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Local photographer Catherine Opie is having her moment at top L.A. museums, and cultural venues host special after-hours events. The L.A. Marathon, Air + Style fest and a boat show beckon Angelenos outdoors.

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Roku’s teppanyaki grills heat up the Sunset Strip; revamped Rose Café-Restaurant has Venice diners feeling rosy; and Maru offers sublime French/ Japanese cuisine on Wilshire.


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STARSTRUCK A couple of years ago, I brought outof-town visitors to Gjelina in Venice for brunch, and, to our astonishment, we were seated at a table next to Jay Z and Beyoncé. Everyone on the patio was playing it cool—Gjelina is not the kind of place where people request selfies or gawk—but we were all very aware of the stars’ presence. I felt like the host of the century for delivering pop royalty to my guests, and I admit to being pretty starstruck myself. You’re not going to find scandalous paparazzi or who-wore-it-best pics on our pages, but we at Where still love to show off L.A.’s star power, at full wattage during awards season, which includes the Grammy Awards (Feb. 15 at Staples Center) and culminates with the Academy Awards (Feb. 28 at the Dolby Theatre). Every year, our celebrity-themed issue gives us an excuse to check out all of the glamorous places where the stars shop, primp and dine—and to investigate how you, too, can get a little bit of that stardust and maybe even spot a celeb yourself (check out p. 16 to see what we uncovered). Want a guaranteed star sighting? Head to the Ahmanson Theatre downtown to see Sean Hayes’ wickedly funny performance in An Act of God (read my interview with the L.A.-based

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OPENING FEB. 6 GO WEST See and buy works by Western artists at the Autry’s annual Masters of the American West show (see below). p. 76 OPENING FEB. 9 SILVER STRINGS FIDM’s 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design displays costumes from last year’s top films. p. 76 OPENING FEB. 12 NATIONAL TREASURE National Parks Adventure 3D debuts on the California Science Center’s Imax screen. p. 76

ALL MONTH THE BIG PICTURE A pre-eminent figure in contemporary photography, Catherine Opie is also an important part of L.A.’s art community. Now, her work is the subject of two concurrent exhibitions: MOCA Pacific Design Center’s Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road (a study of Elizabeth Taylor’s home) and the Hammer Museum’s Catherine Opie: Portraits (which includes the portrait of Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy pictured above). Still can’t get enough? On Feb. 13, LACMA debuts Catherine Opie: O, a photographic look at sadomasochism. p. 76



1 FIRST FRIDAYS > FEB. 5  The Natural History Museum’s concert series combines learning with sets by DJs and hip bands (see left). This month, catch Boulevards and the Hood Internet. p. 76

HERE FOR THE WEEKEND? Go to for the Weekend Roundup, where you can get the lowdown on the coolest festivals, performingarts events, dining promotions and more.

4 L.A. MARATHON > FEB. 14  This year’s city-spanning marathon is a labor of love; runners will travel from Dodger Stadium to the sea on Valentine’s Day. p. 73 5 AIR + STYLE > FEB. 20-21  The Shaun White-presented action-sports festival is back with a lineup of athletes, plus music headliners Incubus and Haim, at Exposition Park. p. 73

2 SLEEPLESS: THE MUSIC CENTER AFTER HOURS > FEB. 5  See the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in a whole new light at this free cultural event that boasts music, video installations and sonic sculptures. p. 74

6 PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE LOS ANGELES BOAT SHOW > FEB. 25-28  Shop for sailboats, motorboats, yachts and more at concurrent shows downtown and in Marina del Rey. p. 73

3 CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL > FEB. 13 Celebrate the new year all over again at this family-friendly event in Chinatown featuring the 117th annual Golden Dragon Parade, a craft-beer garden, food trucks and live music. p. 73

7 LOS ANGELES TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW > FEB. 27-28  Travel to the Long Beach Convention Center to quench—or spark—your wanderlust with exotic foods, live music and more at the nation’s largest travel show. p. 73

FEB. 13, 20, 24, 28 MAGIC MOMENT True love conquers all in the L.A. Opera’s version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. p. 74 FEB. 20 TOTALLY TUBULAR Flash back 35 years at the Forum’s iHeart80s Party. p. 74 OPENING FEB. 21 LEAP OF FAITH Leap Before You Look, an exhibition on North Carolina’s influential Black Mountain College, hits the Hammer. p. 76 ALL MONTH KING OF SOUL The Grammy Museum pays homage to Otis Redding with its new Respect! exhibition. p. 76



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Playing With Fire The Sunset Strip dining scene is sizzling, thanks to the addition of Roku, an elevated teppanyaki and sushi restaurant that serves as the new flagship concept for IDG, the group behind Boa Steakhouse and Sushi Roku. The expansive indoor-outdoor space features a patio, where guests order à la carte, and a back room housing a sushi bar and four teppanyaki grills. Take a seat at one of the communal grill tables to ogle the seasoned teppan chefs’ juggling skills and artful preparation of high-quality proteins that include A-5 Japanese wagyu beef and Santa Barbara spot prawns. Or sidle up to the walnut bar for traditional sushi and sashimi or an inventive six-course omakase option. And don’t forget a selection from the drink menu, which boasts sake, wine, signature cocktails, Japanese beer and an impressive selection of Japanese whiskeys. Dinner, drinks and a pyrotechnic show? Check. p. 66

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BACK IN BLOOM Venice’s Rose Café-Restaurant, a neighborhood favorite since 1979, is blooming again after a recent revamping. The industrial-yet-cheery space now boasts a bustling open kitchen helmed by O.C.-native chef Jason Neroni, an installation by local-native artist C.R. Stecyk, two inviting patios, a main dining room, a bar and, soon, a vegetable garden. An impressive catalog of breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner offerings is complemented with housemade breads and pastas, plus a cocktail menu by Julian Cox and Nick Meyer. Dishes such as lamb shawarma pizza, OG meatballs and fried chicken with red-wine glaze (pictured above, the dish is part of the café’s casual nighttime Hearth menu, served on the beer-garden patio and at the bar) don’t disappoint. Happily for Venice diners, everything here is coming up roses. 220 Rose Ave., Venice, 310.399.0711,

More Maru When one foodie in your party is in the mood for sushi and another is craving steak, impress both at Maru, a French/Japaneseinspired restaurant quietly setting the culinary standard along the Wilshire Corridor. Classically trained chef Jason Park, who grew up surrounded by Japanese and Korean cooking, gained a cult following at

the first Maru in Valencia and then at dessert-centric Ramekin in Los Feliz. In the spacious and sophisticated new Maru, Park’s versatility shines in such seasonal dishes as pistachio-crusted scallops with karashi, honey and Bloomsdale spinach. A 17-seat sushi bar, helmed by sushi master Itsuroku Kimura, offers one of the largest collections of ike-

jime fish, flown in overnight from Japan, and the cocktail program boasts Matthew Biancaniello’s market-driven concoctions. It’s not just the menu that ticks all the boxes—Maru is open for lunch, dinner, coffee, pastries and even to-go (check website for hours). 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 150, L.A., 424.832.7118,

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angeles of film, but also a passion for the art of acting. [During] the same time period, I used to lock myself in my room on a Saturday night and watch [Saturday Night Live]. Martin Short, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey … those guys were my idols. How has being a producer affected your approach to acting and vice versa? When I started Hazy Mills with Todd Milliner, I did so because I’ve always been fascinated with how things are made. ... And ever since we started producing together, I have [had] an entirely new appreciation, respect and overall awareness of all departments. ... However, when I’m not producing something, it makes my acting gigs more fun. There [are fewer] pieces of the puzzle I have to personally attend to, and it frees me up to give more focus to character study and interpretation of dialogue.


HAYES ALMIGHTY An Act of God, the hit Broadway comedy from former The Daily Show With Jon Stewart head writer and executive producer David Javerbaum, has descended upon the City of Angels. Channeling the Big Guy himself is the divine Sean Hayes, who earned stardom (and an Emmy) as Jack McFarland on Will & Grace. Since then, the Chicago-born, L.A.-based talent has racked up Tony and Grammy nods for his work onstage and produced such hits as Grimm with his Hazy Mills Productions. Read on to see what Hayes has to say about his creative process and his local haunts, then head to the Ahmanson to hear His message (see p. 73). Can we get an amen? —Suzanne Ennis As a kid in Chicago, what attracted you to performing? When I was 11 years old, my brother took me to see E.T. for my birthday, and I cried like a baby at the end. I told my brother afterwards that I’d give anything to be that kid in the movie. He said, “Yeah, a lot of kids out there

would give anything to have an experience like Elliott,” and I said, “No, I meant I’d give anything to be Henry Thomas, who got the opportunity to star in something that brilliant.” That’s when my mind shifted into becoming aware of the business side of acting—that I didn’t just have a love

Do you prefer working in film, on the small screen or onstage? I love making films when given the opportunity. They seem to be much more fulfilling, artistically. That said, my time on Will & Grace was such a wonderful showcase for me, and I’m forever grateful. That being said, there’s nothing like the immediacy of performing live onstage. It scares the s--- out of me, and I think that’s why I do it. What do you look for in a role? I look to see if it’s a role that I can portray authentically. Audiences are far too smart these days and can immediately sense when someone is miscast. I never want to be perceived that way. How did you feel about taking on the role of the Almighty in An Act of God? The same as I felt taking on the role of the devil in Damn Yankees.

How long have you lived in L.A.? Twenty years. Six more and I’ll have lived here longer than my hometown of Chicago. What’s your favorite place to eat after a rehearsal or show? I love Craig’s, Il Piccolino and Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya in West Hollywood. Marino’s in Hollywood. I also love the Tower Bar at the Tower Hotel on Sunset—day or night. But one of my all-time faves is Pie ‘n Burger in Pasadena. Worth the trip. What kind of music do you like, and where do you go to hear live music in L.A.? Having studied classical my whole life, I have an appreciation for all genres, with the exception of, maybe, heavy metal—unless for comical use. I particularly love the feel and experience of Disney Hall. It reminds me of some of the concert halls in Chicago. What else would your perfect day out and about in L.A. entail? I also love the Huntington gardens in Pasadena. I sometimes go alone and love the quiet there.   It’s awards season. How do you get “red-carpet ready”? You’re lookin’ at it. Do you want to borrow it?  DETAILS Craig’s, 8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.276.1900; Il Piccolino, 350 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.659.2220; The Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya, 8420 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9536; Marino Ristorante, 6001 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.466.8812; Tower Bar, 8358 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6677; Pie ‘n Burger, 913 E. California Blvd., Pasadena, 626.795.1123; Walt Disney Concert Hall, p. 74; Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, p. 76


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Celebrity Style All About the Hair Sally Hershberger got her big break styling Olivia NewtonJohn’s hair on the singer’s “Physical” tour. Since then, she’s worked with top models and photographers; lists Meg Ryan, John Mayer and Jane Fonda as loyal clients; and styled Vanity Fair’s Hollywood Issue cover (March 2016). The trailblazer and two top stylists from her West Hollywood salon see several hair trends emerging. Colorist Corey Powell says now is the time for shorter, platinum hair, as seen on Michelle Williams and Jennifer Lawrence. “We’re also seeing the presence of golden-apricot blond on Margot Robbie and Adele, as well as

deep golden rich browns, warm golden reds and highlights on brunettes in cool golden tones,” he adds. Red-carpet looks will include undone updos and wavy “lobs” (long bobs). For Rapunzel-like locks, celebrity stylist Jonathan Colombini says extensions are popular, thanks to their instant gratification. “Short hair is very in right now, and knowing an extension service is a call away makes change even sweeter,” he says. “And let’s be honest: Long, thick and flowy hair will always be sexy!” As for striking a mane pose, on the red carpet or off, Hershberger’s advice is to put your back to the camera and then turn your face toward the lens. “Your hair will cascade down the back of your outfit, or the pose will show the intricate design of your updo,” she says. “It’s all about the hair, and you should show it off!” To transition your style from awards show to party, she suggests pinning loose curls

into a low textured bun. “Always keep bobby pins and a couple of elastics close by in case you want to quickly change your look into something more casual.” For on-the-go touch-ups: her popular 24K Supreme Stylist Dry Shampoo (mini, $12), available at  Sally Hershberger Los Angeles, 760 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.854.4922, Call to make an appointment with Sally, Corey or Jonathan.

Face Time Bobbi Brown, founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, says strobing—highlighting taken to the next level—is the latest makeup trend among celebrities as well as noncelebs. “It’s a lit-from-

within glow that focuses on the areas where the light naturally hits your face,” she says. To highlight eyes, choose a light shade of shadow that complements your skin tone—try Silver Heather, Opal or Goldstone from her new line of long-wear cream shadows ($26)—and apply a small amount on the brow bone or at the inner corners of the eyes. Magnify eyelashes with Eye Opening Mascara ($30) and pair with a creamy matte lip color to modernize the look. When it comes to red-carpetready makeup essentials, Brown recommends wearing long-wear foundation, eye makeup and brow products and keeping lip color, blotting papers, a blush and under-eye concealer close by for touch-ups.  Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Saks Fifth Avenue, 9600 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.275.4211; visit for more than 40 additional locations in and around L.A.

Sarah Dandashy {Concierge, Les Clefs d’Or, The London West Hollywood} How can I get a ticket to the Academy Awards show? You either have to be invited as a guest of someone who is attending or invited to be a seat filler. Even applying to be a seat filler for the Oscars is tough, as

the Academy is very selective on who they allow to fill extra seats. Don't be totally bummed—it is easier to apply as a seat filler to other award shows through companies such as Audiences Unlimited (p. 75) and 1iota.

It’s illegal to sell tickets to the Academy Awards. Where do the stars hang out after the Grammy Awards? There is the official Grammys party that takes place

at the Staples Center after the awards—the bash is huge and always a great time. But, usually, the party moves to other hot spots around town, like the Chateau Marmont and top clubs like 1 Oak (p. 79).

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It’s awards season, when the world’s most accomplished entertainers get together to paint the town red. Our little black book spills secrets on celebrity hangouts and where to get the star treatment. Plus, we’ve consulted with industry experts about style trends and beauty tips and tricks that work both on and off the red carpet. Are you ready for the show? By Marina Chetner


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Gwyneth Paltrow at the 2015 Academy Awards. Opposite, from left: Sally Hershberger; Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder and Eye Opening Mascara

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Clockwise: Cate Blanchett, glowing in Givenchy, at the 2016 Golden Globes; Emma Stone, then Reese Witherspoon, at the 2015 Oscars; the lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Spa downtown

See and Be Seen Cuisine Star-spotting is at an all-time high during awards season. Bouchon Bistro, chef Thomas Keller’s restaurant overlooking Beverly Cañon Gardens, counts Ryan Seacrest and Robert Downey Jr. as investors. Other regulars include Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and Kyle MacLachlan, who is in town for the Twin Peaks remake. The bistro hosts an invite-only Billboard 100 Grammy event in February, but downstairs, Bar Bouchon serves an Oscars power breakfast to the

public Feb. 14-March 1 from 7-10 am. Nearby, Hollywood magnet Culina has hosted Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong’o and Witherspoon and draws Hollywood agents from WME, UTA and Gersh Agency, who meet over branzino, crudo and spaghetti alla chitarra in the dining-room booths or on the upper patio. (The Sunday brunch is spectacular, too.) And tucked beneath a Century City condo tower is a restaurant serving up top-notch pan-Asian cuisine and celebrity sightings: Hinoki & the Bird. Popular with Hollywood’s

power players and top talent— Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz were recently spotted dining together here—the restaurant is right across the street from CAA. On the menu are confit duck and chili jam, Hokkaido scallop ceviche and miso-marinated salmon with smoked butter beans. Try the delicious Tangerine Caipirissima rum cocktail.  Bouchon Bistro, 235 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9910,  Culina, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.273.2222,  Hinoki & the Bird, 10 W. Century Drive, L.A., 310.552.1200,

Complexion Perfection Spa treatments help celebs relax and get photo-ready before hitting the red carpet. You, too, can feel like a Pretty Woman at the Spa at Beverly Wilshire, whose Rose Diamond Facial ($395) by Natura Bissé—Beyoncé and Cate Blanchett are fans—combines a three-step deep glycolic cleanse with diamond-infused creams for instant radiance. At the Beverly Hilton, home of the Golden Globe Awards, the Aqua Star Babor Beauty Spa offers a Red Carpet Ready Facial that boosts circulation and tightens facial muscles with microcurrent technology ($195). For skin

resurfacing, try the 60-minute iS Clinical Fire & Ice Facial ($215) at Sea Wellness Spa that hydrates with hot and cold masks before a brightening vitamin C-serum treatment. If it works for Halle Berry … For the finishing touch to your smooth, supple skin, head to the glam Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles for the Champagne

& Shimmer Body Treatment ($230). The treatment starts with a grape-seed exfoliation followed by a buttery massage and a dusting of 24-karat-gold powder—perfect for dazzling at the Grammys, which take place at the nearby Staples Center.  Spa at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel), 9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.275.5200,  Aqua Star Babor Beauty Spa at the Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.274.7777,  Sea Wellness Spa at Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310.581.5533,


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Svelte Secrets Many celebs swear by juice cleanses and plant-based diets to stay looking and feeling fit. Chrissy Teigen, Common and pop star Ellie Goulding (Will and Kate’s wedding singer) love Beaming, a superfood café whose multiday cleanses include juices as well as soups, salads and superfood snacks. Moon Juice followers include actress Rooney Mara, music producer Diplo and makeup artist Bobbi Brown. The Goodness Greens and Gingered Lemon juices are megadetoxifiers that reduce bloat. For a healthy glow and an endorphin high, though, nothing beats a calorie-torching class at SoulCycle. After a few sessions, you’ll be ready to strut down the red carpet à la Selena Gomez—a fellow SoulCycle enthusiast.

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Fame and Fashion For winning ensembles, take a cue from this year’s Golden Globes red carpet. Award winner Brie Larson stole the show in a gold beaded halter gown by Calvin Klein; Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley shimmered in Saint Laurent; and Jennifer Lawrence made a statement with Chopard diamonds. Delicate dresses lent a feminine touch—actress Leslie Mann looked ethereal in a rose Monique Lhuillier gown—and white frocks stood out on stars

From left: Rooney Mara at the 2016 Golden Globes; Lupita Nyong’o at the 2015 Oscars; Brie Larson, then Jennifer Lawrence, at the 2016 Globes

Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox and Alicia Vikander. For men, L.A.-based stylist Julie Ricker (who works with Zac Efron and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) says the current trend calls for monochromatic patterns on solid-color fabrics: “Dolce & Gabbana offer a wide range of subtle pattern on same-color two- and three-piece suits.” English actor David Oyelowo brought his A-game to the Globes red carpet in a printed mauve tuxedo designed by the Italian duo. L.A. is also a top spot for picking up off-duty looks. Ricker says her clients love luxury cashmere brand the Elder Statesman and adds that the newly opened Rick Owens boutique is another client favorite.

 Calvin Klein Collection,

available at Opening Ceremony, 451 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.1120,  Saint Laurent, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Suite 746, L.A., 310.657.4019,  Monique Lhuillier flagship, 8485 Melrose Place, L.A., 323.655.1088,  Dolce & Gabbana Men’s Boutique, 314 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8701,  The Elder Statesman, 607 Huntley Drive, West Hollywood, 424.288.4221,  Rick Owens, 819 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.931.4960,

Jeanne Mills {CHEF CONCIERGE, LES CLEFS D’OR, BEVERLY WILSHIRE, BEVERLY HILLS} The Vanity Fair party may be the hottest ticket in town. How can I get in? The official award-show after-parties are not for sale to the general public; however, our concierge has the right contacts not only for the Vanity Fair annual after-party, but also to

some of the other hot red-carpet after-parties throughout the award season. What do fans have to do to cheer the stars on at the Oscars red carpet? The red-carpet bleacher seats are distributed in a

somewhat similar fashion to a ticket lottery that you must sign up for via a website. Plan ahead if you want to attend, as people start signing up a year in advance for a shot at getting these highly coveted seats ( Beverly Wilshire’s restaurant, The

Blvd (9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.385.3901), will host an Oscars viewing party in partnership with Moët & Chandon on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 4-7 pm, complete with a photo booth, celebratory cocktails and light bites.


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Meat Done Well Los Angeles chefs are increasingly infatuated with meat, applying sophisticated, handcrafted techniques to world-class proteins.

