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Located inside the Beverly Hills Hotel, this long-time favorite of the 90210 crowd (the city, not the show) is a great place to people watch. Celebrities and other well-heeled people hang out here and enjoy its rich atmosphere. The room inside is lovely and tasteful, and the outside patio is tree lined and great for smokers who can't do without their fix. Not for the T-shirt set - gentlemen are required to wear jackets.
Do not even drive by without confirmed reservations, this is the most popular Japanese eatery in town. It is considered by many to be the best sushi place in the US, and the best restaurant in the greater city of Los Angeles. Everything is fresh, delicious and very expensive, after all it is the workmanship of Nobu Matsuhisa. Rub elbows with the rich and famous, but leave your autograph book at home.
Craig's Restaurant offers an old world charm with elegant classic decor featuring cozy booths and brick walls. Pick scrumptious dishes from an American menu filled with comfort foods with a few twists, such as great vegan options. The friendly service is outstanding and the staff always knows the perfect bottle of wine to compliment any meal. However, the real reason to visit Craig's Restaurant is for celebrity spotting. Everyone from Hollywood stars to politicians stops by for a cocktail and a steak. You'll never know if George Clooney might be seated at the table next to you.
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.
Open since 1919, this classic restaurant was long the bastion of Hollywood industry power dining. With the look and feel of a private Men's club, Musso & Frank Grill rose to fame in the Golden Years of Hollywood, when Irving Thalberg, Clark Gable and the Marx Brothers were among its most celebrated clients. Nowadays, it is still considered the home of the finest dry martini in town. The Filet Mignon is hard to beat and the service is perfect, with just a touch of attitude. If you are not in the mood for beef, try the succulent lobster and the rich, heavy desserts.
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.
Dan Tana was a refugee from Yugoslavia and started as a lowly dishwasher who later went on to own the place. This was nearly 50 years ago! His is one of the finest restaurants in the United States. It may not be the swankiest but the ambiance is friendly and exciting at the same time. Located in West Hollywood, a few steps from Beverly Hills, Dan Tana's has a democratic mix of Hollywood's high, low and in-between. Longtime established stars like Peter Falk and Karl Malden may be seen along with newer celebs like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Drew Barrymore!
Still commonly known as the "Rainbow Room," this fabled Sunset Strip institution continues to deliver a good time with live rock shows, fun finger food and late-night dining. The roomy interiors consist of a dining room, several bars, upstairs dance floor and patio decorated with kitschy rock 'n' roll memorabilia, Christmas lights, burgundy leather booths and even a vintage arcade game. The food offered is an Italian-American fusion of popular munchies such as pizza, sandwiches, steaks and a diverse vegetarian selection. Keep in mind that it is possible to reserve special seating above the stage.
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.
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.
Since 1928, this L.A. standby has been offering 24-hour casual dining in the heart of the Fairfax district. You'll find the food here authentic and the people-watching amazing. Everyone from The Wallflowers to K.D. Lang and Madonna has stopped in to eat here. Favorites include the in-house pickled corned beef pastrami, the hot corned beef, the tender beef brisket and the many offerings from the in-house bakery. Next door is the Kibitz Room, where there's live music most nights. A full bar and decent wines work well with the food.
This celebrity hangout has been visited by beautiful people for years and shows no signs of slowing down. If you don't have a reservation or a studio deal, however, don't even try it. The decor is simple and focuses your attention on the crowd and the menu, which are both out of this world. The crab cakes are a favorite, and the fried chicken is also excellent. If you can afford it, The Ivy is a great place to hobnob with the movers and shakers. If not, you can always order a drink at the bar. Be sure to make a reservation.