Bottega Louie brings European panache to the streets of LA with a delicious contemporary Italian menu. Opt for the Farmers Market Breakfast at their weekend brunch, a platter of poached eggs, vegetables and parmesan, or relish small plates of raspberry beignets or portobello fries. Complement your meal with something from their extensive beverage list; flavored soda, beer, juices, lattes or heady cocktails to name a few. The sprawling high-beamed space is decorated with crisp white walls and marble counter tops for a classy, East Coast feel, and exudes an understated elegance. Head to the deli for food to go, as well as inspiration to experiment in your own kitchen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since 1918, this place has been serving some of the best French dip sandwiches in the world. That seems logical because it was Philippe, The Original who claims to have invented the juicy concoction over 100 years ago. Besides the tender and succulent meat, the prices haven't changed much since either; a roast beef, pork, turkey, ham or leg of lamb sandwich will satiate your palate and leave your pocket without a dent! Want a cup of coffee? Head here for a steaming cup that will leave you feeling energized for the day.
Justice Urban Tavern has an airy and swank look to it due to is high ceiling and industrial-chic decor. This gastropub is a great place to drop in for any time of the day or night. Taking pride in their inventive menu which focuses on seasonal and local farm-fresh ingredients, you can check out their dishes from the chalkboard. Enjoy their happy hours with wines and beers from Californian wineries and breweries.
With innovative offerings like crispy tamarind glazed pork belly and chicken tikka poutine, this downtown gastropub will change the way you look at Indian food. Soaring ceilings and a wall covered in colorful horizontal stripes greets patrons in the dining room. Contemporary light fixtures punctuate the entire space. Kitschy Bollywood posters adorning the walls complete the decor; a refreshing change from the done-to-death exotic themes prevalent in most Indian restaurants. The menu offers a mix of traditional and quirky creations. Street food favorites like papri chaat and samosas start off the proceedings. Traditional favorites include the butter chicken, smoked eggplant mash and chicken tikka masala. The spiced lamb burger has received accolades and should not me missed. The drinks list offers a choice of wines, beers as well as Indian cola imports like ThumsUp and Limca.
Situated inside the historic Vibiana building, the Redbird is a popular local restaurant and bar, serving scrumptious American cuisine. Chef Neal Fraser's culinary expertise is showcased through the diverse food menu, featuring several delicacies, cooked to absolute perfection using the choicest of ingredients. Regulars at Redbird have particularly praised their loaded Chicken Pot Pie, Ora King Salmon, lobster infused Gnocchetti Sardi and chef's special Veal Fraser. The bar is well stocked with the finest wines and the bartenders are known for serving tantalizing cocktails off the menu designed by Julian Cox. The decor is wonderful with elegant lighting fixtures and modern furnishings. The patio is area is attractively laid out as well and features a retractable ceiling.
Kushi Shabu is known for their all you can eat Shabu-Shabu, although the restaurant does offer a limited selection of a la carte options as well. A Shabu-Shabu meal essentially consists of a communal pot of broth and a selection of thinly sliced raw meats, vegetables and noodles that are meant to cooked in the boiling broth at the table itself. The meal is accompanied by a variety of homemade sauces and an unlimited dessert selection as well. With friendly and attentive service, delicious food and reasonable prices, Kushi Shabu is a great choice for those days when your appetite knows no bounds.
In an underground location on South San Pedro Street, Fu-Ga Izakaya & Bar is a treat for the foodies with a tapas menu consisting of Japanese fusion dishes. It is great for relishing some good varieties of sake and beer while gorging on Kushi Katsu, Seaweed Salad, Yakitori, Sauteed Shishito Peppers and Unagi and Chirimen Jyako Fried Rice. There is a separate happy hour menu that helps to quell the raging appetites. The Bento Boxes offer delightful combinations of salad, tempura, stew and oysters that can be packed and relished at leisure. The venue is dimly lit and perfect for a romantic dinner date. The staff and service are also appealing.
JiST Cafe offers a relaxing ambience where patrons can enjoy their breakfast in leisure. In fact, they pride themselves on creating an atmosphere that recreates the unhurried feeling of a Sunday morning. Of course, it is also a good alternative if you have no time to cook and just want to grab a quick snack. Its menu includes dishes such as Katsu Sandwich filled with pork cutlet, Kewpie mayonnaise and shredded cabbage, Grandma's Chopped Salad served with a dressing of lemon herb, and Toad in a Hole with hickory ham, prime smoked meat and eggs. The food is complemented by beverages like grapefruit juice, Mexican soda and Earl Grey Creme tea.