The City of Angels is privy to some of the best properties operating the best dining rooms in the entire country and, in some cases, in the entire world. Consider the following five for your next meal, one that will most definitely be memorable.
The Royce at The Langham Huntington Hotel
1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
Nothing is more enticing than a quiet meal enjoyed within one of the greatest, most storied hotels in Southern California. Add to that a massive white oak-fed grill, dining options by celebrated chef Perry Pollaci, arguably the best steaks in town and a chance to enjoy drinks in the accompanying Red Wine Room and you have yourself a feast beyond compare, including generous side dishes served family style. Dining on your own? No worries. Savor your USDA prime cut or your Australian wagyu, or if you’re not into red meat, caper-crusted John Dory at the communal table on hand for others who are also happy to have the company at this serene dining spot situated inside the unforgettable Langham Huntington Hotel.
Warren’s Blackboard at The Beverly Garland
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
This hot North Hollywood establishment popular with grown-up Valley boys and girls is subtitled “a food and drink workshop.” This is not a bad gig from which to partake, especially if you book frequently since the menu changes as easily as a, well, blackboard. Chef Warren Schwartz changes the options daily and creates mouthwatering options based on available local and sustainable ingredients. Consider yourself lucky if his clam chowder is on the menu and cheer if you find his ceviche or his mushroom, bacon and asparagus popover on the well-balanced carte as well.
Culina at the Four Seasons Los Angeles
300 S. Doheny Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048
This cutting-edge spot serving modern Italian fare is by no means a stuffy dining venue despite the fact that the eatery is located in one of Los Angeles’ most luxurious hotels. In fact, if you’re looking to languish in the sun while dining, or want an evening out dining al fresco, you’ll become obsessed. That said, no matter when you book here, expect a floating fire, a tropical garden setting and a thriving succulent wall to perk up the already inviting ambience. Top tastes include the salmon crudo with sea salt to start and the fresh catch as your entree, accompanied by perfectly prepared Brussels sprouts and super light fries. Not your kind of meal? No worries, Chef Mette Williams can whip up the best of any culinary category so ask for a suggestion if you’re not sure which path to take when navigating her amazing menu.
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The Bazaar by Jose Andres at SLS Beverly Hills
465 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Jose Andres, the man under the toque at The Bazaar, is one the world’s best, so savoring a meal or two by this culinary genius should be at the top of all Angelenos’ bucket lists. A smart revise of traditional Spanish cuisine served against the suave backdrop of a Spanish-style piazza and created inside the SLS Beverly Hills made special by genius designer Philippe Starck will definitely give you bragging rights that should very well resonate from Tinseltown to Madrid and back again. Definitely of note and on tap at The Bazaar is a keen choice of top Iberian cured ham and tasty soups (like the ago blanco made with king crab and Spanish macron almond) that will have you craving seconds before you even digest the first bowl.
CUT at the Beverly Wilshire
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Anyone looking for rare cuts of beef, divine seafood options, the opportunity to savor fare by legendary Wolfgang Puck and/or a chance meeting with celebrities like Mariah Carey, spotted on site in recent months, should choose CUT. Not only is the cuisine – which includes the opportunity to sample Japanese Wagyu beef without traveling to The Land of the Rising Sun – grand, but the staff is beyond compare. Sommelier extraordinaire Dana Farner is happy to bestow wine-inspired tips when addressing this impotent aspect of the meal. This is the type of service you can expect at CUT.
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