques, furniture, rugs, accessories and art. Art dealer Felix Landau operated his trend-setting gallery there in the 1960s.

Restaurant Row[edit]

Sign at the corner of Wilshire and La Cienega
Looking south down La Cienega Blvd. from the intersection with Sunset Blvd.
The big Randy's Donut shop is at La Cienega and Manchester in Inglewood

La Cienega in Beverly Hills, north of Wilshire Boulevard, is known as Restaurant Row because it features many upscale restaurants. From Wilshire in Beverly Hills traveling north the best known establishments include Benihana, The Stinking Rose, Darioush, the original Lawry's the Prime Rib, Hakobe, Tokyo Table - Tokyo City Cuisine, Matsuhisa, Fogo de Chão, Gyu-Kaku, Woo Lae Oak, The Bazaar by José Andrés, and Morton's.[2]


La Cienega Boulevard is named after Rancho Las Cienegas Mexican land grant roughly in the region now called "West Los Angeles." The Spanish phrase la ciénaga translates into English as "the swamp" and the area named "Las Ciénegas" was a continual marshland due to the course of the Los Angeles River through that area prior to a massive southerly shift in 1825 to roughly its present course. The difference in spelling between the Spanish word ciénaga and the name of the thoroughfare originated with the name of the rancho.


Metro Local lines 105 and 217, and Metro Rapid line 705 run on La Cienega Boulevard. As of April 28, 2012, the Metro Expo Line serves a rail station at Jefferson Boulevard.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Los Angeles County.

Location mi km Destinations Notes
To I-405 (San Diego Freeway) / El Segundo Boulevard South end of La Cienega Boulevard; I-405 north exit 44
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) I-405 south exit 44/El Segundo Boulevard
120th Street
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) I-405 south exit 45B/Imperial Highway east
Los Angeles To I-405 north (San Diego Freeway) / Imperial Highway I-405 north exit 45B
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) – Long Beach I-405 south exit 45B/Imperial Highway west
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) Next to I-405 south exit 46/Century Boulevard east
Los AngelesInglewood line To I-405 north (San Diego Freeway) / Century Boulevard – LAX I-405 north exit 46
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) I-405 south exit 46/Century Boulevard west
Inglewood Arbor Vitae Street
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) / Olive Street I-405 south exit 47
Manchester Boulevard Former SR 42
Florence Avenue
I-405 south (San Diego Freeway) – Long Beach Interchange; I-405 south exit 47; no access from La Cienega Boulevard northbound
Los AngelesInglewood line Centinela Avenue
South end of freeway
Slauson AvenueLadera Heights Interchange; former SR 90
Stocker Street
Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Interchange
North end of freeway
Los Angeles Jefferson Boulevard
To I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) / Fairfax Avenue
Culver City Washington Boulevard
Los Angeles Venice Boulevard (SR 187)
I-10 (Santa Monica Freeway) – Santa Monica, Los Angeles Interchange; I-10 exit 7A
Pico Boulevard
Olympic Boulevard
Beverly Hills Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles San Vicente Boulevard
3rd Street
Beverly Boulevard Center of the so-called "studio zone"
West Hollywood Melrose Avenue
Santa Monica Boulevard (SR 2)
Sunset Boulevard North end of La Cienega Boulevard
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ "June 9, 2007". Car Talk. Episode 200723. June 9, 2007. 
  2. ^ Monreal, Jane (March 20, 2008). "Top 7 restaurant rows in SoCal". ABC 7. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 

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