The 25 Best Los Angeles Restaurants for Summer 2014


The Best LA Restaurants to Eat at Right Now

 

Cioppino (Ristorante al Mar), Chef Salvatore Sodano (Nikita, Malibu), A.O.C. by chef Suzanne Goin
Cioppino (Ristorante al Mar), Chef Salvatore Sodano (Nikita, Malibu), A.O.C. by chef Suzanne Goin

 

Summer is now in full swing in Los Angeles, with diners enjoying the famous weather that has drawn so many outsiders to the city over the years. Even with the mild winters that make patio dining a possibility year round, there’s something special about eating al fresco this time of year. From sandwiches in Hollywood and pizza in Long Beach to upscale al dente shrimp over the roar of the Pacific in Malibu, here are twenty-five restaurants that feature their outdoor space as much as the cuisine of the chef inside. Presented in alphabetical order, these are GAYOT’s 25 best restaurants to eat at, right now.

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Celebrate the Year of the Horse

by Sophie Gayot

 

If the New Year celebration based on the Gregorian calendar only lasts for a single day, it is not the case for the Chinese New Year, as it lasts fifteen days.

 

For the Gregorian calendar, celebrations are held on December 31, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day is a holiday. The lunisolar Chinese calendar determines the date of Chinese New Year, so it changes every year. For 2014, it started on January 31st under the sign of the horse, so you have until February 14 to celebrate.

 

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Where to Dine in 2014

How to find the best restaurants
Clockwise from upper left: The Church Key, Hakkasan (Beverly Hills), Lazare (Paris), Hôtel Plaza Athénée (Paris)

by Sophie Gayot
 
As 2013 has ended, aren’t you looking forward to know where to dine in 2014?
 
We have a few things that can help.
 
Listen to my latest interview on chef Jamie Gwen’s radio show, which is now syndicated throughout America, where we discussed (listen to show here):
– chef Michel Richard’s new restaurant in New York, Villard at The New York Palace;
chef Jeff Mahin’s new additions to the Chicago scene, Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria;
Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, and Sam Marvin’s Echo & Rig Butcher and Steakhouse in Las Vegas;
– then we went to Paris to talk about the major renovation going on at the Dorchester Collection’s Hôtel Plaza Athénée, and chef Eric Frechon‘s new gourmet bistro Lazare;
– we finished the journey in Los Angeles at Hakkasan, the new Chinese restaurant in Beverly Hills, and chef Steven Fretz’s The Church Key in West Hollywood, which is already so popular, it’s hard to get a table.

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Chef Curtis Stone’s First Restaurant

Chef Curtis Stone is opening his very first restaurant
Chef Curtis Stone is opening his very first restaurant


by Sophie Gayot


If Aussie Curtis Stone has become famous in the U.S. through the 81 episodes of TLC’s “Take Home Chef” TV show, he is at his roots a REAL chef. His passion and love for food started when he was just four in the kitchen of his grandmother, Maude.


At 18, he becomes a professional chef at the Savoy Hotel in Melbourne. After touring the gastronomic countries that are France, Italy and Spain to perfect his culinary education, he ended up in London with none other than the extravagant Marco Pierre White at three venues: Café Royal; Mirabelle where Curtis was the sous-chef; and Quo Vadis as the head chef. Talk about a learning experience, especially since I know how nice and courteous Curtis is!

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Celebrating Chinese New Year!

by Sophie Gayot


To celebrate the Year of the Snake, I had many dining options available. I chose to go to Joss Cuisine/Traditional in Beverly Hills, CA. It was a good pick! The restaurant has improved its cuisine, and now bears a rating of 14/20, which is one point higher than it was at my last visit. It has also been added to the GAYOT.com Top 10 Chinese Restaurants in Los Angeles list.

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