GUIDE: Los Angeles

OUTDOOR SEATING GAME STRONG

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    Ashland Hill

    2807 Main St.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Bar, New American, Wine Bar

    $$

    This Main Street favorite showcases myriad influences—everything from Mediterranean to German to Mexican, all tied together by the common thread of commitment to local ingredients. READ REVIEW

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    Café Pinot

    700 W. 5th St.

    Downtown

    Cuisine: Californian, French

    $$$

    This leafy oasis in the middle of Downtown consistently ranks as one of LA’s most romantic spots. But not content to rest on these laurels, Café Pinot is bringing out some new tricks, courtesy of new chef Phillip Martin. READ REVIEW

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    Cliff’s Edge

    3626 Sunset Blvd.

    Silver Lake

    Cuisine: Italian, Mediterranean

    $$$

    The phrase “hidden gem,” while now obscenely overused, might have been originally coined for Cliff’s Edge in Silver Lake.  You can spot the place from the street, but once you walk through the door behind the valet lot, the restaurant unfolds like a midcentury fairy tale involving lots of rattan chairs, geometric tapestries and a long and lovely Redwood bar.  Rainbow trout, sea bass, and braised short ribs with honey bourbon barbecue sauce are entrées that will keep you at the table for a while—and maybe let Valentine’s Day come early this year. READ REVIEW

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    Gracias Madre

    8905 Melrose Ave.

    West Hollywood

    Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan

    $$

    The roots of Gracias Madre reach far up the California coast to owners Terces and Michael Engelhart’s Be Love Farm in Vacaville. The duo opened their first Mexican restaurant in San Francisco in 2009, and then began sowing their organic seeds in West Hollywood. READ REVIEW

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    Sage Vegan Bistro

    Multiple Locations:
    Echo Park, Culver City, Pasadena

    Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian

    $

    A husband-and-wife team helms this farm-to-table mini chain—and they may just hold the keys to the vegetable kingdom. READ REVIEW

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    The Albright

    258 Santa Monica Pier

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Seafood

    $$

    The name may have changed, but the new generation of owners have kept the spirit alive at this family-run institution in Santa Monica with their sustainable seafood and locally sourced ingredients. READ REVIEW

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    The Roof on Wilshire

    6317 Wilshire Blvd.

    Mid-City West

    Cuisine: Bar, Fusion, New Mexican

    $$

    Enter the lobby of the Hotel Wilshire and head to the top, where you’ll find a stunning restaurant with panoramic views of the city—and a menu by chef Eric Greenspan to match. READ REVIEW


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