The outsider’s perception of the Los Angeles dining scene frequently involves images of models picking at salads, or trend-conscious chefs using tweezers to meticulously arrange microgreens. While these practices certainly occur in local restaurants, they are not the dominant trend: In L.A., both chefs and diners are currently obsessed with meat. From platters of charcuterie to massive slabs of generously marbled Kobe beef, internationally inspired meat dishes are turning Angelenos into major-league carnivores. Contemporary steakhouses, Brazilian churrascarias and Korean-barbecue restaurants are all enormously popular. In addition to the cultural diversity involved, what distinguishes the meat scene in L.A. is a passionate commitment to artisanal practices. Downtown L.A.’s Arts District, a swath of crumbling, largely vacant factories, is

rapidly transforming into a collection of trendy galleries, bistros, boutiques, industrialchic office spaces and stylish lofts. Bestia was one of the first restaurants to make the A.D. a major culinary destination, thanks to chef Ori Menashe’s handmade pasta and his bold, in-your-face flavors. The restaurant’s design features chandeliers crafted from vintage meat hooks hanging over a marble counter, not far from a glass-ensconced curing chamber for Menashe’s artisanal meats. At Bestia, all meats are procured locally, then butchered and cured in the restaurant’s own kitchen, thereby maintaining control over the entire process. The charcuterie selection includes fennel-pollen salami, speck, duck prosciutto, lardo, coppa di testa (head cheese), bresaola and basturma. Ordering a platter for the table, with mostarda and grilled rustic bread, is one of the best ways to ease into the Bestia experience. Mélisse, awarded a pair of Michelin stars for its modern French cuisine, is about the

closest thing L.A. has to a bona fide temple of gastronomy. Now chef/owner Josiah Citrin has introduced Charcoal in Venice, a casual spot where everything is cooked over an open flame. At Charcoal, 20-something chef Joseph Johnson, a Citrin protégé, cooks premiumgrade proteins and farmers-market produce with very few sauces to mask any mistakes in execution. The menu includes beef-heart and lamb tartare, smoked and grilled bonein short rib, grilled lobster and a colossal, 48-ounce dry-aged porterhouse. Butchers & Barbers is an American bistro from Jonnie and Mark Houston, the twin brothers whose collection of hip Hollywood watering holes has furthered the district’s resurgence. A full menu of well-executed fare is what distinguishes B&B from the brothers’ other enterprises. All meats that go onto the formidable charcuterie platter are cured in-house by executive chef Luke Reyes, who whole-beast butchers on-site. The charcute-




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Maple Block Meat Co.’s brisket sandwich

Carnivore Club Barrel & Ashes 11801 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.623.8883 Belcampo Meat Co. 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.744.8008 Bestia 2121 E. 7th Place, downtown, 213.514.5724 BierBeisl Imbiss Spring Arcade Bldg., 541 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.935.8035 Butchers & Barbers 6531 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.1464 Charcoal 425 W. Washington Blvd., Venice, 310.751.6794 Maple Block Meat Co. 3973 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, 310.313.6328 Odys + Penelope 127 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.939.1033 Terrine 8265 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5130

guests. In addition, meats are smoked over indigenous Southern California peach wood, an attempt to distinguish this ’cue from the hickory-perfumed meats of the Deep South or the fragrance of oak prevalent in Texas. The beef brisket, however, has the kind of gorgeous bark and smoke ring that you’d find in the Lone Star State, and for lunch, it’s layered into a soft-but-sturdy challah bun along with red slaw, pickled shallots and an herbal green sauce. Pork spareribs are juicy and succulent, and at dinnertime, a whole roasted chicken, finished over a wood grill, pairs beautifully with biscuits, a killer mac and cheese or smoked peewee potatoes with Espelette pepper and crème fraîche. In the evening hours, the best seats in the house are the stools at the maple-block cutting board. They afford an up-close-and-personal

view of Cole—he’s the partner who was born in Texas and raised in North Carolina—and his designer-denim-apron-clad crew turning out a quintessentially L.A. brand of ’cue. Influential husband-and-wife restaurateurs Quinn and Karen Hatfield call their newest place, Odys + Penelope, a modern churrasco and grill. Located a few doors from the couple’s casual Sycamore Kitchen in La Brea Avenue’s burgeoning design district, Odys + Penelope is partially inspired by a Brazilian churrascaria. Here everything is ordered à la carte, and the joy of tucking into big slabs of grilled meat permeates the room. The menu features churrasco porchetta with plum-and-pluot mostarda, slow-grilled tri-tip with the house’s special béarnaise sauce, and a massive hunk of applewoodsmoked short rib with a sweet, Westernstyle barbecue sauce. There are notable vegetarian dishes as well, such as shaved Brussels sprouts with almonds, capers and dried apricots. In the spirit of a genuine churrascaria, the menu offers a dry-aged sirloin cap, a cut commonly referred to as picanha in São Paulo. With Karen Hatfield’s credentials as a pastry chef—think brownbutter crostata with macerated strawberries and lemon-verbena ice cream—the finales are not to be missed. Chef Kris Morningstar has long been regarded as one of the city’s top charcuterie specialists, and at Terrine, he continues to present artisanal cured meats and terrines for a trendy crowd. The restaurant’s beloved charcuterie plate, served on a wood board, generally includes andouille sausage, pork rillettes and a rustic pâté, along with velvety truffled chicken-liver mousse and condiments. Although Terrine has French roots, the spirit of this brasserie is pure California, and there are few settings in L.A. as lovely as this restaurant’s secluded, shady patio. In 2012, BierBeisl arrived in Beverly Hills and, sadly, disappeared before most people could experience it—but not before chef/ owner Bernhard Mairinger nabbed a James Beard Award nomination. Fortunately, he just opened BierBeisl Imbiss in downtown’s revitalized Spring Arcade Building, a more casual version of the original concept. Warmed by exposed brick and tabletops clad in wood salvaged from an old neighborhood gymnasium, this is a casual place to enjoy a handcrafted bratwurst with a German beer or a remarkably good Wiener schnitzel with a glass of Austrian wine.



rie is great for snacking on while sipping a cocktail that cleverly combines rye whiskey, amaretto, black-walnut bitters and a Chartreuse-flamed artichoke. It’s also the perfect prelude to an 18-ounce fennel-pollen-dusted pork chop with plum/pine-nut gremolata or a hanger steak with Point Reyes blue cheese. Belcampo Meat Co., which raises cattle on a 12,000-acre ranch in Northern California, now operates a premium butchery at downtown’s reinvigorated Grand Central Market. There, you can find virtually anything, noseto-tail, for your home kitchen or enjoy a lamb burger or pulled-pork Benedict right there at the market. The company also operates a fullservice restaurant of the same name in Santa Monica: a handsome, unfussy place with an adjoining butcher shop. Guests might begin with tallow chips and Taleggio cheese, grilled beef heart with salsa verde or goat tartare before proceeding to short ribs or steak frites. It’s not Kansas City or Memphis, but L.A. has always been a respectable barbecue town, although most of the good joints were opened by transplants from those places where ’cue is like a religion. Although Phillips and Bludso’s serve sensational slowcooked, smoked meats, the spotlight now is on upscale barbecue, and one of the most notable spots is Studio City’s Barrel & Ashes. Simple smoked meats may sound like an odd choice for accomplished chef/owner Timothy Hollingsworth—the former chef de cuisine at the French Laundry also launched the Broad museum-adjacent Otium downtown—but this is no ordinary barbecue. At Barrel & Ashes, currently one of the toughest reservations in the Valley, protein is sourced from the finest ranches and butchers, and no compromises are made in the quality of the local produce. As a result, the Frito pie served here is nothing like the one you may have concocted in college, and it’s paired not with a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon but cocktails from esteemed mixologist Julian Cox. The succulent shards of pulled pork originate at Idaho’s Salmon Creek Farms, and regulars swear that the Best Damn Chick’n Sandwich isn’t just hyperbole. Further demonstrating that barbecue is trending in L.A. is Culver City’s Maple Block Meat Co., opened by fine-dining chefs Adam Cole (the Bazaar, Ink.) and Daniel Weinstock (Spago). Humanely raised animals are butchered on-site to keep the chefs emotionally connected to the product—a sense of commitment that definitely trickles down to


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where abouts Los Angeles is the most populous county in the nation and among the most culturally diverse. Its 4,000 square miles encompass dozens of cities and more than 200 neighborhoods, each with its own vibe. The pages that follow will guide you through the most visited among them, pointing out starring attractions and uncovering hidden gems along the way.



















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➺It’s only 5 square miles, but Beverly Hills looms large in pop culture as a posh locale that boasts some The Mansions

The launch of Beverly Hills’ glamorous reputation dates to the early 20th century, when the then-new Beverly Hills Hotel ushered in a frenzy of movie-star mansionbuilding in the hills north of Sunset Boulevard. Today, the population of 35,000 is more diverse than the region’s moniker Tinseltown might suggest. Nonetheless, the triumvirate of Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills and Bel-Air still attracts its share of famous residents. Hop on the Beverly Hills Trolley Tour, or book ahead with Starline Tours, to see notable homes in the ‘hood, along with other local landmarks packed into the city’s 5 square miles. Among the more storied and oft-filmed estates nestled in the hills is the 19th-century English Revival-style Greystone Park & Mansion, whose graceful city-owned grounds are open for strolling.

Rodeo Drive + Golden Triangle

From Greystone, head west on Sunset Boulevard, then hang on to your wallet as you turn south onto Rodeo Drive. After passing through a tony residential neighborhood, you enter the shopping district known as

the Golden Triangle, bounded by Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards and Cañon Drive. Burberry, Saint Laurent and Gucci each recently debuted new or renovated flagships on Rodeo, reminding retailers that 90210 is still the most prestigious ZIP code in the States. Ascend the Italian-esque side street to fine-art destination Galerie Michael and Tiffany & Co., perched atop Two Rodeo. Pause for the quintessential Beverly Hills snapshot before continuing on to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (of Pretty Woman fame) at the south end of Rodeo Drive. Continuing west, pass Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and recently revamped Barneys New York, the reigning luxury retail titans along this stretch of Wilshire. At Santa Monica Boulevard, you hit the Beverly Hilton hotel, which rolls out 30,000 square feet of red carpet annually to host the Golden Globe Awards.

The Industry + the Arts

Beverly Hills isn’t all shopping sprees and gated estates: Talent agencies William Morris Endeavor and United Talent Agency are just two of the entertainment businesses based

here. Rub shoulders with the power-lunchers at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon or Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago on Cañon, or grab dinner and a jazz performance at Spaghettini & the Dave Koz Lounge just up the street. The city’s cultural treasure troves include the Paley Center for Media and the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, both of which hold screenings. There is even more cultural programming at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, which transformed the historic Beverly Hills Post Office into an entertainment destination.

Century City

Heading west from Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Boulevard, you enter the 0.7-squaremile modern acropolis of Century City. ICM Partners and Creative Artists Agency are located here, as are a Fox Studios lot and countless legal, financial, entertainment and hospitality firms. But those outside the biz won’t be excluded. Past Avenue of the Stars, you hit the upscale Westfield Century City shopping center, with luxury boutiques and dining venues to rival those of Beverly Hills.


of the priciest mansions in L.A. County, not to mention the world’s most recognizable ZIP code. Rodeo Drive, perhaps the world’s most famous shopping street, offers virtually every luxury fashion brand.


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new in town Canon Club

Seafood, farmersmarket-driven dishes and beautiful craft cocktails are on the menu at this Cañon Drive spot.  340 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.858.4500

Scotch & Soda

Not a bar but a vintage-inspired clothing boutique for men and women, this shop marks the Amsterdam brand’s fourth Euroboho outpost in SoCal.  365 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.284.7300


The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills’ swanky new poolside restaurant features a menu by chef Michael Hung (Faith & Flower), 1950s-inspired cocktails and a midcenturymodern design by Kelly Wearstler.  9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791

Storefronts along North Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Opposite, from left: Welcome to Beverly Hills; the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


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The pedestrian-friendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafés among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings.

Nearby on Constellation Boulevard, epicures are drawn to Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Hinoki & the Bird, inside the towering residential complex the Century. (Candy Spelling claims the top two floors.) The Annenberg Space for Photography displays cutting-edge exhibits of digital and print photography.


A few miles northeast of Century City is the University of California, Los Angeles, one of the top public universities in the country. Visitors are welcome at several university attractions, including the Fowler Museum at UCLA and the outdoor Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden on the north campus, the planetarium on the south campus and the 7-acre Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens. The free Hammer Museum is nearby and houses Impressionist paintings, as well as cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions. Paid parking is available in UCLA lots and structures throughout the 419-acre campus.

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Westwood Village

Just south of the campus, the pedestrianfriendly Westwood Village features independent shops and cafés among its Mediterranean Revival and art deco buildings, as well as two landmark movie theaters at the intersection of Broxton and Weyburn avenues: the 1936 marquee-wrapped Bruin theater and the Fox theater across the street. Built circa 1931, the Fox is a favorite for movie premieres and thus prime star-spotting territory. Another don’t-miss venue is the award-winning Geffen Playhouse, located on Le Conte Avenue in one of the oldest buildings in Westwood.

Culver City

Covering 5 square miles southeast of Westwood, Culver City boasts a thriving downtown with new restaurants including Koreanbarbecue spot Hanjib and Indian-inspired Sambar. The Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Ivy Substation, home to the Actors’ Gang,

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➺ When shopping in Beverly Hills, duck into Wally’s Beverly Hills for the foodie equivalent of browsing designer duds. Christian Navarro and Guess founders Maurice, Paul and Armand Marciano opened the European-style vinoteca as a companion to Westwood mainstay Wally’s Wine and Spirits, offering a fine-dining restaurant and a gourmet marketplace under one roof. Sit on the patio for a little you time with a glass of vino and a black-truffle pizzetta (courtesy of executive chef David Féau), then browse the selection of over 2,500 bottles of wine, Champagne, high-end gift baskets, truffles (pictured right), chocolates, caviar and more. With these gifts in hand, you’ll be the most popular guest at any party. 447 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.475.3540, —G.G.

from top: matt hartman; courtesy wally’s

The Culver City station on the Metro Expo Line

bookend the downtown area and stage live productions throughout the year. Traveling east on Washington Boulevard, don’t miss the sprawling Helms Bakery complex, which contains dozens of high-end furniture showrooms. Moving along Washington, the scene-y Arts District has more than 30 art galleries and exhibition spaces clustered along Washington and La Cienega boulevards. At the intersection of Washington and National boulevards is one end of the Expo Line, a Metro light rail that goes from Culver City to Exposition Park and the University of Southern California to downtown. Hollywood gets all the attention, but it’s Culver City whose seal proclaims it “The Heart of Screenland.” In 1915, Ince/Triangle Studios, today Sony Pictures Studios, opened on Washington. In 1924, the site became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Classics including The Wizard of Oz would eventually be filmed on its movie lots. (News reports of the time indicate that the “Munchkins” partied hard during their stay at the Culver Hotel.) Today, Culver City’s screen culture is still going strong, with 16 soundstages accommodating TV-show and feature-film shoots at Culver Studios and hits such as the Spider-Man franchise produced on the historic lots at Sony. Fully experience Culver City’s screen heritage by taking the Sony Pictures Studio Tour. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 92.


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Santa Monica Santa Monica has the approachable vibe of a beach town with the attractions of a major city. Malibu, Venice and marina del rey are appealing options nearby.

➺In the 1800s, orator Tom Fitch called Santa Monica “the Zenith City by the Sunset Sea.” The 21st-century

version of Santa Monica fulfills its early promise, with a bustling downtown and beach that attract millions of visitors per year. Pacific Coast Highway connects SaMo with draws such as Malibu and Marina del Rey. Third Street Promenade, three pedestrianonly blocks on 3rd Street between Broadway and Wilshire Boulevard, is perpetually teeming with people. Visitors can hit dozens of boutiques, watch movies at three cinemas or gawk at the myriad street artists. If they don’t refuel at the many eateries along the Promenade, visitors can venture to the surrounding blocks to Mercado or the Misfit and enjoy drinks at The Bungalow or the many pubs, such as Ye Olde King’s Head, that hint at Santa Monica’s large population of British expats. Anchoring the promenade at Broadway is Santa Monica Place, a beautiful open-air shopping center with Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, 80 boutiques, ArcLight Cinemas and the top-level Dining Deck with chef-driven restaurants and great views. East on Broadway is the legendary Fred Segal, an emporium of high-end shops such as JET John Eshaya. Santa Monica Pier, built in 1909, is at the end of Colorado Avenue and features Pacific Park, a mini amusement park with food stands and rides, including a solar-powered, LED-lit Ferris wheel.

Main Street + Montana Avenue

Compared with the hustle and bustle of Third Street Promenade, Montana Avenue is downright tranquil. Between 6th and 17th streets are plenty of fashionable boutiques and beauty destinations, including Moondance, Clare V., Dermalogica and new Malin + Goetz. Father’s Office is known for its burgers, new Ox & Son and Forma are tops for upscale fare, and Sweet Lady Jane is famous for its cakes. Just minutes south of downtown Santa Monica, Main Street exudes a beachy, upscale vibe. The long stretch between Pico Boulevard and Rose Avenue contains a number of galleries, pubs, restaurants, including Chinois on Main, and shops such as Lost & Found and Planet Blue. The California Heritage Museum is in a transplanted Victorianera home, as is the Victorian, adjacent to the museum, which features a cool downstairs speakeasy, Basement Tavern.

The Arts

Visitors can take in plays at Main Street’s Edgemar Center for the Arts, housed in an angular concrete structure designed by Frank

Gehry. An even wider variety of entertainment is at the Broad Stage, Santa Monica College’s first-rate, 499-seat performingarts, film, dance and theater venue. As L.A. has emerged as a fine-arts capital, the campuslike Bergamot Station arts center on Michigan Avenue has become an important destination. It’s home to some 30 galleries and a café.


Twenty miles north of Santa Monica on Pacific Coast Highway is Malibu. Formerly known as Rancho Malibu, Malibu’s land was once so coveted that May K. Rindge, who took ownership of it in 1905 after the death of her scion husband, used armed guards to defend it from trespassers. In the 1920s, Rindge’s hefty legal bills, racked up from fighting developers, forced her to invite stars to live in Malibu Colony in the 1920s, and the legacy of Malibu as celebrity-home central continues today. Many of Malibu’s best destinations are visible from PCH, including renowned restaurants with ocean views, from the casual (Malibu Seafood) to the upscale (Nobu Malibu). Adjacent to the Malibu Lagoon and

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Third Street + the Pier


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new in town Blue Star Donuts

The Portland, Oregon, chain churns out brioche doughnuts in inventive flavors at its first L.A. shop.  1142 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.5630


The L.A.-based label—beloved for its vintage-inspired denim—opens its debut brick-andmortar shop.  1132 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 424.291.3300

Ted Baker

The London-based clothing designer arrives at the Malibu Country Mart with a whimsical boutique that marries quirky British sayings with 1950s surf culture.  3835 Cross Creek Road, Ste. 12, Malibu, 310.456.1785

. The Getty Center in Brentwood. Opposite, from left: Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica; Santa Monica State Beach


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Malibu’s land was once so coveted that heiress May K. Rindge, who took ownership of it in 1905, used armed guards to defend it from trespassers.

main attractions. Rose Avenue is also coming up, thanks to the emergence of hot restaurants such as Superba Snack Bar and reborn Rose Cafe-Restaurant, plus a smattering of hip shops. Visitors strolling Ocean Front Walk get an eyeful, between the performers, the vendors and the Muscle Beach bodybuilders.


Bird Sanctuary, the Adamson House is filled with historic tile. The celebrity-frequented Malibu Country Mart serves as the area’s town square. Together with the adjacent Malibu Village and Malibu Lumber Yard shopping centers, there are enough shops and restaurants for whiling away an afternoon. Inland, nearing Calabasas, is wine country, where you can sample the local vino at tasting rooms such as Malibu Wines.

Topanga + Pacific Palisades

In the 1960s, hippies and musicians such as Neil Young hid out in idyllic Topanga, accessible by Topanga Canyon Boulevard from Pacific Coast Highway. Removed from urban activity, it retains its bohemian vibe and independently owned businesses. Hiking trails allow visitors to bask in Topanga’s woodsy beauty, and restaurants such as Inn of the Seventh Ray accommodate creekside dining. There’s more than initially meets the eye

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in seemingly sleepy, family-friendly Pacific Palisades, south of Topanga on PCH and accessed from Temescal Canyon Road. Hikers love the shady trails in Temescal Gateway Park, and cafés and upscale momand-pop shops can be found between Via de la Paz and Monument Street near Sunset Boulevard. The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine on Sunset is a 10-acre oasis with a lush garden and koi- and swan-filled lake. The crown jewel of the Palisades is the Getty Villa. Styled as a Julius Caesar-era villa, it’s filled with Greco-Roman antiquities.


Abbot Kinney won in a coin toss the land that would become Venice. He sought to develop it as an American version of the Italian city; the canals are still there, today lined with million-dollar bungalows. His namesake Abbot Kinney Boulevard is Venice’s coolest section, where Gjelina, Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea and boutiques such as Heist and Huset are the

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➺ The first thing you notice when you walk into Soaptopia is the scent. Or rather,

scents. There’s a whiff of floral, a trace of vanilla, an aroma of … hmm, might that be eucalyptus? It’s all that and more at this West L.A. body-products store, where the manufacturing kitchen is separated from the retail boutique by a mere wall of open shelving. The store’s tagline promises 100 percent junk-free body products, and from the sights and smells wafting from the kitchen stove, it’s easy to believe. Come here to find one-of-a-kind gifts like L.A. Squeeeeeeze soap (key ingredients: lemon and lavender), Flower to the People body balm (cedarwood, rose geranium and patchouli) and Feeling Pine bath salts (black spruce and lavender). 12228 ½ Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, 310.398.8333, —C.S.

Marilyn Monroe once called this enclave northeast of Santa Monica home; it remains a favorite stamping grounds of the affluent and famous. San Vicente Boulevard functions as the neighborhood’s main street, with copious independent shops, bakeries, cafés and restaurants. The petite Brentwood Country Mart, a unique open-air shopping center built in 1948, keeps retail offerings contemporary and upscale. The area’s biggest draw is the Getty Center, the hilltop museum that houses J. Paul Getty’s spectacular art collection.

Marina del Rey

Marina del Rey’s main attraction is the marina, the largest man-made small-craft harbor in the world. Newer Catch & Release draws area foodies, and restaurants such as Cast & Plow and Cafe del Rey are positioned to take advantage of the views. For an up-close look at the harbor’s marine life, rent kayaks from Marina del Rey Boat Rentals. For bold items, see listings in the where guide.­­ For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 92. from top: Angela DeCenzo; courtesy soaptopia

Skateboarders take a break at Venice Beach.


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Hollywood wields enormous influence over the L.A. lifestyle. With a number of world-class art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, nightclubs and theaters, it’s a frequent destination for locals and tourists alike. After dark, this iconic stretch of Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and Crescent Heights Avenue becomes the hottest stretch of asphalt in L.A. County. The club scene here rocks with legendary establishments like the Roxy, the Whisky a Go Go and the Viper Room, which have a long history of hosting performances by rock ‘n’ roll’s finest. Other Sunset Strip nightclubs include Rock & Reilly’s and newer 1 OAK. The Comedy Store continues to showcase the leading names in stand-up, as well as emerging stars. During the day, boutiques such as beloved Book Soup draw traffic. Hotels are an integral part of the Sunset Strip scene. Chateau Marmont, a glorious and notorious celebrity hangout throughout the decades, remains a discreet local getaway. Skybar, at the style-conscious Mondrian, retains its aura of exclusivity. At the Sunset Tower Hotel, Bugsy Siegel’s former suite has been converted into the Tower Bar.

Sunset Plaza

Sunset Plaza, between La Cienega and San Vicente boulevards on Sunset Boulevard, is a

collection of tony shops and bistros with an international flavor and free parking—a novelty in this neighborhood. This is the city’s Euro Zone, where you’re apt to hear more French and Italian than Valley Girl. For up-to-the-minute fashion, check out Wildfox, Zadig & Voltaire or either of the two H. Lorenzo shops. Pamper yourself with a facial at Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa, a mani-pedi at Jessica Nail Clinic, a blowout at Drybar or a makeover at Blushington.

Melrose Avenue

Melrose Avenue has become virtually synonymous with trendiness, and new expressions in fashion, art and food continue to percolate up and down this street with multiple personalities. One stretch of Melrose, east of Fairfax Avenue, has a mix of indie boutiques, cafés, tattoo parlors and vintage shops. Stores such as Wasteland have wild facades and vibrant signage that add energy to the scene. Farther west, Melrose becomes très sophistiqué, showcasing upscale tastes at Ron Herman, Rebecca Minkoff, Kelly Wearstler and Vivienne Westwood. Just off Melrose is the quiet, fashionable three-block

street of Melrose Place, where Bentleys line up for chic salons such as Frédéric Fekkai and cutting-edge boutiques such as the Row, Isabel Marant, Zimmermann and Violet Grey.

West Hollywood Design District

Melrose Avenue’s flourishing art, fashion and design district runs along the pedestrian-friendly retail corridors of Melrose and Beverly and Robertson boulevards. Among its new offerings are a Helmut Lang flagship and the first freestanding RH Modern Gallery. The district’s hub is the Pacific Design Center complex—monolithic blue, green and red buildings designed by celebrated architect Cesar Pelli—which houses more than 130 showrooms catering to professional designers and luxury homeowners and is home to a satellite of downtown’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and a stylish Wolfgang Puck eatery, Red Seven.

