Los Angeles Restaurants

BOA

Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails. Santa Monica: L, D (daily). West Hollywood: L (M-F), D (nightly).

Border Grill

At Border Grill, chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger combine their unabashed love for Mexico’s market vendors and taco stands. The result: bold, fresh and innovative Mexican cuisine that…

Bottega Louie

This palatial Italian restaurant, decked out in minimalist white marble, is a hip, noisy hall where young professionals and downtown hipsters convene over brick-oven-cooked pizzas and share small plates of…

Bouchon

The Bouchon bistros from chef Thomas Keller (the French Laundry, Per Se) have become popular for their authentic good looks and superbly executed cuisine. One might begin with salmon rillettes…

Cafe del Rey

Ogle impressive pleasure boats in the marina at this waterfront restaurant with a plentiful array of fresh catch. Sample platters of fruits de mer and a variety of creatively prepared…

Catch

Minimalist Catch’s centerpiece is a beautiful, mother-of-pearl sushi bar, but raw fish is just the beginning. Try exquisite cooked preparations such as skate wing and braised pork cheeks with an…

Cecconi’s

This London-based restaurant caters to a well-heeled clientele that comes to schmooze over bellinis and ciccheti (small plates). Pastas including a butternut squash and goat-cheese tortelli and seafood such as…

Chart House

These restaurants offer seafood and chophouse fare in seaside settings. In addition to newer menu items—such as a crab, avocado and mango stack—are old favorites including slow-roasted prime rib and…

Chaya

The original Chaya in Japan remains open after 385 years, and Chaya’s popularity endures in Los Angeles, too. The Japanese-accented French/Italian menus are accomplished and innovative. L (M–F), D (nightly).

Chinois on Main

The Asian-French cuisine at Chinois on Main, arguably Wolfgang Puck’s most exciting restaurant, still impresses. The design is loud—ditto the decibel level—but the relative discomfort hardly detracts from dishes such…

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