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Los Angeles Restaurants
Essential guide to Los angeles Restaurants classified by geographical
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Local Favorites

Joe's
Joe's fits well in this hip and funky area of Venice. The offerings of Californian and eclectic cuisine are often revered as gourmet, but without the gourmet prices. Chef and owner Joe Miller is hard at work in this fine collection of art. With prices as low as $35 per person for a prix fixe meal it’s not easy to get a reservation.
1023 Abbott Kinney Boulevard • Tel 310.399.5811

Fish Grill
This is our choice for excellent fresh seafood in an atmosphere of paper plates and chalkboard menu, which changes daily. You'll find down to earth habitat here in the midst of L.A. pretension.
7226 Beverly Boulevard • Tel 323.937.7162

Cafe Bizou
A little off the beaten path, this French bistro in Sherman Oaks is well worth the side-track. It would be difficult to find a better meal in Los Angeles at this price of about $25 per person. With good food and such reasonable prices, reservations aren’t easy to come by. However Cafe Bizou is open for lunch Monday through Friday offering savvy mid-day diners a good opportunity.
14016 Ventura Boulevard • Tel 818.788.3536

Campanile
One reason why this restaurant is so successful is that it has some of the best bread in town, made by co-owner Nancy Silverton, from her world famous La Brea Bakery. Campanile can be noisy and crowded, but the bottom line is the great Cal-Mediterranean food. One can easily pay over $50 for a meal, but on Monday nights Campanile serves a three course family style meal that can be enjoyed for a more reasonable rate of about $30 per person.
624 South La Brea Avenue • Tel 323.938.1447


Hip & Trendy

L'Orangerie
This West Hollywood classic French restaurant, only serves dinner, and is well-suited for romantic meals or other special occasions. The courtyard and flower displays create an impressive setting, further enhanced by the skill and impeccable service of the staff. This romantic getaway will set you back about $65 per person.
903 North La Cienega • Tel 310.652.9770

Patina
The popularity of this Melrose restaurant is due to both the well-prepared cuisine and the impeccable service.  You may bump shoulders with a movie star or well-known director. Patina is a great romantic spot as well as a place to watch people, or just meet for a drink. Reservations are required. About $65 per person for a full meal.
5955 Melrose Avenue • Tel 323.467.1108

Spago of Beverly Hills
Our list wouldn't be complete without Wolfgang Puck's very posh, yet very touristy restaurant. If you're lucky enough to get a good table you might just see a few celebrities. Spago serves excellent California-French cuisine, with both the main room and patio providing an elegant dining setting.  Even with prices far north of $50 per person reservations are not easily acquired. Jacket and tie are recommended for gentlemen but not required. 
176 North Canon Drive • Tel 310.385.0880

Water Grill
Acclaimed as having the best seafood in Los Angeles, the Water Grill’s offerings run the gamut between simple raw dishes and expertly presented hot entrees. Given the freshness of the seafood and the quality of the preparation, a meal costing $50 per person is no surprise.  Reservations are required.
544 South Grand Avenue • Tel 213.891.0900


Posh & Pricey

Valentino
Santa Monica houses this elegant establishment serving fine Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Excellent service, teamed with an award winning wine list and top-rated menu make this a must while visiting Los Angeles.  A night at Valentino will cost about $55 and up per person.
3115 Pico Boulevard • Tel 310.829.4313

The Belvedere
Classic Californian-French hotel dining at the Belvedere entails high prices, expert waitstaff, and an atmosphere of exclusive elegance. Though it’s certainly appropriate for a romantic or business meal, the relaxed Sunday Brunch is the most recommended meal to attend.
9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard • Tel 310.788.2306

Hotel Bel-Air
Another classic example of hotel dining and Cal-French cuisine. The main room is often referred to as a fairy tale experience, with simple, yet elegant decor, impeccable service and food at the top of its class.  The tasting menu is $80 per person without wine, though one can spend less at breakfast or lunch. Jacket and tie are recommended
701 Stone Canyon Road • Tel 310.472.1211

Diaghilev
In West Hollywood, French-Russian cuisine doesn't get any better than this, or anywhere else for that matter. With live entertainment in the form of strings or a harp, the atmosphere is also conducive to romance and quiet conversations. Fine vodka, caviar, decadent desserts and other fine cuisine of pre-Soviet Russia naturally result in meals that may cost far more that $50 per person.  Jackets are required for gentlemen.
1021 North San Vicente Boulevard • Tel 310.854.1111