Visiting Beverly Hills area on South La Cienega - where should I eat
I'm visiting L.A. for about a week, and staying in west Beverly Hills. I was wondering if anyone had particular reccomendations for restaurants in the area (all price levels). ALso if there're particular places in L.A. that're really great I'd love to hear about those too
There are a lot of places to consider. Here are just a few that come to mind:
MATSUHISA is the original Nobu restaurant if you like Japanese. BOULE PATISSERIE on La Cienega north of Beverly has terrific chocolates, pastries, and ice creams. I mean Paris level quality. Of course, there is SPAGO (Wolfgang Puck's classic place) and his new steakhouse CUT in the Beverly Regency on Wilshire at Rodeo. URASAWA is the best Japanese in Los Angeles and also the most expensive $300+ per person with tax and tip. Worth every penny IMO. If you want to see Hollywood in action, try THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY for lunch. On the inexpensive side, URTH CAFFE on Beverly just north of Gregory has the best coffee in Los Angeles. Their food and desserts are also quite good.
If you go to the Beverly Center, here are a few places around there. The first three are on West 3rd Street, just east of the Beverly Center:
1) Joan's on 3rd - lots of cold case salad items plus sandwiches, mac'n'cheese, the best cupcakes and other baked goodies, delicious pickles to go with your sandwich.
2) Surya - Delicious Indian food. Try the Kabuli naan for sure.
3) A.O.C. - tons of wines by the glass and a great small plates menu.
4) Loteria Grill, inside the Framer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax - delicious mexican food.
In addition to the aforementioned places (which are, by the way, very good - especially Spago, Matsuhisa, AOC, and Boule), I'd consider Mako for Japanese/tapas, Hotel Bel Air for fine dining and drinks, Nic's Martini Lounge, Blue on Blue at the Avalon or Boe at the Crescent for drinks and people-watching.