Los Angeles Restaurant News
Chef Eric Bost, who was most recently executive chef at République, is striking out on his own with auburn. auburn, 6703 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-486-6703.
Audrey at the Hammer is the new restaurant at the Hammer Museum in Westwood from restaurateur Soa Davies Forrest and chef Lisa Giffen. A modern dining room featuring a prominent tile installation from renowned Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo is augmented by a large, newly-built patio. The contemporary California menu with European flavors includes Baja kampachi crudo with makrut and fingerlime; Moro Bay black cod with mussels, fennel and saffron broth; turmeric roast chicken with charred sweetheart cabbage; and a heritage pork porterhouse with dates and espelette jus. Audrey at the Hammer, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024, 310-443-7000.
Downtown at L.A. Live Shaquille O’Neal has opened his first eatery, the eponymous Shaquille’s. The upscale casual restaurant offers Southern specialties including a signature fried chicken, oysters O’Neal, blackened snapper, shrimp and grits, bbq braised short rib, a Revier Farms rib-eye, and a Shaq burger and a Kobe burger. Find craft cocktails with an emphasis on bourbons and whiskies, local draft beers, and a wine vault. Shaquille’s, L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. A150, Los Angeles, CA 90015, 213-746-7427.
Chef Vartan Abgaryan (71Above) will partner with Dave Reiss (Salt Air) to open Yours Truly in the former Salt Air space on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in March or April. Expect a menu of seasonal California cuisine with a spotlight on local produce. Yours Truly, 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
In Woodland Hills, the folks behind Da Pasquale have opened the new upscale Italian eatery H.O.M. Menu items include a pizza with mortadella, pistachio, ricotta and shaved black truffle; pappardelle with braised short rib, caramelized onion, prosciutto and Parmigiano; osso buco with risotto; and grilled lamb chops with garlic rosemary jus. To drink find an Aperol spritz, Sardinian Vermentino or plenty of well-selected Italian reds. H.O.M., 21136 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364, 818-313-9500.
The Shelby creates a casually clubby Old Hollywood vibe on West Third Street, open late for dinner and drinks with a selection of bar-bistro fare served amidst leather and marble furnishings. Chef Sascha Lyon (Balthazar, Employees Only) offers oysters on the half shell, garlic shrimp and spicy sausage, steamed PEI mussels and fries, and a 30-day dry-aged NY steak. Cocktails from Josh Goldman include a Russian Spring Punch, Jungle Bird and the mezcal-based Rio Oaxaca; there’s also a select beer and wine menu. Dinner nightly. The Shelby, 8445 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-424-3230.
Chef Joe Miller (Joe’s) has opened a new restaurant on La Cienega, Pacifique, in the former Le Petit Bistro space. Danielle Sobel (Juku Izakaya) is chef de cuisine. Look for California dishes with Japanese accents such as Japanese scallops with uni and smoked daikon; chicken tsukune with frisée and blood orange; and "Shrimp Cloud" with shrimp, cod, mussels and garlic chive broth. Pastry chef Eliot Pardo offers up a yuzu meringue tart with lavender, and a beverage program from the Barlingual team riffs on classic cocktails. Pacifique, 631 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-359-0788.
Adam Fleischman and Jeffrey Merrihue have teamed up on Heroic Wine Bar in downtown Santa Monica, next to their sandwich shop Heroic Deli. Executive chef Barbara Pollastrini offers her take on Italian fare with a California approach. Heroic Wine Bar, 514 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-490-0202.
El Segundo's hot new Cal-Italian spot Jame Enoteca is helmed by chef/owner Jackson Kalb (Joël Robuchon, The Factory Kitchen) who sources his ingredients from a slew of local farmers and serves up fresh, house-made pastas. Look for ricotta gnocchi with pastrami “lardons” and charred cabbage; scarpinocc stuffed with braised beef cheek; and squid ink bavette with rock shrimp ragù, chilies and stracciatella. Large plates include a whole crispy branzino and braised pork shank. Lunch & Dinner daily. Jame Enoteca, 241 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245, 310-648-8554.
