Matsukoru Tashimoro on 3rd in Santa Monica. ...by private invitation, you can feast on wild and sometimes illegal delicasies.
Fig & Olive
Church & State
Son of a Gun
LA is nothing but High End Restaurants.
LA had Matsuhisa decades before NY had Nobu.
Is Jimmy's in BH still in business? Tre glam for the old guard. Saw Reagan, Betsy Bloomingdale, Holmes Tuttle, Robert Stack there one night.
RE 5 - Have you been sleeiping for 25 years, Rip von Queen ? Jimmys
shut down decades ago.
r5 Re: Holmes Tuttle. I used to work at a car dealership in Beverly Hills in the 80's when I was a teen. I used to answer the phones. Tuttle was a friend of Ronald Reagan. The White House operator (for Reagan) used to call for Tuttle all the time.
Where does Villa Blanca stand in this list?
Craig's in Weho is the new it place.
In the old Melrose Bar and Grille location.
Red-O on Melrose. Rick Bayless' place.
Animal on Fairfax.
Phillipe's on Melrose.
R10 it's run by one of the RHOBH so it has a major cheese factor. The kid of place you'd see Ray-J and Brandi Glanville at.
The Ludo popup restaurants are probably the hottest ticket in town.
Son of a Gun is the hardest restaurant to get into at the moment.
I checked out Mezze and it was TERRIBLE. Proof that a restaurant can get by on hype and price.
Your all wrong !
List : Patina
Spago / Still here, still delicious
Jimmy's is where the old time stars used to dine. And yes, hadn't realized it closed in 2000.
Comme Ca is an okay restaurant but HARDLY a four star, high-end one.
The food at Craig's is mediocre at best and is only popular because the owner is the former maitre d from Dan Tanas.
Red-O isn't Rick Bayless's place. He consulted with the owners during development and they've parlayed his name so much so people think he owns the place. He doesn't.
Animal on Fairfax is a meat lovers paradise and is where Chefs go to eat and get inspired. Yet, it's on Fairfax which means seriously monied people don't really go there unless they are serious about food. (Yes, in LA, it's not always about food. Most of the time it's too be seen.)
The food at Fig & Olive is seriously lack luster. The inside space is gorgeous - but too fucking loud and the service has been terrible from the start.
Phillipe's on Melrose. Haven't eaten there but the story is that it's owned by a former Mr. Chow employee who does everything in his power to steal recipes...including sending employees in disguise to attend trainings at Mr. Chows knowing that all Asians dressed in chef's coats look the same! When they were discovered, they literally ran for the door.
[quote] Your all wrong
Animal sounds interesting, but true, I'd never venture East of La Cienega
for dinner. Why bother.
I have only been to Fig & Olive once. I must have been lucky with my ordering. The cocktails were terrific.
Comme Ca also has terrific cocktails and the cheese is some of the best I've had in LA. She's not the new girl in town but still worth the time.
It's not a restaurant but the Varnish is a must for any lover of cocktails.
When Michelle Obama has been in town she's ate at both Mozza and Phillipe's.
President Obama held a fundraiser at Fig & Olive but I'm sure it wasn't for the food but for the crowd.
The Tavern in Brentwood.
Please post more suggestions... nice to cut through the hype like this.
Il Cielo in Beverly Hills is gorgeous, wonderful outside setting (indoor dining as well but on a nice night eat outside, it's lovely).
Cicada in downtown LA.
R27 agreed, Bazaar at the SLS in Beverly Hills. Menu is based on chef Jose Andres cuisine.
The Palm in Weho.
Crustacean in Beverly Hills.
If you love sea food!
Someone told me that Katsuya isn't even all that great and that celebs just go there when they want their picture taken.
Nobody eats in LA.
Pete's Cafe - Downtown
Iroha - Studio City for Japanese
I just want to say Robaire's had the BEST French food ever!
But it closed decades ago because the owner wanted to retire.
They used to bottle their own salad dressing and sell it. The best!
Haven't been able to find a good one since.
LA's high end restaurants, for the most part, aren't really great. What LA has plenty of is very reasonably priced great ethnic food.
What r37 said. And to get to most of that food you absolutely must travel East/North/South of WEHO, BH, West LA.
The Tick Tock on Western used to serve a lime sorbet to cleanse the pot roast off the palate.
Morey Amsterdam's hemmaroid cushion
Gjelina on Abbot Kinney is nice...
OP: Chowhound LA rates restaurants annually for the last few years. You should check out the site for the Ultimate restaurant list of 2011 which just came out recently. It does mix high-end less expensive but immensely popular restos on the list.
I have never been (it's probably $400 just to sit down these days + drinks/tax/tip) but Urasawa in Beverly Hills is probably still the best restaurant in LA by international steroids--it's a combination of sushi and cooked food with endless courses. They only seat 10 at a time. I know people who've been and they say it's so stellar that the price is actually worth it.
