3 1/2 Stars
469 N. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Another great restaurant from the Amici folks that has the great authentic Italian ambience and cuisine we all expect. The menu is filled with classics such as thin crust pizzas, many pastas, artichoke and hearts of palm salad, and the traditional osso buco.
9749 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
A very traditional Italian trattoria, Da Pasquale has been around since 1989. This comfortable restaurant features outdoor dining warmed by heat lamps and also indoor settings with the tastefulness of home. Italian dishes range from pastas to pizza and every serving made by the family-run business is full of dedication and flavor. Almost everything is handcrafted and made from scratch so one can feel that they have just stepped out from home to another ‘home dining’ setting. De Pasquale also offers an extensive list of Italian wines that can accommodate any taste.
143 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Exposed wood beams and a fireplace make for a romantic setting at this lovely newcomer at the northern edge of the La Brea Restaurant Row, where the beautiful people flock for fabulous Italian fare including “perfect fritto misto” and amazing pastas washed down by a good selection of wines; the lovely patio, hospitable service, and great value are other reasons it’s always crowded.
8897 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048
The cozy and urban Madeo features a warm and comforting atmosphere, with an immense wood bar and curved booths set among old black-and-white photos of old Italy. The immensely popular hangout offers a varied selection of Northern Italian cuisine, with dishes that include mouth watering veal-stuffed ravioli, classic pizza Margherita, and whole striped bass. The made in-house desserts are the finale to this authentic show, with delights such as mille-feuille with pastry cream and ricotta cheesecake.
2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Since 1983, Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois on Main has been serving Asian Fusion cuisine to the hungry hordes in Santa Monica. The décor has not changed since the day the doors opened, but Chef Rena Mata presents a menu that features not only selections of dishes that made Chinois on Main famous, but some new additions as well. All dishes presents ingredients from the Far East, transformed into modern culinary masterpieces of daring and stimulating flavors. Dishes served family style include classics such as Whole Sizzling Catfish with ponzu, Shanghai Lobser, Mongolian Lamb with cilantro-mint vinaigrette, and the Famous Chinois Chicken ...
2903 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
Aroma settles in a quaint venue that is nestled away off West Sunset Boulevard. Patrons can feel like they are in a very homey Italian eatery surrounded by friends and family. The atmosphere is laid back and classy at the same time due to the inclusion of several paintings across the walls. Enjoy a great wine before dinner while browsing a menu full of pastas and meats with savory flavors. The staff and chef are always complimentary and love meeting customers and getting their opinions of the dishes.
1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Opened in March 2005, Ocean and Vine is located in the gorgeous Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, next to Santa Monica pier. The swanky lobby sets the scene for an upmarket experience. The split-level, low-ceilinged room is attractive; the top level is dominated by a steel chimneyed fire pit, with striking artworks adding to the ‘wow’ factor. The cuisine, from Head Chef Robert Trester under the watch of Executive Chef Gregg Wangard, is Californian; each dish a showcase of local, seasonal ingredients. Dishes are near-faultless, and although prices are high, it’s worth coming here for a splurge or special occasion.
2903 Rowena Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Blair's in Silver Lake is just the sort of wine bar and restaurant that you would expect to find on a Manhattan street corner. Fortunately, you only have to travel to Silver Lake to find upscale comfort food paired with an excellent beer and wine menu in a cozy candlelit atmosphere. The crowd is a mix of neighborhood regulars, Hollywood starlets looking for somewhere low key and off the beaten path, and hip Silver Lakers meeting up for a drink and snacks at the bar before a night out.
3832 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010
M-Grill offers an elegant and sensual Brazilian steakhouse experience, with each meal offering an endless array of skewered meats, savory sides, and a salad bar. The Churrasco, or meat selection, includes beef short ribs, brazilian sausage, chicken thighs, bacon wrapped filet mignon, pork ribs and more, all grilled to perfection. Brazilian sides include rich black bean stew, fried yucca, and collard greens. A unique open grill allows diners to watch as chefs prepare skewer after skewer of exotic and savory meats.
251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ Theatre District, Noe has established itself as an elegant oasis in the midst of the city’s hustle and bustle since opening in July 2003. Executive Chef Rebert Gadsby's acclaimed "Progressive American" cuisine marries a gentle Japanese aesthetic with French-inspired dramatic artistry. This new age bistro offers a fresh and frequently changing menu that has earned the restaurant many accolades. Impressing diners and critics alike, this gourmet eatery is intricate in the detail of its décor and food.They even have an extensive wine list and unique cocktails. Enjoy a sophisticated, satisfying, and beautifully ...
800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
$$ Editor's Pick
The landmark Union Station, located on the eastern edge of downtown Los Angeles, is an impressive sight. The structure fuses the Spanish colonial, Art Deco and streamline Modern Architecture that represent California's heritage and future ambitions. Traxx is where the romance of the past and the spirit of the future seamlessly merge. Since 1997, Traxx has brought fine dining back to historic Union Station while acting as major player in Los Angeles' downtown renaissance. Its presence, along with the Staples center and the revitalized shopping and cultural venues, adds extra vitality to the cityscape. Even with modern Los Angeles blossoming ...