Trisha Langer, of LA’s famed Langer’s Deli family, has opened her own spot in WeHo on Sunset Boulevard called Daughter’s Deli. Pastrami figures strongly on the “Hot Family Classics” sandwich menu --- look for traditional hot pastrami on double baked rye with mustard, hot pastrami with Swiss, coleslaw and homemade dressing, or a double header of hot pastrami with corned beef. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Daughter's Deli, 8555 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-652-6552 .
The sleek new all-day bakery/café Fiona has opened on Fairfax, helmed by pastry chef Nicole Rucker and chef Shawn Pham (Simbal). Look for high-end bread and pastry, which are also incorporated into breakfast and lunch specialties like black garlic toast or yogurt, chutney and curry leaves on country bread. Dinner features Vietnamese beef stew, celery root pancake with smoked fish, and duck for two. Fiona, 339 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-852-3210.
Chef Christopher Émé, who made a name for himself in Los Angeles with Ortolan and L'Orangerie, is behind KASS Wine Bar & Restaurant on La Brea Avenue. KASS Wine Bar & Restaurant, 320 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-413-2299.
Sotto alums Daniel and Caitlin Cutler have opened Ronan on Melrose Avenue, a chicly casual neighborhood spot serving up seasonal share plates and wood-fired pizzas. Featured dishes include sea bass Zarandeado, pork chop “animal style,” and beef tartare with pistachio; Neapolitan-style pies come topped with the likes of nduja, house guanciale, Gorgonzola crema and butterball potato. Dinner nightly. Ronan, 7315 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, 323-917-5100.
A sprawling outpost of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse adds a luxe new dining option to the renovated Westfield Century City mall. Expect the likes of shellfish towers, foie gras, lobster and hand-cut, dry-aged steaks and chops, along with plenty of wine and cocktails. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067, 323-784-0473.
Mozza alum chef Chad Colby will open Antico restaurant, featuring handmade pastas and wood-fired Italian fare. Antico, 4653 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90004, no phone.
Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine Manufactory in San Francisco teamed up with Pizzeria Bianco chef/owner Chris Bianco on The Manufactory in downtown Los Angeles. The concept includes Tartine Bianco, an all-day restaurant, and a takeout window for coffee, sandwiches and pastries. The Manufactory, ROW DTLA, 757 Alameda St., #160, Los Angeles, CA 90021, 213-375-3315.
Tesse in West Hollywood, one of GAYOT's 2018 Best New Restaurants in the U.S., has expanded with casual sibling Tesse Cafe & Bakery. On offer are house-made pastries, coffee, tea, beer and wine, plus a weekday lunch menu with salads, hot sandwiches, pastas, heartier dishes such as steak frites, and desserts. Tesse Cafe & Bakery, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-228-2040.
Jon & Vinny's has expanded with a second location in Brentwood. This fun, modern take on the neighborhood Italian joint comes from restaurateur/chef partners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Jon & Vinny's, 11938 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-442-2733.
The ever-booming Arts District keeps ’em coming, this time with Top Chef Season 12 winner Mei Lin’s new restaurant Nightshade. Look for a sprawling, elegant space with a globally influenced, innovative Cal-Asian menu that includes dishes like beef tartare, oysters with passionfruit sauce, and a pork and tofu cream lasagna. Nightshade, 923 E. 3rd St., Ste. 109, Los Angeles, CA 90013, 213-626-8888.
At Blackship in West Hollywood, chef Keiichi Kurobe blends Italian and Japanese influences in his cuisine. The restaurant's name is inspired by the fleets of "black ships" from the West that arrived in Japan in the 16th and 19th centuries, which marked the end of the country's isolation and the start of a global cultural exchange. Blackship, 8512 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-734-7553.
LA's newest rooftop dining concept is Margot. Situated atop Culver City’s Platform design and retail center, with sweeping views of the city, the restaurant offers coastal Mediterranean cuisine of Spain and Italy. Margot, 8820 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232, 310-643-5853.
Imperial Western Beer Company is open at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. 213 Hospitality restored the former Fred Harvey Restaurant space with Art Deco style. The Hungry Cat's chef David Lentz devised a menu with oysters, house smoked pork ribs, shrimp and grits and steak frites. Imperial Western Beer Company, Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, 213-270-0035.
