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Top 25 Restaurants in Los Angeles to Eat at Right Now
From swanky steakhouses to inventive vegan hot spots, GAYOT has uncovered the best restaurants in (and around) Los Angeles for you to enjoy right now.
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NEW RESTAURANTS IN LOS ANGELES
Portland chef Andy Ricker’s anticipated Thai restaurant Pok Pok LA will open in Chinatown in October. The 200-seat restaurant will span two stories of Mandarin Plaza, and will include a bar/lounge and courtyard patio. Expect Ricker’s signature Northern Thai specialties featured on the Pok Pok PDX menu, and dishes from his Whiskey Soda Lounge on the bar menu. Pok Pok LA, 970 N. Broadway Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, No phone.
WeHo’s hit spot Salt’s Cure will be relocating to Highland Avenue in Hollywood this fall, taking over the former Ammo space. Chef/owners Zak Walters and Chris Phelps will serve the same California-sourced menu at their twice-as-big new restaurant, which will include a patio and a full bar. It will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The West Hollywood location will remain open until the new restaurant debuts. Ammo, meanwhile, is moving to a new Melrose location. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun. Salt's Cure, 1155 Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
Look for a new giant brewpub arriving from Cedd Moses (Seven Grand, Cole’s) and Brian Lenzo (Blue Palms Brewhouse) this fall, the Arts District Brewing Company, located on Traction Avenue. Beer-maker Devon Randall with be on board creating distinctive brews for the bar/restaurant, which will also feature a rooftop area and Skee-Ball. Arts District Brewing Company, 830 Traction Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90013, No phone.
The sprawling new Le Petit Paris, set in an historic 1913 hotel lobby on Spring Street in DTLA, will offer multi-level seating, an outdoor patio, a coffee lounge and a boutique marketplace dishing up all things French. Set to open later this fall, Cannes restaurateurs David and Fanny Rolland will soon debut the restaurant’s French menu on their website.
Expect early California rancho recipes reimagined by chef Anne Conness (Tin Roof Bistro) at El Segundo’s new Sausal, slated to open in September. The restaurant is named after Rancho Sausal Redondo (Round Willow Ranch), the vast farmstead that once encompassed El Segundo and most of the South Bay. The “nuevo rancho cuisine” will blend traditional Hispanic ingredients with local farmers' market fare.
Gardner Junction will open in West Hollywood this September, in a former Red Car trolley stop location, reimagined by Spacecraft designers with a nostalgic nod to mid-century train travel. In the dining room, bar and outdoor patio, chef/owner Steve Brown (Inn of the Seventh Ray, Monsieur Marcel) will debut an American farm-to-table menu of small plates like foie gras and squid ink waffles, and 72-hour braised short ribs. Expect a boutique Califonia wine list by the glass, craft beers and 10 artisanal cocktails. Gardner Junction, 1451 N. Gardner St., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-450-9021.
Alexander's Steakhouse has taken over the former McCormick & Schmick's space in Pasadena. The restaurant, which also has locations in San Francisco and Cupertino, features certified Angus beef as well as imported Wagyu. Alexander's Steakhouse, 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-486-1111.
Relais de Paris has opened in Beverly Hills. Expect bistro dishes such as steak frites, mussels and pan-roasted duck. Relais de Paris, 8635 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 93101, 310-289-8500.
Musician/DJ Moby and chef Anne Thornton will open Little Pine, an organic, vegan bistro in Silver Lake. Little Pine, 2870 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039, No phone.
Entrepreneur Andrew Meieran (The Edison) is resurrecting Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles. The opening is planned for Fall 2015. Clifton's, 648 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014, No phone.
The Rustic Canyon family of restaurants has debuted Esters, a new wine shop, bar and marketplace in downtown Santa Monica. Housed in the historic 1937 Art Deco Telephone Building, Esters is located across the hall from the restaurant group’s newly opened Cassia, where co-owner Kathryn Coker also curates the wine program. A marketplace offers a wide variety of artisanal items including cheeses and cured meats from boutique salumerias. Dishes from Rustic Canyon chef Jeremy Fox include smoked California fish in a jar with pickled ramps, Cook Pigs Ranch pork terrine with grape mustard, and cucumber panzanella with dill and house-cultured yogurt. Esters, 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-899-6900.