Beverly + West 3rd

Beverly Boulevard and West 3rd Street are major east-west streets running through West Hollywood, filled with trendy restaurants, design showrooms and boutiques


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NEW IN TOWN Estrella

Top Chef’s Dakota Weiss’ restaurant offers California cuisine and cocktails named after classicrock songs.  8800 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.6613

Petersen Automotive Museum

The overhauled museum reopens with 25 new galleries and an exterior reminiscent of a racetrack.  6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277

Rick Owens

The fashion icon and California native arrives on La Brea with a “Cecil B. DeMille-worthy” boutique.  819 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.931.4960

Chris Burden’s installation Urban Light at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Opposite, from left: Farmers Market; Topshop at the Grove


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M Beverly Hills may be the county’s toniest shopping district, but Robertson Boulevard is not far behind.

from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, whose design is reminiscent of Paris’ Centre Pompidou. Bloomingdale’s, Henri Bendel, Fendi, Gucci, Giuseppe Zanotti, True Religion Brand Jeans, Uniqlo, Maje and Sandro boutiques are among more than 160 establishments drawing consumers. On West 3rd Street east of Beverly Center, you’ll find favorite boutiques such as Flight 001 for stylish travel supplies, OK for designminded gifts and Wittmore for contemporary menswear. Great dining options include Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo’s seafood spot Son of a Gun and Vic Casanova’s Italian steakhouse Pistola. On Beverly Boulevard, you can shop for fragrances at Eric Buterbaugh Florals and high-end home decor and accessories at Garde, then dine on American cuisine at Cooks County, French-inspired California dishes at Terrine or Italian fare on the romantic patio at Dominick’s.


Robertson Boulevard

Beverly Hills may be the county’s toniest shopping district, but Robertson Boulevard is not far behind, particularly if you’re young and hot and have your own reality show. The celebutante set hits 3.1 Phillip Lim for womenswear, Lululemon for haute yoga duds and Kitson for trendy accessories. A cutting-edge Chanel concept store illustrates the difference between Robertson Boulevard and more staid Rodeo Drive. For a breather between boutique-hopping, consider a cocktail with crab cakes on the picket-fenced patio of Ivy restaurant, where famous faces practically outnumber those of civilians.

Fairfax District

L.A.’s Fairfax District is among the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the West Hollywood area. At Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned facility with more than 100,000

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➺ The Line, a New York-based online retail store under the creative direction of co-founder/stylist Vanessa Traina Snow and Melanie Glass, has arrived on Melrose Place with its second offline home, The Apartment by The Line— Los Angeles. Designed as an elegant residence, the second-floor shop invites you to travel through its rooms to peruse chic fashion and home, beauty and art goods such as Agnes Baddoo totes, Common Projects leather slip-ons, Sophie Buhai jewelry and beautiful textiles (like the blanket at right) from the store’s new home-goods label, Tenfold. Yearning to move in? Book a private appointment to take advantage of bespoke services such as wardrobe and interior styling. 8463 Melrose Place, second floor, L.A., 323.746.5056, —S.E.


The Row on Melrose Place, one of Los Angeles’ most exclusive shopping areas

works. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum, designed by architect Renzo Piano, showcases art from the contemporary and modern eras; more recent additions to the LACMA campus include the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion and Ray’s and Stark Bar. Adjacent to LACMA is the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, where the Ice Age comes alive. Additional venues on this formidable Museum Row include the newly renovated Petersen Automotive Museum and the Craft and Folk Art Museum. South of the museums is a surprise for curious foodies: a neighborhood known as Little Ethiopia, where acclaimed traditional restaurants are located. One of the district’s anchors is the historic Farmers Market, established in 1934, with more than 100 open-air produce stalls, shops and eateries. There are spots to satisfy virtually any craving, including a wine bar, taqueria and stands with authentic Louisiana gumbo and Korean barbecue. Adjacent and connected by a vintage trolley is The Grove, an outdoor, pedestrian-only shopping center. The Grove has the character of an old-fashioned village square, with stained-glass streetlamps and a central fountain. Nordstrom, a movie theater and stores such as new Paige and Sephora are joined by myriad restaurants including Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see pages 92-93.


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➺“Hollywood is a state of mind” was a popular refrain when this part of Los Angeles was experiencing Hollywood & Highland

Hollywood & Highland has been a catalyst for the rebirth of Hollywood Boulevard. Its Dolby Theatre is the home of the Academy Awards, and the central Babylon Court frames views of the iconic Hollywood sign (built in 1923 to advertise a housing development, the 45-foot-high letters originally read “Hollywoodland”). Other draws include Ohm nightclub, dining spots and shops such as Sweet! candy store and Louis Vuitton. Next door to Hollywood & Highland is the TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), famous for its celebrity hand- and footprints embedded in the concrete out front.


Just across the street from Hollywood & Highland is the ornate, lavishly illuminated El Capitan Theatre. Masterfully restored by Disney, it offers special presentations of the studio’s releases, combined with performances using an antique Wurlitzer pipe organ and children-pleasing stage shows. Jimmy Kimmel Live! tapes in an ABC studio next door. The Egyptian Theatre—built in 1922 around the time that King Tut’s tomb

was discovered—screens eclectic artsy and classic fare. The landmark Pantages Theatre has staged megahit musicals including The Book of Mormon and Wicked, and the Hollywood Palladium has a rich history of showcasing top-notch musicians.

Walk of Fame

The sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard (La Brea Avenue to Gower Street) and three blocks of Vine Street (Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard) are inlaid with the legendary brass-and-terrazzo stars honoring celebrities from the entertainment industry. More than 2,400 stars are enshrined beneath the feet of tourists, but the roster is not without its quirks—Pee-wee Herman has one, but Clint Eastwood doesn’t. Marilyn Monroe’s star is steps from Hollywood & Highland, and John Lennon’s is appropriately located in front of the Capitol Records Building, the landmark structure designed to resemble a stack of records.

Museums, Hollywood-style

Hollywood has museums, but don’t expect to encounter Picasso or Monet. Next to

TCL Chinese Theatre is Madame Tussauds Hollywood, filled with more than 100 wax figures ranging from legends like Clark Gable to contemporary stars including Taylor Swift. You can ponder some zany accomplishments at the Guinness World Record Museum, while the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium offers bizarre exhibitions. Movie buffs head to the Hollywood Museum in the historic Max Factor Building, which displays 10,000 artifacts showcasing 100 years of showbiz history, including Indiana Jones’ whip and the honeymoon dress worn by Marilyn Monroe after she married Joe DiMaggio.

Around Vine

The storied intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, the epicenter of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, boasted a large concentration of entertainment-industry companies in the 1920s. It’s a different Hollywood today, but the magic of this location endures in the soaring W Hollywood Hotel & Residences, which boasts Delphine brasserie. A Metro station is integrated into the hotel; Hollywood is particularly well served by mass transit. Across the street is boutique hotel the


a decline not long ago. But with hot new boutiques, restaurants, hotels and condos sprouting up, it has re-emerged as a bona fide destination, and waves of international visitors mingle with colorful locals.


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Mama Shelter

Part of a Frenchbased chain, this hip boutique hotel boasts interiors by Thierry Gaugain, a bar and a diner with healthy fare.  6500 Selma Ave., L.A., 323.785.6666


Nestled next to 101 Coffee Shop in the Best Western Plus Hollywood Hills Hotel is this retro bar for the sophisticated set.  6141 Franklin Ave., L.A., 323.798.4939


Kazunori Nozawa’s fine-casual sushi empire adds another location.  6115 W. Sunset Blvd., Ste. 170, Hollywood, 323.320.4800

Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Opposite, from left: Eclectic gifts at Wacko/Soap Plant in Los Feliz; performers and onlookers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


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Among the largest urban parks in America, sprawling Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, picnic, golf, ride horses and more.

Redbury and its stylish Middle Eastern restaurant, Cleo, and bar, the Library. Sunset Boulevard and Vine is in transition, but dance clubs and eateries give this corner plenty of character. Serious cinephiles catch their flicks at ArcLight Cinemas, where it’s easy to spot a celeb. Close by is Amoeba Music, where music fans and collectors browse the aisles through 31,000 square feet of space packed with rare vinyl records, CDs and memorabilia. A couple of blocks west is the stylish minicomplex Space 15 Twenty, catering to shoppers well into the evening. The center is anchored by a supersize Urban Outfitters and complemented by other cool boutiques.


The revival of Hollywood has only enhanced its nightlife opportunities, and a lively barand-club scene permeates the district. On Hollywood Boulevard, you can party under the guise of literary advancement at library-

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themed Hemingway’s, drink and dine at Houston Hospitality’s hot spots Butchers & Barbers and adjacent No Vacancy, and attempt to get past the velvet ropes at clubs like Playhouse. Cahuenga Boulevard also is home to dozens of clubs and eateries including chef Brendan Collins’ excellent Birch. Quintessentially L.A. but a galaxy removed from Hollywood Boulevard is the Hollywood Bowl, the largest outdoor amphitheater in the U.S., where the Los Angeles Philharmonic takes up residence from June to September. Picnicking under the stars here is among the most memorable experiences in L.A.

Los Feliz + Silver Lake

These neighborhoods are among the hippest in the county. Vermont Avenue, the main drag in Los Feliz, presents a collection of shops and restaurants that range from bohemian to chic. Skylight Books and 24/7 diner Fred 62 are popular hangouts. Lounges such as Rockwell represent the neighborhood’s increasing

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➺ One of L.A.’s many perks? Even during wintertime, you can still enjoy frosty

treats without getting frostbite. In Los Feliz, Ohio-based artisanal-ice-cream pioneer Jeni Britton Bauer has opened the first West Coast outpost of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Made with milk from grass-grazed Ohio cows, each ice cream is filled out with carefully sourced ingredients from around the world, including Fair-Tradecertified African vanilla and Dutch cocoa. Order flavors like salty caramel and wildberry lavender, or opt for wintry treats like sweet potato with praline pecan or dark-chocolate peppermint. Get yours in a cup, handmade waffle cone or by the pint. And don’t miss the signature ice-cream sandwiches (mashed between two hand-piped macaroons). 1954 Hillhurst Ave., L.A., 323.928.2668, —G.G.

Griffith Park

Among the largest urban parks in America, Griffith Park is an ideal place to hike, take a train ride, picnic, golf and more. The Charlie Turner Trailhead begins at Griffith Observatory, one of the great planetariums in the world and a frequent film location. The hike up Mount Hollywood provides views of the Hollywood sign, and the Greek Theatre, a 5,700-seat amphitheater, is a legendary music venue. Also located here are the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and the Western-heritage-oriented Autry Museum of the American West, both accessible from the Ventura (SR 134) or Golden State (I-5) freeways. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see pages 93-94.

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Visitors ride a miniature train on the Griffith Park & Southern Railroad.

sophistication. Nearby, a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard houses cult-favorite gift shop/ gallery Wacko, hip Bar Covell and Mother Dough, a locals’-favorite pizza parlor. Fully transformed is Silver Lake Boulevard, now crowded with eateries and upscale retailers. At Sunset Junction, where Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards intersect, Los Feliz transitions into Silver Lake. Foodies hang at casual Forage or the Cheese Store of Silverlake, while aspiring screenwriters hammer at their laptops and sip lattes at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea. Farther east on Sunset Boulevard, cool beach gear at Mollusk Surf Shop and chic handbags at the Clare V. flagship beckon.


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➺Downtown Los Angeles could not be hotter, with new restaurants and shops opening daily. Historic art

deco structures share the streetscape with glass-clad towers, and even movie stars are snapping up lofts in century-old buildings. The arts scene roars to life here, where the image of L.A. as “laid-back” hardly applies. Union Station was the last of the grand railroad terminals built in the U.S. Its importance faded as the automobile began to dominate life in L.A., but the station, which celebrated its 75th anniversary last year, has staged a comeback, thanks to a renovation and downtown’s new energy. From Union Station, the hub of the Metro system, you can board the Red Line to Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley or connect to the Blue Line to Long Beach or Expo Line to Culver City. The Gold Line runs to Pasadena. Nonstop bus service to LAX is available 24/7. Metrolink commuter trains connect distant suburbs, and Amtrak trains offer scenic coastal journeys.

Grand Avenue + Music Center

The heart of L.A.’s performing-arts scene and the site of its most dramatic architecture, Grand Avenue is beginning to live up to its name. On Bunker Hill, once filled with Victorian mansions, four venues make up a formidable collection of stages at the Music Center. The 3,200-seat Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is home to L.A. Opera, and the Ahmanson Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum host

theatrical productions. The flashiest venue is architect Frank Gehry’s lauded Walt Disney Concert Hall, winter home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its vivacious music director, Gustavo Dudamel. Also housed at Disney Hall is REDCAT, which offers visual, media and performing-arts productions. After a show, take a stroll through the 12-acre Grand Park, between Grand Avenue and Hill Street and First and Temple streets.

Descending Bunker Hill

Steps from the Ahmanson is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, designed by Spanish architect José Rafael Moneo. A short walk south on Grand is the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and across from it is The Broad, the magnificent new museum built by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad. Both house premier collections of contemporary art. The Omni Hotel and California Plaza are adjacent to MOCA; nearby Angels Knoll is a welcome patch of greenery amid the concrete jungle. Angels Flight, a vintage funicular (now dormant) that climbs to California Plaza from Hill Street below, is billed as “The Shortest

Railway in the World.” At the foot of the hill, the Bunker Hill Steps rise five stories at the U.S. Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Across the street is the art deco-style Los Angeles Public Library.

Olvera Street

The origin of the city of Los Angeles, dating back to 1781, is El Pueblo de Los Angeles, a collection of 27 buildings along festive pedestrian concourse Olvera Street. The city’s oldest building, Avila Adobe (circa 1818), is located here, along with Mexican restaurants, mariachi bands and merchants offering arts and crafts. A few blocks away is the city’s oldest restaurant, Philippe the Original (1908), where a cup of joe is just 49 cents.

Historic Districts

Undergoing a renaissance is the Broadway Theatre District, home to once-opulent movie palaces. Several, such as the United Artists theater (now the stylish Theatre at Ace Hotel), have been revived or restored to their original grandeur. Cool shops such as Acne Studios and Aesop lend cachet to the area. The Bradbury Building, built in 1893 in


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NEW IN TOWN Clifton’s

After a multimilliondollar renovation, the iconic 1930s cafeteria is back in the spotlight, serving up old-school cafeteria fare (Jell-O, anyone?) and kitsch.  648 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.627.1673

Nick + Stef’s

The Bunker Hill steakhouse reopens after a total transformation, including an extensive redesign and a new menu.  330 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.680.0330

Le Petit Paris

This stunning restaurant—a Cannes transplant—serves classic French staples in a 1913 Historic Core building.  418 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.217.4445

K.G. Louie Co.’s storefront in Chinatown. Opposite, from left: Grand Park and City Hall; sweets from Bottega Louie on South Grand Avenue

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Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center can still be experienced in its historic shopping districts, popular with bargain hunters.

former St. Vibiana’s cathedral, now home to stylish Redbird restaurant. To Little Tokyo’s east is the rapidly gentrifying Arts District, which boasts buzzy shops and eateries including Bestia, one of the top restaurants (and hardest reservations to nab) in L.A.

L.A. Live

the Italian Renaissance Revival style, was featured in the film Blade Runner. Spring Street from 4th to 7th streets is a rapidly awakening area once referred to as the “Wall Street of the West.” Steps from this historic district is a row of trendy bars on 6th Street (between Main and Los Angeles streets) that includes The Varnish.

Shopping Districts

Downtown’s heritage as a mercantile center can still be experienced in its historic shopping districts. The Jewelry District draws shoppers looking for deals on diamonds; in the neighboring Fashion District, you can find designer clothing items. At Santee Alley, an open-air bargain bazaar, designer trends breed low-priced knockoffs. The Flower District offers blooms at wholesale prices. For an awesome mix of old-school produce vendors and lunch counters and new, upscale specialty stalls, Grand Central Market, near the foot of Angels Flight, is the place to go. And the


burgeoning Figat7th shopping center boasts trendy new boutiques and eateries.


Chinatown is a great destination for sampling dim sum, dining at new foodie-favorite spots like Pok Pok L.A. or browsing for clothing, tea or home goods. Cultural highlights include Thien Hau Temple and the Chinese American Museum. Chung King Road and Gin Ling Way are home to galleries; Broadway boasts boutiques. Dodger Stadium is a short drive away, as is San Antonio Winery, which offers tours, tastings and Maddalena restaurant.

Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo’s bar scene is popping, and you can nibble on traditional sushi prepared by veteran chefs at Japanese Village Plaza. Just a few steps down 1st Street is the sleek Japanese American National Museum. The Geffen Contemporary, a branch of MOCA, is next door. At 2nd and Main streets is the

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➺ L.A. loves its coffee, but tea has an undeniable sophistication. Enter American Tea Room, a Beverly Hills staple that has a new outpost downtown. The Arts District space features a chic lounge, a reclaimed-wood bar and an oasis tea garden bedecked with a 25-foot living wallscape and fire pits, plus a retail area that offers tea blends, bowls and glassware. An interactive “Tea Zone” computer system matches patrons with their perfect black, green, white, oolong or caffeine-free tea from more than 200 global varieties, which they can pair with culinary director Valerie Gordon’s pastries and lunch items (think oolong chicken salad and savory hand pies). Whether you’re a tea novice or aficionado, this spot will quickly become your cup of tea. 909 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown, 213.239.9105, —G.G.

Exposition Park

Just south of downtown is Exposition Park, whose grounds hold major museums and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The California African American Museum delves into African-American history, and the Beaux Arts-style Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County offers insight into prehistoric giants. The California Science Center has a 3-D Imax theater and exhibits the retired NASA space shuttle Endeavour. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of downtown, see page 93. FROM TOP: DANIEL ENNIS; COURTESY AMERICAN TEA ROOM

A mural in downtown’s burgeoning Arts District—one of Los Angeles’ best places to see street art

The $2.5 billion L.A. Live project is home to Staples Center, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Kings, and it hosts top pop acts, as does Microsoft Theater, which boasts state-of-the-art acoustics. The Grammy Museum honors myriad music genres with videos, artifacts and interactive exhibits. A dozen restaurants and nightlife venues—WP24, Rock’n Fish and Lucky Strike Lanes, to name a few—face a massive urban plaza lined with LED screens. The Los Angeles Convention Center, encompassing 16-plus acres of exhibition space, is also here.


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➺Minutes from downtown L.A. via the Arroyo Seco Parkway (Pasadena Freeway) or the Metro Gold Line Old Pasadena

A tribute to foresighted urban planning is the 22-square-block shopping district known as Old Pasadena, roughly bounded by Walnut and Green streets, Arroyo Parkway and Pasadena Avenue. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s a collection of restored buildings filled with trendy boutiques, bistros and nightclubs. Merchants range from Tesla Motors to Urban Outfitters, and eateries include Union, a top-rated Italian restaurant. Pedestrian-only alleys meander through the One Colorado project in the heart of Old Pasadena, where restaurants offer alfresco dining overlooking a sculpture-strewn square. Boutiques such as Vince and Cop.Copine draw shoppers, while iPic Theaters reimagines the moviegoing experience with state-of-the-art technology, plush seats and a bar/café. Nearby is the Norton Simon Museum, home to one of the finest art collections in the West. The galleries are filled with works dating from the Renaissance to the 20th century, and the museum’s repertoire of Impressionist masters (e.g., Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh) is formidable. A sculpture garden features a major tribute to Degas.

East of Old Pasadena is Paseo Colorado, a shopping center with an ArcLight movie theater, restaurants and shops lining garden promenades. Its open-air design frames views of Pasadena City Hall, a majestic landmark restored to its original Beaux Arts grandeur.

Playhouse District +   South Lake Avenue

Anchored by the Mission-style Pasadena Playhouse, this district offers art-house cinema, antique shops, boutiques and bookstores, as well as the Le Cordon Bleu-affiliated College of Culinary Arts and the famed Ice House comedy club, whose stage has hosted George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld. Other cultural attractions include the Boston Court Performing Arts Center and the USC Pacific Asia Museum, featuring decorative arts from every corner of Asia. The Pasadena Museum of California Art celebrates Golden State painters and sculptors from 1850 to the present. East of the Playhouse District, South Lake Avenue provides a vibrant shopping environment. Inviting boutiques are set around European-style courtyards at the Commons

and Burlington Arcade. A drive south on Lake Avenue through one of the city’s most opulent residential neighborhoods leads to the Langham Huntington. Consider this grand, historic hotel for high tea, Japanese Kobe beef at its Royce steakhouse or pampering at its Chuan Spa.

San Marino +   San Gabriel Valley

South of the Langham is San Marino and its primary attraction, The Huntington, whose library, art collections and botanical gardens occupy one of the most remarkable pieces of real estate in Southern California. Here, the Italianate mansion of railroad magnate Henry Huntington houses an extraordinary collection of 18th- and 19th-century art, and a library with nearly 9 million rare books, photographs and manuscripts occupies another structure. Throughout the 200-acre property are more than a dozen distinct botanical environments, the Helen & Peter Bing Children’s Garden and a formal rose garden boasting more than 1,400 varieties of the flower. Sharing Pasadena’s eastern border are the communities of Sierra Madre and Arcadia,


commuter train is Pasadena. Its architectural pedigree is world-class, and renowned institutions including the Tournament of Roses and Caltech lend it cachet. The city’s diverse neighbors are also worth discovering.


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Communal   Food & Drink

This rustic beer garden serves elevated pub fair (think steak frites and shrimp and grits) with small-production craft beer and wine in a greenhouselike space.  1009 El Centro St., South Pasadena, 626.345.5128

Kit and Ace

The Pasadena outpost of the expanding Vancouver brand specializing in “technical luxury” clothing (hello, machine-washable cashmere) opened in November.  107 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 844.548.6223

Sangers & Joe

Wood & Vine’s Scott Kay and Dario Dell’Anno present their global take on breakfast and lunch (“sanger” is Australian slang for “sandwich”) in Old Pasadena.  57 E. Holly St., Pasadena, 323.553.0563

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Opposite, from left: Windowshoppers in Old Pasadena; a gallery at the Norton Simon Museum

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The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peafowl.

home to Santa Anita Park, a storied thoroughbred horse-racing venue. Arcadia is also home to the 127-acre Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, whose natural Southern California habitat is famous for its wild peacocks. Farther east, scattered along the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10), are the communities of San Gabriel, Temple City, Monterey Park and Alhambra, which have attracted large numbers of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrants, so the opportunity for enjoying Asian cuisine is virtually unrivaled in Southern California. Tourists passionate about history, architecture or faith explore the 1771 San Gabriel Mission, and the San Gabriel Mountains present hiking opportunities for nature lovers.

The Road to South Pasadena

The scenic route to South Pasadena on Orange Grove Boulevard passes through a stretch once known as Millionaire’s Row. Some splendid homes remain, including the


former Wrigley Mansion that now houses the Tournament of Roses Association. North of Old Pasadena, the boulevard leads to the Gamble House. This, the most famous achievement of architects Greene & Greene, is a classic representation of the Arts and Crafts movement that left its imprint on Pasadena. South Pasadena is a tranquil community whose Craftsman homes range from bungalows to mansions, and its Mission West Historic District is lined with antique shops, art galleries, casual cafés and kid-friendly spots like Fair Oaks Pharmacy, a restored drugstore from 1915 whose vintage soda fountain is straight from a Norman Rockwell painting.

