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10 Editor’s Note
64 DINING Restaurants by cuisine and neighborhood
My June to-do’s.
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81 ENTERTAINMENT Special events, performing arts and sports
Broadway’s historic movie palaces screen classic films; Dudamel conducts the L.A. Opera; the Broad opens a new exhibition; and music, food and film fests share the stage.
82 ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS Theme parks, activities, studio tapings, exhibitions and more 88 SHOPPING The county’s major retail destinations
104 30 Things We Love Amazing art, tasty tipples, feel-good fashion and more.
14 Shopping Suit up for the beach or the pool with new swimwear and accessories from some of our favorite SoCal designers.
92 BEACHES Sandy stops along L.A.’s coastline
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94 TOURS + TRANSPORT Getting out, getting around and getting to know Los Angeles
The Guild pours fine wine in West Hollywood, while nearby, newcomer Norah pours on the charm. On Melrose, Jessica Biel’s Au Fudge aims to please both kids and parents.
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18 Q+A Hollywood Bowl concert promoter Andrew Hewitt (of Andrew Hewitt and Bill Silva Presents) gets us pumped about the venue’s exciting new season.
90 NIGHTLIFE Buzzy bars and cool clubs
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I have a confession to make: I was not born in Southern California. As the editor of a visitor guide, that can make me feel like a fraud, but you know what? There’s a great advantage to not being a native, which is that I take none of L.A.’s charms for granted—especially its weather. Having spent my early years sweltering in oppressive humidity, shoveling snow and having my weekend plans thwarted by rain, I thank heaven daily for L.A.’s reliably mild climate and the outdoor lifestyle that it affords. As we near the summer solstice and days get both warmer and longer, the already plentiful opportunities to spend time outside in L.A. increase exponentially, thanks to alfresco music venues and film series kicking off their seasons, restaurants opening up their patios to the breeze, food and drink festivals coming back to town and more (check out some top options on pages 12, 27 and 81). I’ll take advantage of as many as possible in the coming months (it’s my job to find the best things to eat, see and do, after all), but below are three ways that I can’t wait to celebrate the arrival of summertime in my adopted city, right out of the gate. —SUZANNE ENNIS
» EAT Ice cream is its own food group when temperatures rise, so I’m thrilled by the influx of top-notch scoop shops and their seasonal flavors. I crave Salt & Straw (saltandstraw.com)—I’ll stop in at the Abbot Kinney shop to take a taste of this month’s fermentation series (pictured above: avocado, cardamom and fermentedcarrot custard) and order a cone of sourdough with chocolate and strawberries to go. Smitten (smittenicecream.com) at the Point in El Segundo is another new favorite—I love the made-from-scratch fresh mint chip, and June’s flavor, plum amaretti, sounds seriously next-level.
» SHOP Away go the blazers and boots, and in come the sundresses, sandals and swimsuits this month. I’m obsessed with the block heels and blouse/skirt sets by the new L.A. label Staud (staud.clothing), as well as easy cotton dresses by Velvet by Graham & Spencer (velvet-tees.com), which double as beach cover-ups over my new retro-style bathing suit from Bikyni (p. 15). They’re not made in L.A., but the fun, strappy sandals (pictured above) at the new Schutz store in Beverly Hills (p. 33) look perfect for injecting a little of that Cali-bohemian vibe into my otherwise minimalist wardrobe.
» DO My hands-down favorite way to spend a summer evening in L.A. is hearing music outdoors. The Hollywood Bowl (p. 82) is a staple; I can’t wait for opening night with Steely Dan and fireworks (pictured above), not to mention Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s new culinary program. I’m also charmed by smaller series like Saturdays Off the 405 and Friday Flights at the Getty Center (p. 86). And I absolutely adore the free Dance Downtown and DJ Nights series at the Music Center downtown (musiccenter.org), which alternate Friday nights beginning with Bollywood dance lessons June 3.
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OPENING JUNE 8 NO SHAME Disgraced, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about heritage and identity, opens at the Mark Taper Forum. p. 81 JUNE 10, 12 ELECTRIC CONDUCTOR Gustavo Dudamel makes his L.A. Opera debut, conducting the last two performances of La Bohème. p. 82
OPENING JUNE 11 GENDER ROLL FILM Feminist photographer Cindy Sherman‘s work is the subject of the Broad museum’s first special exhibition. p. 84
JUNE 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 REVISITING CLASSICS Each summer, the Los Angeles Conservancy presents its popular classic-film series, Last Remaining Seats. This year, to mark the event’s 30th season, all screenings will take place in Broadway’s iconic movie palaces, downtown. Highlights include Top Gun at the Los Angeles Theatre (pictured above) and Singin’ in the Rain at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Don’t miss special backstage tours, panel discussions and post-show film trivia at nearby Clifton’s Cafeteria. p. 81
FAIRS, FESTS AND MORE FUN EVENTS
1 L.A. FILM FESTIVAL > JUNE 1-9 Catch screenings of buzzworthy new indie films at Hollywood and Culver City’s ArcLight Cinemas. p. 81
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5 L.A. PRIDE > JUNE 10-12 West Hollywood’s popular LGBTQ celebration returns to town with a parade (see left) and music festival featuring headliners Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX and Big Freedia. p. 81
2 DOG FILM FESTIVAL > JUNE 4-5 Bring Fido to this silver-screen showcase featuring muttfriendly works at the Crest Westwood. p. 81
6 RODEO DRIVE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE > JUNE 19 This Father’s Day, grab dad and make your way to the famed shopping street, filled with rare cars and motorcycles from the past, present and future. p. 81
3 L.A. CRAWL > JUNE 5 Drink your way from downtown to Culver City to Santa Monica at this event touting L.A.’s expanded Expo Line. p. 81
7 DWELL ON DESIGN > JUNE 24-26 Head to the Los Angeles Convention Center for homedecor inspiration during this annual expo. p. 81
4 TASTE OF THE NATION > JUNE 5 Help fight childhood hunger and enjoy food from Hanjip, Viviane and more at this annual culinary benefit held at Culver City’s Media Park. p. 81
8 L.A. WINEFEST > JUNE 25-26 Vintners and wine lovers join forces for a weekend of sipping, studying and celebrating vino in the heart of Hollywood. p. 81
JUNE 18 STEEL YOURSELF Head to the Hollywood Bowl to enjoy Opening Night at the Bowl With Steely Dan, complete with fireworks. p. 82 JUNE 23 SUPERGIRLS Case/Lang/Veirs, a “one-of-a-kind event” from musicians Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs, graces the Greek Theatre stage. p. 82 ALL MONTH PAPER TRAIL See mind-bending origami (like the example below) at the Japanese American National Museum’s Above the Fold exhibition. p. 86
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Making Waves Southern California is renowned for its beach culture, so it should come as no surprise that some of our favorite swimwear brands find their inspiration along SoCal’s sunny shores. This year’s fashion trends, however, are all over the map: lingerie-inspired, high-necked, laced-up, crocheted, high-waisted, bandeau- and halter-topped, oneshouldered, white, color-blocked, mixed-and-matched ... it’s almost anything goes. That’s good news for gals, as there’s sure to be a suit to fit everyone’s style. Whether you’re looking for a demure maillot or an itsy-bitsy teenie-weenie bikini, the fashion-forward looks on these pages, and the chic accessories to match, will have you covered all summer long. —Suzanne Ennis FOR LOVE & LEMONS Beloved for its ultrafeminine dresses and intimates, downtown L.A.-based For Love & Lemons took the plunge and launched swimwear this year. Designed by co-founders Gillian Rose Kern and Laura Hall, sexy suits like this one-piece are available locally at Planet Blue locations. Planet Blue, Malibu Country Mart, 3900 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.317.9975, shopplanetblue.com
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L*SPACE L*Space by Monica Wise’s on-trend swimwear designs are de rigueur vacationwear, and thanks to launches of a hat collection and a sandal collaboration, L*Space by Cocobelle, the SoCal-based brand is making women beach chic from head to toe. (The Fringe is pictured above; find additional styles at several local retailers.) Diane’s Beachwear, The Village, 3292 Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.0974, dianesbeachwear.com
MARYSIA When Kate Bosworth, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba are wearing your signature scalloped-edged designs, it’s fair to say you’ve hit swimsuit gold. Now, recent L.A. transplant Marysia Reeves has hit white, too—the Everything But Water White: The Capsule Collection, to be precise. Find the Marysia suit, right, as well as styles from other white-hot designers, in Everything But Water’s palettecleansing new concept shop. Everything But Water, 238 S. Beverly Drive, L.A., 310.275.4886, everythingbutwater.com
CHASER We already love Chaser’s supersoft, vintage-inspired rocker T-shirts and wear-everywhere silk separates. Now, the L.A. brand is dipping its toes into swimwear. Check out its cheeky line of bikinis, down-to-there maillots, chic cover-ups and matching accessories—like the towel pictured here— at its Robertson Boulevard flagship. Chaser, 134 S. Robertson Blvd., L.A., 310.461.1200, chaserbrand.com
BIKYNI “You don’t need a better body. You need a better Bikyni” is the tagline of this new minimalist, mix-and-match line from Reformation alum Jude Al-Khalil: a sentiment (and style) we’re fully behind. The cool-girl suits, like the adjustable string bikini at right, are designed and produced in L.A. using Italian fabric and sold direct-to-consumer (online only). Worried about fit? The online guide and free domestic shipping and returns make the process risk-free and easy-peasy. 213.477.7386, bikyni.com
ÁLE BY ALESSANDRA L.A.-based supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio’s fashion line doesn’t stop at swimsuits: Accessories like the Altamira hat above, which is available at Planet Blue, also channel the Victoria’s Secret Angel’s “Brazil-bohemia meets Malibu-chic” style. Planet Blue, 409 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0557, shopplanetblue.com
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She’s All That It may not have a sign over its heavy wooden doors, but New American restaurant Norah, from international restaurateur Rohan Talwar, is a welcoming—and welcome—newcomer to Santa Monica Boulevard. The beautiful, sophisticated interior, designed by Thomas Schoos, is a light-filled expanse
divided by a double-sided marble bar, where a fashionable crowd mingles over seasonal cocktails made with house-made syrups and cordials. Chef Mike Williams (formerly of Venice’s the Tasting Kitchen) designed the frequently changing menu, which includes such compelling, carefully sourced
dishes as cast-iron cornbread with rosemary-honey butter; chilled English peas with fresh ricotta; and cider-glazed heritage pork. Consider this an invitation to dine with a lovely new neighbor. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8279 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.450.4211, norahrestaurant.com
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Halibut crudo with grilled cucumber, fish sauce, toasted rice and herbs at Norah in West Hollywood
The patio at the Guild
The Guild, the new progressive American restaurant and rustic wine bar in the historic Screen Actors Guild headquarters, feels like a little European oasis on bustling Sunset Boulevard. Small but satisfying, the menu includes items like a build-your-own cheese and charcuterie board, quail-egg-topped wild-mushroom bruschetta, PEI mussels with spicy Italian sausage and—for all you Game of Thrones fans—a half or full rack of Thrones-themed lamb chops. The cozy spot is perfect for canoodling over shared bites and a bottle of vino. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8741 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.279.9601, theguildla.com
Jessica Biel is married to Justin Timberlake and is a capital-A Actress, but, as a parent, she faces a common conundrum: Where can you go out to eat and make both kids and adults happy? Make that faced, because now, along with stylist/designer Estee Stanley and author/producer Kimberly Muller (plus partners who include the married CEOs of Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop and Barry’s Bootcamp), she’s created Au Fudge: a charming restaurant in the WeHo Design District that boasts approachable, organic, seasonally driven fare; a creative space staffed by professional au pairs; a bakery and gift shop; and a full bar. That’s right—cocktails and Champagne for mommy. Au, yeah. Br, L, D (daily). 9010 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 424.204.9228, aufudge.com
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angeles Forum, and we’d go every single night and then debate which night Jimmy Page was the best. And then I had the privilege of working with Robert [Plant] and Jimmy as a promoter over the years. When did you meet Bill Silva? I met Bill Silva in the early ‘80s when we were both young concert promoters, became friends and worked together on lots of different projects for many years. He was based in San Diego at the time. I was always in L.A. When the opportunity came up to do the Bowl together, it seemed to be a natural and a good fit.
