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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    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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    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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