The next two are Melisse in Santa Monica--French (but there are probably much better in New York)--and Providence in Hollywood. I just went to Providence last month for the first time. It is a fabulous restaurant in every way--casually elegant, wonderful, unfussy service. We had a $100 tasting menu--5 courses, very seafood oriented. Both of these have 2 Michelin stars.
There are a lot of more casual places which are very popular with good food, some have been mentioned, but they are not high end like you'd find in New York or other European cities. Patina, mentioned in the first post, has not been good in years.
In LA the two cuisines better (or as good as) NYC are probably sushi (Sushi Zo in West LA is very high rated but is a dump in a shopping center--I prefer Kiriko on Sawtelle in West LA which is a Japanese area since before World War I amazingly--quite hip and trendy now. The other is Chinese regional cuisines in the San Gabriel Valley--east of LA and Pasadena. There are many notable restaurants out there. Check Chowhound for more info.
Animal and now maybe Picca (Peruvian-Japanese fusion small plates) are among the two hottest tickets now if that's what you're looking for.
Gjelina in Venice is also very hipster trendy small plates and super crowded (and good) but hardly high end.
Again, go to Chowhound LA. Not as good as it used to be but still a great source of info from the truly food-obsessed who live here in traffic central. (Tip: Don't drive too far from your hotel--you will regret it. Nobody has traffic like this, and I've been other places including even Manhattan during rush hour).
Correction to post 41--I made a hysterical whopper of a Freudian slip when I said in second paragraph by "international steroids"--amazing what 2 hours of sleep will get you--I did mean "standards" not steroids. I am obsessed with what I suspect is the rampant use of steroids and PEDS in tennis, but I didn't think it had gotten into the Urasawa kitchen (just the price is on steroids).
I'm new to DL--can you correct an anonymous post? I'm assuming not.
[quote]LA is nothing but High End Restaurants.
Bitch, please. Nothing but high-end *shitty* restaurants, maybe, but L.A. has NEVER been a foodie town because a) as noted, nobody eats and b) everyone's in bed by 10:30. Yes, that's starting to change with places like Animal, but the region's food as a whole doesn't hold a candle to NYC, Chicago or even Seattle & Portland.
R43, you may be right about the high end restaurant as I wouldn't know--it was above my pay grade growing up there. But LA is a great foodie town as R37 pointed out--for the ethnic cuisines. The variety, price and quality is what I miss. You want to talk about a shitty food city? Try DC.
San Gabriel's Chinese and Vietnamese food is amazing and the competition is fierce which helps keep prices very low. It's not just the usual Cantonese stuff either which what "Chinese food" is in America. You'll likely find all the regional cuisines of China and Taiwan.
[quote]But LA is a great foodie town as R37 pointed out--for the ethnic cuisines. The variety, price and quality is what I miss. You want to talk about a shitty food city? Try DC.
Oh, what irony. D.C. is one of THE best cities for ethnic cuisines of all stripes because it has embassies, and thus populations from, literally almost every country on the planet. But, I guess you didn't get out of NW very often...
DL is a misogynist space, as this "frau" hatred makes clear. Imagine a comparable word with which to characterize gay men who bug you; imagine that word showing up over and over again in various threads, without a single objection; imagine how none of you would stand for it.
Your misogyny is juvenile, stupid, out-of-date, destructive of your own humanity, brutalizing to children, murderous, self-loathing, and wrong.
R45, you have no clue. I asked that question too--why isn't the food better when you have every single country represented here? Still haven't gotten the answer after 8 years.
You honestly believe because there's an embassy in DC, therefore the cuisine of that country is well represented? Perhaps in the embassy itself by the embassy chef/staff or in home cooking by ex-pats but it means fuck all as far as restaurants go.
There's a large Vietnamese community in the DC area and there are many, many Vietnamese restaurants in the area. Guess what? The food is still pretty average. I don't know why that's the case but I just figure there's a lower standard in DC and people put up with it. Whereas a restaurant in the San Gabriel Valley charging $9 for a blah bowl of pho would be out of business in weeks. I could go on and on but I won't.
Just look at the Japanese food in the area. Think about the quality and variety of Japanese food you can get in LA or NYC compared to DC. What do you get in DC? Sushi and more sushi. Name a dedicated izakaya? Name a really good ramen place? Name a really good okonomiyaki place? You can't in DC. But hey there's a great big Japanese embassy in DC, so the Japanese food must be amazing in the city.
BTW, I currently live in Maryland and before that, Virginia. I've never lived in the NW.
n/naka in Palms
Pinches tacos on sunset! Yum!
Perino's, ne plus ultra, is the only place one wishes to dine.
Are those taco trucks still popular?
What about the carts that sell hot dogs wrapped in bacon and cheese?