GUIDE: Los Angeles

Romance is in the Air...

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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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    Birch

    1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd.

    Hollywood

    Cuisine: Fusion

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    Brendan Collins, who found success at Waterloo & City, has a new hit with this globally inspired restaurant that was named for the trees he grew up near in Nottingham, England. READ REVIEW

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    Bistro 45

    45 South Mentor Ave.

    Pasadena

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$

    Can homey and elegant be put together in the same room? Longtime owner Robert Simon has answered this question with a resounding “yes.” 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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    Café Stella

    3932 W. Sunset Blvd.

    Silver Lake

    Cuisine: French, Wine Bar

    $$$

    Find out about the place the Los Angeles Times calls “once Silver Lake's best kept secret ... a favorite destination for romance and French cuisine under the stars.” READ REVIEW

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    Citizen

    184 N. Canon Dr.

    Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: American, Bar, New American, Southern

    $$$

    After opening a string of highly acclaimed restaurants in Northern California, chef Scott Howard nails his American comfort food mantra at Citizen, flaunting his knack for sharable, snack-able plates. READ REVIEW

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    Cleo

    1717 Vine St.

    Hollywood

    Cuisine: Mediterranean

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    In a neighborhood pockmarked with pizza joints, Cleo shines as a beacon of both substance and style. This desert mirage, a retro-modern spot inside the boutique Redbury hotel, promises quality, non-touristy dining at the apex of Hollywood and Vine. Entering through the dark, gold-leafed archway, you get that flutter of excitement not unlike lifting the clay top of a steaming lamb tagine. 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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    Crustacean

    9646 Little Santa Monica Blvd.

    Beverly Hills

    Cuisine: French, Seafood, Vietnamese

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    True to its name, Crustacean offers many a shelled sea creature, but the menu also seems to include everything else, too, from sashimi and satays on down to rack of lamb and braised short ribs. READ REVIEW


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