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The best haute cuisine restaurants LA has to offer.

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In August/September I will visit LA to discover the best haute cuisine restaurants. This is my planning so far:
- Urusawa
- Melisse
- Patina
- Providence

Is this the best I can get or am I missing some interesting restaurants? I would like to hear what you think of this!

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  1. For alta cucina Italian, you might consider Valentino or Vincenti--the wine list at Valentino alone makes it worth it. Cut is probably the haute cuisine equivalent for steakhouses. The tasting menu at Spago makes is worthy of consideration as well.

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    Spago
    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Cut
    9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

    Valentino (Santa Monica)
    3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    Vincenti Restaurant
    11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    1. Probably wanna consider Matsuhisa and Bazaar.

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      Matsuhisa
      129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

      The Bazaar by José Andrés
      465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

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      1. re: mc michael

        Caveat emptor: For Matsuhisa, reserve a spot in the private room for the best experience.

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        Matsuhisa
        129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

        1. re: mc michael

          I wouldn't consider Matsuhisa or Bazaar haute cuisine.

          The list of four is spot on.

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          Matsuhisa
          129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

          1. re: foodiemahoodie

            FWIW, looking at the LA Times site, the only LA spots Virbila has given 4 stars in about 5 years are Patina and The Bazaar.
            That said, I think Water Grill is also worthy of consideration.

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            Water Grill
            544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

        2. Agree with New Trial's comment of Cut being the haute of steakhouses here, and that the tasting menu at Spago is quintessentially California haute cuisine.

          I would also add the Royce at the Langham in Pasadena to that list. Chef David Feau is doing some phenomenal things there.

          The restaurant scene in Los Angeles, though, is quite different from other big cities, say NY or Chicago, in that it is very fleeting and quite fickle. What used to be considered Haute Cuisine has all but disappeared (RIP L'Orangerie, Ortolan) and in its place has morphed more casual eating concepts with highly driven chefs behind the scenes. You may want to reconsider your definition of haute cuisine and consider places like these, some of which are barely a "scene" at all:
          Animal
          Son of a Gun
          Lazy Ox Canteen
          The Gorbals
          Rivera or Playa
          XIV
          Saam at the Bazaar

          And you should stay tuned because there's a lot of buzz on new places all over the city this spring and summer!

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          Spago
          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          XIV
          8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

          Lazy Ox Canteen
          241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          The Gorbals
          501 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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          1. re: Phurstluv

            Re The Royce: have you been there yet? Is there anything in particular you recommend? On the strength of the recent LATimes review, I made a reservation there for our anniversary next month. We went to the Dining Room under Michael Voltaggio for our last anniversary (loved it), so it would certainly be interesting to compare the two experiences.

            1. re: Phurstluv

              Great commentary on LA haute scene or lack thereof.

              Additionally service at 'haute' places in LA typically disappoint if you are accustomed to NYC or European equivalents.

              1. re: Sgee

                Thank you. And you're spot on about the service. the only service I've ever had in CA that compares to the high end places on the east coast was at the French Laundry, in Yountville.

              1. Bistro LQ

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                Bistro LQ
                8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Does Bistro LQ still exist? Last I heard Quenioux was executive chef at Vertical in Pasadena.

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                  Vertical Wine Bistro
                  70 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

                  1. re: mc michael

                    Bistro LQ still exists. Laurent is at Vertical on his days off at Bistro LQ (Sunday and Monday) and very late after Bistro LQ is closed during the week.

                        1. re: mlgb

                          hey, when i'm right, i'm right. :(