In Sherman Oaks, the former Senor Fred space is now an Italian restaurant, Marlin & Ono. Expect Southern Italian cuisine including squid ink linguine; prawns grilled with basil, artichoke hearts, prosciutto and pistou; sea scallops wrapped in pancetta; and Prime sirloin tagliata. Craft cocktails include the “Thyme Machine” made with Nolet Gin, Solerno blood orange liqueur, lemon, thyme and fresh cantaloupe. Dinner nightly. Marlin & Ono Grille, 13730 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-849-5585.
Adam Cole (ink.) has opened Maple Block Meat Company in Culver City. The menu spotlights Texas barbecue. Maple Block Meat Company, 3973 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230, 310-313-6328.
The Window at Moruno, a takeout spot at The Original Farmers Market in the alley near Gate 7, offers a preview of the forthcoming Moruno, which will open in the former Short Order space. It will be a full-service Spanish restaurant from chef Chris Feldmeier and front of house partner David Rosoff, who worked together at Osteria Mozza and Campanile, along with the Sprout LA restaurant group. The ground floor will center on the pintxo Moruno, a Moorish-influenced kebab cooked over wood. Upstairs, guests will find Bar Vermut, devoted to Spain's spirit of choice, vermouth, plus drink-friendly conservas --- small bites built with preserved or canned ingredients. Moruno, The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., 110, Los Angeles, CA 90036, no phone.
Chef Steven Fretz, currently with The Church Key and a Top Round co-founder, has teamed with Moscow-based Ginza Project on the seafood-focused Fin and Fire. It is projected to debut in the downtown L.A.'s Arts District in 2016. Fretz predicts a wide-ranging seafood menu that will include lobster rolls, crab cakes, tartares and cataplanas, all presented with modern twists. The design will include a rooftop dining room, with turquoise and copper accents. Fin and Fire, 2140 E. Seventh Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90021, no phone.
Chef Brian Dunsmoor and front-of-house counterpart Jonathan Strader, who found success with the Wolf in Sheep's Clothing pop-up, The Hart & the Hunter and Ladies' Gunboat Society at Flores, partnered with Louie Ryan and his wife, Netty, on this rustic American restaurant in Culver City. Hatchet Hall features a patio framed by cast iron, a granite oyster bar, and the "Old Man Bar" in the back. Dunsmoor presides over a white oak grill and sources from farmers' markets to produce dishes like bay scallops with brown butter and creamed corn; pork chop with Madeira, chanterelles and sweetbreads; and rib eye with bone marrow butter. Cappy Sorentino oversees the cocktail program. Dinner nightly. Hatchet Hall, 12517 W Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, 310-391-4222.
The Garland celebrates a $20 million renovation and redesign with the opening of The Front Yard, featuring an al fresco lounge, rattan furniture and globe lanterns. The Front Yard is open for three meals daily, plus weekend brunch. Chef Chris Turano showcases share-friendly, L.A.-inspired cooking. Each morning, expect a breakfast menu that's heavy on egg dishes and also includes a buffet for indecisive (or especially hungry) diners. Lunch brings salads, sandwiches and flatbreads. Dinner consists of heartier, more composed fare, including wild halibut with romanesco; linguine with Dungeness crab and fava beans; and dry-aged rib eye with shishito peppers, fingerling potatoes and maitake mushrooms. A full bar serves craft cocktails and beer, as well as 18 wines by the glass. The Front Yard, The Garland, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91602, 818-255-7290.
