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    Angelini Osteria

    7313 Beverly Blvd.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    For almost a decade, Angelini Osteria has been a huge draw, especially for Italian expats hungry for the hearty cooking they miss paired with some fine boutique wines from back home. READ REVIEW

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    Bouchon

    235 North Canon Dr.

    Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: French

    $$$$

    Getting into Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Napa can be nigh impossible, which is perhaps why the famous chef opened Bouchon, not too many miles away, to give everyone else a chance to sample his sublime cuisine. Now, lucky us, Keller’s new Bouchon 90210 is equally accessible and his food just as sublime—refined French fare that emulates the legendary little bistros of Lyon—les bouchons. READ REVIEW

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    Café Pinot

    700 W. 5th St.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Californian, French

    $$$

    With its twinkly patio, dreamy Downtown views, and glass-encased dining room, Café Pinot feels like something out of the pages of one of the storybooks in the adjacent, equally dreamy Central Library building. READ REVIEW

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    Culina

    300 S. Doheny Dr.

    Beverly Hills

    $$$

    The words “hotel restaurant” don’t inspire visions of progressive dining, but the decision makers at The Four Seasons in Beverly Hills made a clear play to reset expectations when they opened Culina—you will be hard-pressed to find hotel dining on this level. READ REVIEW

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    Drago Centro

    525 S. Flower St.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    Drago Centro offers up a take on Italian cuisine that strikes a winning balance between authentic sensibilities and inventive flourishes, one that is matched by the restaurant’s contemporary yet elegant décor. READ REVIEW

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    FIG

    101 Wilshire Blvd.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Mediterranean

    $$$

    Seasonally driven menus are not a novelty, but it's not every chef who works with a forager to source ingredients straight from the farm READ REVIEW

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    Georgie

    225 N. Canon Dr.

    Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: American, Californian, New American

    $$$

    The first West Coast restaurant from East Coast restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian—who is also an acclaimed Food Network star, Iron Chef, and best-selling cookbook author—exudes New York sophistication, California whimsy, and European flair. READ REVIEW

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    Hamasaku

    11043 Santa Monica Blvd.

    West Los Angeles

    Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

    $$$

    Run by former mega-agent Michael Ovitz, this West LA mainstay has been catering to food lovers in general—and entertainment industry power brokers in particular—since 2000. READ REVIEW

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    Napa Valley Grille

    1100 Glendon Ave. #100

    Westwood

    Cuisine: Californian, Dessert, New American, Wine Bar

    $$$

    Chef Taylor Boudreaux is serving up rustic, seasonal California market cuisine exclusively for BBE subscribers. READ REVIEW

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    Paley

    6115 Sunset Blvd.

    Hollywood

    Cuisine: Californian, New American

    $$$

    The glamour quotient here is off the charts—even on a weeknight, you'll find large groups boisterously holding court in the sparkling gold-and-black Art Deco dining room. READ REVIEW


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