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5955 Melrose Ave. (Highland Ave.) Send to Phone
323-460-4170 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Chef Michael Cimarusti continues to maintain the reputation of this fine-dining destination for seafood in Los Angeles.

Lunch Fri. noon-2 p.m., Dinner Mon.-Fri. 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

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Providence, Los Angeles, CA

Providence Restaurant Review

About the restaurant and décor: Chef Michael Cimarusti, who co-owns Providence with Donato Poto, continues to maintain the reputation of this fine-dining destination while developing other projects in Los Angeles. (These include the popular seafood "shack" Connie and Ted's in West Hollywood, Best Girl at the Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles and Il Pesce Cucina at LA’s Eataly.) The décor, devised by interior design studio House of Honey, is a luxurious embodiment of the seafood theme, with barnacles on the wall, netting-like fixtures suspended from the ceiling, and dusky pink and dark blue ombre panels reminiscent of the sky at twilight. Additional seating options include the bar and two private dining rooms, as well as the chef's table in the kitchen.

About the food: An à la carte menu, as well as a four-course tasting menu ($95, $145 with wine pairing), is available during Friday lunch. For dinner, choose from the Chef's Tasting Menu ($240, $355 with wine pairing) or the Signature & Seasonal Tasting Menu ($185, $280 with wine pairings). 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 dishes like abalone with satsuma-imo (Japanese sweet potato), blackened lime and hijack (seaweed). 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 Pacific mackerel, matsutake and yoga (Japanese ginger) or A5 Wagyu, sunchoke and pickled nori. Desserts have featured combinations like toffee pudding with yuzu and chai ice cream.

About the drinks: 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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