Chef Bryant Ng and his wife, Kim Luu-Ng, who steered The Spice Table to national praise, have teamed with prolific restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry, Milo & Olive, Rustic Canyon, Sweet Rose Creamery) on this modern Asian restaurant in Santa Monica. Cassia, whose name that refers to a variety of Vietnamese cinnamon, occupies the ground floor of an Art Deco building, with 135 seats indoors, bars devoted to alcohol and raw seafood preparations, and 65 seats on the patio. Culinary influences primarily draw from Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam, resulting in Asian-leaning charcuterie and dishes like Vietnamese pot au feu, white pepper crab and tandoor-blistered naan with chopped escargots. Some dishes popular at The Spice Table have made the transition west, including kaya toast. Zoe Nathan and Laurel Almerinda have teamed on desserts like Vietnamese coffee pudding. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Cassia, 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-393-6699.
Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg have brought their Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill to The Grove in the Fairfax District. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-352-9300.
Chef Rick Bayless has opened a Santa Monica location of his modern Mexican restaurant Red O, which already has branches in Los Angeles (on Melrose Avenue) and Newport Beach. Red O, 1541 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90046, 310-458-1600.
Manhattan House has opened in Manhattan Beach. Chef Diana Stavaridis creates a seasonal menu influenced by food sustainability. Manhattan House, 1019 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, 310-574-2277.
Otium, a project from Bill Chait's Sprout LA restaurant group, is scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles in September 2015. The restaurant will feature wood-fired fare from chef Timothy Hollingsworth, the former chef de cuisine of The French Laundry who also collaborated on Barrel & Ashes. Otium, 222 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
Black Hogg chef Eric Park has reformatted his former DTLA Hero Shop into the Ohana Poké Co, offering a selection of bases (heirloom sushi rice or kale), with poke variations of ohana shoyu, spicy tuna, sweet unagi, chili mango, shiso radish and soy ginger tofu. Sides include kimchi cucumbers and ponzu spicy noodles. To drink, there’s ginger beer, Mexican pop and Stumptown cold brew coffee. Lunch & Dinner Mon.-Sat. Ohana Poké Co., 130 E. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-265-7561.
Chef Charles Olalia (ex-Patina) and business partner Santos Uy (Papilles) have opened the intimate Rice Bar in downtown L.A., serving Filipino rice bowls made with non-GMO, fair-trade heirloom rice, imported from various islands in the Philippines. Dishes feature chicken tinola (free-range chicken simmered in aromatic ginger broth, green papaya, chili leaves) bistek Tagalog (soy marinated black angus beef sirloin, pan-seared, with red onions & calamansi), and dilis frito (sun-dried anchovies, deep-fried and topped off with avocado, tomato, radish and scallion salad.) For dessert, find coconut ice pops, and juice and soda to drink. Expect breakfast service soon. Rice Bar, 419 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Former "Top Chef" contestant Nyesha Arrington (ex-Wilshire Restaurant) has opened her first restaurant, Leona, on Washington Boulevard in Venice. Expect “progressive California cuisine” with local sourcing and pan-cultural accents, like a slow-braised short rib, coastal seafood cocktail with watermelon and tomato, and sweet corn ice cream with fresh turmeric on white peaches and rose water. A variety of spaces at the restaurant include a chef’s counter, communal tables and patio. Beer and wine are served. Leona, 123 W Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-822-5379.
Adrienne Nicole Borlongan, a food scientist and cocktail pro, is teaming up with attorney JP Lopez on Wanderlust Creamery in Tarzana. The business operates a micro-dairy in-house and makes its own base. Borlongan preaches global inspiration and local ingredients for flavors like blueberry elderflower and strawberry balsamic mascarpone. Wanderlust Creamery is set to debut in August 2015 in a former Cold Stone Creamery space. Wanderlust Creamery, 18511 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356, 818-212-4768.
Mint Leaf is a colorful Indian restaurant in east Pasadena that features a pressed-tin ceiling, wood tables and floors, elaborate wallpaper in bold colors, and golden chandeliers. Executive chef Jayanta K. Paul delivers a balanced menu with a variety of proteins prepared in the tandoor, and featured in curries or sauces like tikka masala. Breads stray from tradition, with naan stuffed with combos like feta and olives, or mozzarella and toasted pine nuts. Desserts like kulfi and rasmalai are made in-house. To drink, sure they serve lassis, but Mint Leaf also carries a full liquor license. Lunch & Dinner daily. Mint Leaf, 2535 East Washington Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, 626-460-8776.
