Nice restaurant with good vegetarian (options), Beverly Hills-ish
I have a good friend who's coming to visit for a night, and we're going to go out for dinner. I'm picking her up from an event in Beverly Hills (so something around there to the westside is cool). She is a vegetarian, so it must have good vegetarian options (if not fully). Price isn't too much of a concern, but I'm not really looking for a "high class" formal place.
Thanks for the help
re: bite bite
For me, Grace's reputation as a great choice for vegetarians was slightly overhyped -- which is not to say that I couldn't find anything to eat (on the contrary, I left as stuffed as I've ever been in a long time), but there still was only one vegetarian entree available. (Granted, it WAS an interesting tempeh dish, which is well beyond the scope of most chefs these days; however, it would have been nice to have other choices as well.) Not that many of the salads are vegetarian either (though of course you can just have them leave off the bacon or shrimp or whatever).
What Grace DOES have is a very impressive variety of food from the land and sea, and since that includes at least some vegetarian food I think it makes for a great compromise restaurant.
There are two very good Italian places in BH that both have ample vegetarian options (as most Italian places do)... il Pastaio and Piccolo Paradiso. I enjoyed both of them but I think I'd give the edge to the latter.
Spago has veg options too (though limited, and mostly in the salads/appetizers) but I love Wolfgang's giant cheese ravioli with brown butter and hazelnuts so much that I never mind ordering it yet again.
On the whole, aside from the steakhouses, most places in BH are pretty friendly to vegetarians.
Il Pastaio Restaurant
400 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
150 South Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212