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.
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.
Located next to the ocean, the Strand House offers breathtaking views along with its outstanding cuisine. The sleek modern decor creates an elegant dining space, though you should make sure you reserve a table by the window so you can enjoy the beach view. The menu features contemporary American dishes created using fresh local ingredients. Complement your meal with a glass of wine from their impressive California wine selection. The weekend brunch is especially scrumptious.
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.
Located within the Hollywood Hotels & Apartments, the Yamashiro Hollywood, one of the most unusual restaurants around gives a dazzling view of the city while allowing patrons to enjoy authentic Japanese meals at the same time. Specializing in serving sumptuous Asian fusion flavors, the restaurant is quite popular among the locals as well as the tourists alike. You can opt for delicacies like Spicy Salmon & Scallop, Truffle Hamachi, Asian BBQ Baby Back Ribs and lots more from the extensive menu. The flavorsome food can also be enjoyed with a glass of wine to balance the savory flavors. You can also feel free to take some time off and stroll through the eight acres of lush green gardens just below the bar as you wait for your order to arrive. Suitable for a romantic date, the Yamashiro Hollywood must definitely be tried during your time in the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vespaio in Downtown Los Angeles impresses with its stately seafarer-inspired theme and Italian fine dine menu. With its all-day dining theme and a weekend brunch thrown in, this elegant restaurant attracts crowds from morning until evening. Chef and restaurateur Ago Sciandri presents a skilfully weaved menu with Seared Carpaccio, Homemade Potato Topini Pasta and other bread, pastry and charcuterie options. This breezy restaurant extends on to a lovely patio that borders the nearby Grand Park, and is also located in close proximity to the Broad Museum, making it the perfect option for a pre-theater dinner.
Traxx, located inside Union Station, is one of Los Angeles' grandest architectural structures. The restaurant is done in an Art Deco style, complementing the station's merger of streamline modern and mission architecture. It is small and cozy, seating 100 people. There are tables outside by the concourse and a bar in the train station's old telephone room. The open kitchen serves a variety of American dishes, from crab cakes to lamb chops. Its desserts are also good, particularly the pies, which are delicious.
'Perched' atop the 13-story tall Pershing Square Building, is a gem of a French bistro, that's hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the historic square. The splendid alfresco setup accentuated by a couple of fireplaces and fire pits, sets you up for what's in store in the kitchen. The connoisseur behind the kitchen walls, Chef Shawn Davis promises to take your dining experience to a different level by serving delicious classic French cuisine touched by his signature style. The regular French delicacies like Ahi Tuna Tartar and Classic Caesar Salad are dished out with flair, and so are the traditional dishes like Bouillabaisse and Duck Confit. In the end, a glass of Armagnac or Calvados from its bar, is enough to round off a fine dining experience. The bistro is also a perfect spot to relax in the lounge area and enjoy the live gigs and cabaret performances which are held here throughout the week. With a location that matches the best in the city, Perch is a perfect place to dine with your loved ones. Call or visit their website to book a table.