Since shuttering BierBeisl in Beverly Hills, chef Bernhard Mairinger has opened BierBeisl Imbiss in the Spring Arcade Building in downtown Los Angeles. The concept is modern Austrian street food. BierBeisl Imbiss, Spring Arcade Building, 541 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-935-8035.
71Above will open on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. Chef Vartan Abgaryan will depart Cliff's Edge to helm the restaurant. 71Above, 633 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, no phone.
The folks behind Peruvian favorite Los Balcones in Hollywood have opened a plant-based, vegan restaurant next door, Chavela Comida y Sangria, which is also the name of a famous Peruvian-style sangria. Chef Rachel Carr (Cru) offers vegan, organic Latin-inspired dishes including barbacoa portobello tacos, beet tartare with cashew ricotta, quinoa and fresh corn polenta, and a wild mushroom mole verde enchilada. To drink, find a variety of chavelas and cocktails from mixologist Joel Black; dessert includes chili chocolate ganache made with avocado. Dinner nightly. Chavela Comida y Sangria, 1358 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-871-8099.
In the former Raphael space in Studio City, Cocina Condesa is now a colorful mezcalaria with upscale Mexican street food. Chef M. Elena Vega’s menu includes tacos ranging from al pastor, asada and carnitas to fresh cactus and mushroom; antojitos like red snapper ceviche and shrimp agua chile; and mains featuring chocolate mole chicken enchiladas and corn masa crepas. Specialty Latin-inspired cocktails from mixologist Gilbert Marquez lean toward mezcal. Cocina Condesa, 11616 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-579-4264.
House of Macau in Hollywood features modern takes on classic Macanese cuisine. House of Macau, 1600 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-745-5038.
Chef Ted Hopson and beverage director Ann-Marie Verdi, who worked together at Father’s Office, have partnered on The Bellwether, a seasonal, family-style restaurant in Studio City. The beverage program showcases craft beer, wines from independent California vineyards and cocktails that center on market-driven house infusions, with options from each category flowing from 20 taps. Ana Henton designed the space, which encompasses 3,200 square feet, including 70 indoor seats at crimson leather banquettes and butcher block tables, a full bar and 30 patio seats. The Bellwether, 13251 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, 818-285-8184.
Broken Spanish, a project from chef Ray Garcia (B.S. Taqueria), is open for dinner nightly starting at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant is located in the former Rivera space in downtown Los Angeles. Broken Spanish, Met Lofts, 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-749-1460.
Chef Brandon Boudet and partner Warner Ebbink (Dominick’s, Little Dom’s) have opened a cool, neighborhood bar, MiniBar, adjacent to the 101 Coffee Shop in the Best Western Hotel in Hollywood. The intimate room features high bar stools and gold-dipped tables, giving the space a '70s feel (to match the tunes). The menu offers eight simply crafted cocktails ranging from a Harvey Wallbanger to a Rusty Nail perked up with an absinthe rinse and fresh rosemary. Also, find local craft beers and a tiny, boutique wine list. MiniBar, Best Western Hotel, 6141 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028, 323-798-4939.
Matthew Kenney’s Plant Food and Wine offers a selection of locally sourced, plant-based fare, accompanied by an extensive wine list of organic and biodynamic varietals. The 65-seat restaurant includes an open-air courtyard, fireplace and a wine room. Plant Food and Wine, 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-450-1009.
In Hancock Park, the former Girasole has reopened as Vernetti. Chef Steve Vernetti dishes up Italian-American classics such as house-made pastas including rigatoni and papperdelle. Other dishes include fried polenta with yam and sage, whole-roasted branzino and passionfruit cheesecake. Vernetti, 225 N. Larchmont Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, 323-798-5886.