SETTING THE STAGE Summer in L.A. is synonymous with concerts under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl. The always-stellar lineup includes L.A. Phil-produced concerts as well as lease events featuring musical giants from Bob Dylan to Lana Del Rey—events for which Andrew Hewitt (pictured above right) and Bill Silva have been the exclusive concert promoters for 25 years. Though the Bowl’s official season kicks off June 18, a handful of lease events take the stage first this month, starting with Paul Simon on June 1 (for a full schedule, see p. 82). L.A. native Hewitt touts the upcoming season as its best ever and lets Where in on behind-the-scenes details, some of his favorite-ever shows at the venue and how to achieve the perfect Bowl-going experience. —Gillian Glover What made you want to get into the music business originally? I loved music. I always went to concerts. The first concert I went to was Sonny and Cher at the Hollywood Bowl, and the second
one I went to was the Beatles at Dodger Stadium. … As a young man, my friends and I would always go to concerts. ... When we were just 12 and 13 years old, we’d go to Led Zeppelin at the
How do you choose who to book at the Bowl? Your range of shows seems to have something for every kind of audience. That’s what we try to do. We have a limited amount of dates available, but we try and do important and historic artists, regardless. You know, from David Gilmour from Pink Floyd to the Cure to Disney’s presentation of The Little Mermaid—where they’re showing the movie and then a fantastic cast is singing live to the movie—to Andrea Bocelli. What’s different about booking the Bowl versus other venues? In Los Angeles, there’s nothing more iconic and important, and the county of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have made extraordinary improvements to the Bowl to make it the finest facility in the city. June’s lineup kicks off with Paul Simon, who played your first concert at the Bowl 25 years ago. What was that show like? I remember it … was a beautiful, clear, warm Los Angeles night. And Paul Simon [was] performing “The Boxer” without the band,
just him on guitar—a tremendous moment and a great way to start our adventure at the Bowl. Do you have any favorite Bowl concerts that you’ve booked? Of course, many. One of the many highlights was Roger Waters when he performed Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety over four nights. … But I think one of the great highlights is when Bill and I produced Pavarotti. It was one of his last appearances. For any first-time Bowl visitors, what advice would you give to help them have the optimum concertgoing experience? Well, you should come early, you should pack a picnic, or [if you have] box seats, you should order from the concessionaires there. ... That’s a great way to start the experience. What are some of your other favorite venues for live music in L.A.? I love the Hollywood Palladium for a general-admission show. … [It] produced historic shows like the Clash ... over the years, but today it’s been redone, and it’s a great modern venue. I [also] like The Wiltern theater. What are some of your favorite places to eat in the city? We enjoy going to Malibu. … From going to Malibu Seafood, where you can order your fish or ahi tuna burger and eat it on a bench with a view of the ocean, to going to Nobu Malibu and watching the waves crash. THE DETAILS Hollywood Palladium 6215 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.962.7600 Malibu Seafood 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.456.3430 Nobu Malibu 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 The Wiltern 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.388.1400
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Clockwise: Sunset with Aqua Surf School; Aqua Surf students; Griffith Park hike
Hawaii introduced surfing to California more than a century ago, but L.A.’s beach culture exploded in the ’60s, when Gidget and the Beach Boys hit the shores. Today, the professional surfing circuit is a multimillion-dollar industry. Channel your inner Kelly Slater or Anastasia Ashley and reserve a private or group surfing lesson with Aqua Surf School, headquartered in Santa Monica. Or, opt for a summer surf camp, offered to kids ages 5 through 17 (call or check website for details). Wet suits and surfboards are included. Top tip: Schedule a weekday class; it will be less crowded, meaning you’ll catch a lot more waves. Prices vary based on the option. » 310.902.7737, aquasurf.com → Takeaway, or stay: The awesome new Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Venice Beach offers veggie-packed, healthy lunch, dinner and brunch options. Build your own organic salad, or choose from one-of-a-kind options, like the brown-rice-farro-quinoa West Coast Bowl. There are tacos, paninis, soups and burgers, plus French toast and protein
scrambles for weekend brunch. While the restaurant is set up for to-go orders, its beautiful sun-drenched patio, full bar and locally made sweets—don’t skip dessert!—make it pretty hard to leave. » 1239 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.399.9400, greenleafchopshop.com
Griffith Observatory West Trail Hike Griffith Park is crisscrossed by excellent hiking trails, and a favorite find is the Griffith Observatory West Trail. Follow the shaded walkway through the rainforest-like Fern Dell—once the site of a Gabrielino Native
American village—toward a picnic area, where you’ll veer right and continue up a dirt trail toward Griffith Observatory (free admission, closed Mondays; see p. 82). The climb is steep in parts, but you’ll be stopping so frequently to snap photos of the sprawling views that you’ll hardly notice the ascent. At the top, you’ll also be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the Hollywood sign. Visit the planetarium, spot the James Dean sculpture and relax in one of the grassy enclaves. To complete the 3-mile hike, head back along the same trail, but keep right at the fork to make a full loop. The trail closes at sunset, so time your descent accordingly. »Fern Dell Drive at Los Feliz Boulevard, Griffith Park, L.A., laparks.org → Backpack essentials: Proof Bakery, only a 10-minute car ride from Fern Dell Drive, makes delicious baked treats: crispy croissants (the almond ones sell quickly), thick slices of lemon pistachio loaf, savory scones and a selection of quiches. The bakery opens daily at 8 am; sandwiches—salami and Manchego cheese; ham plus pickled radish; roasted carrots and feta; and pickled beets with goat cheese —are available at noon. » 3156 Glendale Blvd., L.A., 323.664.8633, proofbakeryla.com
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Echo Park Pedal Boats Do you remember the last time you went pedal boating? If the answer is “no,” perhaps it’s time to create new memories at the city-run Echo Park Lake, where a concessionaire operates boat rentals and guided rides. Grab a buddy or the whole family and navigate the restored watering hole, where you’ll spot redeared slider turtles, trout, bass and plenty of ibis birds by the famous flowering lotus beds. For a spruced-up experience, call ahead and order a guided gondola ride. Canoes are available, too. Prices: Pedal-boat rentals are $5 per child, $10 per adult for up to an hour (Wednesdays are half-price for locals living in the 90026 zip code). Guided canoe rides: $5 per child, $10 per adult for two laps around the lake. Guided gondola rides: $50 per couple for 30 minutes. Open daily from 9 am to half an hour before sunset. »751 Echo Park Ave., L.A., 213.481.8577, echoparkpedalboats.com
→ Off to market: There are plenty of excellent purveyors in downtown’s revitalized 99-yearold Grand Central Market, located 15 minutes away by car from Echo Park. You can’t go wrong with a Reuben sandwich stuffed with melt-in-your-mouth corned beef from Wexler’s Deli or a slice of Blum’s Coffee Crunch Cake covered in crunchy coffee honeycomb and whipped cream from Valerie Confections. DTLA Cheese, a cut-to-order shop, can set up the perfect cheese and charcuterie platter. Oh, and G&B Coffee pulls a slick espresso. »317 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.624.2378, grandcentralmarket.com Hollywood Bike Tour Tour buses have their place, but those who are more adventurous can get their hearts pumping on a Los Angeles bike tour. Bikes and Hikes L.A. (p. 94) offers a Hollywood Bike Adventure tour: a four-hour ride to/from West Hollywood that stops at the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art and its famous Levitated Mass installation; La Brea Tar Pits; the Grove retail, dining and entertainment complex; Hollywood Forever Cemetery; the Hollywood Walk of Fame and other landmarks. You’ll pause outside studios: Paramount, CBS, Jim Henson Co. and Nickelodeon, where it’s not uncommon to spot a celebrity (anyone a fan of Bella and the Bulldogs?). Guides share historic anecdotes and point out the best vantage points to
photograph Griffith Observatory and the Hollywood sign. Don’t fear L.A.’s roads—departing at 10 am, this tour avoids rush hour and follows bike-share roads. A perk of exploring the quieter neighborhoods is seeing celebrity homes, such as Nat King Cole’s onetime mansion in beautiful Hancock Park. Note: All guides are trained in first aid, CPR and bike safety. Price: $76 per person. » 8743 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.796.8555, bikesandhikesla.com
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→ Snack stops: Hold off on that big breakfast and take advantage of your first pit stop, the Original Farmers Market (p. 82). Standout stalls include Bob’s Coffee & Doughnuts, which boasts a perpetual line; Loteria Grill’s tacos; Pampas Grill churrascaria; falafel at Moishe’s Restaurant; and Bennett’s Ice Cream—because it’s never too early for homemade sweets. Ask your guide if there’s time to swing by In-NOut Burger, which you’ll cruise past at the tail end of the trip. Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Hike Care to climb a staircase that’s visible from outer space? You can, at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Located in Culver City, this California state park has attracted joggers and hikers since 2009, not least for the 282
recycled-concrete steps that cut a jagged line up its mountainous slope. Begin your workout at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Hetzler Road, and follow the path to the stairwell’s base. If that seems daunting, don't worry: The hiking trail zigzags all the way to the 511-foothigh viewing platform, where a panorama of L.A. stretches from the Hollywood sign, past movie studios and beyond, to the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean. Gaze over the view from the benches in the mini amphitheater. There’s also a visitors center with an exhibit showing how this urban park came to be. »6100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, 310.558.5547, parks.ca.gov → Pack a picnic: Before the stair climb/hike, swing by Picnic L.A., where you can mix ’n’ match from a buffet display of farm-fresh entrées, salads and sides. Top picks include delectable poached Scottish salmon with creamy Dijon sauce, Tuscan kale salad with kumquats, and Vietnamese noodle salad topped with peanuts, mint and basil. Grab a cold-pressed juice, soda or kombucha; add a few chocolate-chip cookies for dessert. Picnic L.A. sells picnic supplies—hampers, blankets
and hats—but with its floor-toceiling Culver City views, you might be tempted to stay put at one of its indoor picnic tables. »9900 Culver Blvd., Culver City, 310.838.3388, picnic.la
Runyon Canyon Yoga L.A.’s greenest yoga studio, Runyon Canyon Yoga, hosts classes on a bright-green lawn in the heart of Hollywood. Feel the soft grass underfoot and the sunshine on your back as you fold into downward dog. Located at the base of Runyon Canyon’s hiking trail, the 60- to 90-minute classes run twice a day—10:30 am and 2 pm—and are led by experienced yoga instructors. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Yogi Galactica duo Siri and
Kamala (who has been teaching here for 15 years) take turns leading class and playing live music. Vinyasa fans can catch Daniel Overberger of Black Market Yoga on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Classes are suited to all levels, so bring your yoga mat, breathe in and soak in some vitamin D. Note: While Runyon Canyon hiking trails will be closed for renovations until July 31, yoga classes will continue. Donations are welcome. Check Runyon Canyon Yoga’s “About” page on Facebook. »2000 N. Fuller Ave., Hollywood, laparks.org → Preordered picnic: In the midst of Hollywood’s hubbub stands Tender Greens, a popular salad chain that offers a flavorful, healthy menu packed with sustainably raised ingredients. You might opt for a Big Plate that includes a protein—e.g., herb-brushed albacore, salt-andpepper-chicken or falafel—with Yukon Gold potatoes and greens, or a Big Salad like the Chinese Chicken, a combination of mizuna and tatsoi leaves, golden pea shoots, shaved carrots, crispy wontons, toasted peanuts, cilantro, green onion and sesame dressing. There are soups, plantbased sides (hummus, quinoa, tabbouleh) and cupcakes. Tender Greens even pours wine and local craft beer. Order online for speedy takeaway. »6290 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.382.0380, tendergreens.com
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Step Outside A visit to Los Angeles is best spent enjoying the cool breeze and warm sunshine that nurture the county year-round. This doesn’t necessarily mean taking up paddleboarding in Marina del Rey or hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains (though we highly recommend those activities, too); one simple way to appreciate our favorable climate is to enjoy a meal outdoors. And given the ever-flourishing local food scene, many of its best dining experiences can—and should—be had alfresco on one of L.A.’s premier patios. by REBECCA PARDESS 26 SOCALPULSE.COM
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entrées from land and sea, and sandwiches. DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES HAS BEEN After your meal, take in the lights on in a steady upswing over the last decade, the famed Sunset Strip, or have a laugh at most recently with the opening of the highly the Comedy Store across the street. lauded Broad museum and its neighboring Heading deeper into West Hollywood is New American restaurant, Otium. With a perhaps the most “L.A.” restaurant of all: ground-level terrace that looks out onto a Gracias Madre. Serving plant-based (othgrove of 100-year-old olive trees, Otium is erwise known as vegan) Mexican food, this in a prime position to let you take in the unconventional concept pleases herbivores splendor of downtown’s modern core and and carnivores alike with its flavor-packed enjoy an eclectic selection of locally sourced, menu, large tequila selection and chic classic-meets-modern dishes including outdoor patio. Dig into an enchilada verde smoked bone marrow, falafel and a or chimichanga on the secluded terrace foie-gras funnel cake with strawberries. adorned with potted succulents, bistro lights Just half a mile southeast, in a seemingly and rustic brick accents, and make a night of different world, is Redbird. Housed in the it with dinner before a show at the historic former rectory building of the 1885 St. Troubadour, just a five-minute walk away. Vibiana cathedral, this American eatery offers a unique Slightly southward, where West Hollywood meets patio-dining experience. An open ceiling floods the area Mid-City, is Terrine, a California brasserie where a with natural light by day, highlighting design elements Cliff’s Edge 3626 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., wide range of dishes, from a simple burger to a whole chosen carefully to complement the precious details 323.666.6116 / E.P. & roasted duck, can be enjoyed in a lovely courtyard of the original structure. Dine on a variety of dishes, L.P. 603 N. La Cienega shaded by a magnificent oak tree. Midcentury patio such as the cottage pie with bone marrow, wagyu short Blvd., West Hollywood, chairs, white table coverings and bistro lights create the rib and foie gras, or Australian rack of lamb, and finish 310.855.9955 / Gracias feel of a European sidewalk café. Check the website for the meal with a craft cocktail under the stars. Madre 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, specials du jour—including Tuesday’s confit cassoulet, Fewer than 5 miles northwest, as Cesar Chavez 323.978.2170 / Idle Saturday’s côte de boeuf and everything in between— Avenue turns into Sunset, is the romantic patio at Hour 4824 Vineland for a delightfully French meal on Beverly. Cliff’s Edge. Hidden in an unmarked building, Cliff’s Ave., North HollyAn L.A. story wouldn’t be complete without the Edge boasts one of the most secluded outdoor dining wood, 818.980.5604 breeze of the Pacific Ocean, and Venice Beach’s Rose experiences in Silver Lake. Enveloped by the branches / Ivory on Sunset Mondrian Hotel, Café-Restaurant has been serving patrons in the of an ancient tree and a variety of lush greenery, the 8440 Sunset Blvd., salty air since 1979. After undergoing a major renovapatio transports you far from the stylish chaos of West Hollywood, tion in late 2015, the Rose reopened as a brighter, Sunset Junction, despite being right in its midst. Take 323.848.6000 / L’Ami more stylish rendition of itself, reflecting the changing advantage of the pillow-covered benches and roaring 246 26th St., Santa landscape of one of L.A.’s most eclectic neighborfire pits to fully live in the moment, and dine on a rich, Monica, 310.310.8064 / Nobu Malibu 22706 hoods. Throw on a pair of flip-flops and take a seat delicious dish from the curated seasonal menu. Pacific Coast Hwy., on the sprawling patio lit by wicker lamps and string A bit off the beaten path in North Hollywood is one Malibu, 310.317.9140 lights. Fill up on a globally inspired menu of raw bites, of L.A. County’s most whimsical dining concepts. / Otium 222 S. Hope rotisserie proteins and handmade pasta, and wash it Not only is Idle Hour’s main building modeled after a St., L.A., 213.935.8500 down with a Walnut Sidecar or Macadamia Phosphate whiskey barrel, but also a 14-foot pipe-smoking bull/ Redbird 114 E. 2nd St., L.A., 213.788.1191 / from the craft-cocktail menu. dog—a replica of the legendary Bulldog Café that once Rose Café-Restaurant Five miles north, in a tony part of Santa Monica, is graced a 1930s Washington Boulevard—towers on 220 Rose Ave., Venice, a dining terrace that transports its clientele to the its back patio. Sitting beneath the giant dog while 310.399.0711 / Terrine south of France. With its arched passageways, royalsavoring a Moscow mule and a plate of hot wings is an 8265 Beverly Blvd., L.A., blue accents and white tablecloths, L’Ami offers a experience unmatched anywhere in town. 323.746.5130 French-Mediterranean experience in ambiance as well Moving west to the chic corner of La Cienega and E.P. & L.P. pastry chef as cuisine. French-born chef Francis Bey serves a menu Melrose is E.P. & L.P., one of the city’s trendiest new Zen Ong. Opposite: of seasonal, organic ingredients, including a ratatouille spots. Dine inside (E.P.) to experience the full menu The patio—and magomelet and croque madame for brunch. For dinner, by talented young chef Louis Tikaram, then ascend to nificent city view—at Ivory on Sunset choose from an extensive surf-and-turf menu, starting the outdoor rooftop bar (L.P.), which offers sweepwith an appetizer of shucked oysters and following ing views of central L.A., creative cocktails and a with an entrée of rack of lamb. narrowed-down menu that includes two varieties of bao, tofu Finally, to experience one of the county’s most outstanding alfresco fries and a chicken sandwich. dining experiences, visit the veranda at Nobu Malibu, which offers For a more refined high-in-the-sky experience, visit Ivory on a panorama of the Pacific from every table. Feast on Nobu’s Sunset: a fine-dining concept inspired by Old Hollywood charm. 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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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Beverly Hills BEVERLY HILLS IS A LUXURY LOVER’S MECCA: DESIGNER SHOPPING, FINE DINING, MANSIONS. CENTURY CITY, WESTWOOD AND CULVER CITY ARE POCKETS WITH THEIR OWN DRAWS.
