"Must See" High end restaurants that will not disappoint - Spago - Trader Vic's - Daily Grill - Bev Hills Hotel Polo Lounge - Penninsula
The Wilshire Boulevard divide - generally, restaurants south of Wilshie Boulevard will be less expensive - a good variety of both will be found on South Beverly Drive - CA Pizza Kitchen for sidewalk people watching w/moderate prices.
Il Pastaio is a cozy, small Italian restaurant on the corner in the heart of downtown Beverly Hills, amongst all the other restaurants and shops. It's very well-priced considering the location. There's generally a wait, and the tables are packed very tightly inside (you could probably take a bite off your neighbor's plate without fully extending your arm), however, the food is worth the wait.
On a warmer evening (as there are many in southern California, year-round) you might prefer to sit outside on the heated patio. Come before 6:30/7 PM to beat the later dinner rush.
The two times I've been there, I have ordered ravioli. Once, I had the "mezzelune" - lobster ravioli with zucchini, which was great. The ravioli was fresh and cooked perfectly. The second time I went back, I ordered the vegetable ravioli, which was on the seasonal dinner menu. This was excellent and I highly recommend it. In my opinion, it was seasoned perfectly and had just the right amount of filling inside. This pasta was a little lighter than other dishes on the menu, so if you're feeling extra hungry, eat some more of their fabulous bread or order an appetizer.
Their desserts are great as well, as is their espresso.
The only con about this restaurant is that it can get a little noisy at busier hours of the evening due to the sheer amount of people they pack inside in such close quarters, but otherwise it's a very nice dining experience with good service and great food... just pretend you're in Europe in a packed cafe for two hours and you'll forget about how close together the tables are!
Favorite Dish: The vegetable ravioli was exceptional. I can imagine they make several vegetable raviolis depending on which veggies are in season. I'd definitely order it again.
While my bike was being worked on in Sherman Oaks, we decided to head over to Beverly Hills for a bite of lunch. Well LJ wanted to to eat a a restaurant owned by Lisa Vanderpump-Todd & Ken Todd (of the Housewives of Beverly Hills fame). We get to the restaurant and guess who's sitting at a table having lunch....yup that's correct...Lisa Vanderpump-Todd & Ken Todd. Guess where we ended up getting a table...lol...yup that's right!!! A place that is visually beautiful as well as refreshing and friendly. Overall, a wonderful experience.
Favorite Dish: LJ decided to have a Salade NiCoise while I had the Roasted Chicken Flatbread Sandwich which came with fries. For dessert, we shared the English Sticky Toffee Pudding which came with real vanilla ice cream. Of course, you can enjoy a delicious meal like this without sipping fine cocktails, so we had a Blanca Chocolate Martini (Grey Goose Vodka, White Godiva Liquor and White Crème de Cacao) as well as Orange Bellini.
A great restaurant that is known well in the area as a "hot" spot. Typical LA and Beverly Hills types who drive beautiful cars to match their beautiful bodies. It's all about the glam! There's a river that runs throughout the whole place, underneath clear glass. There's little bridges too!
Favorite Dish: This Vietnamese restaurant has lots of your typical Vietnamese foods with a Californian twist. There's always Dungenness crab that's very tasty. The chilean sea bass in ginger citrus sauce is DELICIOUS!!! It just melts in your mouth! The appetizer rolls in rice paper are tremendous as well!
I heard of Fogo De Chao a long time ago but it wasnt until recently that I was able to go. First of all I love steak. I am a big meat eatter so i tend to really like churrascarias. This place is more on the high end of churrascarias thats for sure. The place is very classy, and very sofisticatedly decorated. The service is impecable, you dont really have just one waiter or waitress, they all take care of you. Their main objective is that you are happy, content and full! They also have an extensive wine list from all over the world.
First we went to the salad bar. it consisted of green salads, fruit salads, potato salads and veggies. then when you get to your table it all begins.. one after another they start bringing you top sirloin, garlic steak, sausages, chicken, ribs, picanha, ranch skirt steak and other types of steak until you can no longer look at any more steak again.
They also ask you if you would like the piece weel done, medium or whatever you like. They will also bring you mashed pototes (garlic) and fried plantains, and bread and all this is also all you can eat as well. When you are all done with this they will bring out a dessert menu. We got the creme brule which was excellent! and a glass of congac to wash it all down.
Favorite Dish: Everything was good, but we have to be a steak lover top really appreciate this place.