Estrella on the Sunset Strip will feature globally influenced California cuisine from executive chef Dakota Weiss ("Top Chef"). The restaurant, which is named after the "circus girl" mentioned in the Joni Mitchell song "Ladies of the Canyon," will have a bohemian vibe. Look for a September 2015 opening. Estrella, 8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
The Lucques Group Partners with the Hollywood Bowl
Starting in the 2016 summer season, the Hollywood Bowl’s food and restaurant services will be overseen by chef Suzanne Goin and restaurateur/wine director Caroline Styne. The Lucques Group (a.o.c., Lucques, Tavern and The Larder) will partner with Sodexo Leisure to offer seasonal fare specially designed for this beloved music venue.
Venice's Whole Foods Market Expanding with Restaurant
Whole Foods Market in Venice will take over the adjacent laundromat and turn it into a 60-seat restaurant. It will be under the direction of chef Derek Harrison. Stay tuned for more details. Whole Foods Market, 225 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-566-9480.
Special Menu Exhibition from Los Angeles Public Library
The Los Angeles Public Library presents highlights from its extensive collection of menus in the special exhibition “To Live and Dine in L.A.” On display are menus from famous Los Angeles restaurants such as The Brown Derby, along with photos, artist installations and short films. USC Annenberg professor Josh Kun curated the exhibition and also authored the companion book To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of the Modern City. The exhibition can be viewed at the Central Library (630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, 90071) through November 13, 2015. For more information, visit the Los Angeles Public Library’s website
Mad Fritz Creates Bespoke Beer for The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Napa Valley's small-batch brewery Mad Fritz has created a bespoke beer, The Lion and the Mouse, exclusively for The Peninsula Beverly Hills. It is available at The Club Bar. The Belvedere, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-788-2306.
Chef Ricardo Zarate Presents a Pop-up
Ricardo Zarate, who helped to bring Peruvian cuisine to prominence at restaurants like Mo-Chica, Paiche and Picca, returns to L.A. with a pop-up called Once at Santino's in Santa Monica. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, Zarate, the eleventh child in his family, features 11 different share-friendly plates, plus dessert. The menu changes weekly, depending on what Zarate finds at the farmers' market. Feisser Stone is contributing low ABV cocktails, since Santino's only has a beer and wine license. For more information, visit Once's web site. Once, 3021 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
sbe Sells Katsuya and Cleo to the One Group
Hospitality giant sbe, owned by Sam Nazarian, is selling its two successful restaurant chains of Katsuya and Cleo to the rival One Group, which owns the STK and Bagatelle brands. Katsuya, 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-207-8744.
Nobu Malibu Adds Weekend Breakfast Service
Nobu Malibu has debuted weekend breakfast service, and will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.-noon. Nosh on more traditional dishes like buttermilk pancakes and French toast, or explore luxe oceanside options like crab cake egg Benedict, caviar “hot pot” and Japanese bento box with umami sea bass. Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265, 310-317-9140.
Sāmbār Opens for Lunch
Akasha Richmond’s new restaurant Sāmbār is now open for lunch. The new lunch menu will reflect lighter Indian cooking, including vegetarian options, such as the yogi thali plate with punjabi mama greens, zucchini kofta with cashew, tomato and saffron sauce; and modern takes on street food favorites such as chicken kati with yogurt roasted chicken, pomegranate-mint and peach chutney. Also, expect salads and burgers. Sāmbār, 9531 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-558-8800.
Ortolan Space to Be Revived?
Restaurateur Fabrizio Bianconi, of Via Veneto in Santa Monica and L'Isola in St. Barts, is rumored to have picked up the space that formerly housed Ortolan (8338 W. Third St., West Hollywood). The hope is for a December 2015 opening for his next Italian restaurant, which will combine aspects of his Southern California and Caribbean establishments. Via Veneto, 3009 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-399-1843.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles Debuts Public Rooftop Dining By Wolfgang Puck
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles celebrates summer with the opening of the rooftop patio to both hotel residents and the public for the first time in the hotel’s five-year history. WP24 Rooftop Patio is located on the 26th-floor rooftop terrace, which features panoramic views of Los Angeles. A summertime grilling series is offered every Friday and Saturday through September 5. Guests with a pre-confirmed reservation may enjoy a selection of Asian-inspired, a la carte small bites, and seasonal cocktails. The pool is closed for swimming during these evenings, as guests soak up live jazz high above the bustling city below. Reservations must be made through WP24 Restaurant. WP24 Rooftop Patio, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, L.A. Live, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., 24th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-743-8824.