Eagle Rock + Glendale

West of Pasadena is Eagle Rock, a quiet college town reinventing itself as a trendy L.A. neighborhood. Its main drag of Colorado Boulevard is lined with a diverse collection of restaurants including Casa Bianca, a ven-

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➺ Sarah Gibson Tuttle’s Beverly Hills nail salon, Olive & June, was an instant in-

crowd hit when it opened a few years back, and it remains an Instagram favorite (see the proof at #oliveyourmani). Now, Pasadena-area ladies can enjoy the O&J treatment without the commute, thanks to the opening of an outpost in the Commons outdoor shopping complex. There you’ll find the salon’s signature sunny, blushtoned interior, nontoxic polishes, friendly staff and expert mani-pedis—we’re fans of the Margot, featuring organic California beauty brands—plus a small but spot-on selection of Tuttle’s favorite beauty products. There’s also an adjacent Drybar, so you can leave with tresses as impeccable as your tips. Olive & June, you’ve nailed it again. 146 S. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.440.9700,  —S.E.


The Americana at Brand in Glendale

erable old-school pizza joint. In Eagle Rock, students from highly ranked Occidental College—where a young Barack Obama once studied—mingle with young couples who are snapping up hillside real estate. On the far side of Eagle Rock is Glendale, the third-largest city in Los Angeles County. There, office workers pour out of high-rises for happy hour at The Americana at Brand, an open-air shopping, residential and entertainment development. Style-savvy shoppers can browse at boutiques, catch a movie or recharge at the Americana’s restaurants, which include the Philippe Starck-designed Katsuya and celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. Home to a large Armenian community, Glendale offers a wealth of ethnic eateries specializing in kebabs, shawarma and belly dancing. Marked by a towering neon obelisk is the Alex Theatre, a restored art deco masterpiece that hosts concerts and musicals. Steps from the Alex is the new Museum of Neon Art, dedicated to showcasing a quintessentially L.A. craft. North of Glendale is Montrose, whose main street of Honolulu Avenue is more Mayberry than L.A. Close by, in La Cañada Flintridge, is sprawling Descanso Gardens, with North America’s largest camellia collection—an awesome sight when in full bloom during January and February. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 94.


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Universal City

A couple of Metro stops north of the heart of Hollywood is Universal City, a major entertainment-industry outpost. The highlight is Universal Studios Hollywood, which offers a behind-the-scenes peek into moviemaking. The theme park offers rollicking roller coasters and high-tech virtual-reality action rides such as the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction; the Simpsons Ride (adjacent to which is a new Springfieldthemed “world”); and a new studio-tour grand finale: the Fast & Furious—Supercharged! ride. Splurge for Universal’s VIP Experience, which pampers its guests with such perks as private tour guides, exclusive backlot access and unlimited front-of-line access in the theme park. Among the wide-ranging attractions next door at pedestrian-only Universal CityWalk are skydiving simulations at iFly Hollywood, mechanical bull riding at Saddle Ranch Chop House and rock ‘n’ roll bowling at Jillian’s Hi Life Lanes. Restaurants include Karl Strauss Brewing Co., and boutiques such as Lush Cosmetics and Skechers will loosen your wallet.


Burbank calls itself “the town behind the tinsel”—and with good reason. This cosmopolitan city is home to some of the most famous players in the entertainment business, including Walt Disney Studios, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon Animation Studio. Get a taste of the action on a Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood or as part of the studio audience at a taping of one of your favorite programs, such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The media district, which encompasses most of these companies, also boasts some newer cafés and dining destinations, including Coffee Commissary and Simmzy’s, as well as the iconic Bob’s Big Boy, which hosts a classic-car show every Friday. As vibrant as it is, Burbank’s entertainment industry is hardly the city’s only draw. More than 160 restaurants and shops cater to locals and visitors alike. The downtown district offers a major-mall shopping experience, movie theaters and the ever-popular Ikea, but surrounding streets, such as historic San Fernando Boulevard, have a more homegrown feel, with nightlife destinations, shops and trendy bistros such as Granville

Cafe. Another must-visit district is hip Magnolia Park, centered at Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way, which offers indie cafés, antique shops and some of L.A.’s best retro and vintage boutiques (Playclothes and Pinup Girl are favorites). Always-packed Porto’s Bakery—one of the country’s top restaurants, according to Yelp—offers excellent pastries and sandwiches from Europe and the owners’ native Cuba. Do you like the outdoors? Burbank is a gateway to the Verdugo Mountains, which are crisscrossed with hiking trails. A workout here is rewarded with spectacular views of Burbank, the Hollywood Hills and downtown L.A. For golf enthusiasts, DeBell Golf Club features regulation 18-hole and par-3 courses. And during the summer, outdoor amphitheater the Starlight Bowl hosts a music series. If you’re jetting into or out of L.A., you can escape the hassles of LAX by opting for Burbank’s uncongested Bob Hope Airport. It offers nonstop flights to many cities across the country and is centrally located, with easy access to Hollywood, downtown L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley.


The Valley is a sprawling collection of communities, each with its own attractions and charms. Immortalized in movies as diverse as Chinatown and Valley Girl, the area derives its name from Mission San Fernando Rey de España, the historic landmark on the Valley’s northernmost edge.


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The Federal Bar in North Hollywood. Opposite, from left: Universal CityWalk in Universal City; a dessert from renowned Porto’s Bakery in Burbank

NEW IN TOWN Forman’s Tavern

This rustic Toluca Lake gastropub specializes in whiskey and elevated bar food.  10149 Riverside Drive, L.A., 818.760.6900

Sweet Rose Creamery

The Rustic Canyon empire expands with this organic-ice-cream shop in Tujunga Village.  4377 Tujunga Ave., Studio City, 310.260.2663

The Village at Topanga

Westfield Topanga’s open-air shopping and dining addition boasts offerings like Drybar and YogaWorks.  6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818.594.8732

North Hollywood

North Hollywood wasn’t much of a tourist destination until the community transformed its commercial core into the NoHo Arts District, now filled with nearly two dozen professional theaters, including the landmark El Portal Theatre. These venues present some of the most innovative stage performances in L.A., and neighboring dance studios and art galleries contribute to the scene. With restaurants like the Federal Bar, a lively gastropub with a full calendar of music and comedy, and Idle Hour, a hot new bar in a barrel-shaped landmark building from the 1940s, the momentum continues for this transit-linked urban village. From NoHo’s Metro station, you can access central Hollywood and downtown via the Red Line subway or board the Orange Line, a sleek express bus that traverses the entire San Fernando Valley.

Ventura Boulevard

This iconic, palm-lined boulevard stretches 20 miles across the San Fernando Valley. Immortalized in music by Frank Zappa and

Tom Petty, the boulevard is an integral part of L.A. culture and home to a burgeoning dining scene. In Studio City, it’s lined with eateries, including entertainment-industry-favored Art’s Deli, elegant Bistro Garden and a greater concentration of acclaimed sushi bars (such as Asanebo) than Little Tokyo claims. For shopping, there are charming boutiques, including Dari and Voyage et Cie, and beauty retreats such as Face Haus facial bar. Hip bars and restaurants including Firefly have helped to launch a nightlife scene. Farther west, as the boulevard winds its way through Sherman Oaks, you’ll encounter laid-back trattorias and bistros, as well as shops such as Abundance, a boutique showcasing plus-size designer fashions. Sherman Oaks is also home to Westfield Fashion Square, anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and featuring upscale boutiques. Sherman Oaks Galleria is near the junction of the 405 and 101 freeways; draws include ArcLight Cinemas, where there’s a chance you’ll see famous faces, thanks to the Valley’s family-oriented lifestyle.

Deep in the Valley

Westfield Topanga shopping center is loaded with exclusive designer boutiques, including Louis Vuitton and David Yurman. The Village lifestyle destination opened this fall, expanding the center’s retail and dining options. Farther west off the Ventura Freeway (U.S. 101) is Calabasas, where celebrities move for more elbow room. Upscale shopping and casual eateries live at the Commons at Calabasas, an elegant openair destination. A few exits beyond that is Westlake Village, where locals hit the luxurious spa or do lunch at the Four Seasons. Visitors to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in neighboring Simi Valley can step aboard an actual Air Force One, visit a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office and learn all about America’s 40th president. North on the Golden State Freeway (I-5) in Valencia, coaster enthusiasts gather at Six Flags Magic Mountain for rides too wild for Disneyland. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 94.


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South Bay

➺In the South Bay, the cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach occupy an idyllic

coastal stretch renowned for surfing and volleyball. To the north is El Segundo; to the south are the beautiful bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula and the bustling waterfronts of San Pedro and Long Beach.

Manhattan Beach

Nineteen miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach boasts 2 miles of beaches with sand so fine that developers from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu imported it in the 1920s. This laid-back city is home to many professional athletes: You may spot an L.A. Kings player as you walk along the Strand, the pedestrian promenade sandwiched between multimillion-dollar homes and the beachfront bike trail. At the end of the city’s picturesque pier, the Roundhouse Aquarium delights with touch tanks. The pier features plaques commemorating winners of the Manhattan Beach Open—the South Bay is die-hard beach-volleyball country. It’s also a playground for water-sports enthusiasts, including bodyboarders and surfers. East of the pier along Manhattan Beach Boulevard and Manhattan Avenue are chic boutiques and a burgeoning dining scene, with restaurants such as The Arthur J, Love & Salt, Little Sister and The Strand House drawing gourmets from across L.A. The Metlox center is a popular gathering spot, with shops such as the Beehive and hot spots including Zinc at the Shade Hotel.

Hermosa Beach

Heading south on Manhattan Avenue brings you to Pier Avenue, the heart of Hermosa Beach. Hermosa shares many characteristics with Manhattan Beach, including a scenic 2-mile stretch of beachfront punctuated by volleyball nets, fitness buffs weaving along the Strand (here merged with the bike path) and a pier studded with bronze plaques commemorating surfing legends. Come late afternoon, the pedestrian plaza at Pier Avenue west of Hermosa Avenue becomes a different kind of South Bay scene, thanks to spillover from packed bars and restaurants such as Hennessey’s and Killer Shrimp. Beyond Pier Plaza, on Hermosa Avenue, Jay Leno still draws crowds to the Comedy & Magic Club with Sunday-night shows. To the plaza’s east, café/boutique Gum Tree and Steak & Whisky are standouts among the specialty shops and bistros that line Pier Avenue. Farther east, Becker’s carries surfboards and beachwear.

Redondo Beach

The largest of L.A. County’s beach cities, Redondo Beach is home to the 1,457-seat

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and a recreational waterfront featuring 2 miles of sandy beaches, the popular Redondo Beach Pier and King Harbor. Sepulveda Boulevard becomes Pacific Coast Highway as it enters town; signs point west to King Harbor’s Redondo Beach Marina, one of four marinas in the harbor. Here you find businesses such as Redondo Sportfishing offering fishing excursions and whale-watching tours, while other local outfitters rent out kayaks, paddleboats, bicycles and wave runners. South of the harbor, the historic Redondo Beach Pier has had its ups and downs, but it keeps rising from the ashes to attract locals and visitors to quick-andcasual eateries, amusements and souvenir shops. South of the pier, the gentle waves and somewhat narrow strip of Redondo State Beach draw crowds during the summer, while the bike path meanders by on its way to its terminus at Torrance State Beach. One block east of the beach, the Riviera Village shopping district has a small-town feel, with restaurants and specialty boutiques such as Cami and the Catalina Cooking Store covering a six-block radius.




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NEW IN TOWN Pike Outlets

The reinvigorated outlet-shopping center welcomes new stores, including H&M, Gap and Nike.  95 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach,


This new downtown El Segundo hot spot serves “nuevo rancho cuisine” in a stylish, rustic space that honors SoCal history.  219 Main St., El Segundo, 310.322.2721


Shop the Australian swimwear brand’s notice-me suits at this new concept store.  209 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.4200

The Queen Mary in Long Beach. Opposite, from left: Hermosa Beach Pier; Fishing With Dynamite in Manhattan Beach

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Among Long Beach’s most popular draws is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted ship-turned-hotel.

The horseshoe-shaped pier in Redondo Beach

Palos Verdes Peninsula

Beyond Redondo Beach rises the Palos Verdes Peninsula, a rugged 26-square-mile area known for majestic bluffs that afford sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina island. Head a few miles inland via Palos Verdes Drive North to the 87-acre South Coast Botanic Garden, a yearround attraction boasting 200,000 plants. Or hug the coast on Palos Verdes Drive West to Rancho Palos Verdes’ Point Vicente Interpretive Center, a popular gray-whalewatching site. Just beyond the adjacent Point Vicente lighthouse is the Mediterraneanstyle Terranea Resort, which offers fine dining, a 50,000-square-foot oceanfront spa and a public nine-hole golf course. Farther along is the Wayfarers Chapel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s son Lloyd Wright. The impressive Swedenborgian “glass church” is a popular wedding venue. The nearby 18-hole public course at Trump National Golf Club is top-ranked.


San Pedro

The multicultural community of San Pedro, on the southeastern side of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, was once the largest commercial fishing port in the nation. Today it’s home to the bustling 7,500-acre Port of Los Angeles, which features passenger and cargo terminals, as well as entertainment and educational facilities. Catalina Express operates from Berth 95, offering daily boat service to Catalina’s quaint city of Avalon and rustic village of Two Harbors. More than a million travelers pass through the World Cruise Center (Berths 91-93) annually; adjacent to the complex is the battleship-turned-museum USS Iowa. The New England-style Ports O’ Call Village offers waterfront restaurants and shops, and beyond it is the marina, part of the Cabrillo Beach Recreational Complex. The complex also includes the Frank Gehrydesigned Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Cabrillo Beach—one of the county’s most popular windsurfing spots.

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➺ No crafts fair this weekend? Not to worry. There’s a permanent place to get your craft fix—not to mention some sea air—at the Port of Los Angeles. Art purveyor Wayne Blank has revitalized Warehouse No. 10 in San Pedro into a permanent crafts marketplace called Crafted. The 76,000-square-foot space houses dozens of artisans offering unique handmade specialties including glass, beads, candles, carved leather and artisanal foods. Indulge in a drunken chocolate-chip-martini cake pop as you peruse the craft cubicles. Brouwerij West, known for its delicious Belgian-inspired beers, is due this winter in adjacent Warehouse No. 9, and crafts demonstrations, live music and food trucks in the outdoor courtyard are scheduled for every weekend. 112 E. 22nd St., San Pedro, 310.732.1270, —B.T.

In the county’s southwest corner, Long Beach boasts a busy commercial port, an attraction-packed waterfront and more than 5 miles of beaches. A popular draw is the 1,020-foot-long Queen Mary, a historic, supposedly haunted ship-turned-hotel, dining and shopping attraction permanently moored in Long Beach Harbor. The Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, the Pike Outlets, the Aquarium of the Pacific and Shoreline Village are nearby. From the village, you can follow the Shoreline pedestrian bike path 3.1 miles, past the Long Beach Museum of Art and into the Belmont Shore neighborhood. Here you’ll find shops and restaurants along 2nd Street, Bay Shore Beach, the Belmont Pier and windsurfing and kite-surfing lessons. Across a small channel is Naples, where you can take gondola rides through the canals and dine at restaurants such as Michael’s on Naples. Downtown, along 4th Street between Junipero and Cherry avenues, vintagefurniture and -clothing shops make up funky “Retro Row.” In the emergent East Village Arts District, hip galleries and boutiques are sprouting where Linden Avenue meets Broadway. Farther east, an impressive collection of modern and contemporary works decks the walls of the Museum of Latin American Art. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 93.


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the guide


Life in Focus Voyage from the Big Bang to the present in Life: A Journey Through Time, a traveling exhibition of works by acclaimed photographer Frans Lanting on view at the Annenberg Space for Photography. The multiyear project brought the National Geographic contributor and his longtime partner and collaborator, Christine Eckstrom, to the rim of active volcanoes, deep into the Okavango Delta and to wondrous landscapes beyond. The result features more than 70 extraordinary images (including the flower hat jelly seen here), as well as an original documentary short film and four short videos exclusive to the Annenberg’s presentation. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000

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abigailE  A venture of Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Steak & Whisky, Día de Campo), this funky, graffitimuraled American brasserie with rooftop bar is lots of fun. Chef Tin Vuong presents escargot “poppers,” lambbelly poutine and a serious burger, washed down with house-brewed beer. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.798.8227 $$  Map L13


ANIMAL  Bare-bones eatery, from the guys known to Food Network fans as the “Two Dudes,” is a carnivore’s dream. Think delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig’s ear) and a bacon-chocolate-crunch bar for dessert. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225 $$$  Map I13

Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

American..............................60 Japanese................................65 Brewpubs/Gastropubs....62 Mediterranean....................66 British/Irish..........................62 Mexican/Latin....................66 California...............................62 Pan-Asian..............................66 Chinese..................................63 Seafood.................................. 67 Eclectic/Fusion...................63 Spanish.................................. 67 French.....................................63 Steak.......................................68 Italian......................................63 Thai..........................................69

Noodle Around Miyamoto Musashi is a legendary samurai, but even his twin blades couldn’t achieve the precision of Musashiya, a new udon restaurant from Justice Foods USA that honors his name in Westwood Village. Musashiya runs housemade dough through a machine up to a dozen times, until the noodles’ thickness registers 3 millimeters. Springy noodles are available either cold and coiled or bobbing in hot water. Choose from three different dipping broths: rich miso sprinkled with sesame, simmered beef with thin-sliced meat, and spicy soy milk with ground pork. Classic udon preparations are also available, as are carbonara with bacon and soft-boiled egg, tempura-fried items and filled hug (hand) rolls. Really, though, it’s all about udon. L, D (M-Sa). 1049 Gayley Ave., L.A., 310.208.5999 $  Map J9 —J.L.

butchers & barbers  Local bar-masters the Houston brothers present this lively American bistro. A charcuterie board and roasted garlic-rosemary popcorn can be shared before moving on to an 18-ounce bone-in pork chop with plum-pine-nut gremolata. Creative artisanal cocktails and a vintage setting—Charlie Chaplin once lived in the building—enhance the experience.  D (Tu-Su).  6531 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.1464 $$  Map H14 THe church key  With off-menu items rolled table to table, this trendy spot has adopted the charm and spontaneity of dim sum. Signature dishes include the tapiocacrusted tai snapper. Mixologists dressed as Pan Am flight attendants steer airline food carts loaded with liquid-nitro cocktails. L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  8730 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.249.3700 $$  Map H12 claim jumper  Saloon-style eatery features grill fare and its own label of craft beer. L (varies by location), D (nightly); Br (varies by location).  3500 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.260.0505; 820 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, 626.359.0463; 9429 Tampa Ave., Northridge, 818.718.2882; 25740 The Old Road, Valencia, 661.254.2628; 6501 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, 562.431.1321 $  Map T22, Q23, north of A1, D4 Clifton’s  This kitschy downtown cafeteria, which dates back to the 1930s, recently reopened after a multimilliondollar renovation. The huge, multiple-story eatery offers old-school cuisine like a roast-meat carving station and Jell-O for dessert, as well as a craft-beer bar, all with woodland ambiance. Check website for new offerings and extended hours. L, D (daily).  648 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.627.1673, $$  Map I16 CRAFT  New York chef Tom Colicchio of TV’s Top Chef brings his signature concept to L.A. The restaurant delivers an endless, contemporary-American à la carte menu, with fun, shareable dishes including roasted octopus and diver scallops with vermouth butter. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  10100 Constellation Blvd., L.A., 310.279.4180 $$$$  Map K11 freds at barneys  Inside Beverly Hills retail destination Barneys New York, the first West Coast outpost of the retailer’s signature restaurant is a go-to for brunch, power lunches, shopping breaks and happy hour. Try the robiolawith-truffle-oil pizza. L (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  9570 Wilshire Blvd., fifth floor, Beverly Hills, 310.777.5877 $$$  Map J11  Independence  This bright, friendly tavern in downtown Santa Monica pays homage to the Los Angeles & Independence Railroad, which connected downtown L.A.

with what is now the Santa Monica Pier back in 1875. The restaurant’s casual setting belies its refined New American cuisine that includes a kale chopped salad and orecchiette tuna confit. L (Tu-Su), D (nightly).  205 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.458.2500 $$$  Map L8 ink.  Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio showcases daring molecular gastronomy at his first restaurant. Try a five-course tasting menu or explore à la carte items including smoked trout with radish and roe. D (nightly).  8360 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.5866 $$$  Map I12 Joan’s on Third  Celebrity-frequented café on busy West 3rd Street, as well as a new location in the Valley, offers omelets, sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets, plus picnic baskets, gourmet items. B, L, D (daily).  8350 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.655.2285; 12059 Ventura Place, Studio City, 818.201.3900 $  Map I12, T18 LEDLOW  Chef Josef Centeno, who rules downtown’s Old Bank District (Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa & Winston) has transformed Pete’s Café into Ledlow, a place with vintage good looks. The versatile chef offers twists on classic bistro dishes, American favorites and diverse cultural staples (think brioche French toast and chicken schnitzel). B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  400 S. Main St., downtown, 213.687.7000 $$  Map I17 m.b. post  Chef David LeFevre serves small plates of seafood, fresh-baked breads, cured meats and more in the space of a former post office. The “Eat Your Vegetables” menu makes green beans and Brussels sprouts look tantalizing. L (F-Su), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5405 $$$  Map L13 Odys + Penelope  Churrasco and grill features a live-fire grill and wood-fired smoker. Eclectic, flavorful cuisine is accompanied by a menu of craft beer, wine and handcrafted cocktails. Vegan, vegetarian and glutenfree options also available. D (nightly).  127 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.939.1033 $$$  Map B2 Ox & Son  Farm-to-table restaurant and wine bar (now offering cocktails) is a fitting addition to charming Montana Avenue. Creative comfort-food menu includes items like mushroom parmesan cavatelli, plus glutenfree options. Br, L, D (daily).  1534 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.829.3990 $$$  Map K8 Plan Check Kitchen + Bar  A growing minichain from chef Ernesto Uchimura. Contemporary takes on American classics are complemented with craft beers and premium whiskeys. Try the acclaimed Plan Check Burger, topped with dashi cheese and ketchup leather. L, D (daily).  1800 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.444.1411; 351 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.591.0094; 1111 Wilshire Blvd., downtown, 213.403.1616 $$  Map K9, I12, H16

During the Great Depression, Clifton’s iconic downtown cafeteria was known for never turning away hungry diners who couldn’t pay for their meals. See listing above.

