San Fernando Valley Restaurants
11801 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91604
$$$ Top 10 Recommended
In May of 1999, Bill Chait, Danilo Terribili and chef Jeff Sladicka partnered to open this Studio City restaurant specializing in mesquite-grilled meat and seafood. The second floor hosts a sleek black lounge and a dining room framed by wine racks, but the real action is downstairs, in a boisterous dining room with views of the exhibition kitchen. At lunch, expect to find entertainment execs. During the week, Spark draws locals, and on weekends, it’s a dater’s playground. Signature dishes include Roman-style pizzas, grilled Atlantic salmon, and steaks. No matter what you order, save room for the house-baked apple walnut …
14928 Ventura Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91403
With its earth-tone walls with floral accents and copious mirrors, Panzanella strikes a new balance between a formal dining venue and casual trattoria. Served along side a dozen classic pastas and risottos is a sizable soup selection including the signature bread-thickened ribollita.
141 S. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, CA 91204
Mandaloun brings a slice of the Mediterranean to Southern California, with a rich ambiance filled with silk draperies and chandeliers. The lush and festive atmosphere is an ideal setting to enjoy Mandaloun’s authentic Lebanese cuisine. The extensive menu offers a variety of dishes, however it is the meze, or small plates, that are most popular. Over forty tapas-style dishes range from simple baba ghanoush to the intricate kafta nayeh, or sirloin tartare, and a fixed-price option offers the perfect way to sample from the dazzling array of tastes and flavors. Patio dining allows the enjoyable hookah after a meal, while …
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!
4100 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91602
$$ Top 10 Recommended
Located just North of Universal Studios along a busy stretch of Cahuenga Blvd, Ca’ del Sole stays true to its name as a sunny spot in an otherwise gloomy culinary scene. Amid the lush greenery of the outdoor patio or beside the fireplace between the two dining rooms, guests can enjoy the authentic and comforting Italian cuisine of Chef Soerke Peters in a quiet, homey atmosphere. The flexible bar menu is great for a small bite alone or to share with friends, and the daily “dinner deal” offers a great three course meal for only thirty dollars. Whether it’s a …
4799 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA 91302
Mi Piace Italian Kitchen, Bakery and Lounge is the very heart of Old Pasadena. Mi Piace is wildly popular, offering New York-Italian cooking - fresh, light Italian cooking embellished with New York flavors. A wide selection of appetizers, salads, pastas, seafood and speciality pizzas put Mi Piace on the culinary map.
12969 Ventura Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 91604
$$ Special Offer
Pinot Bistro offers a charming intimate setting to enjoy classic bistro fare along with contemporary California creations. With an extensive wine list, daily specials incorporating seasonal ingredients, and truly Parisian atmosphere, it is no wonder Pinot Bistro is a favorite neighborhood restaurant. Sample a signature dish such as crispy whitefish with brandade potatoes amid the dark wood paneling, black and white tiled floors, and mustard colored walls and you will feel as if you have been transported to France.