19) Providence, Los Angeles from The Daily Meal's Top 19 Restaurants in California Slideshow

The Daily Meal's Top 19 Restaurants in California Slideshow

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19) Providence, Los Angeles

Los Angeles is a city that thrives on food trucks and pop-ups, but sometimes a no-holds-barred fine dining experience is called for. Chef Michael Cimarusti, who opened this upscale eatery in 2005 and now holds two Michelin stars for his efforts, serves market tasting menus as well as an à la carte menu of carefully selected seafood from both coasts and beyond, prepared with great originality (who else offers wild Japanese sardines with smoked tomatoes and piquillo peppers, Santa Barbara sea urchin with soft scrambled eggs and champagne beurre blanc, or wild Washington king salmon with red cabbage and Tahitian squash?). Providence isn't for diners on a budget, but it’s definitely a great place for those looking to celebrate.