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BIRCH  Cahuenga Corridor spot from chef Brendan Collins (Waterloo & City) serves a seasonally driven menu (the rabbit baklava with dates, white beans, pistachio and carrots is a standout) served in a whitewashed, clean-lined space. L (Tu-F), D (nightly); Br (Su).  1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.960.3369 $$$  Map H13


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Dining REDBIRD  Acclaimed chef Neal Fraser’s contemporary American cuisine is offered in the rectory of the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana, making Redbird both a cultural and culinary landmark. Rack of red wattle pork and chicken potpie are part of an intriguing menu. An updated Spanish baroque decor and retro-inspired cocktails complete the scene. L (M-F), D (nightly).  114 E. 2nd St., downtown, 213.788.1191 $$$  Map H17 SALT CREEK GRILLE  Enjoy mesquite-grilled burgers, chops, steaks and seafood and an interesting selection of California beers and wines at this classic American restaurant, which boast outdoor patios and live music at both L.A.-area locations. El Segundo: L, D (daily). Valencia: L,D (daily); Br (Su).  2015 E. Park Place, El Segundo, 310.335.9288; 24415 Town Center Drive, 115, Valencia, 661.222.9999  $$  Map L14, north of A2 THE STRAND HOUSE  This beachside restaurant boasts awesome ocean and pier views and a breezy, stylish bar that draws a lively but sophisticated crowd. Executive chef Greg Hozinsky’s menu includes such starters as foie gras and charcuterie, which might be followed by branzino with black-truffle risotto. Don’t miss pastry chef Stephanie Franz’s doughnuts! L (Tu-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  117 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.7470 $$$  Map L13

Breweries/Gastropubs FATHER’S OFFICE  Microbrew mecca; one of L.A.’s best burgers. Santa Monica: L (Sa-Su), D (nightly). Culver City: L (F-Su), D (nightly).  1018 Montana Ave., Santa Monica; 3229 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.736.2224 $$  Map L8, L11 PUBLIC KITCHEN & BAR  Refined menu offers elevated versions of classic dishes; bar serves cured meats, cheeses and fresh cocktails. L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.769.8888 $$$  Map G13 SIMMZY’S  Popular pub with locations in Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Burbank and just off the Venice pier. The newer locations share the Manhattan Beach original’s friendly vibe and wide selection of craft beers (many locally brewed), hearty burgers (try the classic Simmzy’s), sandwiches, salads and other fresh fare. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  3000 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.962.2500; 5271 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, 562.439.5590; 229 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.546.1201; 37 Washington Blvd., Venice, 424.835.6580 $ Map T20, O17, L13, N9

Ye Olde King’s Head

World Famous British Pub, Restaurant, Shoppe & Bakery

British/Irish O’BRIEN’S IRISH PUB  Pub and restaurant with brews and spirits, Irish and American cuisine, outdoor patio and live entertainment. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  2941 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.396.4725 $  Map M8 YE OLDE KING’S HEAD  Cozy pub/restaurant with traditional English fare, including acclaimed fish and chips. B, L, D (daily); high tea (M-Sa).  116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1402 $  Map L8

British Fare, imported beers and world famous Fish & Chips. Open for breakfast weekends at 8am, Fabulous happy hour Mon–Fri 4-7pm. Traditional Afternoon Tea is served Mon-Sat 11:30am-4:30pm. Karaoke Sundays at 9pm. Heated patio. Quiz shows every Wednesday. Call for soccer schedule. Stop by the gift shoppe for food and collectibles from the British Isles, including bone china, teapots, souvenir items, tea, candy, wine, freshly baked goods and much more.

California Cuisine 208 RODEO  This Mediterranean-influenced gem of a café sits above Via Rodeo’s cobblestone street at luxe Two Rodeo. Dishes include tomahawk steak and seafood fettuccine. B, L, D (daily).  Two Rodeo, 208 Via Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.275.2428 $$  Map J11 CAVATINA  Esteemed East Coast chef Michael Schlow’s first L.A. restaurant serves simple, local, delicious cuisine inside the rock 'n' roll-steeped Sunset Marquis Hotel. Don’t miss Schlow’s award-winning burger. B, L, D (daily); Br (Su).  1200 Alta Loma Road, West Hollywood, 310.358.3759 $$$  Map H12

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Dining COMMISSARY  Buzz-worthy poolside eatery from Roy Choi serves farm-to-table dishes in a greenhouselike setting. Emphasis on fruit- and vegetable-themed dishes and drinks makes it very vegetarian- and veganfriendly, but you’ll find a few meaty dishes on the menu as well.  B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). The Line Hotel, secondfloor greenhouse, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.368.3030 $$  Map J14 FIG RESTAURANT  Dine on a seasonal menu of bistro fare at this restaurant inside the Fairmont Miramar; charcuterie and cheese bar open at dinnertime. Sunday brunch features the virtuous, as well as the decadent, plus creative cocktails. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  Fairmont Miramar Hotel, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.319.3111 $$  Map L8 GIRASOL  Chef C.J. Jacobson, a former Top Chef contestant, forages for fresh, exotic ingredients in the Santa Monica Mountains to incorporate into an inventive California menu (e.g., hamachi with white fir and wild sorrel, whole crispy red snapper with chili-kumquat sauce). The restaurant, decorated like a giant sunflower (girasol in Spanish), is part of a Studio City dining renaissance. D (nightly); Br (Su).  11334 Moorpark St., Studio City, 818.924.2323 $$$  Map U19 HINOKI & THE BIRD  Inside luxury residential tower the Century, taste Japanese and Southeast Asian flavors in such dishes as lobster rolls with green curry and Thai basil, and black cod scented with the smoke of the namesake hinoki wood. L (M-F), D (Tu-Sa).  10 W. Century Drive, Century City, 310.552.1200 $$$  Map J10 LOVE & SALT  Dine on creative Cal-Italian fare (think duck-egg pizza and whole roasted pig head) in this buzzy South Bay spot. Chef de cuisine/pastry chef Rebecca Merhej’s desserts are divine. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5252 $$$  Map L13 MAUDE  Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, an Aussie with a strong classical background, helms this intimate, 25-seat Beverly Hills restaurant named after his grandmother. Every month a different seasonal ingredient is showcased and artfully presented in a nine-course menu. D (Tu-Sa).  212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.3418 $$$$  Map J11 MILO & OLIVE  The husband-and-wife team from Rustic Canyon is behind this casual pizzeria and bakery. Zoe Nathan’s desserts and pastries shouldn’t be missed. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776 $$  Map K9 NAPA VALLEY GRILLE  Wine-country-inspired cuisine including steaks, seafood and choice of tasty sides. Extensive wine list and a popular happy hour. L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  1100 Glendon Ave., Westwood, 310.824.3322 $$  Map J10 PLANT FOOD AND WINE  Restaurant from Matthew Kenney takes a raw, locally sourced and plant-based approach to dining. Indoor and outdoor seating, with a patio sheltered by olive trees and complete with a garden of fruits, herbs and edible flowers. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from an extensive organic and biodynamic selection. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1009 $$$  Map N9


PUMP  Enchanted-garden-themed restaurant and bar from restaurateur and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump features a patio with 100-year-old olive trees and a menu created by Food Network Star finalist Penny Davidi. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  8948 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.7867 $$  Map I12 RUSTIC CANYON  Discover boutique wines while sampling small plates of market-driven, Mediterraneaninspired fare. Clam pozole is just one of the winners. Hide in a cozy booth or mingle at the communal table. D (nightly).  1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7050 $$$  Map L8

SPAGO  An L.A. institution, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant features a modern dining room and a daily changing menu that may include dishes like veal “Wiener schnitzel” and spicy tuna tartare. Glimpse some of the 30,000 wine bottles on offer in a glass-ensconced “wine wall.” L (Tu-Sa), D (nightly).  176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880 $$$$  Map I11 THE TASTING KITCHEN  Foodies come for the daily changing menu of innovative yet unpretentious cuisine from culinary-darling chef Casey Lane: small or large plates of cured meats, artisan cheeses, vegetables, seafood and pastas. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.392.6644 $$$  Map M9 TAVERN  Chef Suzanne Goin’s third L.A. restaurant explores rustic Cal-Med fare in chic environs, including a popular sunlit indoor patio. The frequently changing menu might include “devil’s chicken” with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.806.6464 $$$  Map J9 TERRINE  Comfortable, elevated California brasserie fare (moules frites, pizza with truffle cheese and sage) from chef Kris Morningstar, restaurateur Stephane Bombet and managing partner/wine director François Renaud. The patio, which is dominated by a magnificent tree and dotted with sparkling lights, is as romantic as they come. L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  8265 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5130 $$$  Map I12

Chinese HOUSE OF MACAU  Modern Chinese-fusion restaurant in the heart of Hollywood from entrepreneur and music mogul Manny Halley. D (Tu-Su). 1600 Vine St., L.A., 323.745.5038 $$  Map H14 MEIZHOU DONGPO  Sichuan fare in ultramodern surroundings at Westfield Century City mall. L, D (daily).  10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.788.0120 $$  Map J11 MR CHOW  The L.A. County editions of scene-y restaurants in New York and London offer Imperial Beijing cuisine. Beverly Hills: L (M-F), D (nightly). Malibu: D (nightly).  344 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.9911; Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, 18A, Malibu, 310.456.7600 $$$  Map I11, K7 OCEAN SEAFOOD  Vast and boisterous spot serves amazing array of traditional dishes, superfresh seafood, top-of-the-line dim sum. B, L, D (daily).  750 N. Hill St., Chinatown, 213.687.3088 $$  Map G17

Eclectic/Fusion BÄCO MERCAT  Chef Josef Centeno draws international praise for his inspired creations. The bäco, a flatbread sandwich, is his signature dish. Other selections include spicy hamachi crudo. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  408 S. Main St., downtown, 213.607.7000 $$  Map I16 CASSIA  Part of restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan’s burgeoning dining empire, this bustling Southeast Asian-inspired brasserie finds chef Bryant Ng (Spice Table) serving dishes like jellyfish salad and escargots with lemongrass-infused butter in a 1930s art deco building. D (Tu-Su).  1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.393.6699 $$$ Map L8 MAISON AKIRA  Fine French cuisine with Japanese flair (such as a bento box with American wagyu beef, miso sea bass and chawan mushi) in Pasadena’s playhouse district. Nine-course omakase available. L (F), D (Tu-Su); Br (Su).  713 E. Green St., Pasadena, 626.796.9501 $$$  Map Q20 TROIS MEC  The holy foodie trinity of Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites) and Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook (Animal, Son

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of a Gun) is behind this hot restaurant in a 24-seat former pizzeria. Diners must purchase advance tickets via the restaurant’s website to enjoy Lefebvre’s prix-fixe, fivecourse meal. New French-bar-style spinoff, Petit Trois, is next door. D (M-F).  716 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, $$$$  Map H13

French BOUCHON  The Bouchon bistros from chef Thomas Keller (the French Laundry, Per Se) have become popular for their authentic good looks and superbly executed cuisine. L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  235 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.271.9910 $$$  Map J11 KENDALL’S BRASSERIE  Located at the Music Center, Kendall’s is a convenient spot for before or after a performance. In addition to dishes with a contemporary flair, all the brasserie favorites are here (e.g., moules frites). L (M-F), D (Tu-Su); Br (Sa-Su).  135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.7322 $$  Map H16 THE LITTLE DOOR  For a candlelit dinner in an elegant setting, this is the reservation ne plus ultra. At the West 3rd Street original, dine on rustic Mediterranean dishes under the stars or by a crackling fireplace. An additional location across from the Brentwood Country Mart is also charming, with several private rooms and intimate alcoves and a main dining room featuring a retractable roof. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su in Santa Monica only).  8164 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.1210; 246 26th St., Santa Monica, 310.310.8064 $$$  Map I12, K8 MÉLISSE  At Mélisse, among L.A.’s highest-rated restaurants, chef/owner Josiah Citrin executes a sophisticated modern French menu filled with luxe ingredients. Start with lobster bolognese with truffles before superb game dishes. D (Tu-Sa).  1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.395.0881 $$$$  Map M8 PATINA  The Walt Disney Concert Hall pairs classicalmusic offerings with fine dining thanks to its fine inhouse restaurant. Game dishes are a frequent presence on the menu. D (Tu-Su).  141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331 $$$$  Map H16 RÉPUBLIQUE  In a landmark once occupied by Charlie Chaplin’s studio, fine-dining veteran Walter Manzke and pastry-chef wife Margarita turn out bistro classics (think escargots, duck confit and steak frites) for a trendy clientele huddling at communal tables. Café: B, L (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Bistro D (M-Sa).  624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 310.362.6115 $$$  Map I13

Italian ALIMENTO  Zach Pollack, half of the talent behind acclaimed Sotto, is behind this tiny, hip space in Silver Lake, where a clever menu features addictive chicken-


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Dining liver mousse with plum mostarda, crudo and pastas. The chef’s contrarian take on tortellini en brodo features dumplings filled with a hot broth that explodes in your mouth. Desserts include chocolate budino and almond polenta cake. D (Tu-Su).  1710 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.928.2888 $$  Map east of W23 BESTIA  Multiregional Italian restaurant in the hip Arts District. The former executive chef at Angelini Osteria serves up such “beast”-focused dishes as roasted marrow bone with spinach gnocchetti, breadcrumbs and aged balsamic, and a selection of house-cured meats. D (nightly).  2121 E. 7th Place, downtown, 213.514.5724 $$$  Map east of J17

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BOTTEGA LOUIE  This palatial Italian restaurant, decked out in minimalist white marble, is a hip, noisy hall where young professionals convene over brick-ovencooked pizzas and share small plates of portobello fries and crab beignets. There’s a gourmet market and patisserie, too. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  700 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.802.1470 $$  Map I16 CECCONI’S  This London-based restaurant caters to a well-heeled clientele who schmooze over bellinis and cicchetti (small plates). Pastas including a beautiful agnolotti del plin and seafood such as grilled octopus with capers are well-executed. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000 $$$  Map I12 CULINA  A contemporary take on regional Italian cuisine is the theme at Culina, where ample coastal inspirations are evident on the menu. The modern design includes a sleek crudo bar and an impressive 25-foot chandelier. B (M-Sa), L (M-Sa), D (nightly); Br (Su).  Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000 $$$  Map J12 DRAGO CENTRO  Celestino Drago’s well-executed Italian fare—like l’anatra (duck breast, sweet-potato puree, cipollini onion, butternut squash and saba)—and extensive wine list in a contemporary and handsome space. L (M-F), D (nightly).  525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998 $$$  Map H16 THE FACTORY KITCHEN  Former Valentino chef Angelo Auriana turns his attention to a casual, industrialchic setting in the Arts District. Fresh-made pastas, beautiful cheeses and cured meats, complemented by an inventive cocktail program, contribute to a daily changing menu. L (M-F), D (nightly).  1300 Factory Place, downtown, 213.996.6000 $$$  Map J17 IL FORNAIO  Trattoria-style favorite. Beverly Hills: B, L, D (daily). Manhattan Beach: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Pasadena: L, D (daily); Br (Su).  301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.550.8330; 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.725.9555; 24 W. Union St., Pasadena, 626.683.9797 $$  Map J11, L13, Q19


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GUSTO  Victor Casanova’s intimate neighborhood ristorante has a look and feel reminiscent of his native Bronx. Dishes such as polpette (pork meatballs) plated over chilled, whipped ricotta, charred baby octopus and fresh-made pastas deserve praise. L (M-F), D (nightly).  8432 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.1778 $$$  Map I13 JON & VINNY’S  Family-friendly Italian diner from chefs/owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo has it all—pastries, pizza, pasta (made in-house) and meat entrees. Takeout and delivery are also available. B, L, D (daily).  412 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.334.3369 $$  Map B2 LA VECCHIA CUCINA  Rustic Northern Italian in a laid-back bistro. More than a dozen pastas for dinner, plus pizzas, ossobuco alla Romana and other traditional favorites. L, D (daily).  2654 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.399.7979 $$  Map M8 LOCANDA DEL LAGO  Rustic family-owned restaurant overlooking Third Street Promenade. Michelin-


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Dining starred chef Gianfranco Minuz turns out traditional Northern Italian cuisine made with sustainable proteins and locally sourced ingredients. L, D (daily); Br (Su).  231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, 310.451.3525 $$  Map L8 MADDALENA  Dining among the casks at San Antonio Winery; fresh pastas, seafood, paninis and more served with European hospitality. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  737 Lamar St., L.A., 323.223.1401 $$  Map G17 MATTEO’S  An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Classic dishes include mussels in white wine and ossobuco Milanese. D (Tu-Su).  2321 Westwood Blvd., L.A., 310.475.4521 $$  Map K10 OSTERIA MOZZA  Famed L.A.-based bread maker Nancy Silverton teamed up with affable Mario Batali on Mozza’s duo of contemporary Italian restaurants. Osteria Mozza is a more sophisticated dining room in which to experience the repertoire of these great transcontinental talents. D (nightly).  6602 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.0100 $$$  Map H13



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PIZZERIA MOZZA/MOZZA2GO  The more relaxed sibling of Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali’s Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza features pizzas with Mediterranean ingredients, cheeses and salumi plates and rustic daily specials. Call ahead for delivery or takeout from Mozza2Go. L, D (daily).  Pizzeria Mozza: 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101; Mozza2Go: 6610 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.1130 $$  Map H13 RISTORANTE AL MARE  Enjoy tastes of Italy and stellar beach and pier views from the rooftop deck of this three-story restaurant. L, D (daily).  250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 310.458.4448 $$  Map L8 SOTTO  Beautifully executed rustic trattoria specialties and soft, chewy Neapolitan pizzas cooked in an eightton wood-burning oven. Intriguing housemade pastas might include squid-ink mafaldine with burrata and breadcrumbs. D (nightly).  9575 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.277.0210 $$$  Map J11 SPAGHETTINI & THE DAVE KOZ LOUNGE  Saxophone great Dave Koz teams with veteran restaurateurs to create a dining/jazz venue. After dinner, the likes of Bobby Caldwell, Michael Lington and surprise celebrity guests take the stage. D (M-Sa).  184 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.424.4600 $$$ Map J11 TERRONI  Southern Italian cooking including excellent thin-crust pizza. The downtown location inhabits a historic bank building. Downtown: L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). West Hollywood: L, D (daily); Br (SaSu).  802 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.221.7234; 7605 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.954.0300 $$  Map I16, J13 VALENTINO  For more than 30 years, Piero Selvaggio has maintained his flagship’s status as a pre-eminent temple of Italian gastronomy. A telephone-book-sized wine list— often cited as America’s best—is supported by a cellar containing more than 100,000 bottles. L (F), D (M-Sa).  3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.829.4313 $$$$  Map L9



ASANEBO  Hidden in a strip mall, but Michelin-rated, this cozy sushi bar and restaurant offers memorable sushi and inventive fare like seared toro in garlic cream and uni tempura in shiso leaf. L (Tu-F), D (TuSu).  11941 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.760.3348 $$  Map A1 KATANA  Robata-style cuisine: open-flame-grilled meat, vegetables, seafood on skewers. Stylish rooms, patio. D (nightly).  8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585 $$$  Map H12 KATSUYA  Sushi chef Katsuya Uechi turns out exotic delicacies in sultry spaces by designer Philippe Starck. L (varies by location), D (nightly).  11777 San Vicente


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Dining A.O.C.  Mediterranean-inspired pioneer of two L.A. culinary trends: the small-plates format and the wine bar. Chef/owner Suzanne Goin offers addictive baconwrapped, Parmesan-stuffed dates and an excellent selection of cheeses and cured meats from a charcuterie bar. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  8700 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.859.9859 $$  Map I12

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Blvd., Brentwood, 310.207.8744; 6300 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.871.8777; 702 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.244.5900; L.A. Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.747.9797 $$$  Map K9, H14, northeast of T23, I15 MATSUHISA  Superchef Nobu Matsuhisa’s more modest original flagship incorporates luxurious Western ingredients and Latin American spices. Monkfish liver pâté with caviar, and lamb chops with miso anticucho sauce are just a couple of his creations. L (M-F), D (nightly).  129 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.659.9639 $$$$  Map I12 N/NAKA  Offerings are crafted in the kaiseki Japanese culinary tradition, with both classic and modern interpretations. The 13-course menus are prepared with produce from n/naka’s organic garden; there is an extensive sake and wine list as well. D (Tu-Sa).  3455 S. Overland Ave., L.A., 310.836.6252 $$$$  Map L11 NOBU  The flagship of chef Nobu Matsuhisa offers an extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi, including many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Malibu: B (F-Su), L, D (daily).  903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 $$$$  Map H12, east of A1 Q  The omakase-only experience at this intimate sushi bar showcases the artistry and discipline of chef/owner Hiroyuki Naruke in items like miso-marinated uni and monkfish as rich as foie gras. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa).  521 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.225.6285 $$$$ Map I16

BOWERY BUNGALOW  Restaurateur George AbouDaoud honors his Middle Eastern heritage here by applying exotic Silk Road flavors to all-American concepts like Southern baby-back ribs. The inventive menu even features Pacific influences: kebabs called “shishkatori” are grilled over binchotan charcoal like authentic Japanese yakitori. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  4156 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.663.1500 $$  Map south of W23 CROSSROADS KITCHEN  Chef/partner Tal Ronnen creates exclusively plant-based dishes, many based on nonvegan comfort classics. Try the “crab cake” or the attractive artichoke “oysters” topped with crispy oyster mushrooms. The wine list features organic and biodynamic labels. L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Su).  8284 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.782.9245 $$  Map H12 ESTÉREL  The redesigned restaurant at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills features two new spaces—the lovely French garden, Le Jardin, which offers alfresco seating, and an indoor private-party area called the Aviary—along with an open-plan main dining room, two private dining rooms and the adjacent Riviera 31 lounge. The menu is refreshed as well, with farm-to-fork Mediterranean fare from executive chef Victor Boroda (Scarpetta). B, L, D (daily); Br (Su).  8555 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.358.3979 $$$  Map I12 FIG & OLIVE  New York-based restaurant’s cuisine is an ode to olive oil. Don’t miss the paella del mar and the Provence roasted chicken. L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (SaSu).  8490 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.360.9100 $$$  Map I12 GJELINA  Under the direction of talented young chef Travis Lett, servers in T-shirts and newsboy caps serve seasonal Cal-Med small plates and pizzas to chic Westsiders. It’s one of Venice’s most popular restaurants and the neighborhood’s most lively patio. B (M-F), L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.450.1429 $$  Map N9

ROBATA BAR  Japanese grilling from the Sushi Roku, Katana and Boa team. Striking design by Dodd Mitchell. D (nightly).  1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771 $$$  Map L8

LUCQUES  Chef/owner Suzanne Goin delivers the next generation of California cuisine, which includes dishes such as grilled club steak for two with potatoes parisienne. Nowhere do vegetables taste as good! L (TuSa), D (nightly).  8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.6277 $$$  Map I13

ROKU  This new Sunset Strip hot spot from the team behind Sushi Roku presents elevated teppanyaki (think A-5 Japanese wagyu and Santa Barbara spot prawns) prepared at interactive grill tables, as well as sushi, omakase offerings and an extensive selection of Japanese whiskeys. L (M-F), D (nightly).  9201 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2060 $$$  Map H12

PETROS  Fine contemporary-Greek fare in a cool white dining room or on the covered patio. Dress code for indoor diners. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  451 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.4100 $$$  Map L13