Whisk(e)y Gallery at Seven Grand
The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC) Whisk(e)y Gallery has opened in Seven Grand. This is the first permanent Los Angeles exhibit for the Museum of the American Cocktail, which is part of the SoFAB Institute based in New Orleans. For more information visit the the SoFAB Institute web site. Seven Grand, 515 W. 7th St., 2nd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017, 213-614-0737.
The Edison Destined for Disney World
Downtown bar The Edison will open a sister location in Orlando at Disney Springs, the re-imagined Downtown Disney area at Walt Disney World. The opening for The Edison is scheduled for 2016. The Edison, Higgins Building, 108 W. Second St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-613-0000.
Stir Market Launches New Kid’s Menu For Pint-Size Patrons
Beverly Boulevard’s European-inspired food hall, Stir Market, has launched a new kids' menu, featuring food and drink selections crafted by recently appointed executive chef Stacy Rampton and Food Network personality and chef/partner Jet Tila, for guests 12 and under. Junior gourmands can enjoy the likes of “Meyer lemon pancakes jr.” with whipped crème fraiche and candied zest (weekend brunch only); “after-school cinnamon toast” with caramelized apple butter and brioche ($5.95); and cheesy flatbread with burrata and Parmesan ($7.95). Chef Tila’s two-year-old daughter’s favorite dish is the “Stir Market yummy bowl” with roast chicken and soy Teriyaki sauce ($8.95). Stir Market, 7475 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-879-8283.
New Restaurant on the Horizon at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village
Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village is planning to open a new American steakhouse-type restaurant in the space currently occupied by the Lobby Lounge. Significant remodeling will be involved. Stay tuned for more details. Lobby Lounge, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village, Two Dole Dr., Westlake Village, CA 91362, 818-575-3100.
"BBQ with a View" at The Roof Garden
The Roof Garden at The Peninsula Beverly Hills is bringing back its weekend bbq series featuring executive chef David Codney’s take on barbecue specialties. Dishes include Pabst Blue Ribbon beer can chicken with charred corn and cabbage cilantro slaw; chipotle and coffee rubbed tri-tip with house-made oak-aged sauce; and a banana split with cinnamon ice cream, tostones and rum-raisins. This à la carte barbecue menu is available through September on Saturday and Sunday evenings only. For reservations, please call 310-975 2855 or visit The Roof Garden's website. The Roof Garden, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-975-2855.
UPDATES ON LOS ANGELES CHEFS
Executive chef Isaias Peña is taking over the reins in the kitchen at Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern. The new menu features dishes such as house-cured charcuterie, bahn mi pork belly pizza, chicken and waffle sliders, stout beer-braised short rib gnocchi and coffee-ancho ahi. Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern, 5370 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-525-2618.
Chef Perfecto Rocher has left smoke.oil.salt. and chef Ricardo Zarate (formerly of Mo-Chica, Picca and Paiche) is consulting on the menu. smoke.oil.salt., 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-930-7900.
Chef Mirko Paderno has left his position at Oliverio at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills. He will be chef de cuisine to Angelo Auriana at Officine Brera in downtown Los Angeles. Both chefs previously worked at Valentino in Santa Monica. Oliverio, Avalon Hotel, 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-407-7791.
Chef Chad Colby, the opening chef at chi SPACCA, has departed his post to open a restaurant in Hollywood with chef Curtis Stone (Maude). Zach Allen, a longtime Mario Batali disciple, replaces Colby as chi SPACCA executive chef. Allen has worked for Batali, Joe Bastianich and New York-based B&B Hospitality Group since 1999. He installed a salumi program at Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in New York and assumes control of the similarly vaunted meat locker at chi SPACCA, which B&B owns with chef Nancy Silverton. chi SPACCA, 6610 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-297-1133.
