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.
This great neighborhood spot offers a relaxed environment and delicious food. No wonder the owners have opened three more locations in neighborhoods all around town. The well-prepared specialties, such as Chicken Tikka and Tandoori Chicken are always a treat. The prices are easy to deal with and the staff is friendly and will make you want to return again and again. Beer and wine are served, as are several traditional Indian desserts.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for an elite, one of a kind, bar? Look no further than Le Néant on South Spring Street. Open only for four hours during the week, you will be served special cocktails with secret ingredients by the bar director himself! The decor looks like something straight out of an early 20th century film set with plush sofas, wooden ceiling and flooring, statues of bronze angels and other knick-knacks. It is a luxurious experience that is really sought after, with the bookings going on months in advance, so make sure you book your appointment right away.
Spread the cheer with wine and bites at Mignon. The wine bar is a favorite hang out place for locals who like to finish their dinner here, sipping the drink at leisure and pecking on the range of charcuterie and tapas bites. The menu comprises of small morsels of cheese, meat and sandwiches along with platters of Market Vegetables, Okame Spinach and Fresh Market Fruit. The wine list also has a few gems. The quiet ambience offers a splendid place for a romantic date or a post-dinner nightcap. The venue has soft lights that create a dramatic appeal. Happy hours are from 6p to 8p from Monday to Saturday and upto midnight on Sunday.