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Here, we provide a list of famous restaurants and diners in the Los Angeles metro area. Use this guide to satisfy your taste buds when either visiting or living in Los Angeles.

Recommended Restaurants in Los Angeles
 
Spago Beverly Hills
176 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: 310-385-0880

Wolfgang Puck unlike most Los Angeles chefs, doesn't earn his reputation for feeding celebrities, he outshines them. Puck is now as much a household name as Brad Pitt or Julia Roberts, and his flagship restaurant, Spago Beverly Hills, is one reason why. The landmaark eatery, with its amethyst and amber hues, mahogany wood and jeweled glass decor, lures the senses while creating a relaxing casual yet chic atmosphere.

The seasonal menu starts with Puck's classics like salmon- and caviar-crowned pizzas and Sonoma baby lamb with braised greens and rosemary. Dishes are infused with Californian twists. Newer creations such as the sweet white corn agnolotti and steamed Hong Kong-style black bass draw from Puck's Austrian upbringing. Desserts come courtesy of Executive Pastry Chef Sherry Yard, a Brooklyn native whose signatures include peach- and apricot-infused tarts and sumptuous souffles. Watch Spago's creations take shape behind the four-paneled sliding panes that house Puck's famous open kitchen. If all the action grows too dizzying, you can always decompress with a garden walk or chill out before one of Puck's Hockneys or Miros.

Cafe Bizou
14016 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Phone: 818-788-3536

The original Sherman Oaks location became popular so quickly reservations were required several weeks in advance. The culinary crowd of Los Angeles deigned to make a trip over the hill for a look-see. This French provincial bistro has garnered unanimous raves with its superb gourmet fare and unpredictably petite prices, even among those with fickle tastes.

Three Bizou restaurants are now located in the Greater Los Angeles area, yet none has the charm of the original Ventura Boulevard location. The bucolic air of a French country cottagesetting is what sets this location apart from teh others. There is nothing to not like about a restaurant that displays some of the best appetizers and entrees in town -- steak au poivre in brandy cream sauce, roasted pork tenderloin rolled in garlic and herbs, lobster and salmon ravioli in lobster sauce -- all for under $20 Throw in a corkage fee ($2) and it's no wonder dining surveys rank Cafe Bizou consistently at the top of the list for most popular restaurant in LA.

Water Grill
544 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-891-0900
Fax: 213-629-1891

Water grill has been hailed by critics as home to the best seafood in LA. Water Grill has an exposed kitchen, elegant, high-back booths in the dining room and modern art on the walls. Extremely delicate lighting and an intimate table arrangement exude a warm and inviting vibe. Start your dining experience with oysters on the half shell (six varieties to choose from), and white chowder with Manila clams or Maryland prime soft-shell crabs with salsify puree, which both rear their head on the menu from time to time. Lunch courses include an herb-crusted mahi mahi, a pan-fried Atlantic spotted skate wing and a pan-roasted New York strip steak with pomme frittes and Bordelaise sauce. Dinner introduces four types of caviar, bouillabaisse with monkfish, sculpin and rouget in a fennel-tomato broth and Maine lobster served with root vegetables. Dessert brings a chocolate banana tart and honeydew melon soup. Menus change daily, but for $85 a guest you have a seven-course meal prepared by the chef which lets one sample all of the highlights.

A.O.C.
8022 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 323-653-6359
Fax: 323-653-1390

A.O.C. is the abbreviation for the somewhat intimidating phrase, "appellation d'origine controllee" is a French regulation that ensures the origin of a wine and guarantees its production standards. Nothing is intimidating about this smart and attractive bistro, which displays one of Los Angeles' premier wine bars. A modest dining room is dressed in warm wood and russet tones and comfortably designed to accommodate a full-booking. The food is served tapas-style, with a charcuterie selection that includes jamon serrano (chili spiced ham), pork rillettes with pickled onions and a foie gras terrine served with sweet and sour prunes. A.O.C. also features a detailed cheese selection, vegetarian specialties from the wood-burning oven, and fish and meat mini-entrees.



Beacon
3280 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone: 310-838-7500

Beacon is a creative Asian brainstorm between chef Kazuto Matsusaka and his wife Vicki. Sky-high ceilings, suspended light fixtures, industrial bricks and rich wood flavors, decorate a very Zen-like modern atmosphere without being too committed to any one design principle. For lunch there's a five-spiced chicken salad with Napa cabbage, a Furikake wild salmon and a grilled hangar steak on olive bread. For dinner, chicken skewers, crispy oysters, vegetable curry and even an Ahi tuna pizza with Wasabi mayonnaise. You'll want to skip straight to dessert for the shamelessly American Rice Krispy sundae which comes doused in hot fudge and caramel sauces, if the main courses are too eclectic for your tastes. Beacon is a sign of more serious things to come in an area of Culver City known more for furniture stores and couch cushions, than it is for its Ponzu dipping sauce.

Grace
7360 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323-934-4400

Grace blends refined decor featuring clean lines, subdued lighting and a modern take on cuisine packaged inside a menu that flips like a chic designer clipboard. Succeeding in passing off gourmet without coming across as too limited, Grace's executive chef Neal Fraser introduces more conventional classifications of cuisine like "new American" type while organizing a virtual omega-3 fatty acid family reunion with appearances Scottish salmon and an olive oil-poached halibut served under a warm blanket of chickpeas. Worth mentioning is one of the best -- if not only -- jelly doughnut desserts to burst onto LA's fine dining landscape.

Jar
8225 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 323-655-6566

The '40s-style supper with good taste and class (from service to cuisine) has menu items such as the roasted beet salad and black mussels with water spinach and lobster bearnaise. The signature pot roast with caramelized onions more than assuages pot roast fans, and the Sunday brunch has some notable items, too, such the lobster benedict and the pot roast hash. If you think food is out of this world, then the UFO-like light fixtures will feel right on theme. Also, Monday night is "Mozzarella Night.

Yi Cuisine
7910 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: 323-658-8028

Yi's menu reads like an invitation card from a modern art gallery. Named after the highest form of Chinese cosmic energy, Yi Cuisine has a nice flow likely because its basic design principle is based on the "Five Elements" from the 7000-year old Book of Changes or I-Ching. With an outdoor section that puts people on stage between a bar, indoor dining room and a set of strategically-lit water sculptures, Yi has the elegance and sophistication that makes it feel worlds apart from its predecessor. Yi has an ongoing exhibition of contemporary Asian style dishes that have enough flavors to help you justify picking each work of art apart. Albacore sashimi with a warm garlic-soy sauce and organic miso and red curry bronzed black cod are superb eye-candy, good enough to look at and even better to taste- as are the sesame-rubbed flatiron steak and grilled asparagus with an Asian mushroom vinaigrette.


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