GUIDE: Los Angeles

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    Valentino

    3115 Pico Blvd.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$$

    Piero Selvaggio opened Valentino back in 1972, creating a restaurant that was grand and stylish but never aloof. Over the years, Valentino became Santa Monica’s grand dining room and LA’s veritable wine museum. READ REVIEW

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    Valerie

    Multiple Locations:
    Downtown, Echo Park

    Cuisine: Cafe / Coffee Shop / Tea Shop, Bakery, Sandwich

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    Since opening her bakery in 2004, confectioner Valerie Gordon’s recipes have been developing beyond desserts, and in 2013 her full repertoire unfurled into two outposts: The modern tea house of Valerie Echo Park, and the bakery and coffee stop of Valerie Grand Central Market. READ REVIEW

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    Vegetable

    3711 Cahuenga Blvd.

    Studio City

    Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian

    $$

    Not one to rest on his laurels, however, chef Jerry Yuhas branched out—and at the top of his list of new ideas is an innovative yet approachable selection of vegetable-centric sandwiches. READ REVIEW

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    Venice Beach Wines

    529 Rose Ave.

    Venice

    Cuisine: Californian, Sandwich

    $$

    It started as a grab-and-go bottle shop—a shoe box nook packed from floor-to-ceiling with boutique wine from around the world and some 30 craft beers—but quickly blossomed into one of Venice’s tiniest but most beloved wine bars. READ REVIEW

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    Vespaio

    225 S. Grand Ave.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    The name Vespaio translates from Italian as “wasps’ nest,” but the menu of Italian fare at this chic new restaurant by chef-owner Agostino Sciandri (Ago, Sor Tino) is all about comfort. READ REVIEW

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    Vincenti Ristorante

    11930 San Vicente Blvd.

    Brentwood

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    A 2016 redesign stripped away white tablecloths and made the space more airy and modern. Now you’ll find plenty of warm wood, framed floral paintings, amd an exhibition kitchen, as well as the same deft cooking from longtime chef Nicola Mastronardi, who changes the menu weekly. READ REVIEW

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    Wilde Wine Bar & Restaurant

    320 S La Brea Ave.

    Hancock Park

    Cuisine: Eclectic, New American, Wine Bar

    $$$

    Co-owners Nader Naderi and Lorna Donohoe envisioned an experience that would feel like visiting a close friend’s house for dinner—and like at the best dinner parties, you’ll want to take your time getting to know all there is to enjoy at this newish entry on La Brea. READ REVIEW

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    Water Grill

    544 S. Grand Ave.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $$$$

    Embraced as one of LA's top seafood restaurants, Water Grill is a civilized sort of place. Quiet and dimly lit, done up art deco-style with warm wood details, and staffed by attentive servers, READ REVIEW

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    West Restaurant & Lounge

    Angeleno Hotel: 170 N. Church Ln.

    West Los Angeles

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Though the restaurant doesn’t rotate (sigh), the views do go on for miles—a fabulous backdrop for swilling martinis and digging into rich, smoky steaks and handmade pastas. READ REVIEW

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    Wood & Vine

    6280 Hollywood Blvd.

    Hollywood

    Cuisine: New American

    $$

    We love the location—in the historic Taft Building across from Pantages—and the farm-to-table, California cuisine, which is anything but nostalgic. READ REVIEW


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