SUSHI ROKU  Nouvelle Japanese, sleek decor and a creative menu. For foodies 10 and under, Sushi Roku Pasadena offers a fun “okosama” kids’ menu with four bento-box options. L, D (daily).  1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771; 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000 $$$  Map L8, Q19 URASAWA  If you’re serious about sushi, make a date to sit at Urasawa’s bar. Here you’ll be treated to an incredible omakase dinner—don’t even ask about price—that features the freshest, most artfully presented sushi, sashimi and shabu-shabu dishes. Reservation required. D (Tu-Sa).  218 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.247.8939 $$$$  Map I11

Mexican/Latin BROKEN SPANISH  The upscale sister of B.S. Taqueria (below), this “modern Mexican” restaurant near L.A. Live serves classically trained chef Ray Garcia’s innovative twists on traditional dishes. D (nightly).  1050 S. Flower St., Ste. 102, downtown, 213.749.1460 $$$  Map I15 B.S. TAQUERIA  The casual, colorful setting at this Ray Garcia-helmed spot offers the right vibe for lemonpepper chicken chicharrones or clam-and-lardo tacos. L (M-F), D (nightly).  514 W. 7th St., L.A., 213.622.3744 $$  Map H15

CORAZON Y MIEL  Inspired by family recipes and the flavors of Latin America, chef Eduardo Ruiz (formerly of Animal) serves both small and shareable plates, an extensive cocktail menu and offers plenty of draft beer and wine. Dulce de Puerco (bacon, dates, whipped cotija) is a menu favorite. D (Tu-Su); Br (Su).  6626 Atlantic Ave., Bell, 323.560.1776 $$  Map C3 DÍA DE CAMPO  Part of Blackhouse Hospitality (Little Sister, Abigaile, Steak & Whisky), this restaurant offers innovative Mexican dishes like chocolate-duck quesadillas, chorizo-stuffed dates and wood-grilled lobster with chili butter in a sexy surf-lodge setting. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  1238 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.379.1829 $$  Map L13 GRACIAS MADRE  Organic, plant-based Mexican fare is served at this beautiful restaurant (the patio’s ambiance can’t be beat) from the team behind Café Gratitude. Inventive dishes like coconut ceviche tostadas or flautas de camote filled with sweet potatoes and cashew nacho cheese please vegans and omnivores alike. L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.978.2170 $$  Map I12 MEXICANO  Indoor-outdoor restaurant in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw shopping center is run by James Beard Award-nominated chefs Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, whose La Casita Mexicana restaurant in Bell is widely considered one of the best Mexican restaurants in L.A. County. Try the poblano mole, a house specialty. L, D (daily).  3650 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., L.A., 323.296.0798 $$$  Map northeast of M12 PETTY CASH TAQUERIA  Mexican street food featuring local, seasonal ingredients and refined technique. Winning dishes include pig-ear nachos with crema poblana, and guacamole with Santa Barbara sea urchin and chicharrones. Buzzy new downtown Arts District location. Beverly: L (Su), D (nightly). Downtown: L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.933.5300; 712 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown, 213.624.0210 $$  Map I13, J17 RED O  Rick Bayless, one of America’s leading authorities on Mexican cuisine, is consulting chef at these sexy eateries (the Santa Monica location opened last summer). Many of his thoughtful dishes are grounded in tradition, such as classic albacore ceviche and cochinita pibil. D (nightly).  8155 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.5009; 1541 Ocean Ave., ste. 120, Santa Monica, 310.458.1600 $$$  Map I12, L8 TORTILLA REPUBLIC  This casual-chic WeHo restaurant serves up modern Mexican cuisine made with unique ingredients and rich in flavor. Sidle up to the white onyx bar or enjoy alfresco dining on the large patio. L (Tu-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  616 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.9888 $$  Map I12

Pan-Asian CRUSTACEAN  A glass-covered koi-filled stream meanders under the bar at this Cal-Vietnamese eatery, and diners indulge in items from a “secret kitchen” in which only the owners’ family members and select longtime staff members are allowed. The garlic noodles are a signature. L (M-F), D (nightly).  9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.205.8990 $$$  Map I11 THE DISTRICT BY HANNAH AN  One of the celebrated An sisters—her family introduced Crustacean (above)—celebrates her Vietnamese heritage with a cuisine that reflects authenticity while incorporating California sensibilities in a chic indoor-outdoor space. Dishes like turmeric-crusted sea bass, lobster with handmade noodles, and Vietnamese chicken curry are enjoyed with cocktails infused with Southeast Asian flavors. L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Su).  8722 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.278.2345 $$$  Map I12




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Dining LITTLE SISTER  At these trendy spots, young chef Tin Vuong brings sophisticated accents to pan-Asian cuisine with signatures like deep-fried Balinese meatballs with banana ketchup, Myanmar okra curry and saltand-pepper lobster. Downtown location opened in October. M.B.: L (F-Su), D (nightly). Downtown: B, L, D (daily).  1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.2096; 523 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.628.3146 $$  Map L13, I16 LUKSHON  Sang Yoon of Father’s Office is behind this Southeast Asian eatery with a selection of craft beers and Far East-inspired cocktail program. The crispy whole market fish is not to be missed. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa).  3239 Helms Ave., Culver City, 310.202.6808 $$$  Map K12 WP24  From its 24th-floor roost, WP24 proves that Wolfgang Puck, who pioneered Asian fusion, has still got the goods. Highlights include Singapore-style chili prawns and steamed bao filled with pork belly. Restaurant/lounge concept Nest at WP24 is adjacent. Dining room D (Tu-Sa). Nest D (nightly).  Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824 $$$$  Map I15

Seafood CAFE DEL REY  Ogle impressive pleasure boats in the marina at this waterfront restaurant with plentiful fresh catch, a raw bar and prime cuts of steak. Stop in for its great nightly happy hour, too. L (M–F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, 310.823.6395 $$$  Map N9 FISHING WITH DYNAMITE  David LeFevre, a Water Grill alum, loads his menu with East Coast inspirations, as well as some innovative dishes. Among the old-school small plates in this tiny, charming restaurant are New England-style clam chowder with Nueske’s bacon and Maryland blue-crab cakes with housemade pickles and remoulade. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.893.6299 $$$  Map L13 GLADSTONE’S MALIBU  One of SoCal’s biggest hits, with a million visitors each year. Dramatic ocean views. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.454.3474 $$  Map west of K7




THE HUNGRY CAT  East Coast fare in hip little spots. Dine on dishes such as crab cakes or chilled crab legs and you-peel or they-peel shrimp by the halfpound. Hollywood: L (M-F), D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). Santa Monica: D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  Sunset + Vine, 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.2155; 100 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, 310.459.3337 $$  Map H14, L7

11:50 AM

Country French Restaurant Family Owned & Operated Since 1927 Lunch • Dinner • Lounge • Banquets 7 days

Open Late Wed-Sat ‘til 1:00 am

Five Minutes from the Music Center 1911 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90026 (213) 484-1265

PROVIDENCE  Chef/owner Michael Cimarusti transforms seafood from the world’s most pristine waters into oft-changing dishes. Outstanding cocktails complement Michelin-recognized cuisine. L (F), D (nightly).  5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170 $$$$  Map I14 SON OF A GUN  Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meat-loving chefs at Animal, turn to the sea for new inspiration. They cook up small shareable plates such as miniature lobster rolls and shrimp-toast sandwiches in a nautically themed space. L, D (daily).  8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9033 $$$  Map I12

Spanish BAR PINTXO  Spanish tapas bar around the corner from the Santa Monica Pier offers authentic tortilla española, paella and croquetas de jamón and Spanish wines. L, D (daily).  109 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.458.2012 $$  Map M8


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Dining THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS  Star chef José Andrés brings a whimsical set of Spanish-style dining experiences to the eminently stylish SLS Hotel. Tasting room Saam offers an unforgettable 20-pluscourse prix-fixe menu. Dining room D (nightly). Saam D (Th-Sa).  465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555 $$$  Map H16


SMOKE.OIL.SALT  “Casual world cuisine” and an impressive list of Spanish wines served in a lively location on Melrose. D (nightly); Br (Su).  7274 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.930.7900 $$  Map I13

Steak ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE  This ultra-luxurious interpretation of the classic American steakhouse incorporates Asian influences. Certified Angus beef and one of L.A.’s widest selections of domestic and imported wagyu star on the menu. D (nightly).  111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.486.1111 $$$  Map Q20 THE ARTHUR J  This swanky Manhattan Beach steakhouse, helmed by chef David LeFevre (M.B. Post, Fishing With Dynamite), offers a classic menu that will delight any carnivore, but the seafood dishes and sides-with-a-twist are excellent as well. Sit in the midcentury-inspired, spacious dining room or at the bar. D (nightly).  903 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.878.9620 $$$$  Map C2 BALTAIRE  Helmed by executive chef Travis Strickland, the sophisticated Brentwood restaurant offers plenty of prime steaks, wines by the glass, old-school charm and sun-or-star dining on its 2,500-square-foot terrace—perhaps best enjoyed with the Baltaire Julep cocktail in hand. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su).  11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660 $$$$  Map J12

140 Pine Ave • Downtown Long Beach • 951 778 0611 •

BOA  Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails. Santa Monica: L, D (daily). West Hollywood: L (M-F), D (nightly).  101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050 $$$  Map M8, H12 FOGO DE CHÃO  Arguably the city’s best churrascaria—those Brazilian steakhouse-barbecue restaurants—is offered at this restaurant with locations in Beverly Hills and downtown. Guests are treated to an endless procession of meats carved right onto their plates. L (M-F, Su), D (nightly).  133 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.289.7755 $$$; 800 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.228.4300  Map J12, I16 MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB  At this on-the-waterfront eatery—the views are pure Malibu—starters like ahi tartare, lobster cocktail and caviar service are followed by fresh fish, whole Maine lobster or expertly prepared steaks. Sides like lobster mashed potatoes and Alaskan king crab/black-truffle gnocchi are legendary. D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su).  18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.454.4357 $$$$  Map west of K7 MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE  Swanky “steakhouse with personality.” Bone-in filet reigns; warm butter cake melts in your mouth. Penthouse at Mastro’s is an upstairs lounge. D (nightly).  246 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.888.8782 $$$  Map J11 MORTON’S  Clubby ambiance, show-and-tell menu, huge portions. Beverly Hills, Woodland Hills: D (nightly). Downtown, Burbank: L (M-F), D (nightly).  435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.1501; 6250 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills, 818.703.7272; 735 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.553.4566; the Pinnacle, 3400 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.238.0424 $$$  Map I11, west of A1, I16, T20 NICK + STEF’S  A modern interpretation of the classic American steakhouse, Bunker Hill institution

Excite Your Meat-a-ball-ism - 1006 Seward Street - 323-962-7267 Las Vegas

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Dining Nick + Stef’s recently underwent a complete overhaul to both its menu and its dining rooms, now a midcenturymodern vision in hues of coral, blue and caramel with brass touches. The menu from new executive chef Andreas Roller includes showstopping meat dishes as well as an expanded seafood menu. USDA Prime beef is aged on-site in a glass-encased aging chamber. L (M-F), D (nightly).  Wells Fargo Building, 330 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.680.0330 $$$  Map H16

Designed & Operated by TV Personality Lisa Vanderpump

PISTOLA  The sister restaurant to Victor Casanova’s Gusto opened last year, giving classic Italian steakhouse fare a modern twist. Enjoy classic dishes such as shrimp scampi, dry-aged Delmonico steak and bonein veal chop in an elegant space with a sleek, 1950s New York feel. D (nightly).  8022 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.9800 $$$  Map I13 STEAK & WHISKY  Rustic meets modern at Steak & Whisky, which recently opened in downtown Hermosa Beach. The fifth joint from chef/partner Tin Vuong and partner Jed Sanford of Blackhouse Hospitality Management (sister restaurants Abigaile and Día de Campo are steps away), it applies a blend of cultural influences to American classics like traditional porterhouse and dry-aged beef. D (nightly).  117 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.318.5555 $$$$  Map L13 THE STINKING ROSE  True to its motto, “We season our garlic with food,” this Restaurant Row mainstay offers eclectic, garlicky menu options including 40-Clove Garlic Chicken, Silence of the Lamb Shank and even garlic ice cream. Premium steak options include Little Devil Petite Filet Mignon and Dracula’s Porterhouse. Pianist Gary Sherer performs Th-Sa evenings in the Gar Bar. L, D (daily).  55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.652.7673 $$  Map I12 STK  The One Group’s renowned steakhouse has a sleek new L.A. home. Expect signature savory steaks, shellfish platters and jalapeño cheddar grits, as well as new dishes such as seared foie gras with spiced rum and crispy lobster tails. D (nightly).  W Los Angeles—West Beverly Hills, 930 Hilgard Ave., L.A., 310.659.3535 $$$  Map J10

Thai JITLADA THAI  The wait for a table is long at this top-rated restaurant in East Hollywood’s Thai Town, but the Southern Thai specialties, such as moo mae chan (grilled pork Southern-style with papaya salad and sticky rice), are authentic and exceptional. L, D (Tu-Su).  5233 1/2 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.667.9809 $$  Map W22

Restaurant & Bar: Open Daily 11:30am-10pm 9601 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310-859-7600


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NATALEE THAI  Traditional Thai dishes are served amid edgy, modern decor. Among entrées are Nutty Chicken (a spicy combo of chicken, onion and dried chilies) and a sole filet in red curry sauce. Veggie lovers favor the spicy maha jumlong curry. L, D (daily).  10101 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 310.202.7003; 998 S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.855.9380 12/2/15 10:12 AM $  Map L11, I11 NIGHT + MARKET  For authentic Thai food, head to either the WeHo or Silver Lake location (the latter is Night + Market Song) of this hip spot from L.A.-born chef Kris Yenbamroong. Celebrity diners include Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Dunham. WeHo: L (Tu-Th), D (Tu-Su). Silver Lake: L (M-F), D (M-Sa).  9043 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.275.9724; 3322 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.665.5899 $$  Map I12, south of W23


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MENU HIGHLIGHTS Shared Plates Farro macaroni Oysters Tuna tartare Pan-seared scallops Cauliflower steak Zucchini beignets

ESTÉREL RESTAURANT Located in the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, the recently redesigned Estérel Restaurant boasts a range of dining settings in which to enjoy executive chef Victor Boroda’s seasonally driven, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Guests can sip an aperitif in the French garden patio, Le Jardin, or host a private cocktail party in the Aviary. Two private dining rooms are available, as well; one serves as a chef’s table, where chef Borda blends French and California cuisines in custom tasting menus. In the open-plan main dining room, high-backed booths and deep blue walls create a sophisticated atmosphere, and an exhibition kitchen with a wood-burning oven provides a show. Additionally, guests can enjoy cocktails created by Ferrari Watts, Riviera 31 Lounge Bar’s resident mixologist. B,L,D (daily), Br (Su).

Plates Seared ahi tuna Grass-fed burger Squid-ink tagliatelle Grass-fed Angus skirt steak frites Poulet rôti Lamb shank Grilled Maine lobster Ancient grain bowl

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Blvd., L.A.


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LADINING RISTORANTE AL MARE Savor fresh and authentic handmade pastas, thin crust pizzas and Italian seafood classics such as cioppino and branzino at Ristorante al Mare, a new Italian eatery from the team behind Trastevere and La Piazza at the Grove. Located on the Santa Monica Pier, the three-story restaurant features a rooftop dining deck and full bar with unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean and Malibu coastline (a perfect spot to enjoy happy hour, 4:30-7:30 daily). The restaurant also boasts second floor balcony terraces and a private dining room, as well as firstfloor decks overlooking the bustling boardwalk and beautiful Santa Monica beaches. Find live music on the rooftop every weekend and some Fridays. L, D (daily).

250 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica 310.458.4448 •

THE STINKING ROSE— A GARLIC RESTAURANT The Stinking Rose has been a mainstay on the dining scene since 1996. The restaurant’s latest addition is a supplemental Garlic Stake menu, which includes such premium beef specialties as the Little Devil petite filet mignon, Dracula’s Porterhouse (a carnivore’s dream of the perfectly prepared cut, with New York and filet mignon cooked separately), a bone-in filet mignon and the newest addition, a ribeye steak. The Gar Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy an evening of standards and pop songs performed by piano man Gary Sherer, who tickles the ivories Thursday through Saturday nights. Settle into a cozy booth or find a seat at the bar and enjoy an evening of fine food and pure entertainment. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills 310.652.7673 •

208 RODEO Set atop the “Spanish steps” of Beverly Hills’ Via Rodeo, 208 Rodeo serves seasonal cuisine with California, pan-Asian and French flair. The restaurant’s proximity to such luxury retailers as Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel makes it a celebrity hot spot as well as convenient stop for a post-shopping repast. Share a meal in its warm and modern Hollywood Regency-style dining room, or take a seat on the romantic patio overlooking the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (setting of the film Pretty Woman). Beautifully presented and imaginatively prepared dishes include a signature 28-ounce tomahawk rib-eye steak and a 1.5-pound lobster tail, and a children’s menu, a full bar and tempting desserts such as gelato round out the offerings. B, L, D (daily).

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RESTAURANTS City Index Our superguide by area, with cross reference to listings by cuisine.





208 RODEO  (California)..................................... 62

FATHER’S OFFICE   (Brew/Pub)..................... 62


ABIGAILE  (American)................................................ 60

THE BAZAAR  (Spanish).................................... 68

LUKSHON  (Pan-Asian)........................................... 67

BOUCHON  (French).............................................. 63

MEXICANO  (Mexican)............................................66

CRUSTACEAN  (Pan-Asian)............................... 66

NATALEE THAI  (Thai).........................................69

FIG & OLIVE  (Mediterranean)........................... 66 FOGO DE CHAO  (Steak).................................. 68 MATSUHISA  (Japanese)..................................... 66

CULINA  (Italian).....................................................64 FREDS AT BARNEYS  (American)................... 60


MORTON’S  (Steak).............................................. 68

IL FORNAIO  (Italian)..........................................64

BÄCO MERCAT  (Eclectic)...................................63

NOBU  (Japanese)..................................................... 66

MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE  (Steak).......... 68

BESTIA  (Italian)......................................................... 64

THE STINKING ROSE  (Steak)...................... 69

MAUDE   (California)............................................... 63

BOTTEGA LOUIE  (Italian)..............................64

MORTON’S  (Steak).............................................. 68 MR CHOW  (Chinese)............................................ 63 NATALEE THAI  (Thai)...................................... 69 SPAGHETTINI  (Italian)...................................... 65 SPAGO  (California)................................................. 63 URASAWA  (Japanese)......................................... 66

BROKEN SPANISH  (Mexican).........................66 B.S. TAQUERIA  (Mexican).................................66 COMMISSARY  (California)..................................63 CORAZON Y MIEL  (Mexican)..........................66 DRAGO CENTRO  (Italian)................................ 64 FACTORY KITCHEN  (Italian)......................... 64

3RD STREET  MELROSE AVENUE A.O.C.  (Mediterranean).......................................... 66 CROSSROADS KITCHEN  (Mediterranean).6 6 THE DISTRICT  (Pan-Asian).................................66 ESTÉREL  (Mediterranean)................................... 66 GRACIAS MADRE  (Mexican)......................... 66 GUSTO  (Italian).......................................................64 INK.  (American)....................................................... 60 JOAN’S ON THIRD  (American)................... 60 THE LITTLE DOOR  (French).......................... 63 LUCQUES  (Mediterranean)................................. 66 OSTERIA MOZZA  (Italian)............................. 65


M.B. POST  (American)........................................ 60 PETROS  (Mediterranean)............................................66

MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB  (Steak)........... 68

SIMMZY’S  (Brew/Pub)......................................... 62

MR CHOW  (Chinese)............................................ 63

STEAK & WHISKY  (Steak)................................... 69

NOBU MALIBU  (Japanese)............................... 66

THE STRAND HOUSE  (American).............. 62

KENDALL’S BRASSERIE  (French)..............63

CAFE DEL REY  (Seafood)................................ 67

VALLEY ASANEBO  (Japanese).......................................... 65 CLAIM JUMPER  (American)........................... 60

LEDLOW  (American).............................................. 60


MADDALENA  (Italian)..........................................65 ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE  (Steak)... 68

GIRASOL  (California)........................................... 63 JOAN’S ON THIRD  (American)................... 60 KATSUYA  (Japanese)........................................... 65

IL FORNAIO  (Italian)..........................................64

MORTON’S  (Steak).............................................. 68

OCEAN SEAFOOD  (Chinese)..........................63

MAISON AKIRA  (Eclectic)............................... 63

SALT CREEK GRILLE  (American).................... 62

PATINA  (French)........................................................63

SUSHI ROKU  (Japanese).................................... 66

SIMMZY’S  (Brew/Pub)......................................... 62



NICK + STEF’S  (Steak)............................................ 68

PETTY CASH TAQUERIA  (Mexican)..........66 PLAN CHECK  (American)................................... 60 Q  (Japanese)....................................................................66 REDBIRD  (American).............................................. 62 TERRONI  (Italian).....................................................65 WP24  (Pan-Asian)...................................................... 67

PISTOLA  (Steak).................................................... 69 PETTY CASH TAQUERIA  (Mexican)........ 66

LITTLE SISTER  (Pan-Asian)............................. 67

GLADSTONE’S MALIBU  (Seafood).......... 67


MORTON’S  (Steak).................................................68

SALT CREEK GRILLE  (American).................... 62

LOVE & SALT  (California).................................. 63

KATSUYA  (Japanese)..............................................65

LITTLE SISTER  (Pan-Asian)............................. 67

DÍA DE CAMPO  (Mexican)....................................66 FISHING WITH DYNAMITE  (Seafood).... 67 IL FORNAIO  (Italian)..........................................64

FOGO DE CHAO  (Steak)....................................68


THE ARTHUR J  (Steak)........................................... 68 CLAIM JUMPER  (American)........................... 60

BAR PINXTO  (Spanish)...................................... 67 BOA  (Steak)............................................................... 68 CASSIA  (Eclectic)................................................... 63

GJELINA  (Mediterranean)................................... 66 PLANT FOOD AND WINE  (California)... 63 SIMMZY’S  (Brew/Pub)......................................... 62 THE TASTING KITCHEN  (California)........ 63