➺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 its depiction on TV and in movies 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. Sip some wine at 208 Rodeo, then 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 hear live music at Mastro’s Steakhouse 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.
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, which is open for business as it undergoes a dramatic redevelopment.
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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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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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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 is prime starspotting 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.
Covering 5 square miles southeast of Westwood, Culver City boasts a thriving downtown with new restaurants including Korean-barbecue spot Hanjip and Indianinspired Sambar. The Kirk Douglas Theatre and the Ivy Substation, home to the Actors’
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➺ Taste the Champagne lifestyle at Virginia Robinson Gardens—former residence of retail titans Virginia and Harry Robinson and Beverly Hills’ first luxury estate. Built in 1911, the estate saw lavish parties attended by the likes of Marlene Dietrich, Fred Astaire and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which performed on the lawn. Today, the 6-acre estate is on the National Register of Historic Places and stewarded by L.A.’s Department of Recreation and Parks with the Friends of Robinson Gardens. During a tour through the mansion, pool pavilion and gardens (including the largest king palm forest in the Western Hemisphere, seen right), you can almost hear violins and the clink of crystal flutes carried on the breeze. By appointment only. 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, 310.550.2087, robinsongardens.org —S.E.
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The Culver City station on the Metro Expo Line
Gang, 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 a stop on the Expo Line, a Metro light rail that, thanks to a recent extension, goes from 7th/Metro Center downtown all the way to Santa Monica. 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 Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! being taped 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 100.
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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 and 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. Steps away is the new western terminus of the Metro Expo Line, which connects Santa Monica by light rail to downtown Los Angeles. 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., new Olive & June nail salon and Malin + Goetz. Father’s Office is known for its burgers, Ox & Son is tops for “oystas,” 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, coffeehouses and restaurants, plus shops such as Lost & Found and Planet Blue. The California Heritage Museum is in a transplanted Victorian-era home, as is the Victorian, adjacent to the museum, which features a cool downstairs speakeasy, Basement Tavern.
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. On Michigan Avenue, the Bergamot Station arts center—now a stop on the Expo Line—has emerged as a hub for L.A.’s creative community. It’s home to some 30 galleries and a café.
A few 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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The L.A.-based lifestyle brand marks its 20th anniversary by opening a U.S. flagship, offering its handcrafted jewelry, scarves and apparel. 395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 236, Santa Monica, 310.907.9301
Short for “Lust Covet Desire,” this e-commerce boutique now has a brick-and-mortar shop showcasing independent designers including Ryan Roche and Gabriela Artigas. 1919 S. Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 424.500.2552
This craft-spirits bar recalls a vintage garage—complete with a 1927 Model T roadster showpiece. 2536 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310.822.1715
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M 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.
up, thanks to the emergence of hot restaurants such as reborn Rose Café-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, there are plenty of 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 in seemingly sleepy, family-friendly Pacific
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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, lined with multimillion-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 main attractions. Rose Avenue is also coming
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spiffy bow tie. Just take a peek at Instagram star Como, pictured right at the new Malibu location of Max-Bone, a shop for dog lovers with an eye for style. There (as at the flagship on La Cienega) you’ll find hoodies, combo collar/bow ties, bandanas and other dog clothing and accessories as fashion-forward as your own. (Fans include Kylie Jenner, whose pooch Norman recently sported the brand’s hand-knit sweater.) Lest you scoff at dressing up your pet, advocates say dogs with light coats can benefit from a sweater on chilly days, and you may benefit from less dog hair floating around your house. It’s a win-win. Just ask Como. 3828 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 424.302.0606, max-bone.com —S.E.
Marina del Rey
Marina del Rey’s main attraction is the marina, the largest man-made small-craft harbor in the world. Restaurants such as Cast & Plow and Cafe del Rey are positioned to take advantage of the views, and at the New England-style Fisherman’s Village, boat-rental and cruise companies such as Hornblower offer visitors myriad ways to get out on the water. For bold items, see listings in the where guide. For a detailed map of these neighborhoods, see page 100.
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Skateboarders take a break at Venice Beach.
Marilyn Monroe once called this enclave northeast of Santa Monica home; it remains a favorite stamping ground 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.
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West Hollywood TRENDS IN FASHION, DESIGN AND FOOD OFTEN BEGIN IN L.A., AND MANY OF THOSE INNOVATIONS CAN BE TRACED TO THE PIONEERING COMMUNITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD.
➺For a municipality measuring less than 2 square miles and with fewer than 35,000 residents, West
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, 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 blow-out at Drybar or a makeover at Blushington.
Melrose Avenue has become virtually synonymous with trendiness, and new expressions in fashion, art and food continue to percolate up and down this street that has 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, Assembly, Kelly Wearstler and Vivienne Westwood. Just off Melrose is the fashionable three-
block street of Melrose Place, where Bentleys line up for chic salons such as Nine Zero One and cutting-edge boutiques such as Irene Neuwirth, Isabel Marant, the Apartment by the Line 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 newer offerings are a Helmut Lang flagship and RH: The Gallery On Melrose Avenue. 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-home owners 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, major east-west streets running through West Hollywood, are filled with trendy res-
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SBE’s stylish new bar and lounge offers craft cocktails and an eclectic menu. 9077 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.777.0266
The London-meetsL.A. fashion brand’s first boutique is adjacent to the new pretty-in-pink Alfred Tea Room. 8467 Melrose Place, L.A., 310.464.2270
This petite, rustic restaurant, wine bar and retail space is housed in the former Screen Actors Guild headquarters. 8741 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.279.9601
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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Beverly Hills may be the county’s toniest shopping district, but Robertson Boulevard is not far behind.
taurants, design showrooms and boutiques from some of the hottest up-and-coming clothing designers. The two streets bracket the landmark eight-level Beverly Center, which is undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation. Bloomingdale’s, Fendi, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Uniqlo, Sandro and Jimmy Choo boutiques are among the center’s more than 160 establishments. 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, Pyrrha for handcrafted jewelry 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 two Italian concepts, Gusto and Pistola. On Beverly Boulevard, you can shop for high-end home decor and accessories at Garde and fragrances at Eric Buterbaugh Florals, dine on French-inspired California dishes at Terrine and finish with a sweet treat from Cake Monkey.
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Beverly Hills may be the county’s toniest shopping district, but Robertson Boulevard is not far behind, with trendy shops appealing to the young and hot set. Hit Chaser for vintage-inspired streetwear for women and kids, and Lululemon for haute yoga duds. 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. Cecconi’s, just off Robertson, is also popular for power lunches.
Fairfax and Mid-Wilshire
L.A.’s Fairfax District and neighboring MidWilshire are among the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the Mid-City/ West Hollywood area. At Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard is the Los Angeles
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The Row on Melrose Place, one of Los Angeles’ most exclusive shopping areas
County Museum of Art (LACMA), a renowned facility with more than 100,000 works dating from the ancient period to today. 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 & 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. To the museums’ east is the burgeoning District La Brea, a walkable stretch filled with hot restaurants like Odys + Penelope and hip boutiques including American Rag and A+R. One of the Fairfax 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, a taqueria and stands with authentic Louisiana gumbo or gourmet Fritzi hot dogs. 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 Paige, J.Crew 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 100-101.
With over 75 destination shops, acclaimed restaurants and independent specialty stores West 3rd Street is the most walkable dining and shopping district in the center of Los Angeles.
Comprised of six connecting blocks between La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, West 3rd Street is just moments from The Grove, The Original Farmers Market, The Beverly Center and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
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Hollywood HOLLYWOOD IS IN THE MIDST OF A NEW GOLDEN AGE, AND ITS HIP, UP-AND-COMING NEIGHBORS LOS FELIZ, SILVER LAKE AND ECHO PARK SHARE IN THE LIMELIGHT.
➺“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 tourists’ feet, 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 in front of the Capitol Records Building, the landmark structure designed to resemble a stack of records.
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, a costume worn by Leonardo DiCaprio and the honeymoon dress worn by Marilyn Monroe after she married Joe DiMaggio.
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
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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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This restaurant in reinvented Columbia Square offers updated Hollywood glamour and beautiful plates of California cuisine. 6115 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, L.A., 323.544.9430
Rubies + Diamonds
Glitzy and feminine describe the decor at this coffee-and-tea house next to Paley, while innovation and creativity define the approach to the menu. 6115 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 150, L.A., 323.465.0400
Head to this trendy new Silver Lake stripmall spot for spicy Thai street food, wine and beer. 2835 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., samesamethai.com
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 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 hot spot No Vacancy, and attempt to get past the velvet ropes at nightclubs like Playhouse and Project Club LA. 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
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perfectly resolved at Donut Farm, a new 100 percent vegan and organic doughnut shop in Silver Lake. The L.A. outpost marks the Northern California-based company’s first foray south. Inside the strip-mall spot, you’ll be greeted by a cheerful, Scandinavian-folktale-like mural of woodland creatures sharing doughnuts, painted by L.A.based artist Bunnie Reiss. As for the doughnuts themselves, you’ll find both cake and raised varieties in flavors ranging from a simple raised glazed to salted caramel, lavender Earl Grey, whiskey tangerine fig (aka WTF) and the buzzed-about banana fritter. Pair your treat with a cappuccino or matcha latte from the vegan coffee bar— L.A.’s first. 2609 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., 213.755.7549, pepplesdonuts.com —G.G.
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 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 100-101.
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Visitors ride a miniature train on the Griffith Park & Southern Railroad.
increasing sophistication. Nearby, a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard houses cult-favorite gift shop/gallery Wacko and hip Bar Covell, and Barnsdall Art Park offers recreational opportunities including tours of Frank Lloyd Wright’s recently restored Hollyhock House. 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 L.A.’S URBAN CENTER REFLECTS THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY, WORLD-CLASS ARCHITECTURE AND DYNAMIC COMMERCE THAT MAKE THE CITY A SUPERSTAR ON THE GLOBAL STAGE.
➺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 Santa Monica. 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 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 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, performing and multimedia arts programming. After a show, take a stroll through the 12-acre Grand Park, between Grand Avenue and Hill Street and 1st 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 Central Library.
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.
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, Aesop and new BNKR lend cachet to the area. The Bradbury Building, built in 1893
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NEW IN TOWN Baldoria
Mozza sommelier David King’s new bar/ restaurant offers pre-bottled cocktails, gourmet grub and a distinctively laissezfaire attitude in trendy Little Tokyo. 243 S. San Pedro St., L.A., 213.947.3329
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel
This outpost of Swiss gallery Hauser & Wirth fills the Arts District’s sprawling Globe Mills complex with museum-caliber art exhibitions. 901 E. 3rd St., L.A., 213.943.1620
Whiskey and farmersmarket-driven cuisine are the stars at this stylish new Financial District restaurant. 888 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 213.988.8880
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 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 A mural in downtown’s burgeoning Arts District—one of Los Angeles’ best places to see street art
in 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.
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.
Chinatown is a great destination for sampling dim sum, dining at new foodie-favorite spots like Pok Pok LA 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 is lined with boutiques. Dodger Stadium is a short drive away, as is San Antonio Winery, which offers tours, tastings and Maddalena restaurant.
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
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 101.
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➺ Inside an inconspicuous downtown office building sits Escape Room L.A., one of the city’s longest-running and most successful escape rooms—a live multiperson puzzle challenge where the objective is to “escape” a room before time runs out. Here, teams of up to 12 people work in one of four rooms varying in theme and difficulty (the Alchemist, the Detective, the Theatre and the Cavern), which they scour for clues and ciphers to help decode puzzles that eventually lead to escape. If the mere thought of being trapped has your heart racing, relax: The experience is more challenging and fun than scary and is recommended for anyone age 14 and over (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult). $30 per person weekdays and $35 per person weekends. 120 E. 8th St., downtown, 213.689.3229, escaperoomla.com —W.S.
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And the Figat7th shopping center is home to trendy boutiques and eateries.
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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Pasadena THE BLOOM OF PASADENA DOESN’T FADE AFTER NEW YEAR’S DAY, AS A BLEND OF SMALL-TOWN CHARM AND COSMOPOLITAN ENERGY MAKES THE CROWN CITY A YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION.
➺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-theart 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.
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 award-winning Chuan Spa.
Playhouse District + South Lake Avenue
San Marino + San Gabriel Valley
Anchored by the Mission-style Pasadena Playhouse, this district offers art-house cinema, antique shops, boutiques and bookstores, as well as 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
South of the Langham is San Marino and its primary attraction, The Huntington, whose library, art collections, botanical gardens and new education and visitor center 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,
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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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This innovative Singaporean bakery serves up both Japaneseand European-style artisan breads and cakes at its new location at the Americana at Brand. 803 Americana Way, Glendale, 818.246.8808
Highland Park Bowl
The 1933 Group has perfectly restored this Prohibition-era bowling alley to its former glory, with eight refurbished bowling lanes, a music room, a duo of horseshoeshaped bars and an open-air kitchen. 5621 N. Figueroa St., L.A., 323.257.2695
The performanceapparel brand has an eye-catching new outpost—its first West Coast “brand house”—at the Americana. 837 Americana Way, Glendale, 747.221.7832
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 peacocks.