Lunch: Monday-Friday 11am-2pm
Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5pm-10pm; Friday 5pm- 10:30pm; Saturday 4:30pm-10:30pm; Sunday 4pm- 9:30pm.
I've been here a couple of times for lunch, and just about every time, I've seen a celebrity or two.
So if you're coming to LA to see some stars, here's a place to try and it has good upscale Chinese food.
Favorite Dish: Just about everything.
On this walking only street you'll find some coffees I can recommend. We also saw a Porsche super store and other brand name shops. I was loughing my head off here and as see on this image I had a real bad burn on my body from the previous beach adventure at Dana Point! :-)
Favorite Dish: I do not recommend to dine or eat out at Beverly Hills. The prices are not designed for tourists!
The amount of restaurants to chose from is immense!!! so many great restaurants to go to, you won't go hungry, but bring lots of money, prepare yourself for a fabulous meal.... and duck the paparazzi on the way out :o)
Within some of my favorites I'd have to count:
Spago Beverly Hills, Barney Greengrass, Ginza Sushiko (no glitz, no glamour; just a modest sushi chef serving the most expensive morsels in town!!!!!), and Regent Beverly Wilshire.
The restaurant itself is very classy, the exterior and interior are both gorgeous. I loved the blue Mastros facade with the waterfall effect. The service was world class, way above my pay grade (as was everything in Bev Hills!). Besides the awesome bread, I had a the sauteed shrimp and the 22oz Rib-Eye. I was too full to even consider a dessert. I didn't drive here, but it seemed very easy to get to, we went 405 to Wilshire and it is just past Rodeo. One thing, my friend made reservations for this hotspot about a week in advance, and then settled with a weekday reservation. I'm under the impression that you have to make reservations WELL in advance for Mastros and most other places in Beverly Hills for Fridays and Saturdays. And, this website should increase the price per person ranges, as this place too, with only a few bourbons, was nearly $150.00 for two people.
Favorite Dish: This was one of the best meals I had during my stay in Southern California. The RibEye had the Bone in and was full of flavor
So, one place my boy was dying to take me was this "Mr Chow", he said we'd do a very early dinner there on a Tuesday night right before PSK in Burbank. We get to the restaurant and he's dissappointed when he sees there are no paparazzi outside- that meant no one famous was dining there at the time. We are seated in this area that crammed me against the chair of the girl behind me. There was no room to move, an airport Starbucks had more room. With the prices on the menu, I expected at least PF Chang quality... instead it was greasy, nasty, more like Panda Express. I'd do PF Chang over this place ANY day, and if you do go there request another seat if you get stuck in the narrow dining room.
I ate and Mr Chow again Jan-08 and still didn't like it much. Now, Crustacean on Bedford is off the hook!
Favorite Dish: The soup was good lol
If you are in Beverly Hills, definately check Crustacean out. The decor of this hotspot is amazing- as you walk in, there is a glass covered river that snakes by the bar through the restaurant. The menu is diverse with Vietnamese-European combinations, please be sure to try the amazing house dressing. Also, as with all Bev Hills spots, call ahead for reservations- and dress with style- this place isn't your corner McDonalds!
Favorite Dish: Loved the Surf and Turf Roll and the Shaken Beef was yummy.
~A trendy hangout Thur-Sat. featuring live music and an amazing bar menu.
~ After 5 crowd features high-powered 9-5'ers having a stiff cocktail.
~Relaxed yet elegant environment w/ cozy outdoor cabanas.
~specialty martinis and extensive wine list.
Favorite Dish: ~kobe beef sliders! yum!
Mulberry's is a traditional pizza joint fashioned after the pies of NYC; large, thin crusted, and tasty.
AOL gave Mulberry the city's best pizza award in 05/06.
A decent meal in Beverly Hills for under $10!
Favorite Dish: ~Basic cheese pizza...yum!
If your in the mood the see celebrities or real life paparazzi, your best bet will either be Mr. Chow or The Ivy. Frequented by agents, celebs, and entertainment superstars.
Food is decent, but not that spectacular.
Crustacean is where the young and beautiful go to get their fix of garlic noodles and pan friend coconut shrimp. Brought to you by the An Family, Crustacean has started a popular collection of restaurants in San Francisco and LA. Dubbed as "Euro-Vietnamese" with it's famous "walk on water" entrance, the first time visitor will be impressed and satisfied.
A special "secret kitchen" only An Family members can enter...features nightly specials.
Favorite Dish: ~garlic noodles (specialty, and yummy!)