Fresh Look & Menu for The Milky Way
The Spielberg family is carrying on the legacy of their late mother, Leah “LeeLee” Spielberg Adler, at The Milky Way. The Kosher restaurant has gotten a new look and updated menu. The Milky Way, 9108 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, 310-859-0004.
New Name & More for Bacaro LA
Bacaro LA has been renamed Bacari West Adams, accompanied by a new look and menu items for the roster of cicchetti (bite-sized bar snacks). A full cocktail program will launch in the coming months. Bacari West Adams, 2308 S. Union Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90007, 213-453-1824.
Chef Vartan Abgaryan is moving on amicably from 71Above in order to pursue a new project in Los Angeles. Longtime colleague and chef de cuisine Javier Lopez is stepping into the executive chef spot. 71Above, U.S. Bank Tower, 633 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071, 213-712-2683.
Chef David Féau has left the kitchen at Wally's Beverly Hills to pursue new opportunities, including developing a line of fresh soups called JeCook. Wally's Beverly Hills, 447 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310-475-3540.
"Top Chef" alum Nyesha Arrington will close her Santa Monica restaurant Native after service on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Native, 620 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-458-4427.
Cafe Bizou will close its Sherman Oaks location March 31, 2019. Cafe Bizou, 14016 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, 818-788-3536.
After more than a decade in Beverly Hills, Wolfgang's Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener has closed. The restaurant is on the lookout for a new location. Wolfgang's Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener, 445 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
The charming Melrose French steakhouse L’Assiette Steak Frites has shuttered. There’s no word yet on what may replace it. L'Assiette Steak Frites, 7166 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046, no phone.
After nearly two decades of offering French-inspired fine dining in Santa Monica, chef Josiah Citrin's Mélisse has shuttered for renovations and reconcepting. The last night of service was March 2, 2019. Look for it to re-open later in the year. Mélisse, 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
Chef Josef Centeno’s soulful ode to vegetables, P.Y.T., closed in early March 2019. P.Y.T., 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, no phone.
B.S. Taqueria, a project from chef Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish) in downtown Los Angeles, will close on April 13, 2019, with plans to move to a new location. B.S. Taqueria, 514 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014, 213-622-3744.
Pitfire Artisan Pizza in North Hollywood is temporarily closed for renovations. The re-opening is scheduled for Spring 2019. Pitfire Artisan Pizza, 5211 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601, 818-980-2949.
The Walker Inn craft cocktail bar is closed February 17, 2019, after nearly four years. The Walker Inn, The Normandie Club, 3612 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles, CA 90020, No phone.
The airy Venice restaurant Salt Air has closed on Abbot Kinney. Owner Dave Reiss (Sunny Spot, A-Frame) will flip the space into Yours Truly later this spring. Salt Air, 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, no phone.
Chef-owner Akira Hirose presented the last evening service at Maison Akira on February 24, 2019. Since its opening in 1998, the Pasadena restaurant had served compelling French cooking with Pacific Rim highlights. Keep an eye out for a new venture in Little Tokyo. Maison Akira, 713 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101, no phone.
Dina and Steve Samson closed their Italian restaurant Sotto after service on January 26, 2019. They will continue to operate RossoBlù and Superfine Pizza, both located in downtown Los Angeles. Sotto, 9575 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035, no phone.
Chef/restaurateur April Bloomfield's Hearth & Hound, which had taken over the former The Cat & Fiddle location on Sunset Boulevard, has shuttered. Hearth & Hound, 6530 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, no phone.
Citizen, which served New American fare in a boho-chic space in Beverly Hills, has shuttered. Citizen, 184 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210, no phone.
After more than 40 years in business, Piero Selvaggio closed his iconic Italian restaurant, Valentino, in Santa Monica. However, Selvaggio is not leaving the hospitality business, as there are plans to open a Newport Beach restaurant. Valentino, 3115 W. Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, no phone.
The Ponte has shuttered for renovations. The Italian restaurant from Stéphane Bombet and chef Scott Conant announced via Instagram that it will be back in Spring 2019 with a new interior and new dishes. The Ponte, 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, 323-746-5130.
Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago shuttered after service on New Year's Eve. Locanda del Lago, Third Street Promenade, 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401, no phone.
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