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
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the former Wrigley Mansion (Tournament House) 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 and 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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➺ Across from the Americana at Brand, an eclectic, electric draw beckons, at once
visible by the neon sign of a diver perched atop the building. The spot is the newest home of the Museum of Neon Art, the world’s only museum dedicated exclusively to art in electric media. It’s been displaying historic neon and teaching about the science behind the glowing lights for over three decades—previously residing in Universal CityWalk and downtown. The boutique museum consists of a main gallery, a gift shop and a classroom due to open soon, where visitors can see neon being made and take hands-on classes. Need more neon? MONA also offers nighttime Neon Cruises, which take sign lovers on a bus tour of the city’s most iconic examples of neon art. 216 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale, 818.696.2149, neonmona.org —G.G.
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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 102.
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ust 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles and conveniently situated along the Metro Gold Line, Old Pasadena is a vibrant hub of world-class shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment. Comprising 22 blocks of nationally registered historic architecture, Old Pasadena is widely recognized as a premier destination and one of the few truly walkable urban districts in California. Come explore more than 300 independent boutiques, exclusive retailers, sidewalk cafes, and fine restaurants in this authentic main street experience.
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The Valley HOLLYWOOD MIGHT BE THE SPIRITUAL CENTER OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY, BUT THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY, AKA “THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HILL,” IS WHERE MOVIEMAKING MAGIC HAPPENS.
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, plus a theme park with rollicking roller coasters and high-tech virtual-reality action rides. The brand-new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction is all the buzz; also thrilling are the Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attraction and the Simpsons Ride and its adjacent Springfieldthemed “world.” 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 and mechanical bull riding at Saddle Ranch Chop House. Restaurants include new Blaze Pizza, Smashburger and chef Ludo Lefebvre’s LudoBird, and stores such as Lush Cosmetics and Skechers will loosen your wallet.
Burbank calls itself the “media capital of the world”—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 the area’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.
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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
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Emphatic/Girl by Dee Rocco
Find this dual highend women’s boutique at the Village at Westfield Topanga. 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 747.226.3335
Salt & Straw
The Valley’s influx of ice-cream shops continues with this Portland, Oregon, import known for its inventive flavors. 12180 1/2 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.358.2890
The minimalist-cool clothing line is now selling its sleek essentials at the Promenade at Westlake. 4000 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite A, Westlake Village, 323.603.4210
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 newer 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.
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, new favorite the Bellwether 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 drawn to the Valley by its familyoriented 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 last 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 102.
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➺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.
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.
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 eateries that line Pier Avenue. Farther east, Becker’s carries surfboards and beachwear.
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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THE SOUTH BAY’S BEACHES AND HARBORS ARE ACTION-PACKED, BUT THE LIVING IS EASY. LOOK FOR OCEAN-VIEW DINING, MOM-AND-POP SHOPS AND SEASIDE ATTRACTIONS.
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This California-casual spot offers craft beer and an ambitious menu from chef Tyler Gugliotta (the Tasting Kitchen). 502 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach, 424.247.8468
The jeweler opens a shop at the Point, selling her beloved natural-stone designs. 830 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 114, El Segundo, 424.277.3700
Indulge in Baja cuisine and tequila at this upscale Mexicanrestaurant chain’s third location. 12775 W. Millennium Drive, Suite 160, Playa Vista, 424.289.0066
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. Long Beach
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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.
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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 a crafts marketplace and new brewery Brouwerij West. 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-turnedmuseum 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 Gehry-designed Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Cabrillo Beach—one of the county’s most popular windsurfing spots.
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➺ A few blocks from the Strand, in a quiet corner of Hermosa Beach, is a showroom to rival any you might find on L.A.’s well-trodden design paths—or Stockholm’s, for that matter. Hermosa Design is the brainchild of Steve and Farnaz Reneker, South Bay locals and owners of Studio Argente architecture + design. Inside their airy studio and warehouse, you’ll find furniture and accessories that reflect the duo’s dual love of contemporary beach living and Scandinavian-inspired modern design (e.g., colorful multiuse Japanese buckets, durable Skargaarden teak outdoor furniture and streamlined Design House Stockholm glassware). Plan to stay awhile; rotating photography exhibitions and fun events make the space a social, as well as a design, hub. 618 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.374.4300, hermosa-design.com —S.E.
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The horseshoe-shaped pier in Redondo Beach
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 101.
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The Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only (June 12-Aug. 28) is the third iteration of its biennial exhibition spotlighting the practices of artists in Greater Los Angeles. Working in such varied disciplines as dance, fashion, music and film, artists featured this year include Kenzi Shiokava, whose sculptures are pictured here, and minimalist poet and writer Aram Saroyan, who contributed the show’s subtitle. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 310.443.7000, hammer.ucla.edu
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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. Executive chef Tin Vuong presents escargot “poppers” washed down with house-brewed beer. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1301 Manhattan Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.798.8227 $$ Map L13 ANIMAL Bare-bones eatery, from the guys known to Food Network fans as the “Two Dudes,” is a carnivore’s dream. Dishes include delectable takes on offal (such as crispy pig’s ear) and a bacon-chocolate-crunch bar for dessert. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 435 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.782.9225 $$$ Map I13 AREAL Community restaurant serves locally grown, sustainable food paired with cocktails crafted from organic, fresh produce. The daily happy hour is a draw, as is the pleasant, dog-friendly patio. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 2820 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.392.1661 $$ Map M9
Stay In, Dine Out There’s no reason to leave the hotel if you want to check out one of L.A.’s newest outdoor wining-and-dining destinations. Beverly Hills boasts three: the intimate patio at the refreshed Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills’ sexy new restaurant, Avec Nous (p. 68); the crisp Terrace at the Peninsula’s revamped The Belvedere (p. 71); and stylish Viviane, poolside at the Avalon Hotel (p. 66). And Georgie and the Garden Bar, with covered patios overlooking Beverly Canon Gardens, are due to open at the Montage in June. In Hollywood, the debut of the rooftop at Mama Shelter (p. 72; pictured above), which boasts one of the best views in town, comes just in time for sultry summer evenings. Cue that old song: You can check in anytime you like at L.A. hotels, but with dining options like these, you may never leave.
BIRCH Cahuenga Corridor spot from chef Brendan Collins serves a seasonally driven menu (try the rabbit baklava with dates, white beans, pistachio and carrots) in a whitewashed, clean-lined space. D (nightly), Sunday roast noon-4 pm. 1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, 323.960.3369 $$$ Map H13 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. D (M-Sa), Br (Sa-Su). 8730 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 424.249.3700 $$ Map H12 CLAIM JUMPER Saloon-style eatery features grill fare and its own label of craft beer. L (varies by location), D (nightly), Br (varies by location). 3500 W. Olive Ave., Burbank, 818.260.0505; 820 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia, 626.359.0463; 9429 Tampa Ave., Northridge, 818.718.2882; 25740 The Old Road, Valencia, 661.254.2628; 6501 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, 562.431.1321 $ Map T22, Q23, north of A1 (2), D4 CLIFTON’S This kitschy downtown cafeteria, which dates to the 1930s, recently reopened after a multimillion-dollar renovation. The multiple-story eatery offers old-school cuisine like a roast-meat-carving station and Jell-O for dessert, as well as a craft-beer bar, all with woodland ambiance. L, D (daily). 648 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.627.1673, cliftonsla.com $$ 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. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 205 Broadway, Santa Monica, 310.458.2500 $$$ Map L8
Map locators at the end of each listing (Map A3; Map H10, etc.) refer to maps in the back of this issue. Compendium includes editors’ recommendations and advertisers.
index American..............................64 Japanese................................70 Breweries/Gastropubs....65 Mediterranean..................... 71 British/Irish..........................65 Mexican/Latin.................... 72 California...............................66 Pan-Asian.............................. 73 Chinese..................................66 Seafood.................................. 74 Eclectic/Fusion................... 67 Spanish.................................. 74 French.....................................68 Steak....................................... 74 Italian......................................68 Thai.......................................... 75
INK. Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio showcases daring molecular gastronomy at his first restaurant. Explore the constantly changing à la carte small plates. D (nightly). 8360 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.651.5866 $$$ 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 The newest restaurant from chef Josef Centeno, who rules downtown’s Old Bank District (Bäco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa & Winston), offers twists on classic bistro dishes, American favorites and diverse cultural staples (e.g., 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 $$$ Map B2 OX & SON Farm-to-table restaurant and wine/cocktail bar from the FNA Hospitality Group (Art’s Table, Ashland Hill, OP Cafe) is a fitting addition to charming Montana Avenue. Creative comfort-food menu includes items like handmade cavatelli and Angus tomahawk chop, plus gluten-free options. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 1534 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, 310.829.3990 $$$ Map K8 PLAN CHECK KITCHEN + BAR Growing minichain offers contemporary takes on American classics, 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 $$ Map K9, I12, H16 REDBIRD Chef Neal Fraser’s contemporary American cuisine is offered in the rectory of the former Cathedral of St. Vibiana. Rack of red wattle pork and chicken potpie are part of an intriguing menu. An updated Spanish
Suzanne Goin of Lucques (p. 72), A.O.C. (p. 71), Tavern (p. 66) and, now, the Hollywood Bowl’s culinary program won the Outstanding Chef prize at this year’s James Beard awards.
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baroque decor and retro-inspired cocktails complete the scene. L (Tu-F), D (nightly), Br (Su). 114 E. 2nd St., downtown, 213.788.1191 $$$ Map H17 SADDLE PEAK LODGE Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, this elegant hunt-lodge-themed spot is a study in romantic rusticity, with moose heads overlooking candlelit tables. The menu focuses on game dishes such as grilled New Zealand elk tenderloin or pan-roasted Australian kangaroo sirloin. D (nightly), Br (Su). 419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, 818.222.3888 $$$$ Map northwest of A1 SALT CREEK GRILLE Enjoy mesquite-grilled burgers, chops, steaks, seafood and an interesting selection of California beers and wines at these classic American restaurants, which boast outdoor patios and live music. El Segundo: L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Valencia: L (M-Sa), D (nightly), Br (Su). 2015 E. Park Place, El Segundo, 310.335.9288; 24415 Town Center Drive, Suite 115, Valencia, 661.222.9999 $$ Map L14, north of A2
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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 $$$ Map L13
Breweries/Gastropubs ASHLAND HILL Casual craft-beer and wine garden from the restaurant group behind Ox & Son features a rotating selection of small-batch artisanal and “super-local” drafts and craft wines. Dine on creative bar bites in the cool taproom, or dig into Niman Ranch pork-belly tacos on the garden patio. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2807 Main St., Santa Monica, 310.392.3300 $$ Map M9 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
British/Irish TEA ROSE GARDEN This whimsical, English-garden tearoom, an Old Pasadena fixture for 20 years, serves traditional fare including scones, finger sandwiches and salads sprinkled with flower petals. A florist and boutique selling tea trays and loose-leaf teas are also onsite. B, L, Br (daily). 70 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.578.1144 $$ Map Q20 YE OLDE KING’S HEAD Cozy pub/restaurant with traditional English fare, including acclaimed fish and chips. B, L, D (daily); high tea (M-Sa). 116 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.451.1402 $ Map L8
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California Cuisine 208 RODEO This gem of a café sits above Via Rodeo’s cobblestone street, offering all-day California cuisine with pan-Asian and French influences. Dishes include Kobe burgers, seafood salad and penne arrabbiata. B, L, D (daily). Two Rodeo, 208 Via Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.275.2428 $$ 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 $$$ Map H12 CHAYA The original Chaya in Japan remains open after nearly 400 years, and Chaya’s popularity continues to endure in Los Angeles. The Japanese-Californian menus feature modern izakaya dishes in addition to fresh seafood from local waters and Kyushu, Japan. L (M-F), D (nightly). 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.236.9577; 110 Navy St., Venice, 310.396.1179 $$ Map H16, M8 COMMISSARY Buzzworthy 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 THE FRONT YARD The culmination of a rehabilitation project at the Garland hotel, this restaurant features fresh farm-to-table cuisine from chef Chris Turano. Start your meal with chive flatbread topped with chimichurri butter, then move onto entrées like Mary’s Chicken and cauliflower steak. Or enjoy a leisurely brunch and cocktails on the lush patio. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood, 818.255.7290 $$ Map U19
MAUDE Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, an Aussie with a strong classical background, helms this intimate, 25-seat Beverly Hills restaurant named after his grandmother. Every month a different seasonal ingredient is showcased and artfully presented in a nine-course menu. D (Tu-Sa). 212 S. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.859.3418 $$$$ Map J11 MILO & OLIVE The husband-and-wife team from Rustic Canyon is behind this casual pizzeria and bakery. Zoe Nathan’s desserts and pastries shouldn’t be missed. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 2723 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.453.6776 $$ Map K9 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
GIRASOL Chef CJ 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 $$$ Map U19
TAVERN Chef Suzanne Goin’s third L.A. restaurant explores rustic Cal-Med fare in chic environs, including a popular sunlit indoor patio. The frequently changing menu might include “devil’s chicken” with leeks and mustard breadcrumbs. B (M-F), L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, 310.806.6464 $$$ Map J9
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 $$$ Map J10
TERRINE Comfortable, elevated California brasserie fare (e.g., moules frites) from chef Kris Morningstar, restaurateur Stephane Bombet and managing partner/ wine director Francois Renaud. The patio, which is dominated by a magnificent tree and dotted with sparkling lights, is as romantic as they come. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 8265 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.746.5130 $$$ Map I12
LEONA Top Chef and Knife Fight alum chef Nyesha Arrington serves upscale, seasonally driven “progressive California cuisine” (bulgogi-braised short rib; coctel mixto) a few blocks east of the Venice Pier. Don’t miss her burger—one of the city’s best—or freshly baked cookies served from a takeout window. L (M-F), D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 123 W. Washington Blvd., Venice, 310.822.5379 $$$ Map N9 LOVE & SALT Dine on creative Cal-Italian fare (e.g., duck-egg pizza and whole roasted pig head) in this buzzy South Bay spot. Chef de cuisine/pastry chef Rebecca Merhej’s desserts are divine. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.5252 $$$ Map L13
VIVIANE The Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills’ swanky new poolside restaurant features a menu by chef Michael Hung (Faith & Flower), 1950s-inspired cocktails and a midcentury-modern design by Kelly Wearstler. California takes on European and American dishes include a beautiful salad of young lettuces. B, L (M-F); D (nightly); Br (Sa-Su). 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.407.7791 $$$ Map J11
Chinese BAO DIM SUM Premier dim-sum restaurant serves delicious, authentic dim sum in a relaxing, lantern-lit
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DINING atmosphere. Favorites include juicy pork dumplings and shrimp shumai, followed by bao milk buns for dessert. L, D (daily). 8256 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.655.6556 $$ Map I12 DIN TAI FUNG Popular and critically acclaimed dumpling house, originally founded in Taiwan, has two locations in Arcadia and one in Glendale’s Americana at Brand. Foodies line up for soup dumplings with filling combinations such as pork and crab or truffle and pork. Vegetable dishes like cucumber salad and sautéed string beans are also favorites. L, D (daily). 177 Caruso Ave., Glendale, 818.551.5561; 1108 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.574.7068; 1088 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, 626.446.8588 $$ Map U23, R23 (2) HOUSE OF MACAU Modern Chinese-fusion restaurant in the heart of Hollywood from entrepreneur and music mogul Manny Halley. D (Tu-Su). 1600 Vine St., L.A., 323.745.5038 $$ 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 $$ Map J11
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MR CHOW The L.A. County editions of scene-y restaurants in New York and London offer Imperial Beijing cuisine. Beverly Hills: L (M-F), D (nightly). Malibu: D (nightly). 344 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.278.9911; Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, 18A, Malibu, 310.456.7600 $$$ Map I11, K7 ROC Chef Perry Cheung delighted Westside diners when he chose Little Osaka as the first home of ROC (it stands for Republic of China) and its xiao long bao. Popular menu items include a scallion pancake, three-cup chicken and, of course, elevated, made-fromscratch soup dumplings stuffed with pork and fresh crab. Additional locations are on West 3rd Street and in Playa Vista, with a Culver City outpost on the way. L, D (daily). 2049 Sawtelle Blvd., L.A., 310.235.2089 $$ Map K10 YANG CHOW Authentic, fine Mandarin and Szechuan cuisine and an elegant atmosphere have made this restaurant a Chinatown mainstay since the Yun family opened the spot in 1977. Don’t miss the lemon chicken or Slippery Shrimp, which have been featured on Food Network. Find additional locations in the Valley and Pasadena. L, D (daily). 819 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.625.0811; 6443 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, 818.347.2610; 3777 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626.432.6868 $$ Map G17, west of A1, Q22
Eclectic/Fusion 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.
