In LA for 4 nights Christmas week with our two girls (16 and 21)
So far we are very happy. We went to Duplex on Third Christmas night. Great food but not so great service. Coras coffee shop in santa monica. Loved it. Then to Doma for dinner which was yummy. We went with a group of 9 including some littler kids. Everyone was happy. Breakfast the next morning at du-pars at the farmers market. Another success. And they were so nice accommodating our big party. Dinner with the 9 at the rainbow bar and grill. Word of advice for there. Don't over order. The portions are huge.
Bazaar at SLS is fun. The food is interesting although not great. The Ivy on Robertson or Kate Mantillini may be good for your girls - big menus and celebrity heavy. The Griddle on Sunset (east of Beverly Hills) has great breakfast.
Try to get to Santa Monica and Malibu. Taverna Tony has good Med/Greek food in Malibu. Geoffrey's has an amazing view and usually good food. Hatfields is a bit more serious than the other restaurants I mentioned but food is very good.
The Rainbow in W Hollywood has good pizza and is a throwback rock and roll hangout.
Highly recommend Doma. Has only been open a short time but has already gained a following and great Yelp reviews. We have been there twice in about 2 weeks and have loved every meal. No website yet. Great food, service and reasonable prices.
362 N Camden Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Really recommend 800 Degrees in Westwood for custom build your own pizzas. Really good and inexpensive. There will be a line but it's worth the wait.
Very close to Beverly Hills is The Original Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax for a taste of LA. Everyone can try something different from gourmet hot dogs to tacos to Brazilian BBQ. Open everyday.
and Gjelina is really worth the trip to Venice.
madeos, Bouchon, scarpetta & Ivy are solid in BH, although I don't frequent much east of sepulveta. West Hollywood has some Fabulous places for the 16 & 21 - all over sunset and surrounding areas. Santa Monica & Venice is full of Life and Love with a plethora of foodie havens...as is LA in general. each has their own vibe & culture of their own and each has great info on chowhound.