From boutique hotels to 5 star resorts, Los Angeles hotels offer some of the best dining experiences in Southern California. From east (downtown) to west (Santa Monica) these LA’s hotel restaurants serve from modern American, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Italian, and farm fresh California dishes, proving that the once stuffy and over formal white table cloth hotel dining rooms may be be a relic of the past.
Bar | Kitchen at the O Hotel
Inside the only boutique hotel in downtown Los Angeles, Bar | Kitchen is the place for classically inspired cocktails like Black Magic Woman with Irish whiskey, coffee liqueur, amaro, lime, and pineapple. On the modern American menu don’t miss the crispy pork belly, shrimp and grits, and banana pudding. At Bar | Kitchen is the kind of place where the neighbors and people who work close by hang out at the bar and enjoying a meal along side visitors who have discovered that the O Hotel can make everyone feel like a local.
WP24 at The Ritz-Carlton LA Live
While all of the menu items at Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 reflect his passion for food from the Far East, one dish tells the story of his commitment to tradition Chinese cooking methods. Long known for his duck dishes, the kitchen at WP24 was built to be able to accomplish in house the entire three-day process it takes to make Peking Duck that is served with house make buns, sauces, and condiments. The menu also features dumplings, seafood dishes, and kobe beef all served in a dining room with sweeping city views.
Cleo at The Redbury
Walking into the Bohemian inspired dining at Cleo in the Redbury Hotel immediately sets the scene for a nenorable meal. At the table the server may suggest diners take a pencil and order by circling several Middle Eastern menu items including small mezze plates, skewers, and main dishes meant to be shared with the table. Don’t miss the rich lebaneh is served with feta for a starter or as a layer under Sonoma roast lamb with Israeli cous cous. Flatbreads with merguez sausage or seasonal mushroom are made in a wood fire oven. Chef Danny Elmaleh has accomplished something truly remarkable, making Cleo an accessible menu in one of LA’s most beautifully sensual settings – the results are delicious.
Culina at The Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
For modern Italian food with many light options, the menu Culina at the Four Season Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offers authentic Italian dishes that fit almost any palette. Meat lovers will enjoy the short ribs or rib eye while fish lovers can dine of raw crudo dishes and fresh branzino. The menu also offers multiple choices for vegetarians and vegans as well as house made pastas. Chef Vic Casanova succeeds in making a place that locals can enjoy anytime – and can even walk in though a door on Doheny without entering the hotel. At the same time the romantic setting at Culina and outdoor patio filled with citrus trees makes for a setting elegant enough for special occasions.
FIG at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel
Chef Ray Garcia commitment to farm fresh foods, relationships with local farmers, and love of seasonal ingredient make a meal at FIG both delicious and inspirational. A few times a month you will find Garcia cooking at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market chef where he serves up fresh chilaquiles and an almondy quinoa salads. Back at FIG the California cuisine with Latin influences (braised tongue with tomatillo and red beet risotto) celebrate local flavors. The Fig menu lists a few dozen farms that Garcia sources peak season ingredients for his colorful dishes. The sunny dining room makes this one of the most enjoyable places to have a meal in Southern California
Julie Wolfson is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. She covers travel, lifestyle, art, pop culture, cocktails and food for Cool Hunting and several other media outlets. Most days you’ll find her out and about in Southern California and around the world tracking down stories about talented people doing amazing things.
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