Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Dec 23, 2006 02:26 AM

Recommendations for San Francisco visitors

We'll be in LA next week and are interested in trying some new
(to us) restaurants. We're staying a the Bel Age in West Hollywood. We're very disappointed that Norman's is closed. It was within walking distance and we really liked it. We already have a reservation at Lucques one night and Spago (for a private dinner party)another night but we still have a couple of nights left. We'll have a car and are willing to drive. We especially like fusion type restaurants with unusual combinations of ingredients. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I'd say Chaya on Robertson in Beverly Hills. Or, if you want to drive, Chaya Venice. Chaya Venice tends to get really noisy/lively. I've always had good meals at both restaurants, the seafood dishes are especially good. Dinner will probably cost around $40-50 pp (w/a drink and tip, more if you buy wine.) One place I haven't tried that looks interesting and seems to be popular on this board is Orris which is located on Sawtelle in West L.A.

    1. When you say fusion, I assume you mean Asian fusion. Two of the finest are Mako on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills and Chinoise on Main Street in Venice.

      But if you are limiting yourself to "fine dining," you are really missing out on some of the best L.A. has to offer. Search this board for some of the most fantastic ethnic food available on this continent (some say the best, most varied of any city in the world): Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Korean and many others.

      1. Nothing says unusual like Sona.

        1. Don't know if Hatfield's in fusiony enough, yet it is a very good restaurant located on Beverly Blvd. just east of the Farmer's Mkt, yet well before you get to La Brea.
          Here is the menu link, although I am not sure if it is as current as it should be:

          The croque madame is sublime and the wine list, while not a greatest hits type of list, has some wonderful tastes seldom tasted and worthy of your consideration. Many think it was the best quality restaurant to open in LA this year - ymmv.

          1 Reply
          1. re: carter

            Thanks for the input! We totally forgot that the former chefs at Cortez here in San Francisco had opened Hatfield's in LA. Cortez is one of our favorites so Hatfield's is a must. Sona sounds great too. Haven't tried Chaya, but we've been to Chinois a couple of times and liked it. We certainly would be interested in less fancy ethnic restaurants.

          2. I'd recommend the Moroccan restaurant Chameau - the food is fantastic and the place is very avant garde. It is on Fairfax, South of Cantor's.

            2 Replies
            1. re: oro3030

              Agreed, Chameau is fantastic... get the duck bastilla. Also, if you're really looking to drop some cash, Urasawa is unstoppable.

              Also agree with Cucinamore that the best LA has to offer is in the non "fine dining" category. Go to Wat Thai (Coldwater Canyon and Roscoe in North Hollywood) for a real sense of the authenticity of Los Angeles' ethnic cuisines.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                Definitely... a taco crawl in East LA; a walking tour of a dish at each of the fine Thai restaurants in either Thai Town or Sherman Way; Tour de Little Tokyo; a barbecue feast in Koreatown that leaves you smelling like a forest fire; a meal at a marisqueria in Van Nuys or Santa Ana.

                These are what LA does best, they're much, much cheaper than Sona or Melisse or Chinois on Main.

                If you want San Francisco-style upscale food, go to San Francisco -- it's what they're known for, it's what they're best at. If you want real ethnic food served in unpretentious places, there's noplace like LA.