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5955 Melrose Ave. (Highland Ave.) Send to Phone
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An interior redesign has injected more luxury and comfort into this fine dining destination for seafood.
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Lunch Fri. 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m; Dinner Mon.-Fri. 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Sat. 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m., Sun. 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

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Providence, Los Angeles, CA

Providence Restaurant Review

: After opening the popular seafood "shack" Connie and Ted's in West Hollywood, co-owners Michael Cimarusti and Donato Poto set about upping the ante and reinventing the look of their fine dining destination Providence. The barnacles on the wall remain, but interior design studio House of Honey injected more luxury and comfort into the décor with dark blue velvet chairs, driftwood chandeliers and custom damask wallpaper painted in gold, rose, pearl and lapis hues. In addition, the covered patio was completely enclosed to extend the dining room. The redesign also brought new lighting to the bar, where dinner (or Friday lunch) can be ordered. Other seating options include two private dining rooms, as well as the chef's table in the kitchen. Choose from the Chef's Menu ($220, $325 with wine pairing) or the Signature & Seasonal menus (four courses $115, $160 with wine pairing; seven courses $180, $265 with wine pairing). When chef Cimarusti is away, chef de cuisine Tristan Aitchison is tasked with the important role of upholding the superior standard of seafood that has been established over the years. A playful "Dark & Stormy" gelée with ginger beer foam and other amuses-bouche may precede a plate of fluke, blood orange and onion. Scrambled eggs with uni and a tableside presentation of salt-roasted Santa Barbara spot prawns have made appearances, too. Among the later courses might be striped bass, squash, shiitake and nasturtium or A5 Wagyu, sweet potato and Parmesan. Desserts have featured combinations like chocolate, pineapple and coconut with Thai flavors, and Granny Smith apple complemented by grapefruit and jasmine rice. Wine pairings open one's eyes, and the creative cocktails are worth considering as well. Service remains a high priority and contributes to Providence's status as a premium gourmet dining experience in Los Angeles.

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Average rating    5
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Providence is LA's Best
by Eat Drink LA on Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:58 am
If the goal was creating the finest seafood restaurant in Los Angeles history no one informed the Chef, everything from this kitchen is exceptional. Co-Owner and Executive Chef, Michael Cimarusti has received countless honors, awards, and accolades. Michael's passionate obsession insures perfection and amazing dining. One of only seven California restaurants the Michelin Guide honored by awarding an impressive two stars, Providence is simply the best restaurant in Los Angeles.
Interesting and Amazing
by loveBeard on Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:42 pm
Wonderful innovative menu, interesting ambiance, better than average wine list and exceptionally welcoming staff. In a city filled with a zillion restaurants, this one is on the short list.
Providence was phenomenal.
by natila on Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:00 pm
Providence restaurant was great. Service and food were awesome. My wife and I had the chef's tasting menu with wine parings and all the dishes were executed well. We especially liked the Japanese accents on some of the dishes and enjoyed the server's descriptions of the food, esp. the cheese dish. This is a must try for all lovers of fine dining and service. Cheers to them!
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