Chef Evan Funke has left Bucato Restaurant in Culver City. Taking over the kitchen is executive sous chef Colin Akiyama. Bucato Restaurant, Helms Bakery, 3280 Helms Ave., Culver City, CA 90034, 310-876-0286.
Chef David Féau (ex-Patina and The Royce) has taken the reins of the kitchen at Wally's Beverly Hills. This spinoff location of the the iconic Los Angeles wine store Wally’s was originally more of a wine and gourmet store, but now the restaurant and bar part is the focus. Wally's Beverly Hills, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-475-3540.
LOS ANGELES RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
After more than 20 years in business, House of Blues on the Sunset Strip has closed. House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
Piccolo Ristorante in Venice announced on Facebook that the restaurant is temporarily closed. Piccolo Ristorante, 5 Dudley Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 310-314-3222.
The charming Italian restaurant Al Bacio Ristorante, located on the Sunset Strip, has closed. Al Bacio Ristorante, 8741 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
In Venice, Primitivo Wine Bistro is closing August 30, 2015. A new concept form its owners will be forthcoming. Primitivo Wine Bistro, 1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, 310-396-5353.
Pasadena's Beckham Grill, a longtime favorite for British grub, closed August 8, 2015 to make way for an apartment complex. Beckham Grill, 77 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91103, 626-796-3399.
Cafe Rockenwagner in Brentwood has closed. Chef Hans Röckenwagner continues to operate Rockenwagner Bakery and 3 Square Cafe + Bakery. Cafe Rockenwagner, 1168 S. Barrington Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049, no phone.
Innovative Dining Group's Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar in downtown Los Angeles has shuttered. Soleto Trattoria & Pizza Bar, 801 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017, no phone.
Nadine Trujillo, who served Mexican food at Alegria for 22 years, many in a Silver Lake strip mall, recently retired. However, she left the restaurant in good hands. Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Ludo Lefebvre, who have already found success with Trois Mec and Petit Trois in Hollywood, promse #thenexttrois on Instagram, while posing with a decorative Alegria toucan. No word yet on the specific type of cuisine, or when the next Trois will open. Alegria, 3510 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
The Venice location of Hostaria del Piccolo has closed. The Santa Monica branch of Hostaria del Piccolo remains open. Hostaria del Piccolo, 512 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291, no phone available.
The international Chinese restaurant group Hakkasan has closed Hakkasan in Beverly Hills. The company has decided to focus on its other Los Angeles concepts, including The NICE GUY and Henry's. Hakkasan, 245 N. Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
Rumor has it that The Belvedere in The Peninsula Beverly Hills is going to close in September 2015 and change to a more modern dining concept. The goal is to re-open in mid-December 2015, in time for the holidays. The Belvedere, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-788-2306.
In mid-July 2015, chef Phillip Frankland Lee closed Scratch Bar in Beverly Hills. However, the restaurant has since re-opened under the same name, but Lee is no longer involved. He plans to bring his Scratch Bar concept to a new location in the San Fernando Valley. Scratch Bar, 111 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310-289-8010.
Continental, the short-lived replacement for Mo's in Burbank, has closed. Continental, 4301 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505, no phone.
Field Trip at the Farmers Kitchen in Hollywood has shuttered. Field Trip at the Farmers Kitchen, 1555 Vine St., Ste. 119, Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
After more than six decades in business, Billy's Deli in Glendale has closed. Billy's Deli, 216 N. Orange St., Glendale, CA 91203, no phone.
Heywood, the gourmet grilled cheese shop in Silver Lake, has shuttered. Heywood, 3337 1/2 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026, no phone.
Trendy WeHo steakhouse STK has closed its doors on La Cienega and moved to the W Los Angeles hotel. STK, 755 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, no phone.
The Pasadena location of restaurateur Steven Arroyo's Escuela Taqueria has closed. The branch on Beverly Boulevard remains open. Escuela Taqueria, One Colorado, 16 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103, no phone.
Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse downtown is temporarily closed. It is scheduled to re-open in September 2015 with a new look. Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse, 330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-680-0330.
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