Los Angeles Restaurant News & Culinary Events
Chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck opened the original Spago on the Sunset Strip in the 1980s, and he’ll be returning to the famed Sunset Boulevard in late 2020 with two restaurants at the Pendry West Hollywood. Merois will be an open-air, rooftop restaurant highlighting Japanese, Southeast Asian and French/California cuisine. There will be signature dishes such as Snake River Farms dry-aged tomahawk rib-eye, as well as new, seasonal creations. Ospero will be a European style café featuring an all-day menu including salads, handmade pastas, vegan dishes and house-made pizzas from a wood-burning oven. Pendry West Hollywood, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-928-9000.
Jame Enoteca chef/owner Jackson Kalb and co-owner Melissa Saka are introducing their second concept, Ospi. The name comes from ospitante (“host” in Italian), with the intention that guests will feel as comfortable as if they were at a friend’s dinner party. The menu features Californian takes on regional Italian cuisine. Ospi, 2025 Pacific Ave., Venice, CA 90291, 424-443-5007.
Chef Curtis Stone has opened Picnic Society at The Grove. This is his third restaurant in the Los Angeles area, joining Gwen and Maude. There is full-service, outdoor dining as well as a market for cheeses, charcuterie, salads and sandwiches, plus picnic provisions like blankets and miniature tables. Picnic Society, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 424-343-7057.
Leviathan joins chef Phillip Frankland Lee's Encino restaurants Scratch|Bar, Pasta|Bar and Sushi|Bar. Guests can enjoy à la carte seafood dishes in an al fresco space. Leviathan, Encino Place, 16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436, 818-876-0818.
Chef Evan Funke (Felix) presents a "love letter to the Roman pizzeria" with Fingers Crossed in Hollywood. Fingers Crossed, Dream Hollywood, 6417 Selma Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-593-7771.
VitaBowl, a source for delivery-only, plant-based meals, is a project co-founded by chef/restaurateur Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn), entrepreneur Charles Michael Yim and Miko Lorenzo (head of Food & Beverage at The Ritz-Carlton). The service has started in the Los Angeles area but plans to expand to San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, Austin and Chicago. On the menu you’ll find options like “Cali - Rejuvenate | Mood Booster,” featuring RightRice, quinoa, shaved Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, avocado crema and kombucha apple cider vinaigrette.
From the team behind Jerry's Famous Deli comes Jerry's Patio Cafe & Bar in Marina del Rey. You'll find classics like hot pastrami sandwiches and matzo ball soup, along with vegan-friendly fare. Jerry's Patio Cafe & Bar, 13181 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, 310-437-7600.
Tacocita is a fast-casual concept from Bicos Hospitality, which also operates fellow Pasadena spots Magnolia House and Gus’s Barbecue. Executive chef Michael Brown brings a from-scratch ethos, including making the mole with up to 30 different ingredients. On the menu you’ll find various tacos (BBQ Smoked Brisket, Baja Style Shrimp, Mushroom Chorizo & Potato, etc.), enchiladas, burritos, salads and more. Tacocita is open for takeout, delivery, curbside pickup and outdoor dining. Tacocita, 203 S. Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107, 626-460-8669.
Theía, the first restaurant from entrepreneur and real estate developer Max Simon, opened on August 15, 2020, in the Fairfax District. Drawing inspiration from Mykonos, the restaurant offers modern Mediterranean fare from chef Moises Placencia. Theía is open for takeout and to-go orders, available via Uber Eats, Postmates and Caviar; as well as socially distanced outdoor dining on the patio for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Theía, 8048 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-591-0059.
NUEVA on the Westside is a contemporary Mexican cantina from restaurateurs Jared Meisler (The Roger Room, The Friend) and David and Patti Reiss of the Reiss Co (Yours Truly and others). Chefs Vartan Abgaryan and Mesraim Llaneze lead the culinary team. The space features an expanded outdoor dining patio and iWave air filtration system. NUEVA, 822 Washington Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, 310-747-6050.
Market Tavern at the Farmers Market is a project from two native Brits, chef Brendan Collins (Fia) and musician/restaurant vet Gary Twinn. Patrons will find Collins' Sunday roast along with fish and chips, steak and ale pie and more. Outdoor dining is available. Market Tavern, Farmers Market, 6333 W. Third St., Ste. 706, Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-452-9299.
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Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne will hold their popular Cassoulet Night for outdoor dining at Maple Plaza. The menu will feature a salad of young greens; cassoulet de maison with duck confit, pork confit, garlic sausage and white beans; and a dessert of apple and quince galette. The cost is $65 per guest, exclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity. Takeout orders are also available. For reservations and ordering information, visit Lucques Catering on Tock.
The Providence en Voyage series features curbside pickup menus highlighting a different destination each week. In addition, chef Michael Cimarusti posts videos on the restaurant’s Instagram and Facebook that describe how best to enjoy the menu. Orders may be placed by calling 323-460-4170 or via Providence on Tock. Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-460-4170.
