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.
Established in 1946, only a well-worn spot could offer such specialties like steak with all the trimmings. Forget the diet, you're eating well tonight. Right across from the Warner Bros Studios, the most famous item on this menu isn't meat related—it's the cheesy garlic bread. Try the early bird specials for a great discount. No matter when you arrive, however, you'll get a great meal that is worth the price.
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.
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.
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.
Castaway Restaurant, situated atop the hills of Burbank, offers an unparalleled dining experience to its guests. Rustic and elegant at once, soft and muted tones of beige, brown and grey dominate the dining hall area and the lovely floor to ceiling windows offer splendid views of the surrounding hills. Outside, a beautiful patio calls out to you to soak up some sun and treat your eyes to the panoramic views of the rest of the city. With their own dry-aging room and the dedication to serve you the highest quality beef, the menu has been crafted by Chef Perry Pollaci and are sure to engage all your senses at once. An extensive and elaborate wine list that includes more than 150 wines imported from different parts of the world will please the wine lover in you. An ideal place whether it be a romantic meal with your loved one or celebration of an event, Castaway Restaurant does not disappoint.
Maccheroni Republic is a casual Italian restaurant that offers diners a taste of traditional Italian cuisine that is simple, yet delicious. The menu is composed of antipasti, salads and homemade pastas, served alongside daily specials and desserts. The Polpettine di Gamberi - crispy fried shrimp cakes, the handmade Gnocchi, Squid-ink Pasta with Saffron Salmon Ragù and Linguine Al Frutti di Mare, are just a few of the many delicacies on offer. Simple, hearty and unpretentious, the food at Maccheroni Republic is served, as it should be, with a healthy dose of Italian hospitality and warmth.
The main dishes are not all that is attractive about Noé; the place has a serene, elegant atmosphere, with a terracotta-stained floor, starched white linens, and Gustave Klimt paintings that lend it this distinction. Also, there is a lovely lounge ideal for a pre- or post-dinner drink, a charming patio, 100 varieties of wine on the wine list, and a perfectly hospitable staff, so you are sure to enjoy your meal.
Le Petit Paris is a quaint, romantic restaurant that will surely impress your date. The upscale decor, slow music and dim lights set the mood for a pleasant dining experience. Menu offerings include classic dishes like Caesar Salad, Seared Tuna and Lobster Linguini along with a number of house specialties like Le Petit Paris Signature Cheeseburger prepared with bacon and Lamb Shank cooked for 48 hours. Don’t forget to complement the flavorful meals with a glass of French wine for a more authentic experience. The prices may seem to be on the steeper side, but the quality of the food and the ambience are well worth the money spent.
Casa La Golondrina is located on historic Olvera Street, where it stands proudly as one of L.A.'s oldest restaurants. In 1930, the owners took over the historic Pelanconi House which has been around since 1855. It was named after its second owner, Antonio Pelanconi, but now the residence-turned-restaurant serves delicious Mexican fare accompanied by Mariachi music and live dancers. It is a very popular spot for authentic Mexican fare in a unique, historical setting.
Otium, roughly meaning leisure time in Latin is a great way to describe this contemporary restaurant. Bringing great food and fun vibes to the neighborhood, Otium is the ideal dining destination to celebrate a special occasion or to enjoy a hearty meal. Serving an assortment of globally-inspired dishes, the restaurant offers patrons the chance dig into delicacies like Foie Gras, Falafel and Tai Snapper under one roof. The delectable meals can be complemented with cocktails, beers or wines. Once you are here, consider sitting at the counter to see the chefs work their magic on the ingredients. If you are in the mood to try some extraordinary food, head to Otium for a meal that you are unlikely to forget for a long time.
High up on the 71st floor of the US Bank Tower, California's tallest skyscraper, 71Above is among the most sought after restaurants in town. This stunner with its chic circular dining and bar areas is enclosed by floor-to-ceiling glass windows, and offers unrivaled vistas of the ocean, mountains, city and beyond. Besides getting wowed by the views and swank environs, you will also be charmed by the contemporary American fare by chef Vartan Abgaryan. The seasonal menu is laden with creative dishes to tantalize your palate. Enjoy happy hours, a nightcap or afternoon cocktails at the bar or the sky lounge with scenic landmarks at the backdrop. Whether it is a romantic meal, a business lunch or a special occasion, you can choose to dine in any of their dining areas depending upon your situation. Reservations are highly recommended.