FATHER’S OFFICE  (Brew/Pub).................... 62


FIG RESTAURANT  (California)..................... 63

ALIMENTO  (Italian)................................................ 64

THE HUNGRY CAT  (Seafood)........................ 67

PROVIDENCE  (Seafood)................................... 67

BIRCH  (American)..................................................... 60

INDEPENDENCE  (American)........................ 60

RED O  (Mexican)..................................................... 66

CECCONI’S  (Italian)............................................64

BOWERY BUNGALOW  (Mediterranean)...66

LA VECCHIA CUCINA  (Italian)...................64

CAVATINA  (California)........................................ 62

THE LITTLE DOOR  (French).......................... 63

THE CHURCH KEY  (American).................... 60

LOCANDA DEL LAGO  (Italian)..................64

KATANA  (Japanese).............................................. 65

MÉLISSE  (French).................................................. 63

NIGHT + MARKET  (Thai)................................ 69

PIZZERIA MOZZA  (Italian)............................ 65

SMOKE.OIL.SALT  (Spanish).......................... 68

BUTCHERS & BARBERS  (American)......... 60

SON OF A GUN  (Seafood)............................... 67

HOUSE OF MACAU  (Chinese).........................63

SUSHI ROKU  (Japanese).................................... 66

THE HUNGRY CAT  (Seafood).......................... 67

TERRINE  (California)............................................ 63

JITLADA THAI  (Thai)...........................................69

TERRONI  (Italian).................................................. 65

KATSUYA  (Japanese)..............................................65

MILO & OLIVE  (California)............................... 63

NIGHT + MARKET SONG  (Thai).................69

O’BRIEN’S IRISH PUB  (British).................. 62


PUBLIC KITCHEN + BAR  (Brew/Pub)........ 62

OX & SON  (American)......................................... 60

BALTAIRE  (Steak)........................................................ 68

TROIS MEC  (Eclectic).............................................63

KATSUYA  (Japanese)........................................... 65 TAVERN  (California).............................................. 63

RED O  (Mexican)..................................................... 66 RISTORANTE AL MARE  (Italian).............. 65


ROBATA BAR  (Japanese).................................. 66

ANIMAL  (American)............................................. 60


JON & VINNY’S  (Italian)..................................64

CRAFT  (American)................................................. 60

ODYS + PENELOPE  (American).................. 60

RUSTIC CANYON  (California)........................ 63

BOA  (Steak)............................................................... 68

PUMP  (California)..................................................... 63 ROKU  (Japanese)..................................................... 66 TORTILLA REPUBLIC  (Mexican)............... 66

WESTSIDE MATTEO’S  (Italian)............................................... 65 NAPA VALLEY GRILLE  California)............ 63 N/NAKA  (Japanese).................................................66

SUSHI ROKU  (Japanese).................................... 66

PLAN CHECK  (American)................................ 60 SOTTO  (Italian)....................................................... 65 STK  (Steak)......................................................................... 69

HINOKI & THE BIRD  (California)................. 63

PLAN CHECK  (American)................................ 60

VALENTINO  (Italian)........................................... 65

MEIZHOU DONGPO  (Chinese)..................... 63

RÉPUBLIQUE  (French)....................................... 63

YE OLDE KING’S HEAD  (British).............. 62

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Entertainment Special Events KURIOS: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES  Through Feb. 7 “Reality is relative” at Cirque du Soleil’s new show, which follows an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension. Check website for schedule. $50-$290.  Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., downtown, 877.924.7783,  Map G16 117TH ANNUAL GOLDEN DRAGON PARADE & CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL  Feb. 13 Golden Dragon Parade features floats, bands and grandstand seating for purchase. Festival offers live indie bands, cultural performances, a beer garden, food trucks, vendors and more. Parade 1-3 pm; festival noon-8 pm. Free.  Parade: from Hill and Ord streets toward Bernard Street, then to Broadway and Cesar Chavez Avenue, Chinatown, 213.617.0396, Festival: Central Plaza Stage, 943-951 N. Broadway, Chinatown, 213.680.0243,  Map G17 L.A. MARATHON  Feb. 14 Established in 1986, the city’s famed marathon is still going strong, attracting thousands of runners from around the world who take on the “Stadium to Sea” course. 6:30 am. Registration $200.  Starting point: Dodger Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., downtown, 213.542.3000  Map G17 YOUNGARTS LOS ANGELES  Feb. 16-21 Enjoy multidisciplinary dance, music, theater and voice performances by rising stars ages 15-18 who were selected by the YoungArts Foundation from approximately 12,000 applicants to receive mentoring, scholarships and more (Viola Davis, Nicki Minaj and director Jenji Kohan are among the program’s esteemed alumni). Performances are part of the 2016 YoungArts Los Angeles regional program. See website for public performance schedule, tickets and more information.  Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring St., downtown,  Map H16


AIR + STYLE  Feb. 20-21 This festival, presented by snowboarder Shaun White, marks its second year in L.A. with a full weekend of action sports (the event boasts a 16-story-high snowboard jump) and music headliners that include Incubus, J. Cole and Haim. Also: art, fashion and technology exhibits. Noon. One-day ticket $75, weekend pass $135, under 10 free with ticketed adult.  Exposition Park at the Coliseum, 700 Exposition Park Drive, downtown, 323.651.4300  Map K15 PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE LOS ANGELES BOAT SHOW  Feb. 25-28 Get ready to set sail at this show, taking place concurrently downtown and in Marina del Rey, with free shuttle service between locations. Shop for boats, gear and accessories downtown, or head to the waterfront to check out larger vessels and participate in sailing seminars and powerboating sessions. Check website for hours. $15, under 16 free.  Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown; Burton W. Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey,  Map I15, N9 LOS ANGELES TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW  Feb. 27-28 The largest travel show in the nation features rock climbing, exotic dishes at the Taste of Travel Stage, live music and tips from TV’s travel experts. 10 am-5 pm. One-day ticket $12-$16, two-day ticket $18-$25, under 17 free with paid adult.  Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 203.878.2577, ext. 100  Map O16

Theater DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE  Feb. 2-21 Have the time of your life at this musical stage adaptation of the classic 1987 Patrick Swayze romance.  Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770  Map H13


Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.

Index Special Events.................... 73 Studio Tapings................... 75 Theater................................. 73 Museums............................ 76 Music + Dance.................... 73 Shopping Destinations.....77 Sports.................................... 74 Spas........................................ 78 Attractions.......................... 74 Nightlife................................ 79 Studio Tours........................ 75 Tours + Transport...............81

BARCELONA  Opening Feb. 2 This play by Bess Wohl— making its West Coast premiere here—follows an American woman’s one-night stand in Spain that turns into a complicated game of cat and mouse.  Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454  Map J10 1984  Through Feb. 6 In this new adaptation of George Orwell’s groundbreaking novel, London’s Headlong theater company brings the dystopian reality of Big Brother to life with a startlingly visceral experience. The staging marks the company’s U.S. premiere.  The Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica, 310.434.3200  Map L8 THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX  Opening Feb. 10 Playwright Bathsheba Doran’s work explores sex and romance across generations, as protagonist Charlotte is in love with both her male and female friends—and doesn’t know how to explain this to her parents, who have their own secrets.  Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772  Map H16 THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING)  Through Feb. 14 The Office’s Rainn Wilson is the star of this acclaimed one-man play, written by Will Eno, that almost defies explanation. As the tragic yet hilarious Thom, Wilson delivers a poignant monologue consisting of various ruminations on life.  Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454  Map J10 THE ILLUSIONISTS: LIVE FROM BROADWAY  Opening Feb. 23 Have your mind blown at this spectacular showcase, the best-selling magic show in Broadway history. A roster of incredible illusionists performs deathdefying stunts and jaw-dropping magic tricks.  Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770  Map H13 AN ACT OF GOD  All month Emmy-winning funnyman Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) takes on his loftiest role yet: He plays God himself and answers some of humanity’s most burning questions in this irreverent, highly acclaimed comedy. Written by The Daily Show alum David Javerbaum, the play arrives in L.A. for the first time after a successful Broadway run.  Ahmanson Theatre, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772  Map H16

Music + Dance CENTER FOR THE ART OF PERFORMANCE AT UCLA  Feb. 9 Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 plus Red Baraat: Mardi Gras Bhangra. Feb. 11 Maria Alyokhina (of Pussy Riot) in Conversation with Edward Goldman: Art, Sex & Disobedience. Feb. 21 Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Ravel & Beethoven. Feb. 26 Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort, plus Sam Amidon.  Royce Hall, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.825.2101,  Map J10

Eau de Romance Perfect for a Valentine’s date— or just a fun night out—two events this month teach you about the art of scents while adding another dimension to your museum visit. Led by Saskia Wilson-Brown, founder of the Institute for Art and Olfaction (, the Aromas of Desire workshop, Feb. 7 at the Getty Villa, explores the fragrance waters and perfume oils of Greece and Rome. Feb. 27 at the Getty Center, coinciding with the Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV exhibition (which includes The Battle of Arbela, pictured above), Wilson-Brown’s Froth and Folly: Scent for 18th-Century French Nobility transports you to the halls of Versailles. Both classes offer the opportunity to grab pipettes, mix molecules and find the fragrance that tickles your fancy. Visit for ticket and schedule information. p. 76

“Hotel California” co-writers Glenn Frey and Don Henley met at the Troubadour (p. 81) in 1970. The duo played with Linda Ronstadt’s band before co-founding the Eagles.


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Attractions + Museums Antonio. Feb. 19 Lakers vs. San Antonio. Feb. 20 Clippers vs. Golden State. Feb. 21 Harlem Globetrotters. Feb. 22 Clippers vs. Phoenix. Feb. 23 Kings vs. Calgary. Feb. 24 Clippers vs. Denver. Feb. 25 Kings vs. Edmonton. Feb. 26 Lakers vs. Memphis. Feb. 27 Kings vs. Buffalo. Feb. 29 Clippers vs. Brooklyn.  1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100  Map I15

Attractions Aquarium of the Pacific  Focus is on Pacific Ocean sea life. Touch the ocean’s predators in Shark Lagoon and meet penguins, sea otters, sea lions and 11,000 other animals. Daily 9 am-6 pm. $17.95-$29.95, under 3 free.  100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562.590.3100  Map O16

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion  Feb. 5 Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours. Feb. 13, 20, 24, 28 The Magic Flute, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, conductor James Conlon, director Barrie Kosky.  135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711  Map H16 The forum  Feb. 11 Black Sabbath. Feb. 12 Power 106’s Crush Concert, featuring the Weeknd, Miguel, Kid Ink, Tory Lanez, Kehlani. Feb. 13 Gerardo Ortiz; Calibre 50. Feb. 14 Los Temerarios. Feb. 20 iHeart80s Party, featuring Tears for Fears, Culture Club, Billy Idol, Missing Persons, Rick Springfield, Loverboy. Feb. 27 TobyMac Hits Deep Tour, featuring Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Building 429, Capital Kings, Finding Favour, Hollyn. Feb. 28 The Real Birthday Bash, featuring Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Fetty Wap, Meek Mill, Omarion, DJ Khaled, OT Genasis.  3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300  Map O12 REDCAT  Feb. 4-14 The Wooster Group: The Room by Harold Pinter. Feb. 18-21 Christiane Jatahy: Julia. Feb. 22 Three Films by Jennifer Reeder. Feb. 23 Piano Spheres: Vicki Ray. Feb. 24 Lori Freedman and Quasar Saxophone Quartet, featuring guest artist Fred Frith. Feb. 25 ARRAY @ the Broad: Ashes and Embers. Feb. 26 George Saunders. Feb. 27 Callings Out of Context: Tyondai Braxton + Daniel Wohl.  631 W. 2nd St., downtown, 213.237.2800  Map H16 Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts  Feb. 5-6 Freeze Frame. Feb. 10 An Evening With Lionel Richie. Feb. 13 Cho-Liang Lin and Jon Kimura Parker. Feb. 16-18 The 2016 ASCAP Foundation/DreamWorks Musical Theatre Workshop. Feb. 19 Sean Chen. Feb. 20 Bing Wang and Ben Hong. Feb. 27 Keyboard Conversations With Jeffrey Siegel.  9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.746.4000  Map I11 WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL  Feb. 2 City of Light: Messiaen With the St. Louis Symphony, conductor David Robertson. Feb. 4 Gehry + Music: In Conversation, featuring Frank Gehry, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Deborah Borda, Stephanie Barron. Feb. 6 Brian Stokes Mitchell, Los Angeles Philharmonic. Feb. 12-14 City of Light: Mother Goose, with installation, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, organist Vincent Dubois, soprano Camilla Tilling. Feb. 16 Australian Chamber Orchestra. Feb. 19, 21 City of Light: Pelléas et Mélisande, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Feb. 20 Dianne Reeves; Gregory Porter. Feb. 21 Yundi in Recital. Feb. 23 City of Light: Chamber Music From France. Feb. 25-28 Dudamel & Music From the Americas, featuring L.A. Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, pianist Sergio Tiempo. Feb. 26 Daniil Trifonov.  111 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 323.850.2000  Map H16

Sports Staples center  Feb 2. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Minnesota. Feb. 3 Los Angeles Clippers vs. Minnesota. Feb 4 Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim. Feb. 18 Clippers vs. San

Artists & fleas  Hip artist, designer and vintage market is an import from Brooklyn and Chelsea, New York. Food trucks, workshops, DJs and guest entertainers are also on hand. The market takes place on the third weekend of each month in a former truck-service station. 11 am-5 pm. Free.  647 Mateo St., downtown, 310.900.9987  Map J17 barnsdall art park  Eleven-acre park in the Los Feliz/Hollywood area that features Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, as well as the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Art Center, Junior Art Center and Barnsdall Gallery Theatre. Park: daily 5 am-10 pm; Municipal Art Gallery: Th-Su noon-5 pm; Hollyhock House tours: Th-Su 11 am-3 pm. Hollyhock House tours $3-$7 (credit card only).  4800 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.913.4031,  Map W22 Central LIbrary  Downtown beaux arts-style landmark is the nation’s third-largest public library in terms of book and periodical holdings. It also holds many archival collections. M-Th 10 am-8 pm; F-Sa 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Su 1-5 pm. Free.  630 W. 5th St., downtown, 213.228.7000  Map I16 Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels    Stunning contemporary cathedral opposite Music Center. M-F 6:30 am-6 pm; Sa 9 am-6 pm; Su 7 am-6 pm.  555 W. Temple St., downtown, 213.680.5200  Map H17 Chinatown  Ornate architecture, dim sum and shops with Eastern wares centered around a central plaza. Art and antiques on Chung King Road.  Between Cesar E. Chavez Avenue and Bernard Street, Yale and Spring streets, downtown  Map G17 DESCANSO GARDENS  Collections include coast live oaks, roses and an award-winning camellia garden. Enjoy family-friendly festivals, performances, classes and activities for children. The Oak Woodland and the Ancient Forest are recent additions. Daily 9 am-5 pm. $4-$9, under 5 free.  1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200  Map Q19 Disney California Adventure Park  Soarin’ Over California, A Bug’s Land, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania!, Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Cars Land and more. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $93-$99, under 3 free.  1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565  Map D6 Disneyland  Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. Updated Star Tours (including a new location from Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain. Fireworks; fantastic Fantasmic! continues. Call for hours. Admission (includes all rides and attractions): $93-$99, under 3 free.  1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565  Map D6 Dolby Theatre  Tour the home of the Academy Awards, formerly named the Kodak Theatre. Daily 10:30 am-4 pm. $16-$20, under 3 free.  6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.308.6300  Map H13

Egyptian Theatre  Restored 1922 Hollywood landmark screens classics, cult favorites, indie films. Excellent Forever Hollywood screenings are exclusive to the theater. Call for schedule and pricing.  6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.466.3456  Map H13 El Capitan TheatrE  1926 Spanish-style movie   palace screens Disney films new and old. Tours available. Call or visit for details, schedule and pricing.  6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.7674  Map H13 El Pueblo de Los Angeles  Birthplace of Los Angeles; the site of this historical monument dates to 1781. Historic buildings, 11 of which are open to the public, include 1818 Avila Adobe, L.A.’s oldest.  125 Paseo de la Plaza, downtown, 213.628.1274  Map H17 Farmers Market  Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants and gift shops in open-air setting. M-F 9 am-9 pm; Sa 9 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-7 pm.  6333 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.933.9211  Map I13 Griffith Observatory  Iconic attraction with spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign. Hourly shows at planetarium. Tu-F noon-10 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-10 pm. Admission free; planetarium shows $3-$7, under 5 free.  2800 E. Observatory Road, Griffith Park, L.A., 213.473.0800  Map U23 Guinness World Record Museum  Shrine to   amazing achievements. Su-Th 10 am-midnight; F-Sa   10-1 am. $9.99-$16.99, under 5 free.  6764 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.463.6433  Map H13 L.A. LIVE  Bustling entertainment center is home to the Grammy Museum, Microsoft Theater and Club Nokia; restaurants including WP24, Ford’s Filling Station and Tom’s Urban; high-tech bowling lanes; and nightspots such as the Conga Room.  800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.763.5483  Map I15
 L.A. Zoo AND Botanical Gardens  Home to more than 250 animal species, many of them endangered. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Ticket sales cease one hour before closing. $15-$20, under 2 free.  5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.644.4200  Map T23 LEGOLAND  Legoland California Resort features more than 60 rides, shows and attractions, Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland Water Park and Legoland Hotel. See legoland. com for hours, ticket packages, hotel accommodations and discounts. Parking $15-$25.  1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346 Queen Mary  Historic ocean liner—bigger than the Titanic!—permanently berthed in Long Beach Harbor. Shops, hotel, art deco lounge, a new 4-D theater and   restaurants including Sir Winston’s. Daily 10 am-6 pm for self-guided and guided tours. Night tours available. Check for pricing.  1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, 877.342.0738  Map O16 Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum  Visit the Air Force One Pavilion, which houses the flying White House, and a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office. Two on-site restaurants. Daily 10 am-5 pm. $6-$16, under 2 free.  40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, 800.410.8354  Map northwest of A1 SEAWORlD  The 189-acre adventure park features thousands of marine animals including killer whales, fish, reptiles and birds. Open daily; call for hours, ticket packages and discounts. $83-$89, under 3 free. Parking $16-$21.  500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, 800.25.SHAMU  Map I8 TCL Chinese Theatre  Historic, meticulously restored Hollywood movie palace (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre) with Imax screen and walkway of stars’ handand footprints in the forecourt. Visit tclchinesetheatres. com or call for movie schedule.  6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.461.3331  Map H13

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Rainn Wilson in Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), at the Geffen. p. 73


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Attractions + Museums UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD  Movie-based theme park. Rides include Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and the Simpsons Ride and its immersive environment, Springfield. Tram studio tour includes King Kong 360 3-D, film and TV sets and the new Fast & Furious—Supercharged hydraulic motion-based thrill ride. Call or check for hours and prices.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377  Map U20 USS IOWA  Former battleship (the “Battleship of Presidents”) is permanently docked as a floating museum. Daily 10 am-5 pm; last ticket sold at 4 pm. $11.95-$19.95, under 5 free.  Pacific Battleship Center, USS Iowa BB-61, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, 877.446.9261  Map O15

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WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL  Frank Gehrydesigned architectural landmark at the Music Center. Tour options include hourlong, self-guided audio tours and docent-led tours. Hours and days vary. Visit for schedule and pricing.  151 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.4399  Map H16

Studio Tours


See the art that the American West inspires


of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale® February 6–March 20

PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIO TOUR  Two-hour group tour of Hollywood’s longest-operating and only remaining major studio. Reservation recommended. Tours daily (except some holidays) every half-hour 9:30 am-2 pm. $55; VIP tour $178, under 10 not admitted. 2.5-hour After Dark Tour every 15 minutes F 7:15-8 pm; Sa 7:30-8 pm. $78, under 12 not admitted.  5515 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, 323.956.1777  Map I14 SONY PICTURES STUDIO TOUR  Two-hour walking tour of working motion-picture studio includes stages where television shows and movies including The Wizard of Oz and Spider-Man were filmed. Reservation, photo ID required. M-F 9:30 am-2:30 pm. $40, under 12 not admitted. Parking free.  10202 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310.244.8687  Map L11 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD  Legendary studio tour (also see listing under “Attractions”). VIP Experience includes private tour of movie studio, prop warehouse, front-of-line privileges, gourmet lunch and other perks. Check or call for hours and current prices.  100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.3801  Map U20
 WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR HOLLYWOOD  Three-hour tour of working TV and film studio includes backlots, soundstages, costume department and museum, plus observation of filming (when possible). Stage 48: Script to Screen soundstage gives guests behind-the-scenes access to the world of film and TV production. Deluxe tour available. Reservation recommended; photo ID required. Daily 8 am-4 pm. $62, under 8 not admitted.  3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.972.8687  Map U20

Studio Tapings AUDIENCES UNLIMITED  Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows produced in the L.A. area, such as The Big Bang Theory and 2 Broke Girls. Minimum age 10-18, varies by show.  818.260.0041, ext. 1,

Autry Museum of the American West 4700 Western Heritage Way . Los Angeles, CA 90027 Free Parking . IMAGE: Logan Maxwell Hagege, Common Ground (detail), oil, 34 x 42 in.

THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW  Free tickets to taping of comedian’s daytime talk show. Minimum age 14; minors must show photo ID and be accompanied by a parent. Advance tickets, go to ellen.warnerbros. com/tickets; day-of tickets, call before noon.  Warner Bros. Studios, 3400 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank, 818.954.5929  Map U20 JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!  Free tickets to live tapings of late-night ABC show. Minimum age 18.  El Capitan Entertainment Centre, 6840 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood,  Map H13


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A still from National Parks Adventure 3D, opening on the California Science Center’s Imax screen Feb. 12

ON-CAMERA AUDIENCES  Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including So You Think You Can Dance, The Price Is Right and American Idol. Minimum age varies by show.  818.295.2700,

Museums THE ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY  Cultural venue dedicated solely to digital and print photography. Multimedia studio and retail gallery Skylight Studios is across the park. Continuing Life: A Journey Through Time; Pearls of the Planet. W-Su 11 am-6 pm. Free. Parking $3.50, $1 after 4:30 pm and all day Sa-Su.  2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, 213.403.3000  Map J11 AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST  Museum in Griffith Park explores the art, history and cultures of the American West and houses one of the top U.S. collections of Native American materials. Opening Feb. 6 Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition and Sale (2016). Continuing New Acquisitions Featuring the Kaufman Collection; California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection. (See for ongoing exhibits.) Tu-F 10 am-4 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $4-$10, under 3 free.  4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, L.A., 323.667.2000  Map H14 THE BROAD  This new art museum built by philanthropists and longtime art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad contains nearly 2,000 works of contemporary art. The inaugural installation features Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room (separate free timed tickets are required). Tu-W 11 am-5 pm; Th-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa 10 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-6 pm. Free. Advance online reservations encouraged.  221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200  Map H16 CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM  Exhibits showcasing the history, culture and art of African Americans, with an emphasis on California and the western United States. Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm; Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $12.  600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 213.744.7432  Map M8 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER  Interactive exhibits for budding scientists; Imax theater. Through Feb. 16 Tiny House. Continuing Earth in Concert: Protecting the Planet Through Music. Ongoing Journey to Space: The Exhibition; Mission 26: The Big Endeavour. Daily 10 am-5 pm. Permanent gallery, free; admission for other exhibits and Imax varies. Parking $10.  700 Exposition Park Drive, Exposition Park, L.A., 323.724.3623  Map K15 FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING (FIDM)  Museum and galleries on fashion-school campus. Opening Feb. 9 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design; A Graceful Gift. Through Feb. 20 Hooped: Dress of the 1860s. Tu–Sa 10 am–5 pm. Free.  919 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.623.5821  Map I16

GETTY CENTER  Travertine-clad hilltop facility houses collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Fabulous Central Garden and city views. Opening Feb. 9 Noir: The Romance of Black in 19th-Century French Drawings and Prints. Through Feb. 21 The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography; Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows. Continuing Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV; In Focus: Daguerreotypes; The Edible Monument: The Art of Food for Festivals; Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts. Tu-F, Su 10 am-5:30 pm; Sa 10 am-9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 Sa after 4 pm.  1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300  Map H9 GETTY VILLA  Getty Center’s coastal counterpart features Etruscan, Roman and Greek antiquities. Through Feb. 15 Greece’s Enchanting Landscape: Watercolors by Edward Dodwell and Simone Pomardi. Ongoing Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity. W-M 10 am-5 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 5 pm for evening programs. Advance timed tickets required for entry.  17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300  Map K7 GRAMMY MUSEUM  Museum on L.A. Live campus explores music, the creative and recording processes and Grammy Awards history. Through Feb. 15 Sinatra: An American Icon. Through Feb. 29 Rare Guitars. Continuing Respect! Otis Redding and the Revolution of Soul; Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music; Legends of Motown: Celebrating the Supremes; George Carlin: A Place for My Stuff. (See for permanent exhibits.) M-F 10:30 am-6:30 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-6:30 pm. $10.95-$12.95, under 6 free.  800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.765.6800  Map I15 HAMMER MUSEUM  Traveling shows and installations and permanent collection. Opening Feb. 6 Hammer Projects: Oscar Tuazon. Opening Feb. 13 Still Life With Fish: Photography From the Collection. Opening Feb. 21 Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957. Continuing Hammer Projects: Kenny Scharf; Sculpture From the Hammer Contemporary Collection; Hammer Contemporary Collection: David Lamelas, The Desert People; Hammer Projects: Catherine Opie: Portraits. Tu-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. Free.  10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000  Map J10 HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM  In the historic Max Factor Building, steps from the Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum houses 10,000 authentic showbiz treasures that showcase 100 years of Hollywood’s entertainment industry. Don’t miss Max Factor’s makeup rooms, where Marilyn Monroe became a blonde and Lucille Ball a redhead, and Hannibal Lecter’s jail cell from Silence of the Lambs. W-Su 10 am-5 pm. $5-$15.  1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.464.7776  Map H13 HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS  Art, buildings and grounds, with more than a dozen themed gardens. Gallery includes Pinkie and The Blue Boy. New education and visitor center. Continuing A World of Strangers: Crowds in American Art; Y.C. Hong: Advocate for Chinese-American Inclusion; Friends and Family: British Artists Depict Their Circle; Alex Israel at the Huntington; The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920. M, W-F noon-4:30 pm; Sa-Su 10:30 am-4:30 pm. $10-$25, under 4 free.  1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 626.405.2141  Map R21 JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM  Promotes understanding of ethnic diversity with a focus on the Japanese American experience. Opening Feb. 28 Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920–1940;

Two Views: Photographs by Ansel Adams and Leonard Frank. Ongoing Common Ground: The Heart of Community. Tu-W, F-Su 11 am-5 pm; Th noon-8 pm. $5-$9, under 6 free, Th 5-8 pm and third Th of the month free.  100 N. Central Ave., downtown, 213.625.0414  Map H17 LA BREA TAR PITS AND MUSEUM  Watch paleontologists at work uncovering Ice Age L.A. Among the main attractions are the ever-bubbling tar pits, which make up the world’s most famous fossil-excavation site. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free.  5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243  Map J13 LONG BEACH MUSEUM OF ART  Craft and folk arts. Through Feb. 14 Who Is She?—Terry Braunstein. Through Feb. 21 Barbara Strasen: Layer by Layer; Lori LaMont: Under the Influence; Revisited and Revealed: Selections From the Permanent Collection. Th 11 am-8 pm; F-Su 11 am-5 pm. $6-$7, under 12 free, Th 3-8 pm and all day F free.  2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 562.439.2119  Map O16 LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART  Diverse, superb collections housed on 20-acre campus. Through Feb. 7 The Magic Medium; Various Small Fires (Working Documents). Opening Feb. 13 Catherine Opie: O. Through Feb. 21 Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination. Continuing Rain Room; Frank Gehry. (See for additional continuing and ongoing exhibits, programs and special events.) M-Tu, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; SaSu 10 am-7 pm. $10-$15, under 18 free.  5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000  Map J13 MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART  Premier contemporary-art museum housed in three facilities. Opening Feb. 21 Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun (GA). Through Feb. 22 Storefront: Noah Davis: Imitation of Wealth (GA). Continuing Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road (PDC); The Art of Our Time (GA). GA and GC: M, W, F 11 am-6 pm; Th 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. PDC: F 11 am-5 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-6 pm. $6-$12, under 12 free; free at PDC.  MOCA Grand Avenue (GA), 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Geffen Contemporary (GC), 152 N. Central Ave., downtown; MOCA Gallery at Pacific Design Center (PDC), 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 213.626.6222  Map H16, H17, I12 MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE  Exhibits on prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust, human-rights issues and Anne Frank’s life and legacy. (See for additional exhibits.) Su-W, F 10 am-5 pm; Th 10 am-9:30 pm (extended hours for Anne only). $11.50-$15.50, under 5 free.  9786 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.553.8403  Map J11 NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY  Thirty-three million objects, from dinosaur fossils to fish. (See for exhibits and events.) Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free.  900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, L.A., 213.763.3466  Map K15 PASADENA MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART  California art, architecture, design. Continuing Of Cottages and Castles: The Art of California Faience; The Nature of William S. Rice: Arts and Crafts Painter and Printmaker; Robert Cremean: The Beds of Procrustes and the Seven Deadly Sins. Ongoing Kosmic Krylon Garage. W-Su noon-5 pm. $5-$7, under 12 free, first F and third Th of the month free.  490 E. Union St., Pasadena, 626.568.3665  Map Q20 PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM  Newly renovated museum houses some 150 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles and features permanent and rotating exhibits on display. Additions include 25 new galleries, Forza Motorsports Racing Experience and Disney/Pixar Cars Mechanical Institute. Daily 10 am-6 pm. $7-$15, under 3 free.  6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277  Map J13 SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER  The American Jewish experience. Through Feb. 21 A Path Appears: Actions for a Better World; Manzanar: The Wartime Photographs of Ansel Adams; Citizen 13660: The Art of Miné Okubo. Ongoing


FOWLER MUSEUM  Art and material culture from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas. Opening Feb. 21 José Montoya’s Abundant Harvest: Works on Paper/ Works on Life. Continuing Fowler in Focus: Spirits in the Loom: Lao-Tai Textiles; Disguise: Masks & Global African Art; Celebrate/Demonstrate: Photographs of Global L.A. by Cindy Bendat. Ongoing Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives. W, F-Su noon-5 pm; Th noon-8 pm. Free. Parking $3-$12.  UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive N., L.A., 310.825.4361  Map I10


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Shopping Visions and Values; Noah’s Ark. Tu-F noon-5 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-5 pm. $5-$10, under 2 free, free Th.  2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.440.4500  Map G9 USC PACIFIC ASIA MUSEUM  Southeast Asian and Pacific Island art and culture. Opening Feb. 26 Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in 15th-Century China. Continuing The View From a Scholar’s Studio: Japanese Literati Paintings From Tiezudingzhai Collection. W-Su 10 am-6 pm. $7-$10, under 12 free.  46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.449.2742  Map R20

Shopping Destinations THE AMERICANA AT BRAND  Downtown Glendale hot spot from the creators of the Grove with Main Street, U.S.A., atmosphere and trolley. Some 90 stores and dining options. 889 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.637.8900  Map U23 BEVERLY CENTER  Trendsetting mall near West Hollywood has more than 100 boutiques (Burberry, Fendi, Gucci, Uniqlo, new Cos) and several restaurants. Anchored by Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.  8500 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.854.0070  Map I12 CAMARILLO PREMIUM OUTLETS  Luxury outlet center just north of L.A. County. 740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, 805.445.8520  Map northwest of A1

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CITADEL OUTLETS  Outlet center south of downtown offers discounted duds from Kate Spade, H&M, Banana Republic, Levi’s and Converse, to name just a few.  100 Citadel Drive, L.A., 323.888.1724  Map B4

HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND  Home of the Academy Awards’ Dolby Theatre. Tinseltown-themed retail, dining and entertainment center features restaurants, a cinema, high-tech bowling lanes, stores such as Louis Vuitton and Lucky Brand Jeans, a 28,000-square-foot Sweet! candy store and Ohm nightclub.  6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.6412  Map H13 MALIBU COUNTRY MART  Outdoor center with upscale boutiques such as new Bed/Stu and Wildfox, plus Cie Sparks salon, restaurants and other amenities and services. 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300  Map northwest of K7


MALIBU LUMBER YARD  Small collection of upscale retailers adjacent to Malibu Country Mart, including Alice + Olivia, Maxfield, Vilebrequin, Alexis Bittar and Tory Burch.  3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7395  Map northwest of K7 ONE COLORADO  Quaint outdoor plaza with upscale boutiques such as Cop. Copine and Sugarfina, plus iPic Theaters and restaurants including Sushi Roku.  41 Hugus Alley, Old Pasadena, 626.564.1066  Map Q19

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Spas SANTA MONICA PLACE  Sleek outdoor mall at south end of Third Street Promenade. Anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. More than 80 boutiques, including Nike, 7 for All Mankind, CB2, Louis Vuitton and Barneys New York Co-op, plus a rooftop dining deck and new ArcLight Cinemas.  395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, 310.394.1049  Map L8

PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM Climb onboard Air Force One and Marine One. Explore the Oval Office. Touch an authentic piece of the Berlin Wall. And so much more!

SOUTH COAST PLAZA  High-end center boasts nearly 300 boutiques, 30 restaurants and several spas. Stores include new Balenciaga, Bally, Ralph Lauren and Samsonite Black Label. Concierge at four locations.  3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888  Map E6 SUNSET PLAZA  Upscale row of boutiques and sidewalk cafés is L.A.’s Euro hang. Calypso, Calleen Cordero and H. Lorenzo stores; Ole Henriksen spa and Eden by Eden Sassoon salon.  8600-8700 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.652.2622  Map H12

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THIRD STREET PROMENADE  Pedestrian-only shopping zone includes Zara, Cotton On, Converse, Anthropologie, Nasty Gal, kiosks and an array of entertaining street performers.  1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, 310.393.8355  Map L8 TWO RODEO  Center with cobblestones in the heart of Beverly Hills features high-end boutiques including Jimmy Choo, Vilebrequin and Tiffany & Co., plus fine-art gallery Galerie Michael and restaurants such as 208 Rodeo.  9478 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.247.7040  Map J11 THE VILLAGE AT WESTFIELD TOPANGA  New openair lifestyle destination across the street from Westfield Topanga shopping center (with trolley service connecting the two) offers trendy retailers (Jonathan Adler, Splendid, True Religion), restaurants with alfresco dining, Burke Williams spa, a yoga studio, a children’s play area and much more.  6250 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, 818.594.8732  Map north of A1 WESTFIELD AT LAX  Travelers flying out of LAX can enjoy some of L.A.’s top retail and dining, curated by Westfield, in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, as well as in terminals 1, 2, 3 and 6. Shopping and dining options include Fred Segal, La Brea Bakery, MAC Cosmetics, Porsche Design, Rock & Brews, SeaLegs Wine Bar, Spanx, Tumi and Wolfgang Puck.  380 World Way, L.A., 310.646.1770,  Map O10 WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY  Open-air mall in the midst of an $800 million-plus revitalization has more than 175 stores, including Bloomingdale’s and Tiffany & Co. Luxe AMC multiplex with Imax screen, food-court atrium and terrace; restaurants include Obica Mozzarella Bar and Toscanova.  10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, 310.277.3898  Map J11

Spas BLISS SPA  Hotel spa goes hip. Full-service spa also includes nail stations, expansive boutique with Bliss products. Sauna, steam showers.  W Los Angeles— West Beverly Hills, 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood, 310.443.8228; W Hollywood, 6250 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1386  Map J10, H14 CIEL SPA  Heavenly modern retreat with Robert Vetica Salon at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills offers luxurious face, body, nail and hair treatments. Access to fitness center and Altitude pool deck. Herbal steam room, showers.  465 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.246.5560  Map I12 FACE PLACE  Specialty studio offers a signature facial featuring an anti-aging formulation whose penetration is aided by the application of galvanic current.  8701 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.855.1150  Map H12 HOTEL BEL-AIR SPA BY LA PRAIRIE  The skin-care products of the Swiss luxury brand La Prairie are

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Nightlife spotlighted at the Hotel Bel-Air. Steam rooms, showers, relaxation room.  701 Stone Canyon Road, L.A., 310.909.1681  Map I10 KATE SOMERVILLE SKIN HEALTH EXPERTS  Hollywood’s favorite facials (try the DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment) are offered in a feminine salon on superexclusive Melrose Place.  8428 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, 323.655.7546  Map I12 OLE HENRIKSEN FACE/BODY SPA  Full-service spa to the stars specializes in face and body care and also offers nail services. Co-ed steam room.  Sunset Plaza, 8622 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 310.854.7700  Map H12 SPA AT BEVERLY WILSHIRE  The spa’s aromatherapy crystal steam room is as delightful to look at as it is to experience. The Nail Bar offers shellac manicures and pedicures. Showers available.  9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.385.7023  Map J11 SPA MONTAGE  The last word in luxury spas, with deluxe services including caviar facials and facilities that include dry redwood saunas, steam rooms, whirlpools, showers and a co-ed mineral pool. Also on-site are Kim Vo Salon, Gornik & Drucker barbershop and fitness facilities.  225 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.860.7840  Map J11 TIKKUN HOLISTIC SPA  Tucked underground in Santa Monica is this traditional Korean spa with contemporary style. Clay room, salt room, ice room, plus sauna, whirlpool, showers.  1460 4th St., Santa Monica, 310.319.1111  Map L8

Nightlife 1 OAK  Strikingly seductive, art-filled club in from New York.  9039 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.2326  Map H12 AVALON  Dance club and concert venue with a storied past: It hosted the Beatles’ first West Coast performance. 1735 Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.8900  Map H14 BAR JACKALOPE  Intimate bar hidden in the back of downtown’s Seven Grand, featuring more than 120 premium whiskeys.  515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.614.0736  Map I16 BAR MARMONT  Dreamy bar just down the hill from the historic Chateau Marmont.  8171 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, 323.650.0575  Map H12 BASEMENT TAVERN  Underground speakeasy in a Victorian abode; live music.  The Victorian, 2640 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.396.2469  Map M8 BOOTSY BELLOWS  Glam club with burlesque shows and other live entertainment.  9229 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.7500  Map H12 BREAK ROOM 86  ‘80s-style bar inside the Line Hotel with karaoke suites and live entertainment. 630 S. Ardmore Ave., L.A., 213.368.3056  Map west of H15 THE BUNGALOW  Seaside cottage-style nightspot with gourmet bites by Fig Restaurant.  The Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.8530  Map L8 GOOD TIMES AT DAVEY WAYNE’S  ’70s-themed bar from the Houston brothers.  1611 N. El Centro Ave., L.A., 323.962.3804  Map H14 HARLOWE  Spacious, vintage-glam restaurant and bar.  7321 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.876.5839  Map H13 LAUGH FACTORY  Famed comedy nightclub.  8001 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.656.1336; 151 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, 562.495.2844  Map H12, N16


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MELROSE UMBRELLA CO.  Rustic-chic space with creative cocktails and inventive fare.  7465 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.951.0709  Map I12 NO VACANCY  Gin cocktails and live entertainment in a Victorian boutique hotel.  1727 N. Hudson Ave., Hollywood, 323.465.1902  Map H14


PERCH  Open-air roost in a historic building; indoor cabaret lounge Bar Thirteen is underneath.  448 S. Hill St., downtown, 213.802.1770  Map I16 SASSAFRAS  Lounge styled as a (stylishly) decaying Savannah town house specializes in barrel-aged cocktails.  1233 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.467.2800  Map H14 SEVEN GRAND  Whiskey bar with tongue-incheek hunt-club decor.  515 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.614.0737  Map I16 THE SPARE ROOM  Gaming parlor and cocktail lounge with bowling lanes and fancy drinks.  Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.769.7296  Map H13 TROUBADOUR  Historic spot books up-and-coming alt-rock and local bands.  9081 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.276.1158  Map H12 THE VARNISH  The mixing of Prohibition-era cocktails is an art form at this bar in the back of Cole’s diner.  118 E. 6th St., downtown, 213.265.7089  Map I17


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DOWNTOWN ART WALK  Pedestrians fill the streets of downtown Los Angeles around Spring and Main streets between 2nd and 9th streets for this self-guided gallery tour. Second Thursday of every month, noon-10 pm; lounge open from 6-10 pm. Free.  213.617.4929, ext. 206,  Map I16 HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS  Dine, dance, relax and take in beautiful harbor views aboard one of Hornblower’s cruises. Choose from dinner and Champagne brunch options.  Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, 888.467.6256,  Map O9 LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY  More than a dozen walking tours, including Broadway’s Historic Theatre District, the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Union Station and Angelino Heights, with a focus on architecture. Call for youth, family and other specialty tours.  213.623.2489, MELTING POT FOOD TOURS  Tasting tours of foodie destinations such as Thai Town (hosted by celebrity chef Jet Tila), Farmers Market and a selection of restaurants. Private tours available. Reservation required. Call for pricing.  424.247.9666; tickets, 800.979.3370,

A LIST LIMOUSINE  Limo service with an all-new fleet of luxury cars, including Lincoln MKTs and Mercedes S550s, and professionally trained chauffeurs. Private custom city tours with multiple language options are also available.  310.568.1590,

METRO  City bus, light rail and subway. Rail lines connect downtown, Hollywood, Pasadena, Long Beach; underground Red Line from Union Station through Hollywood to San Fernando Valley; Gold Line from Union Station to Pasadena and East L.A.; Blue Line from downtown to Long Beach; Green Line from Norwalk to Redondo Beach; Expo Line from Culver City to downtown.  323.466.3876,

AMTRAK  Train and bus service within the county, along the coast and to major California locations. Nationwide connections, multiple-day rail passes. Stations in Burbank, downtown (Union Station), Long Beach, Pasadena and Van Nuys. The Coast Starlight connects L.A. to Ventura, Santa Barbara, the Bay Area, Portland and Seattle.  800.872.7245,

METROLINK  Regional train system connects Los Angeles County with Ventura, Orange and San Diego counties. Six of seven Metrolink rail lines (including the Orange County lines, San Bernardino lines and Ventura County lines) begin at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.  800.371.5465,

ANOTHER SIDE OF LOS ANGELES TOURS  Wide variety of tours, including city, private, coastal, food, wine, adventure and celebrity homes. Also offers modes of transportation (kayak, Segway, horseback, helicopter, hiking).  1102 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310.289.8687,  Map K12

MOVIE LOCATIONS TOUR—L.A.  See 50-plus movie locations while viewing 100-plus clips from films shot around L.A. Bus features stadium seating, 65-inch HDTV and panoramic windows. $50-$65.  Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.959.3131,  Map H13

ART MUSE LOS ANGELES  Illuminating art-museum tours. Call for rates. Museum admission included.  773.350.9094,

STARLINE TOURS  Hollywood’s largest celebrity-tour company offers Movie Stars’ Homes tour plus tours to movie locations, beaches, theme parks, San Diego and more. The CitySightseeing double-decker hop-on, hop-off tour has more than 70 stops around L.A. Prices vary.  Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.959.3131,  Map H13

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DOWNTOWN L.A. WALKING TOURS  Guided walking tours of downtown Los Angeles including the Downtown Architecture tour, Old & New Downtown L.A. tour and the new Hollywood in Downtown L.A. tour.  213.399.3820,

BEVERLY HILLS RENT-A-CAR  Luxury and exotic rentals.  9732 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.274.6969; 6085 Venice Blvd., Hollywood, 310.659.5555; LAX, 9220 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A., 310.670.2020,  Map K12, J11, O10 CATALINA EXPRESS  Year-round boat service to Catalina Island. Daily departures from Long Beach, Dana Point, San Pedro. Reservation recommended. Call for hours and pricing.  800.481.3470, BIKES AND HIKES L.A.  Biking and/or hiking tours in customizable or preset itineraries. Tours include LA in a Day Bike Tour, Movie Star Homes and Tour Hollywood Hills Day/Sunset Hike. Hybrid, road and mountain-bike rentals.  8743 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.796.8555,  Map I12 DODGER STADIUM TOUR  Behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary stadium.  1000 Elysian Park Ave., downtown, 866.363.4377  Map G17

TMZ CELEBRITY TOUR, HOLLYWOOD  Bus tour with state-of-the-art audio-video system explores celebrity haunts and sites of famous scandals. TMZ guides are at the ready to interview celebrities and send footage back to the newsroom. $49-$59.  Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 855.486.9868,  Map H13


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GO METRO Despite what you may have heard, you can get to many Los Angeles attractions without a car. Metro is the nation’s third-largest public transportation agency, operating 2,200 buses and six rail lines, including a subway that can take you from downtown to Hollywood in about 15 minutes. Whether you’re interested in seeing stars along the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, catching rays at Santa Monica Beach or touring any number of L.A. landmarks, Metro can take you there.

Where to Start

Use the Trip Planner at or call 323.GO.METRO for customized travel itineraries. Note that some popular attractions served by Metro Rail are listed to the right.


Metro’s base fare is $1.75. It’s best to pay using a TAP card, a reloadable plastic card that can store Metro passes or individual rides. TAP cards cost $1 and are available from self-service vending machines at Metro Rail stations, or onboard buses with the purchase of a 1-Day Pass. For complete information, check

Metro Rail Destinations

Here’s a sampling of attractions that are within easy walking distance of Metro Rail stations: METRO RED/PURPLE LINE Union Station • Olvera Street

Civic Center/Grand Park • Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels • Museum of Contemporary Art • Music Center • Walt Disney Concert Hall • Grand Park 7th Street/Metro Center • Macy’s Plaza (dining, shops) • FIGat7th (dining, shops) Hollywood/Vine • Capitol Records Tower • Hollywood Walk of Fame • Pantages Theatre Hollywood/Highland • TCL Chinese Theatre • Hollywood & Highland (dining, shops) Universal City/Studio City • Universal CityWalk (dining, shops) • Universal Studios Hollywood

Two children under the age of 5 may travel free with each fare-paying adult. Eating and drinking is not permitted on any Metro bus or train.

North Hollywood • El Portal Theatre • NoHo Arts District (dining, shops, theatres)



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Pico • Los Angeles Convention Center • STAPLES Center/L.A. LIVE 103rd Street/Watts Tower • Watts Towers Downtown Long Beach • Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific • Pine Avenue (dining, shops) • Queen Mary


Little Tokyo/Arts District • Japanese American National Museum • The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Memorial Park • Norton Simon Museum Lake • Pasadena Playhouse


Expo Park/USC • California Science Center • Natural History Museum SEE THE METRO ROUTE MAP ON PAGE 87

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