4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Jer-ne Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton is one of Los Angeles' only waterfront restaurants. With an exquisitely classical appearance it’s no surprise that the food tastes just as luxurious. Executive chef Fabian Ludwig has over twenty years culinary experience and it shows in the delicate yet tantalizing dishes he creates. Offering, brunch, lunch, and dinner there are many delicious dishes to choose from including the Maine lobster gratinee and the New York Reuben. With so many different menu options why wouldn’t you want to go try Jer-ne?
1250 Harvard Rd, Burbank, CA 91501
The Castaway Restaurant and Banquet Center, located high in the Burbank hills, overlooks De Bell Golf Course, offering a breathtaking city view that is spectacular day or night. It is appropriately nicknamed “The Jewel on the Hill” and has been a landmark in the Burbank area for over 40 years. Castaway prides itself on serving up fresh food daily to its diners. Castaway offers scrumptious meals such as their Prime Rib French Dip Sandwich and their Butter-Poached Lobster Tail, or try one of the Chef’s daily creations. Don’t miss out, come try one of these tasty dishes today!
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
$$$ Recommended Special Offer
Classy meets comfortable at Whist, located at the Viceroy Santa Monica, a restaurant offering elegant Coastal Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. Not only do menu items offer variety, but in order to ensure individual levels of comfort guests are offered several choices in seating locations including the traditional formal dining room, casual poolside tables as well as private chef cabanas for a more intimate experience. Whist is an eatery known for its significantly stylish décor which fuses vintage and modern furnishings. The restaurant excitedly welcomes new Executive Chef, Tony DiSalvo to the team, who uses his vast ...
One Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405
The menu at One Pico features modern American cuisine with a seasonal bent. Chef Andri Tscharner sources ingredients from local farms, weaving the seasonal produce into stunning, refreshing creations. Dishes might include such succulent renditions as Black Truffle Risotto with Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Snap Peas, and White Truffle Oil; Wild King Salmon with Artichokes, Swiss Chard, Applewood Bacon, and Bouillabaisse Sauce; or Colorado Lamb Loin with Heirloom Carrots, Braising Greens, Chick Peas, and Black Olive Jus. Enjoy Tscharner’s fresh, contemporary cuisine in a casually elegant setting, surrounded by windows that offer gorgeous views of the Santa Monica beach.
4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
$$$ Recommended Special Offer
Gaze out over the marina and allow your mind to drift lazily like the boats against the docks as you savor the fresh and tantalizing fare Executive Chef Niederkorn serves up daily. Only twenty minutes from the harried rush of LAX, Café Del Rey transports diners from the bustle of humanity to the calm oasis of a foreign seaside town. Chef Niederkorn presents elegantly prepared and simply adorned seafood dishes that shine by their own freshness and flavor. The Black Spaghetti is made with prawns, calamari, lobster, and bay scallops; and the Mediterranean Meatloaf is taken to another level by ...
9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Offering modern American cuisine, The Belvedere has long been regarded as one of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles. Serving up unique dishes alongside impeccable service and sophisticated atmosphere is what keeps this hotspot as popular as ever as each year passes. Under the direction of Executive Chef Bill Bracken, The Belvedere was recently voted "Best Hotel Restaurant in the Continental US and Canada" by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, and it is the only hotel restaurant in North America with a AAA Five Diamond Award. Come see what everyone is talking about at The Belvedere.
10740 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Chef Simon Dolinky brings a lot to the table with every dish he creates: His commitment to environmental sustainability and his energetic vision for flavorful cuisine blend quite nicely on the plate. Simple elegant presentations allow the rich and vibrant flavors of his food to shine as diners mingle in a dining space equally refined and satisfying. Deep earth tones bathe the walls in subdued sophistication, while energetic splashes of green pop up in the strategic placement of leafy plants. Small plates of artisan cured meats and cheeses warm the palate, and comforting soups and savory entrée selections warm the ...
900 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
On the 24th floor of the Ritz Carlton in Downtown Los Angeles is WP24 by Wolfgang Puck. The location offers patrons breath-taking panoramic views of downtown, just a stone’s throw from LA Live and the Staples center. The lounge at WP24 is a fine place to grab a bite to eat and a quick drink before a game, concert, or show. This Chinese-Fusion Bistro offers diners two Prix Fixe choices, a three-course and four-course meal, should they choose to dine in the main restaurant. Popular entrees include the Peking Duck, “Angry” Two-Pound Live Maine Lobster, and Whole Sea Bass Baked ...
1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92803
Catal Restaurant is a foodie’s paradise in the midst of the dining chaos that is Downtown Disney, in Anaheim. Sophisticated and calm, Catal presents guests with the welcomed opportunity to escape the crowds, settle in, and experience a tantalizing menu of Mediterranean specialties and lavish libations. The restaurant’s balcony offers panoramic views of all the goings-on below, while Chef Weber keeps all eyes happily on the plate with his thoughtful spread of delectable tapas and entrée dishes. Savor favorites like the House-Made Crispy Pork Chicharrones, the Lantern Scallop Tartare, and the Paella Mixta. And let’s not forget to top off ...