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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, 213.687.7000 $$ Map I16 CASSIA Part of restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan’s burgeoning dining empire, this bustling Southeast Asian-inspired brasserie set inside a 1930s art deco building finds chef Bryant Ng (Spice Table) serving dishes like Vietnamese pot au feu and, on the new lunch menu, an updated version of Ng’s celebrated Spice Table burger. L (M-F), D (nightly). 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310.393.6699 $$$ 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 $$$ Map Q20 ORSA & WINSTON Chef/owner Josef Centeno draws on Japanese and Italian traditions at his acclaimed third
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DINING restaurant. Select a vegetable, fish or meat grain bowl for lunch; for dinner, enjoy a daily changing six-course tasting menu with nightly supplements and an optional wine pairing. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 122 W. 4th St., downtown, 213.687.0300 $$$$ Map I16
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TROIS MEC The holy foodie trinity of Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites), Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook (Animal, Son of a Gun) is behind this hot restaurant in a 24-seat former pizzeria. Diners must purchase advance tickets via the restaurant’s website to enjoy Lefebvre’s prix-fixe, five-course meal. Newer French-bar-style spinoff, Petit Trois, is next door. D (M-F). 716 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, troismec.com $$$$ Map H13
French AVEC NOUS Contemporary French bistro where chef Olivier Quignon, previously at Bar Boulud in New York City, offers dishes inspired by the French Riviera, such as escargot; sea scallops with mushy broccoli, turmeric chermoula and squid-ink crisp; and whole oven-roasted cauliflower vadouvan curry, Marcona almond and goldenraisins puree, served tableside. Br, D (daily). Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310.860.8660 $$$ Map J12 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. Dine on rustic French-Mediterranean dishes under the stars or by a crackling fireplace. D (nightly), Br (SaSu). 8164 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.1210 $$$ Map I12 LITTLE NEXT DOOR The Little Door’s charming, casual extension serves modern French brasserie fare and boasts an in-house patisserie featuring viennoiserie, macarons and pastries. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 8142 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.1010 $$ Map I12 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 $$$$ Map M8 PATINA The Walt Disney Concert Hall pairs classicalmusic offerings with fine dining, thanks to its fine inhouse restaurant. Game dishes are a frequent presence on the menu. D (Tu-Su). 141 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.3331 $$$$ Map H16 RÉPUBLIQUE In a landmark once occupied by Charlie Chaplin’s studio, fine-dining veteran Walter Manzke and pastry-chef wife Margarita turn out bistro classics (e.g., escargots, duck confit and steak frites) for a trendy clientele huddling at communal tables. Café B, L (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Bistro D (nightly). 624 S. La Brea Ave., L.A., 310.362.6115 $$$ Map I13
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DINING 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 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 $$ Map I16 CECCONI’S This London-based restaurant caters to well-heeled clients who schmooze over bellinis and cicchetti (small plates). Pastas including a beautiful agnolotti del plin and seafood such as grilled octopus with capers are well-executed. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 8764 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310.432.2000 $$$ Map I12
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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, L (M-Sa); D (nightly); Br (Su). Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 S. Doheny Drive, L.A., 310.860.4000 $$$ Map J12 DRAGO CENTRO Celestino Drago’s well-executed Italian fare and extensive wine list in a contemporary and handsome space. L (M-F), D (nightly). 525 S. Flower St., downtown, 213.228.8998 $$$ 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 and fresh-made pastas deserve praise. D (nightly). 8432 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.1778 $$$ Map I13 JON & VINNY’S Family-friendly Italian diner from chefs/owners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo has it all—pastries, pizza, pasta (made in-house) and meat entrées. Takeout and delivery are also available. B, L, D (daily). 412 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A., 323.334.3369 $$ Map B2 LOCANDA DEL LAGO Rustic family-owned restaurant overlooking Third Street Promenade. Michelinstarred chef Gianfranco Minuz turns out traditional northern Italian cuisine made with sustainable proteins and locally sourced ingredients. L, D (daily); Br (SaSu). 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
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DINING MATTEO’S An old favorite of the Rat Pack endures. Classic dishes include mussels in white wine and osso buco 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); Br (Sa-Su). Pizzeria Mozza: 641 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 323.297.0101; Mozza2Go: 6610 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.297.1130 $$ Map H13 RAO’S New York’s highly exclusive, family-owned eatery—a legendary celeb and mob hangout—goes Hollywood. Red-sauce specialties galore; the veal meatballs are a Rao’s signature. D (nightly). 1006 Seward St., Hollywood, 323.962.7267 $$$$ Map H13 SOTTO Beautifully executed rustic trattoria specialties and soft, chewy Neapolitan pizzas cooked in an eightton wood-burning oven. Intriguing house-made pastas might include squid-ink mafaldine with burrata and breadcrumbs. D (nightly). 9575 W. Pico Blvd., L.A., 310.277.0210 $$$ Map J11 TERRONI Southern Italian cooking including excellent thin-crust pizza. The downtown location inhabits a historic bank building. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 802 S. Spring St., downtown, 213.221.7234; 7605 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.954.0300 $$ Map I16, J13 VALENTINO For more than 30 years, Piero Selvaggio has maintained his flagship’s status as a pre-eminent temple of Italian gastronomy. A telephone-book-sized wine list—often cited as America’s best—is supported by a cellar containing more than 100,000 bottles. L (F), D (Tu-Sa). 3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.829.4313 $$$$ Map L9
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KATANA Robata-style cuisine: open-flame-grilled meat, vegetables, seafood on skewers. Stylish rooms, patio. D (nightly). 8439 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.650.8585 $$$ 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 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
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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 $$$$ Map I12 MUSASHIYA New udon restaurant in Westwood Village serves house-made noodles, available hot or cold, with a choice of three dipping broths: rich miso sprinkled with sesame, simmered beef with thin-sliced meat, and spicy soy milk with ground pork. L, D (M-Sa). 1049 Gayley Ave., L.A., 310.208.5999 $ Map J9 N/NAKA Offerings are crafted in the kaiseki Japanese culinary tradition, with both classic and modern interpretations. The 13-course menus are prepared with produce from N/Naka’s organic garden; there is an extensive sake and wine list as well. Chef/owner Niki Nakayama was one of six chefs featured in the Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table. D (Tu-Sa). 3455 S. Overland Ave., L.A., 310.836.6252 $$$$ Map L11 NOBU The flagship of chef Nobu Matsuhisa offers an extensive menu of traditional and avant-garde sushi, including many dishes with beguiling Peruvian accents. West Hollywood: D (nightly). Malibu: B (F-Su); L, D (daily). 903 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.657.5711; Nobu Malibu, 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310.317.9140 $$$$ Map H12, east of A1 Q The omakase-only experience at this intimate sushi bar showcases the artistry and discipline of chef/owner Hiroyuki Naruke in items like miso-marinated uni and monkfish as rich as foie gras. L (Tu-F), D (Tu-Sa). 521 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.225.6285 $$$$ Map I16 ROBATA BAR Japanese grilling from the Sushi Roku, Katana and Boa team. Striking design by Dodd Mitchell. D (nightly). 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771 $$$ Map L8 ROKU This new Sunset Strip hot spot from the team behind Sushi Roku presents elevated teppanyaki (e.g., 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 $$$ Map H12 SUSHI ROKU Nouvelle Japanese, sleek decor and a creative menu. For foodies 10 and under, Sushi Roku Pasadena offers a fun “okosama” kids’ menu with four bento-box options. L, D (daily). 1401 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.4771; 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, 626.683.3000 $$$ 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 $$$$ Map I11
Mediterranean A.O.C. Mediterranean-inspired pioneer of two L.A. culinary trends: the small-plates format and the wine bar. Chef/owner Suzanne Goin offers addictive baconwrapped, Parmesan-stuffed dates and an excellent selection of cheeses and cured meats from a charcuterie bar. L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 8700 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.859.9859 $$ Map I12 THE BELVEDERE This elegant dining room in the Peninsula Beverly Hills recently emerged from a months-long renovation with a modernized interior, a new terrace and a Mediterranean menu from executive
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DINING chef David Codney. What hasn’t changed is the soothing atmosphere and gracious service. Menu favorites include Dover sole, potted house-smoked salmon, taramasalata, Middle Eastern-inspired flatbreads and fantastically beautiful desserts. B, L, D (daily). 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.788.2306 $$$$ Map J11 BOWERY BUNGALOW Restaurateur George AbouDaoud honors his Middle Eastern heritage here by applying exotic Silk Road flavors to all-American concepts like Southern baby-back ribs. The inventive menu even features Pacific influences: Kebabs called “shishkatori” are grilled over binchotan charcoal like authentic Japanese yakitori. D (Tu-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 4156 Santa Monica Blvd., Silver Lake, 323.663.1500 $$ 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,” the attractive artichoke “oysters” topped with crispy oyster mushrooms or, for brunch, the “chicken” and waffles. The wine list features organic and biodynamic labels. D, Br (daily). 8284 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.782.9245 $$$ Map H12 ESTÉREL The redesigned restaurant at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills features two new spaces—the lovely French garden, Le Jardin, which offers alfresco seating, and an indoor private-party area called the Aviary—along with an open-plan main dining room, two private dining rooms and the adjacent Riviera 31 lounge. The menu is refreshed as well, with farm-to-fork Mediterranean fare from executive chef Victor Boroda. B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 8555 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 310.358.3979 $$$ 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 LUCQUES Chef/owner Suzanne Goin delivers the next generation of Cal-Med 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 $$$ Map I13
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MAMA SHELTER Mediterranean menus at this hip hotel’s dining venues are helmed by chef Gerard Sampson, formerly of Laurel Hardware. The new rooftop menu features such shareable plates as muhammara (roasted red-pepper dip with walnuts), falafel and shawarma platters. Restaurant B, L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). Bar L, D (nightly). Rooftop L, D (daily). 6500 Selma Ave., Hollywood, 323.785.6600 $$$ Map H14 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 $$$ Map L13
Mexican/Latin BROKEN SPANISH The upscale sister of B.S. Taqueria, this “modern Mexican” restaurant near L.A. Live serves classically trained chef Ray Garcia’s innovative twists on traditional dishes (e.g., lamb’s head with pickled onion and cabbage). D (nightly). 1050 S. Flower St., Suite 102, downtown, 213.749.1460 $$$ Map I15
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DINING 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. A B.S. Taqueria concession stand serving tacos and churros recently debuted at Staples Center. L (M-F), D (nightly). 514 W. 7th St., L.A., 213.622.3744 $$ Map H15 CORAZON Y MIEL Inspired by family recipes and the flavors of Latin America, chef Eduardo Ruiz (formerly of Animal) serves both small and shareable plates and an extensive cocktail menu and offers plenty of draft beer and wine. Dulce de Puerco (bacon, dates, whipped cotija) is a menu favorite. D (Tu-Su), Br (Su). 6626 Atlantic Ave., Bell, 323.560.1776 $$ Map C3
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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 $$ Map L13 GRACIAS MADRE Organic, plant-based Mexican fare is served at this beautiful restaurant (the patio’s ambiance can’t be beat) from the team behind Cafe Gratitude. Inventive dishes like coconut ceviche tostadas or flautas de papas filled with sweet potatoes and cashew nacho cheese please vegans and omnivores alike. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.978.2170 $$ 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 $$$ Map northeast of M12 PETTY CASH TAQUERIA Mexican street food (e.g., tacos, ceviche and quesadillas) featuring local, seasonal ingredients and refined technique. New weekday lunch options include a carne asada burrito, and weekend lunch highlights include chilaquiles, Huevos Mexican and nachos with Mary’s organic grilled chicken. L (W-Su), D (nightly). 7360 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323.933.5300 $$ Map I13
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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. WeHo: D (nightly). Santa Monica: L, D (daily). 8155 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.655.5009; 1541 Ocean Ave., Suite 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 $$$ Map I11 THE DISTRICT BY HANNAH AN One of the celebrated An sisters—her family introduced Crustacean (above)—celebrates her Vietnamese heritage with a cuisine that reflects authenticity while incorporating California sensibilities in a chic indoor-outdoor space.
