Los Angeles is home to sunshine, Hollywood, and some of America’s best restaurants. With its beautiful, ocean-side location, this area is known for plentiful, fresh ingredients. Not to mention some incredible views and al fresco dining spots. Thanks to Los Angeles’ diverse population and it being a major international cultural center — including high Korean, Mexican, and Pacific Island populations — some of the world’s greatest chefs call Los Angeles home.
Located in the arts district in downtown Los Angeles, Bestia is hard to find but worth the effort. Housed in an old industrial warehouse, the atmosphere is urban modern with concrete floors, exposed brick walls, and an open kitchen serving house cured meats and rustic handmade pastas.
Chef Jose Andres innovative restaurant at the SLS Hotel features over 90 Spanish tapas style plates. Diners can choose to sit in the tranquil Blanca room with cool white chairs and soft sofas or the livelier Roja room with deep red velvet chairs and an open kitchen. Eating at The Bazaar is a culinary adventure featuring menu items including king crab with raspberries, a wide range of imported ham plates, chicken béchamel fritters, and its famous Philly cheesesteaks. The delightful desert bar offers a variety of bonbons, candy, cookies, and tarts.
Located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Patina is the flagship restaurant of Chef Joachim Splichal. The elegant eatery offers three, five, and eight course tasting menus with innovative French dishes in a modern setting. Guests can choose to dine at tables or circular booths in the main dining room or opt for the chef’s table to view the action in the kitchen.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air
Legendary Chef Wolfgang Puck brings his signature California cuisine to The Hotel Bel Air in his modern indoor-outdoor restaurant. Inside diners can relax by the huge marble fireplace and glass wine cellar of venture onto the Spanish inspired courtyard to romantic private booths overlooking the miniature lake complete with swans.
Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton, and Joe Bastianich’s Osteria Mozza serves up traditional pasta and Italian favorites on trendy Melrose Avenue. The standout feature is the L-shaped mozzarella bar where delicious fresh cheeses and antipasta dishes are served.
Lucques, Chef Suzanne Goin’s and Caroline Styne’s first Los Angeles restaurant, offers rustic satisfying Mediterranean fare in an elegant sophisticated setting complete with a fireplace and patio. The contemporary restaurant is located in a former carriage house with comfy big booths, a small cozy bar, and simple satisfying seasonal dishes.
Housed in a strip mall in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo, Sushi Gen is worth waiting in the long line for a booth or seat at the sushi bar. This downtown gem serves up some of the freshest fish in Los Angeles at affordable prices.
Located high above downtown Los Angeles, Perch provides beautiful views from the rooftop patio, as well as delicious French inspired dishes.
Superior seafood, prixe fix seasonal, and chef menus, and a glass-enclosed chef’s table make Providence a Los Angeles favorite. The menu highlights fresh seasonal fish in a fine dining setting.
Scratch Bar & Kitchen
It’s hard to find Scratch Bar & Kitchen, but the journey is rewarded with creative delicious dishes and three tasting menu options. Chefs interact directly with diners to design a custom menu for each guest. As the name implies, all of the ingredients are made from scratch including hand-pressed olive oil, cheeses, and house-cured charcuterie.
Housed in a former rectory of a reconsecrated cathedral in downtown Los Angeles, Redbird offer diners a choice of lingering in the romantic lounge with a large marble bar and vintage tables or dining on Chef Neil Fraser’s dishes in the huge patio with retractable roof, wood tables, and huge palm trees.
Diners can watch food being prepared in the open kitchen and seafood bar at downtown Los Angeles’ Water Grill. A huge raw bar is on display in the center of the space where guests can enjoy fresh oysters, crab, shrimp and lobster, or opt to dine in one of the comfy booths and enjoy a variety of seafood dishes.
Wolfgang Puck’s Beverly Hills eatery, Spago, is divided into indoor and outdoor eating areas, including a striking dining room with stained glass windows and an alfresco patio with twinkle lit trees.
Pacific Dining Car
Pacific Dining Car serves up tasty steakhouse dishes in an old Union Pacific railway car in downtown Los Angeles. The 24-hour restaurant has been open since 1921. In addition to steaks, the menu also includes a wide variety of seafood.
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