One great dinner in LA
I grew up in LA, but have not been back in a few years. I will eat several ethnic meals, but want one great meal in a non-ethnic restaurant. I'd prefer the west side of town, but would make an exception if warrented.
My favorite contemporary Californian restaurant the last couple of years is Gjelina, on the east side of Abbott Kinney a couple of blocks north of Venice. Much of the food comes from their woodburning oven: excellent thin-crust pizzas, wonderful vegetable dishes, unique salads, pastas and meat dishes. Nothing too expensive, everything served to share. Save room for the extraordinary butterscotch pot de creme for dessert. Try to seat on the small outdoor patio. Reservations essential.
My favorite restaurant in Los Angeles....for great food and a high end experience....is Providence.
There's an emphasis on seafood here.....if that's a plus or minus for you. There are lots of other places to have really good food....but this remains my top place.