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ENTERPRISE FISH CO. Established in 1979, this restaurant is a local favorite when it comes to seafood. Wild-caught fish, fresh seafood and steaks are cooked over a mesquite charcoal grill in an exhibition kitchen set in the middle of the dining room. L, D (daily). 174 Kinney St., Santa Monica, 310.392.8366 $$$ Map M9
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Dishes like Chilean 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 (Sa-Su). 8722 W. 3rd St., L.A., 310.278.2345 $$$ Map I12 LITTLE SISTER At these trendy spots, young chef Tin Vuong brings sophisticated accents to pan-Asian cuisine with signatures like deep-fried Balinese meatballs with banana ketchup, Myanmar okra curry and saltand-pepper lobster. Downtown location opened in October. M.B.: L (F-Su), D (nightly). Downtown: B, L, D (daily). 1131 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310.545.2096; 523 W. 7th St., downtown, 213.628.3146 $$ 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 $$$ Map K12 SIMBAL Chef Shawn Pham’s (the French Laundry, Craft, the Bazaar by José Andrés) first restaurant draws from his Vietnamese heritage. The tricky-to-find spot (it’s tucked into the side of Little Tokyo Mall) offers a cuisine that combines the best of Ho Chi Minh City’s food stalls with sophisticated technique and Pham’s playful attitude. Don’t miss mixologist Brandyn Tepper’s creative cocktails. D (Tu-Sa). 3319 E. 2nd St., Suite 202, downtown, 213.626.0244 $$$ Map H17 WP24 From its 24th-floor roost, WP24 proves that Wolfgang Puck, who pioneered Asian fusion, has still got the goods. Highlights include XO seafood dumplings and steamed bao filled with pork belly. Restaurant/lounge concept Nest at WP24 is adjacent. Dining room D (TuSa). Nest D (nightly). Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, 900 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown, 213.743.8824 $$$$ Map I15
Seafood BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE Putting a “California twist on East Hampton summer lobster bakes,” this casual yet stylish restaurant has locations by the pier in Santa Monica and inland on West 3rd Street. At the latter, a covered patio, large (fully stocked) bar and fresh modern interior by Tim Clarke Design offer ample seating and views into an open kitchen; both locations feature dishes such as oysters on the half shell, New England steamers, lobster rolls, fish tacos and lobster mac and cheese. L (M–F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8048 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.656.5474; 355 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.576.3474 $$$ Map I12, L8 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
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 house-made 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: L (Sa-Su), D (Tu-Su). Sunset + Vine, 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323.462.2155; 100 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, 310.459.3337 $$ Map H14, L7 THE LOBSTER Enjoy a view of the Pacific while indulging in superlative seafood from this Santa Monica Pieradjacent restaurant with a newly remodeled interior. The outdoor patio is most coveted for sampling the eponymous crustacean in various iterations. L, D (daily). 1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.9294 $$$ Map L8 PROVIDENCE Chef/owner Michael Cimarusti (who’s also behind Connie and Ted’s and new fish shop Cape Seafood and Provisions) 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 $$$$ Map I14 SON OF A GUN Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the meatloving chefs at Animal, turn to the sea for new inspiration. They cook up small shareable plates, such as miniature lobster rolls and shrimp-toast sandwiches, in a nautically themed space. L, D (daily). 8370 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.782.9033 $$$ 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 $$ Map M8 THE BAZAAR BY JOSÉ ANDRÉS Star chef José Andrés brings a whimsical set of Spanish-style dining experiences to the eminently stylish SLS Hotel. Cuisine ranges from rustic fare to the cutting-edge culinary creations that have made Spain a culinary leader. Tasting room Saam offers an unforgettable 20-pluscourse prix-fixe menu. Dining room D (nightly). Saam D (Th-Sa). 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.246.5555 $$$ Map H16 SMOKE.OIL.SALT Authentic, traditional, shareable Spanish cuisine (albondigas al horno; charcuteria de iberico) served in a lively location on Melrose. More than 130 bottles of wines, sparkling cavas and sherries, plus 30 wines by the glass. D (nightly). 7274 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.930.7900 $$ Map I13
Steak ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE This ultraluxurious interpretation of the classic American steakhouse incorporates Asian influences. Certified Angus beef and one of L.A.’s widest selections of domestic and imported wagyu star on the menu. New Bull & Barrel is an intimate bar within the restaurant, offering the full menu plus an expanded, whiskey-forward cocktail menu and social-hour food menu with specialty items. D (nightly). 111 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, 626.486.1111 $$$ 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 $$$$ Map C2 BALTAIRE Helmed by executive chef Travis Strickland, this sophisticated Brentwood restaurant offers prime steaks, wines by the glass, old-school charm and sunor-star dining on its 2,500-square-foot terrace—perhaps best enjoyed with the Baltaire Julep cocktail in hand. “BBQ, Blues & Brews” menu served in the bar and lounge Monday nights. L (M-F), D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660 $$$$ Map J12 BOA Way hip, way fine steakhouse. Steak rubs and dips; out-there cocktails. Santa Monica: L, D (daily). West Hollywood: L (M-F), D (nightly). 101 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.899.4466; 9200 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.278.2050 $$$ Map M8, H12 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 $$$$ Map west of K7 MEAT DISTRICT CO. Meat-centric restaurant serves a “paddock to plate”-inspired menu (steaks, ribs, burgers) in an industrial space. Sunday brunch means Nutella-stuffed French toast, breakfast poutine and bottomless mimosas. L, D (daily); Br (Su). 69 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, 626.765.9902 $$ Map Q20 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 $$$ Map I11, west of A1, I16, T20 NICK + STEF’S A modern interpretation of the classic American steakhouse, Bunker Hill institution Nick + Stef’s recently underwent a complete overhaul of both its menu and its dining rooms, now a midcenturymodern vision in hues of coral, blue and caramel with brass touches. The menu from new executive chef Andreas Roller includes showstopping meat dishes as well as an expanded seafood menu. USDA Prime beef is aged on-site in a glass-encased aging chamber. L (M-F), D (nightly). Wells Fargo Building, 330 S. Hope St., downtown, 213.680.0330 $$$ Map H16 PISTOLA The newer sister restaurant to Victor Casanova’s Gusto gives classic Italian steakhouse fare a modern twist. Enjoy classic dishes such as shrimp scampi, dry-aged Delmonico steak and bone-in veal chop in an elegant space with a sleek, 1950s New York feel. D (Tu-Sa). 8022 W. 3rd St., L.A., 323.951.9800 $$$ Map I13
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STEAK & WHISKY Rustic meets modern at this South Bay spot from chef/partner Tin Vuong and partner Jed Sanford of Blackhouse Hospitality Management. A blend of cultural influences updates American classics like traditional porterhouse and dry-aged beef. D (nightly). 117 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, 310.318.5555 $$$$ Map L13 THE STINKING ROSE True to its motto, “We season our garlic with food,” this Restaurant Row mainstay offers eclectic, garlicky menu options including 40-Clove Garlic Chicken and Silence of the Lamb Shank. Pianist Gary Sherer performs Th-Sa evenings in the Gar Bar. L, D (daily). 55 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310.652.7673 $$ 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 $$$ Map J10
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JITLADA THAI The wait for a table is long at this top-rated restaurant in East Hollywood’s Thai Town, but the Southern Thai specialties, such as moo mae chan (grilled pork Southern-style with papaya salad and sticky rice), are authentic and exceptional. L, D (Tu-Su). 5233 1/2 Sunset Blvd., L.A., 323.667.9809 $$ Map W22 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 $ 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. Third location, Night + Market Sahm, due at 2533 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice this summer. 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 $$ Map I12, south of W23 PALMS THAI This spot near the Pantages theater is known more for its entertainment than its cooking, but both are worth the trip. Kavee Thongprecha, “the Thai Elvis,” does campy interpretations of the King’s repertory. Unusual menu items include frog legs with chili and basil. L, D (daily). 5900 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.462.5073 $ Map H14 POK POK LA This 200-seat Mandarin Plaza restaurant from award-winning chef Andy Ricker is just down the street from his Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown. The menu’s five categories include drinking food, grilled things and sweet things. Standout items include Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings; Ricker also works wonders with duck, ribs and vegetables. L, D (daily). 978 N. Broadway, downtown, 213.613.1831 $$ Map G17
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RESTAURANTS City Index Our superguide by area, with cross reference to listings by cuisine.
LA CIENEGA BOULEVARD
THE ARTHUR J (Steak)........................................... 74
208 RODEO (California)..................................... 66
FATHER’S OFFICE (Brew/Pub).....................65
CLAIM JUMPER (American)............................64
AVEC NOUS (French).......................................... 68
LUKSHON (Pan-Asian)........................................... 74
THE BAZAAR (Spanish).................................... 74
MEXICANO (Mexican)............................................ 73
THE BELVEDERE (Mediterranean)................ 71
NATALEE THAI (Thai)......................................... 75
BOUCHON (French).............................................. 68
CRUSTACEAN (Pan-Asian)............................... 73 CULINA (Italian)..................................................... 69 FREDS AT BARNEYS (American)....................64 IL FORNAIO (Italian).......................................... 69 MAUDE (California)............................................... 66 MORTON’S (Steak).............................................. 74 MR CHOW (Chinese)............................................ 67 NATALEE THAI (Thai)...................................... 75 SPAGO (California)................................................. 66
BÄCO MERCAT (Eclectic)................................... 67
FIG & OLIVE (Mediterranean)........................... 72 MATSUHISA (Japanese)...................................... 71 MORTON’S (Steak).............................................. 74 NOBU (Japanese)...................................................... 71
THE STINKING ROSE (Steak)...................... 75
BOTTEGA LOUIE (Italian).............................. 69
BROKEN SPANISH (Mexican)......................... 72
GLADSTONE’S MALIBU (Seafood).......... 74
B.S. TAQUERIA (Mexican)................................. 73
MASTRO’S OCEAN CLUB (Steak)........... 74
CHAYA (California)................................................. 66 CLIFTON’S (American)......................................... 64 COMMISSARY (California)..................................66 CORAZON Y MIEL (Mexican).......................... 73 DRAGO CENTRO (Italian).................................69
MR CHOW (Chinese)............................................ 67 NOBU MALIBU (Japanese)................................ 71
DÍA DE CAMPO (Mexican).................................... 73 FISHING WITH DYNAMITE (Seafood).... 74 IL FORNAIO (Italian).......................................... 69 ISE-SHIMA (Japanese)......................................... 70 LITTLE SISTER (Pan-Asian)............................. 74 LOVE & SALT (California).................................. 66 M.B. POST (American).........................................64 PETROS (Mediterranean)............................................ 72 SALT CREEK GRILLE (American).................... 65 SIMMZY’S (Brew/Pub)......................................... 65 STEAK & WHISKY (Steak)................................... 75
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THE STRAND HOUSE (American).............. 65
CAFE DEL REY (Seafood)................................ 74
FACTORY KITCHEN (Italian)..........................69
ASANEBO (Japanese).......................................... 70
VIA BLANCA (Italian)........................................ 70
ALEXANDER’S STEAKHOUSE (Steak)... 74
CLAIM JUMPER (American)............................64
VIVIANE (California)............................................. 66
KENDALL’S BRASSERIE (French)..............68
DIN TAI FUNG (Chinese)................................... 67
THE FRONT YARD (California)..................... 66
LEDLOW (American).............................................. 64
IL FORNAIO (Italian).......................................... 69
GIRASOL (California)........................................... 66
MAISON AKIRA (Eclectic)............................... 67
JOAN’S ON THIRD (American)....................64
URASAWA (Japanese).......................................... 71
LITTLE SISTER (Pan-Asian)............................. 74
A.O.C. (Mediterranean)........................................... 71
MORTON’S (Steak)................................................. 74
BAO DIM SUM (Chinese)................................... 66
NICK + STEF’S (Steak)............................................ 74
BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE (Seafood).. 74
ORSA & WINSTON (Eclectic)........................ 67
TEA ROSE GARDEN (British)...................... 65
CROSSROADS KITCHEN (Mediterranean).72
YANG CHOW (Chinese)........................................ 67
PLAN CHECK (American)................................... 64
THE DISTRICT (Pan-Asian)................................. 73 ESTÉREL (Mediterranean)................................... 72 GRACIAS MADRE (Mexican)......................... 73 GUSTO (Italian)....................................................... 69 INK. (American)........................................................64 JOAN’S ON THIRD (American)....................64 THE LITTLE DOOR (French).......................... 68 LITTLE NEXT DOOR (French)...................... 68 LUCQUES (Mediterranean)................................. 72 OSTERIA MOZZA (Italian)............................. 70 PETTY CASH TAQUERIA (Mexican)........ 73
POK POK LA (Thai)............................................ 75 Q (Japanese)..................................................................... 71 REDBIRD (American)............................................. 64 SIMBAL (Pan-Asian).............................................. 74
MEAT DISTRICT CO. (Steak)........................ 74 SUSHI ROKU (Japanese)..................................... 71
AREAL (American)................................................... 64
KATSUYA (Japanese)........................................... 70 MORTON’S (Steak).............................................. 74 SADDLE PEAK LODGE (American).......... 65 SALT CREEK GRILLE (American).................... 65 SIMMZY’S (Brew/Pub)......................................... 65 YANG CHOW (Chinese)........................................ 67
