GUIDE: Los Angeles

Splurge Worthy Spots

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    Bourbon Steak

    The Americana at Brand, 237 S. Brand Blvd.

    Glendale

    Cuisine: Steak

    $$$$

    Illustrious restaurateur Michael Mina has executed a unique spin on the traditional steakhouse concept, featuring a tantalizing menu highlighting a fusion of global flavors, a distinctive bar program, and playful trolley carts filled with confections, canapés, and fine liquors. READ REVIEW

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    chi SPACCA

    6610 Melrose Ave,

    Hancock Park

    Cuisine: Italian

    $$$

    With a name that means “he who cleaves,” this celebrated casual spot from the Mozza masterminds fits neatly between the their other two destinations on Melrose, delivering everything from lighter, wine-led bites to meat-centric meals anchored by house-made salumi. READ REVIEW

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    Chinois on Main

    2709 Main St.

    Santa Monica

    Cuisine: Asian, Fusion

    $$$

    Wolfgang Puck’s family-style version of Far Eastern fare with a French-California twist is still packed on any given night. 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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    Lukshon

    3239 Helms Ave.

    Culver City

    Cuisine: Southeast Asian

    $$$

    The man behind the famous Father’s Office and gastropubs, Sang Yoon, is celebrating one year at his Culver City pan-Asian Lukshon. After a day of shopping at H.D. Buttercup and nearby Culver City galleries, the sleek bar area at this modern gem is a welcome pit stop for a cocktail and a platter of oysters or a duck wrap. READ REVIEW

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    Pistola

    8022 W. 3rd St.

    Mid-City

    Cuisine: Italian, Steak

    $$$$

    When he was at Culina, chef Vic Casanova competed against Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian in Battle Brook Trout. And while it’s possible to order Dover sole or jumbo shrimp scampi here, most guests are coming for the steak. READ REVIEW

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    Redbird

    114 E. 2nd St.

    Downtown

    $$$

    Redbird, the long-awaited new restaurant from chef Neal Fraser, co-owner (and wife) Amy Knoll Fraser, and business partner Bill Chait, debuted this month in what was the rectory building next to the Vibiana (formerly a cathedral). While the cocktails served here would make a bishop blush, true believers are flocking in for a taste of Veal Fraser or one of pastry chef Jashmine Corpuz's sinful desserts. READ REVIEW

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    Saddle Peak Lodge

    4149 Cold Canyon Rd.

    Calabasas

    Cuisine: New American

    $$$$

    The mounted animal heads decorating this woodsy Malibu mainstay provide a great preview of what to expect from the menu, which includes highlights such as sumptuous elk tenderloin and chef Christopher Kufek’s carefully curated wild game trio. READ REVIEW

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    The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse

    1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.

    Pasadena

    Cuisine: Steak

    $$$

    At The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, follow an elegant hallway to reach The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse, where sumptuous seating, views of the impeccable grounds, and an overhead design element resembling the starlit sky above a racetrack all invite you to enjoy a taste of the good life. READ REVIEW


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