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Consistently regarded as one of the best restaurants in town, this flagship of Joachim Splichal's Pinot-based hot spots is located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It will not disappoint you. It is a favorite of the executives at neighboring Paramount Studios, so chances are good for celebrity sightings. The seasonal roasted white asparagus is wonderful as is the poached Maine lobster with spring peas, young alliums and lemon thyme. Be sure to ask about the special dishes that change nightly. The wine list is outstanding, but if you choose to bring your own, there is a corkage fee.
Osteria Mozza, sibling of the Pizzeria Mozza, is an upscale Italian ristorante and bar in the heart of Hollywood. Tinseltown's rich and famous have been flocking in to taste their delectable entrees and antipasti options. For the cheese lover, the mozzarella bar is a must, as it serves up an assortment of delicious mozzarella-inspired delights. For those looking for a rich and hearty meal, check out the main menu which includes items like grilled lamb, wild salmon and a variety of delicious pastas. With all the hype and the great food to match, this place will surely have you yelling Mama Mia! before you've even cleared your plate.
This meat lovers dream come true, Animal is a raved about American eatery in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles. Utilizing every viable piece of the meat, celebrity chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook collaborate to create scrumptious meals even a vegetarian might be tempted to eat! With an ever-rotating menu, dishes at Animal are always new and exciting. Not for the faint of heart, past dishes have included veal tongue and brains, chicken liver toast, marrow bone with chimichurri sauce and other oddities that are surprisingly delicious. A minimalist setting is an overstatement, this restaurant has stark white walls, dark stained weathered tables and a large skylight flooding the space with bright natural light.
Owned by celebrated restaurateur Suzanne Goin, Lucques has been the recipient of many accolades and awards since its inception. Featuring a contemporary cuisine rich in Mediterranean flavors, the menu is a hit with the crowds, owing to its seasonal take on the dishes. The crowd consists of the elite and the rates are definitely on the higher side. Nevertheless, the meal justifies the prices.
Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills institution is the place to be. Like all of the celebrity chef's ventures, the atmosphere at Spago Beverly Hills emphasizes that delicious food can be fun. The luxurious and intimate setting at this restaurant makes it perfect for an intimate meal and especially for special occasions. The wine and cocktail lists are comprehensive and provide the perfect accompaniments to your rich food.
This is one of the most popular restaurants in Beverly Hills. The Euro-Vietnamese interior was designed by Elizabeth An. To enter the main dining area, you must walk through a beautiful aquarium passageway called Walk on Water. The food is divine, and on Friday nights a flurry of celebrities can be seen dining here. It has been profiled many times in reputed papers and magazines, such as The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Le Figaro, Food and Wine and Bon Appétit.
Tom Colicchio's Craft, winner of the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant nationwide in 2002, is quickly gaining notoriety for its simplified gourmet dishes and its unique style of service. Guests are served meals "family style", with a focus on perfecting singular menu items as opposed to combining a large array of ingredients. The end result has been hugely popular with dishes such as the pan roasted day boat scallops and the porterhouse steak.
Located in the heart of Los Angeles' Palms locale, N/Naka serves Japanese cuisine in a chic and stylish environment. Taking the cuisine to another level with fine dining pre-set courses, the restaurant has become one of the most coveted places to eat in town. The venue functions on the basis of reservations, wherein booking must be arranged well in advance, after which the price of the pre-set dinner is pre-charged to the credit card. The chef prepares an exquisite menu based on the indications of the diners, communicated beforehand. The meal is then ready and waiting for the guests. Highly priced, the venue is slowly making waves as a gourmet's delight and has succeeded in grabbing the attention of the city's dwellers.
Asanebo takes classy restaurant takes Japanese cuisine to a whole new level with its perfectly balanced flavors, beautifully presented dishes, nicely complementing wines, peaceful ambiance and attentive service. Anything you order from the menu is guaranteed to be absolutely delicious but we recommend the uni, omakase, octopus, salmon and snapper. End the feast with a homemade hot chocolate cake. No wonder Asanebo has been awarded a Michelin star.
The decor of this sushi restaurant deserves a special mention, as the work of designer Phillipe Starck is impressive. The wall features super-large photographs of the eyes and lips of a Japanese woman. The effect is surprisingly stunning, given the place's light brown hues, glass doors, private booths and simple, uncovered furniture. The offerings at Katsuya are similar to the food offered by Chef Katsuya Uechi in the other LA branches. There is a fixed price menu for those who want to try a variety of dishes. Others can savor the sushi and tempura, which go well with the sake. Stars are known to hang out here, so you never know who you might just end up dining next to.
Yes, Vincenti is mainly Italian fare and chef Nicola Mastronardi dishes out scrumptious risottos, pastas and pizzas day in and day out. Try the Pizza Margherita, a local favorite, or the Trippa Di Vittello Alla Parmigiana—a much savored entree at this Los Angeles eatery. A lot of light colored wood is used indoors, thus allowing natural light to be a permanent participant in the décor. Private parties and business events can be organized with prior reservations.