ASHLAND HILL (Brew/Pub)..............................65
CHAYA (California)................................................. 66
BAR PINXTO (Spanish)...................................... 74
GJELINA (Mediterranean)................................... 72 LEONA (California)................................................. 66
BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE (Seafood).. 74
WP24 (Pan-Asian)...................................................... 74
BOA (Steak)............................................................... 74
PLANT FOOD AND WINE (California)... 66
YANG CHOW (Chinese)........................................ 67
CASSIA (Eclectic)................................................... 67
SIMMZY’S (Brew/Pub)......................................... 65
ENTERPRISE FISH CO. (Seafood)............. 74
THE TASTING KITCHEN (California)........ 66
FATHER’S OFFICE (Brew/Pub).................... 65
ALIMENTO (Italian).................................................68 BIRCH (American)..................................................... 64 BOWERY BUNGALOW (Mediterranean)... 72
PISTOLA (Steak).................................................... 74
HOUSE OF MACAU (Chinese)......................... 67
PIZZERIA MOZZA (Italian)............................ 70
THE HUNGRY CAT (Seafood).......................... 74
PROVIDENCE (Seafood)................................... 74
JITLADA THAI (Thai)........................................... 75
FIG RESTAURANT (California)..................... 66
BOA (Steak)............................................................... 74
THE HUNGRY CAT (Seafood)........................ 74
CAVATINA (California)........................................ 66
CECCONI’S (Italian)............................................ 69
THE LOBSTER (Seafood)..................................... 74
RED O (Mexican)..................................................... 73
LOCANDA DEL LAGO (Italian).................. 69
SMOKE.OIL.SALT (Spanish).......................... 74
MAMA SHELTER (Mediterranean)................... 72
MÉLISSE (French).................................................. 68
SON OF A GUN (Seafood)............................... 74
NIGHT + MARKET SONG (Thai)................. 75
MILO & OLIVE (California)............................... 66
THE CHURCH KEY (American).....................64 KATANA (Japanese).............................................. 70 NIGHT + MARKET (Thai)................................ 75 PUMP (California)..................................................... 66 ROKU (Japanese)...................................................... 71
TERRINE (California)............................................ 66
PALMS THAI (Thai)................................................ 75
TERRONI (Italian).................................................. 70
PUBLIC KITCHEN + BAR (Brew/Pub)........65
RAO’S (Italian)................................................................. 70
BALTAIRE (Steak)........................................................ 74
TROIS MEC (Eclectic).............................................68
KATSUYA (Japanese)........................................... 70
TAVERN (California).............................................. 66
JON & VINNY’S (Italian).................................. 69
ODYS + PENELOPE (American)...................64
HINOKI & THE BIRD (California)................. 66
PLAN CHECK (American).................................64
SOUTH BAY/LONG BEACH
SOTTO (Italian)....................................................... 70
MEIZHOU DONGPO (Chinese)..................... 67
RÉPUBLIQUE (French)....................................... 68
STK (Steak)......................................................................... 75
OX & SON (American)..........................................64 RED O (Mexican)..................................................... 73 ROBATA BAR (Japanese)................................... 71
TORTILLA REPUBLIC (Mexican)............... 73
WESTSIDE MATTEO’S (Italian)............................................... 70
RUSTIC CANYON (California)........................ 66 SUSHI ROKU (Japanese)..................................... 71 VALENTINO (Italian)........................................... 70 YE OLDE KING’S HEAD (British).............. 65
MUSASHIYA (Japanese)...................................... 71 N/NAKA (Japanese).................................................. 71 PLAN CHECK (American).................................64 ROC (Chinese)............................................................... 67
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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
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LADINING ENTERPRISE FISH CO. Serving fresh seafood since 1979, Enterprise Fish Co. is housed in a historic brick building that was renovated to resemble the quintessential wharfside eateries found along the Pacific Coast. Vintage photos of Venice Beach and other seaside locations on the walls set the beachy mood, as does the aquarium you pass by when entering. The restaurant’s open kitchen, set in the middle of the dining room, allows patrons to witness the catch of the day being cooked on a unique mesquite grill. Alternately, diners can eat alfresco on the cozy heated patio. The menu features favorites like wild-caught fish, Maine lobster and king crab legs, but don’t miss the steaks and decadent desserts. It’s no wonder Enterprise Fish Co. was voted locally as the No. 1 seafood restaurant in the area. Daily happy hour 4-7 pm. L, D (daily). 174 Kinney St., Santa Monica 310.392.8366 • enterprisefishcosantamonica.com
LOCANDA DEL LAGO Locanda del Lago blends organic produce from the Santa Monica Farmers Market and many other local purveyors with Italian ingredients to create dishes from Northern Italy’s Lombardy region. This family-run restaurant attracts celebrities, foodies, locals and travelers with its authentic and traditional recipes. Dishes feature high-quality meats and pastas such as all-natural Niman Ranch veal shank, salt baked wild sea bass, housemade ravioli and home-made buckwheat pappardelle. A full vegetarian menu is also available. Enjoy the breads, desserts and gelato, made in-house daily. The warm interior and sidewalk patio overlooking the bustling Third Street Promenade also offers a daily happy hour that features specialty cocktails and local and Italian wines. B (Su), L, D (daily); Br (Sa-Su). 231 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica 310.451.3525 • lagosantamonica.com
BLUE PLATE OYSTERETTE Classic New England clam shack meets California-chic bistro at Blue Plate Oysterette on West 3rd Street, the popular sister location to the seaside Santa Monica staple. At BPO, a covered patio, large (fully stocked) bar and fresh modern interior by Tim Clarke Design offer ample seating and views into an open kitchen, where dishes such as oysters on the half shell, New England steamers, lobster rolls, Jonah crab cakes and lobster mac and cheese are prepared using seafood flown in from the East and West coasts. Enjoy the buzz of the local scene, and relax with friends over BPO bloody marys, spiked blueberry lemonades, lobster BLTs and smoked-salmon Benedicts during the weekend brunch. Bonus: Show your receipt for taking Uber or Lyft to the restaurant and receive $7 off your bill. D (nightly), Br (Sa-Su). 8048 W. 3rd Street, L.A. 323.656.5474 • blueplatewest3rd.com
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LADINING IL FORNAIO Il Fornaio’s award-winning authentic Italian cuisine is a favorite in Los Angeles. Specialties include housemade pastas, wood-fired pizza, grilled fish, authentic risotto and rotisserie meats. Fresh pastas are made daily. Each month a special menu from a different region of Italy is featured. With an event coordinator on-site to handle all of your needs, Il Fornaio is the perfect location for special events and business functions. Repeat recipient of The Wine Spectator’s “Award of Excellence.”
301 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills • 310.550.8330 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach • 310.725.9555 24 West Union St., Pasadena • 626.683.9797 6320 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills • 818.297.1700 ilfornaio.com
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 • thestinkingrose.com
MATTEO’S RESTAURANT Frequented in its early days by celebs including Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, Matteo’s Restaurant has redefined its look and cuisine while maintaining its status as the epitome of classic cool. Now in its 50th year, Matteo’s continues to offer unique seasonal fare in a homey and hip setting. Executive chef Antonio Orlando’s menu features sumptuous, cosmopolitan Italian fare like veal tartufato, lamb and weekly game specials. Happy hour specials Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday include half-off drinks and a $7-and-under bar menu. Gluten-free and vegetarian options also available. For lunch, visit adjacent cafe Hoboken, open weekdays. D (Tu-Su).
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DOG FILM FESTIVAL June 4-5 This festival combines Angelenos’ love for film with their love for their fourlegged friends. On June 4 (3-5 pm), enjoy a rooftop Afternoon Tea Pooch Party. The film festival on June 5 offers two 1.5-hour programs of short films (at 1:30 and 4 pm). Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own dogs at no extra cost. Tea party: $75; each film-festival program: $20. Tea party: VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital, 1900 S. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A. Film festival: Crest Westwood, 1262 Westwood Blvd., L.A., dogfilmfestival.com Map K10, J10 LAST REMAINING SEATS June 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 Now in its 30th season, the summer film series is showing classic movies in Broadway’s iconic movie palaces. Two highlights of this year’s lineup: To Kill a Mockingbird and Some Like It Hot. Showtimes, locations vary by screening; check website for details. $22. 213.623.2489, laconservancy.org Map I16 CINESPIA June 4, 11, 18, 25 Watch cult films projected on a mausoleum wall during this popular film series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Also on hand are premovie DJs and themed photo booths. This month, highlights include Mean Girls and Raising Arizona. See website for full schedule. Gates 7:15 pm; movie 9 pm. $16. Parking $12-$15. 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, 877.435.9849, cinespia.org Map H14
L.A. CRAWL June 5 Take advantage of L.A.’s newly expanded light-rail system, the Expo Line, at this pub crawl from downtown to Culver City to Santa Monica. The event takes place during neighborhood block party Shopwalk DTLA and Santa Monica’s first open-streets festival (think a smaller-scale CicLAvia). Presented by the Tri-City Alliance, the crawl will see a portion of proceeds benefit the L.A. homeless population. See website for route details. Noon-7 pm. $22; VIP $30. lacrawl.org TASTE OF THE NATION June 5 Charity foodie event features offerings from more than 50 top L.A. restaurants, including Union, Broken Spanish, Terrine and Viviane. Also on offer are California wines and handcrafted cocktails. Proceeds go toward helping fight childhood hunger in California. 1-4 pm (VIP admission 12:30 pm). $110; VIP $160; kids 6-13 $25, under 6 free. Media Park, 9070 Venice Blvd., Culver City, 800.969.4767, ce.strength.org/losangeles Map L11 GREAT HORROR CAMPOUT June 10-11 Twelve-hour, overnight interactive horror-camping adventure from the producers of the popular Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. Opt for either a mild or extreme horror experience. 8 pm-8 am. Single person in four-person tent $99; single person in two-person tent $119. Under 18 not admitted. Elysian Park, 829 Academy Road, L.A., 310.993.8289, greathorrorcampout.com Map U23 L.A. PRIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL & PARADE June 10-12 West Hollywood’s popular annual LGBTQ event consists of concerts by headliners Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, Big Freedia, Hailee Steinfeld and more, plus the
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Pride Parade, which brings hundreds of thousands to WeHo’s streets (June 12, 11 am). See website for complete weekend schedule. Single-day ticket $25$30; three-day pass $55-$60; VIP $125-$150. Parade free. West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.969.8302, lapride.org Map H12 MAKE MUSIC PASADENA June 11 Free, all-day, allages music festival features 150 performances at 30 venues across downtown Pasadena by seasoned performers and emerging local talent. Atlas Genius, Bear Hands and the Mowgli’s lead this year’s lineup. Check website for detailed schedule. 11 am-11 pm. Free. makemusicpasadena.org Map Q19 RODEO DRIVE CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE June 19 Each Father’s Day, the legendary Rodeo Drive fills with a combination of rare automobiles and motorcycles, constituting Beverly Hills’ largest public annual event. Check website for details. 10 am-4 pm. Free. 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, 323.503.4113, rodeodrive-bh.com Map J11 DWELL ON DESIGN June 24-26 This modern-designminded event, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, offers speakers, product demonstrations, an outdoor showcase curated by TV host Jamie Durie, four fullscale prefab homes and more. Friday is a designated trade day. Check website for details on home tours. F 10 am-7 pm; Sa 10 am-6 pm; Su 10 am-4 pm. One-day pass $35-$40; two-day pass $45-$50; all-access pass $425-$450; VIP pass $695; student three-day pass $20; under 13 free. Home tours $100-$110. South Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 800.451.1196, dwellondesign.com Map I15 L.A. WINEFEST June 25-26 Now in its 11th year, this outdoor celebration of all things wine offers fine wine and artisan beer (with unlimited sampling), food trucks, music and shopping in the heart of Hollywood. Event is 21+. Sa 3-7 pm; Su 2-6 pm. One-day general admission $65-$90; designated drivers $20. 5901 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, lawinefest.com Map I14
Theater BIG SKY Opening June 7 This work by Pulitzer Prizefinalist playwright Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros has its world premiere here, helmed by Tony-winning director John Rando. The funny and poignant new play deals with family fallout and fragility. Gil Cates Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10 DISGRACED Opening June 8 Ayad Akhtar’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play deftly and wittily tackles issues like identity, big-city aspiration, cultural assimilation and the American dream. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.628.2772 Map H16
L.A. has long had its share of food and crafts marketplaces, e.g., Grand Central Market (grandcentralmarket.com) and the Original Farmers Market (p. 82), to name two of the best. This summer, two New York imports are adding local-maker flavor to the mix. Artists & Fleas’ (p. 82) monthly weekend market in downtown’s Arts District showcases art, design and fashion alongside vintage and upcycled goods, food trucks and workshops (visit June 18-19). Its newer Venice location, pictured above, is such a hit with visitors and locals that it’s now open every Saturday. And every Sunday starting June 19, Brooklyn Flea food market Smorgasburg (p. 82) will host food vendors like Little Spoon Frozen Pudding and Guerrilla Tacos alongside indie nonfood vendors, pop-ups and cultural events. Get out and shop (and eat) till you drop.