Enjoy bottles of wine for half price on Thursday evenings at Upper West in Santa Monica. Upper West , 3321 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-586-1111.
Lobster Thursdays are back at Jar. Enjoy a three-course, weekly-changing menu by Suzanne Tracht and Preech Narkthong on the patio or for takeout. Expect dishes like chilled Maine lobster with summer melon, mint and fried shallots; roasted lobster with baby corn, lima beans and saffron butter; and banana split (dine-in) or banana cream pie (takeout). The price is $50, excluding tax and gratuity. Jar, 8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-655-6566.
New Outdoor Dining at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air presents a new outdoor dining experience, Bel-Air Under the Stars, in partnership with Casa de Cadillac. Guests can gather around a private fire pit and roast marshmallows, as well as enjoy a light dinner. This is available for a minimum of four guests and maximum of six. There are two seatings per evening and the experience is priced at $125 per person. For reservations and more information, visit Tock. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air, Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90077, 310-909-1644.
One Pico's New Parking-Turned-Patio
Shaded by a beautiful coral tree, One Pico at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica has the most elegant parking-turned-restaurant in the Los Angeles area. See more photos of the outdoor dining and food with GAYOT's exclusive article. One Pico, Shutters on the Beach, One Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, 310-458-0030.
Re-opening of Jean-Georges Beverly Hills Terrace
Jean-Georges Beverly Hills at Waldorf Astoria re-opened on October 1, 2020, with socially distanced terrace dining. Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and executive chef Steve Benjamin have created a new eight-course tasting menu offered Thursday through Saturday evenings with seatings at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Among the courses are toasted organic egg yolk with caviar and dill; king crab risotto with black pepper and dill; caramelized Wagyu beef tenderloin with a beet-red wine reduction and potato dauphinoise; and warm chocolate cake. New dishes will be introduced each month. The tasting menu is priced at $180 (exclusive of tax and gratuity) per person with optional wine pairings for $140. To make a reservation, please call 310-860-6700. Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-860-6700.
Foie Gras in California
Californians can once again enjoy foie gras, but there are still some restrictions. Find out more with GAYOT's coverage of the recent foie gras ruling.
Exciting Changes at Drago Centro
Piero Selvaggio, the owner of the legendary, now-defunct Valentino, has joined the team at Celestino Drago's Drago Centro. Read more about the exciting new changes at the restaurant with GAYOT's coverage. Drago Centro, City National Plaza, 525 S. Flower St., Ste. 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-228-8998.
Outdoor Dining at Delilah
West Hollywood's Delilah has introduced a new al fresco dining space that's open Thursday through Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. Delilah, 7969 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046, 323-745-0600.
Ocean Prime Reopens for Outdoor Dining
Modern American supper club Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills has reopened its beautiful terrace for outdoor dining. Read more of GAYOT's coverage. Ocean Prime, 9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-859-4818.
After more than 20 years in California, chef Nick Liberato has returned to the Philadelphia area. We will miss the culinary creations he made at Venice Whaler. Venice Whaler, 10 W. Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292, 310-821-8737.
Chef Aitor Zabala has parted ways with chef José Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup. Most recently, he had collaborated on the fine-dining concept Somni, which is now closed, at SLS Beverly Hills.
Napa Valley Grille in Westwood has shuttered. Napa Valley Grille, Westwood Center, 1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, no phone.
Cafe Del Rey, which featured panoramic views of the Marina, has closed in Marina del Rey. Cafe Del Rey, 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, no phone.
Madeo Beverly Hills is closed. Meanwhile, the original Beverly Boulevard location will not reopen. Madeo, 362 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
The Bellwether, which served seasonal California cuisine in Studio City, has closed its doors. The Bellwether, 13251 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604, no phone.
Preux & Proper, DTLA's destination for Southern food and hospitality, has shuttered. Preux & Proper, 840 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, no phone.
Patina, the flagship restaurant of Joachim Splichal's Patina Restaurant Group and one of GAYOT's 2019 Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., has closed. Patina, Walt Disney Concert Hall, 141 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012, no phone.
Somni and The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Beverly Hills have closed permanently. The hotel's ownership has terminated the agreement with chef/restaurateur José Andrés's ThinkFoodGroup. A brand new restaurant is serving food created by the ex-Bazaar team remaining at the hotel. Expect none of the previous dishes. Somni, SLS Hotel Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, no phone.
Broken Spanish, the innovative Mexican restaurant from chef Ray Garcia, has shuttered due to the ongoing issues of the pandemic. Broken Spanish, Met Lofts, 1050 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA 90015, no phone.
Ludo Lefebvre's Trois Mec will not return. Neighboring restaurant Petit Trois remains open for takeout, while the Sherman Oaks location offers takeout and outdoor dining. Trois Mec, 716 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, no phone.
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