In 2015, Los Angeles County lifeguards safeguarded more than 70 million beachgoers and performed more than 15,000 ocean rescues along 72 miles of SoCal coastline. p. 92
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42ND STREET Through June 19 See this classic musical, set on Broadway at the height of the Great Depression, and hear songs including “We’re in the Money” and “I Only Have Eyes for You.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13 BEAUTIFUL—THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL Opening June 22 Beautiful, the Tony-winning Broadway play about the early life and career of Carole King, heads to L.A. Hear classic songs from King’s catalog, including “You’ve Got a Friend.” Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.468.1770 Map H13 IN & OF ITSELF Through June 26 Performance artist Derek DelGaudio wrote and stars in this metaphorical labyrinth of a play, directed by Frank Oz. Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood, 310.208.5454 Map J10
Music + Dance DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION June 5, 10, 12 La Bohème, L.A. Opera, by Giacomo Puccini, conductors Speranza Scappucci (June 5) and Gustavo Dudamel (June 10, 12), director Peter Kazaras, starring Nino Machaidze. June 17-19 Compagnie Käfig. 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.972.0711 Map H16 THE FORUM June 5 Zac Brown Band. June 14 Slipknot; Marilyn Manson; Of Mice & Men. June 25 Los Tigres del Norte. 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300 Map O12 GREEK THEATRE June 6 Hillary Clinton: She’s With Us concert with Christina Aguilera, Andra Day, John Legend, Ricky Martin and Stevie Wonder. June 23 Case/Lang/ Veirs with special guest Andy Shauf. 2700 N. Vermont Ave., Griffith Park, L.A., 323.665.5857 Map V22 HOLLYWOOD BOWL June 1 Paul Simon. June 3-4, 6 Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert, featuring Sara Bareilles, Rebel Wilson, Tituss Burgess, John Stamos and more. June 5 Andrea Bocelli. June 11-12 The 38th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival, featuring Jon Batiste & Stay Human, Seth MacFarlane, Janelle Monáe, master of ceremonies George Lopez and more. June 18 Opening Night at the Bowl With Steely Dan, featuring Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conductor Thomas Wilkins. June 24 Sing-along Sound of Music. June 25 The 27th Annual Mariachi USA Festival. June 26 Reggae Night XV, featuring Burning Spear, Cocoa Tea, Etana. See website for lease-event guidelines. 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 323.850.2000, hollywoodbowl.com Map G13 STAPLES CENTER June 23 BET Experience at L.A. Live: Katt Williams & Mike Epps. June 24 BET Experience: Usher & Bryson Tiller With Kehlani. June 25 BET Experience: Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, Tory Lanez, A$AP Ferg & Ty. 1111 S. Figueroa St., downtown, 213.742.7100 Map I15
DODGER STADIUM June 3-5 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Atlanta Braves. June 6-8 Dodgers vs. Colorado Rockies. June 16-19 Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Brewers. June 20-22 Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., L.A., 323.224.1507 Map G17 THE FORUM June 4 UFC 199. June 11-12 Men’s Freestyle Wrestling World Cup. 3900 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, 310.330.7300 Map O12 STAPLES CENTER June 2 Los Angeles Sparks vs. San Antonio. June 7 Sparks vs. New York. June 14 Sparks vs. Chicago Sky. June 17 Sparks vs. Phoenix. June 18 WWE Live. June 21 Sparks vs. Minnesota. June 26 Sparks vs. Connecticut. June 28 Sparks vs. Dallas. June 30 Sparks vs. Atlanta. 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 ARTISTS & FLEAS Hip artist, designer and vintage market with food trucks, workshops and DJs. The Arts District market takes place on the third weekend of each month. New Venice market takes place every Saturday. 11 am-5 pm. Free. 647 Mateo St., downtown; 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310.900.9987 Map J17, N9 DESCANSO GARDENS Collections include coast live oaks, roses, the Oak Woodland, the Ancient Forest and an award-winning camellia garden. Enjoy family-friendly festivals, performances, classes and activities for children. Daily 9 am-5 pm. $4-$9, under 5 free. 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, 818.949.4200 Map Q19 DISNEYLAND Mickey Mouse’s theme park. Attractions include Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage and updated Star Tours (including a new location from Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Disney California Adventure is adjacent. Call for hours. $95-$119, under 3 free. 1600 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 714.781.4565 Map D6 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 L.A. ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS Home to more than 250 animal species, many of them endangered, living among immersive habitats and lush garden. 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. New immersive, 4-D Lego Ninjago: The Ride attraction; Lego Friends Heartlake City attraction and 8-foot-wide Lego Death Star model display. See legoland.com for hours, ticket packages, hotel accommodations and discounts. Parking $15-$25. 1 Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, 760.918.5346 MADAME TUSSAUDS Walk the red carpet and mingle with celebs, and step behind the scenes to re-create favorite film and musical moments at the world-famous museum of wax figures. M-F 10 am-7 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-8 pm. $22.95-$29.95, under 3 free. 6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.798.1670 Map H13 ORIGINAL FARMERS MARKET Local landmark with 120 produce stalls, restaurants (including new Moruno) 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 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 queenmary.com 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 see a full-size replica of the White House Oval Office. Continuing Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art. 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, 800.257.4268 Map I8
SMORGASBURG This popular Brooklyn, N.Y., transplant is a “market for food, design, vintage and events.” Choose from 100 local cult-favorite vendors including Donut Friend, Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese, Guerrilla Tacos, Ramen Burger and more, set in the 5-acre site of the weekday Alameda Produce Market every Sunday beginning June 19. 10 am-6 pm. Free. 746 Market Court, downtown, la.smorgasburg.com Map J17 UNIVERSAL CITYWALK Eye-popping dining, shopping and entertainment promenade. Call for hours. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 818.622.4455 Map U20 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD Movie-based theme park. Eagerly anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter is now open; other attractions include Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem and the Simpsons Ride. Tram studio tour includes King Kong 360 3-D, film and TV sets and the Fast & Furious—Supercharged ride. Call or check universalstudioshollywood.com for hours. Tickets $109-$115 at front gate; discounts available online. 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, 800.864.8377 Map U20
Studio Tours 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
THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL June 18 Last Remaining Seats: Singin’ in the Rain. June 22 Last Remaining Seats: Double Indemnity. June 25 CatConLA Presents CatVideoFest. 929 S. Broadway, downtown, 213.623.3233 Map I16
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WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR HOLLYWOOD Three-hour tour of working TV and film studio includes backlots, soundstages, costume department, museum and Stage 48: Script to Screen interactive soundstage, plus observation of filming (when possible). New, interactive attraction DC Universe: The Exhibit includes authentic props and costumes from the highly anticipated summer film Suicide Squad. 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, tvtickets.com 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, 1iota.com Map H13 ON-CAMERA AUDIENCES Free tickets to live tapings of TV shows including So You Think You Can Dance and The Price Is Right. Minimum age varies by show. 818.295.2700, mytvtickets.com
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 June 4 Revolutionary Vision: Group f/64 and Richard Misrach Photographs From the Bank of America Collection. Continuing New Acquisitions Featuring the Kaufman Collection; California Impressionism: The Gardena High School Collection. (See theautry.org 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 New art museum built by philanthropists and longtime art collectors Eli and Edythe Broad contains nearly 2,000 works of contemporary art. Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room installation is on view through fall 2016 (separate free timed tickets are required). Opening June 11 Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life. Otium restaurant and a 24,000-square-foot public plaza are adjacent to the museum. Tu-W 11 am-5 pm; Th-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa 10 am-8 pm; Su 10 am-6 pm. Free; Cindy Sherman: $12, under 18 free. Advance online reservations encouraged. 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown, 213.232.6200 Map H16
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GETTY CENTER Travertine-clad hilltop facility houses collections of paintings, drawings, antiquities, photographs and decorative arts. Fabulous Central Garden and city views. Opening June 21 Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau. Through June 26 Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts. Continuing In Focus: Electric!; Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium; The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs; Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road. Tu-Th 10 am-5:30 pm; F-Sa 10 am-9 pm; Su 10 am-7 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 F-Su after 4 pm. 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A., 310.440.7300 Map H9
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GETTY VILLA Getty Center’s exquisite coastal counterpart features Etruscan, Roman and Greek antiquities. Continuing Roman Mosaics Across the Empire. Ongoing Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity; Marble Relief With a Young Girl Holding Doves. W-F, Su-M 10 am-5 pm; Sa 10 am-9 pm. Free. Parking $15, $10 after 4 pm Sa. Advance timed tickets required for entry. 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310.440.7300 Map K7
HAMMER MUSEUM Traveling shows and installations and permanent collection. Through June 5 Hammer Contemporary Collection: David Lamelas, The Desert People. Opening June 12 Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only. Tu-F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 11 am-5 pm. Free. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, 310.443.7000 Map J10
GRAMMY MUSEUM Museum on L.A. Live campus explores music, the creative and recording processes and Grammy Awards history. Through June 19 Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey. Continuing Respect! Otis Redding and the Revolution of Soul; Legends of Motown: Celebrating the Miracles; The Kingston Trio and the Folk Revival; Shining Like a National Guitar. (See grammymuseum.org 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
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. 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. Opening June 18 Yasuhiro Ishimoto. Continuing Alex Israel at the Huntington; Spirit Boys; Geographies of Wonder. 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. Through June 26 Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920– 1940. Continuing Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami. 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. The Observation Pit was recently reopened after 20 years. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm. $5-$12, under 3 free. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.934.7243 Map J13 LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART Diverse, superb collections housed on 20-acre campus. Continuing Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium; Catherine Opie: O; Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015.
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(See lacma.org for additional continuing and ongoing exhibits, programs and special events.) M-Tu, Th 11 am-5 pm; F 11 am-8 pm; Sa-Su 10 am-7 pm. $10-$15, under 18 free. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.857.6000 Map J13
MUSEUM OF TOLERANCE Exhibits on prejudice and discrimination, legacy of the Holocaust, humanrights issues and Anne Frank’s life and legacy. (See museumoftolerance.com 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. The 3.5-acre Nature Gardens, interactive Nature Lab and Tyrannosaurus rex growth series are highlights. (See nhm.org 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
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PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM Newly renovated museum displays some 135 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles in permanent and rotating exhibits. Daily 10 am-6 pm. $7-$15, under 3 free. Vault tours $20, under 13 not admitted. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323.930.2277 Map J13
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NIGHTLIFE Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, all in a setting that suggests a grand old downtown. Movie theater, trolley and dancing fountain are draws. Adjacent to Original Farmers Market. 189 The Grove Drive, L.A., 888.315.8883 Map I13 HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND Home of the Academy Awards’ Dolby Theatre. Tinseltown-themed center features restaurants, a cinema, high-tech bowling lanes, stores such as Louis Vuitton and Lucky Brand Jeans, and Ohm nightclub. 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 323.467.6412 Map H13 MALIBU COUNTRY MART Outdoor center with upscale boutiques such as Bed/Stu, Letarte, Yogasmoga, Planet Blue and Wildfox, plus Cie Sparks salon, Pure Barre, a children’s play area, restaurants such as Taverna Tony and Mr Chow and more. 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, 310.456.7300 Map northwest of K7 ONE COLORADO Quaint outdoor plaza with upscale boutiques such as OSKA, Cop. Copine, Mohawk General Store and Sugarfina, plus iPic Theaters and restaurants including Sushi Roku. 41 Hugus Alley, Old Pasadena, 626.564.1066 Map Q19 PLATFORM Collection of cult-favorite retailers and merchants (Velvet, Aesop, Blue Bottle Coffee) curated by the Runyon Group in Culver City’s up-and-coming Hayden Tract neighborhood. 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, platformla.com Map M11 THE POINT New outdoor shopping center features trendy retailers (Planet Blue, Kit and Ace); top L.A. eateries (Mendocino Farms, Superba Food + Bread); and fitness destination SoulCycle. 1850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, 310.414.5280, thepointsb.com Map L13 SANTA MONICA PLACE Sleek outdoor mall at south end of Third Street Promenade. Anchored by Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s. More than 80 boutiques, including Lorna Jane, Coach, Burberry, Uniqlo 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 SOUTH COAST PLAZA High-end center in Orange County boasts nearly 300 boutiques (Chanel, Gucci, Chloé), 30 restaurants and several spas. Concierge at four locations. Opening June 24 South Coast Plaza, the Richard Nixon Foundation and several leading arts institutions present The Week That Changed the World: Nixon, China and the Arts. 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 800.782.8888 Map E6
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
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Nightlife 1 OAK Strikingly seductive, art-filled club in from New York. 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.274.2326 Map H12 THE ABBEY Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Boys Town fixture offers a new food and bar menu with flavored
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Tours + Transport 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, amtrak.com 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, bhrentacar.com Map K12, J11, O10
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DODGER STADIUM TOUR Behind-the-scenes tour of the legendary stadium allows guests to visit the field and the dugout, walk through the Vin Scully Press Box and get an exclusive look at the Lexus Dugout Club, the VIP restaurant and lounge hidden behind home plate. $15-$20, under 4 free. 1000 Elysian Park Ave., downtown, 866.363.4377 Map G17 HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS Dine, dance 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, hornblower.com Map O9 KAY-CAR RENTALS Vehicle rental and chauffeur service with all-new fleet; free pickup and drop-off. GPS and car seats available. 128 E. Prospect Ave., Burbank, 818.861.7512, kaycarrentals.com Map north of T23 LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY More than a dozen walking tours, including the Broadway Historic Theatre District, Union Station and Angelino Heights, with a focus on architecture. 213.623.2489, laconservancy.org
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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 East L.A and through Pasadena to Azusa; Blue Line from downtown to Long Beach; Green Line from Norwalk to Redondo Beach; Expo Line from Santa Monica to downtown. 323.466.3876, metro.net 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, metrolinktrains.com STARLINE TOURS Hollywood’s largest celebritytour company offers Movie Stars’ Homes tour plus tours to beaches, theme parks, San Diego and more. The CitySightseeing double-decker hop-on, hopoff tour has more than 70 stops around L.A. Prices vary. Tours begin at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 800.959.3131, starlinetours.com Map H13
TMZ CELEBRITY TOUR, HOLLYWOOD Two-hour bus tour highlights celebrity hot spots in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and on the Sunset Strip, brought to life with videos from TMZ’s on-air stories and the occasional star sighting. Songs, games and prizes provide entertainment along the way. See website for pickup locations, schedule, pricing. 844.TMZ.TOUR (869.8687), tmztour.com
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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.
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Use the Trip Planner at metro.net 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.net/fares.
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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
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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
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Little Tokyo/Arts District • Japanese American National Museum • The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Memorial Park • Norton Simon Museum Lake • Pasadena Playhouse
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Expo Park/USC • California Science Center • Natural History Museum SEE THE METRO ROUTE MAP ON PAGE 103
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Parks Project’s Santa Monica Mountains fundraising T-shirt. parksproject.us
Kogi BBQ’s new Palms brick-and-mortar, Kogi Taqueria. 424.326.3031
The Bruce Springsteen photo exhibit on view at the Grammy Museum until June 19. p. 86
Getting a coveted invitation to the Revolve Social Club on Melrose Avenue. revolve.com
The return of the Hollywood Bowl summer season. p. 82
Sipping a cocktail by the pool at Viviane restaurant. p. 66
The gorgeously revitalized Highland Park Bowl. p. 53
L.A. Weekly’s Tacolandia, June 11 at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. laweekly.com
Universal Studios Hollywood’s new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction. p. 82 The Blood Orange whiskey cocktail at Norah. p. 16 4 Days of Hip-Hop at the Music Center, June 16-19. musiccenter.org
Exploring the replica caves in the Cave Temples of Dunhuang exhibition at the Getty. p. 86
Bikinis by Letarte at Malibu Country Mart. 310.456.2318
Champagne and Sugarfina carts at Avec Nous in Beverly Hills. 310.860.8660
Gräf & Lantz Spectator bags, designed and crafted in L.A. graf-lantz.com
The Ruth Asawa wire sculptures at new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in downtown’s Arts District. 213.943.1620
Easy summer dresses by L.A.-based Velvet by Graham & Spencer at Platform in Culver City. 310.752.1025
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