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An Updated Guide to Hotel Restaurants in Los Angeles

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This week, Curbed LA takes a look at hotels around town as part of Hotels Week. To chip in, Eater examines some of the best restaurants inside hotels and highlights the food coming out of their kitchens.
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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgMost of the time, eateries in hotels are meant to only serve guests that don't have a chance to wander outside of the neighborhood. But in L.A., restaurants need to serve more than eggs Benedict in the morning to be relevant. Hotel chefs have the opportunity to highlight the unique cooking that's endemic to L.A., with farm fresh produce and polished techniques. In addition, with The Ace opening in Downtown and The Line heating up Koreatown, there are two new standout restaurants that would do well in any part of the city, not just in the hotel. Herein, Eater presents some of the best hotel restaurants in Los Angeles.


Added 3/2014: LA Chapter at Ace Hotel, POT at The Line Hotel, Cast & Plow at Ritz Carlton MDR, RH at Andaz, The Royce at The Langham, The Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills, and Warren's Blackboard at The Beverly Garland

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Scarpetta

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Scott Conant's modern Italian restaurant inside the Montage executes his elegant cuisine to a high standard, with classic dishes like the tuna crudo and spaghetti standing out on the menu. The bread basket is probably the best in the city, and the service is top notch.

The Hart + The Hunter

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This upstart from two young chefs has struck a chord with LA diner, melding fresh, seasonal produce with the flavors of traditional Low Country cooking for a result that's both inventive and comforting.[Photo]

The Bazaar by José Andrés

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Jose Andres' whimsically designed restaurant inside the SLS is one of the city's odes to avant garde gastronomy. The traditional and modern takes on Spanish cuisine by chef Holly Jivin is marked by the tomato and watermelon salad and the Yukon gold "gnocchi," along with Jose Andres' classic Philly Cheesesteak with air bread.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

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Wolfgang Puck's streamlined steakhouse inside the Beverly Wilshire is still one of the best places to get steak in the city. Executive chef Ari Rosenson makes Wagyu beef short ribs with Indian spice for something a bit less conventional. The bone marrow flan is still the appetizer to get.

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Chef Ray Garcia makes sure that all of his produce comes from the nearby Santa Monica farmer's market, and the freshness of everything on the menu shows at this restaurant inside the Fairmont in Santa Monica. The lunch sandwiches are great, as is the pasta-less lasagna.

Caulfield's Bar & Dining Room

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Chef Stephan Kalt's market-driven menu at this restaurant inside the Thompson hotel has dishes and styles from all over, but the result is something polished and well-conceived. Try the steak frites.

Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

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Wolfgang Puck's refined restaurant inside the Hotel Bel-Air does high-end takes on the chef's Californian cuisine, as executive chef Hugo Bolanos does dishes like the fresh burrata with wild rhubarb and fava beans or the truffle pot pie with jidori chicken.

Chef Mette Williams handles the kitchen at this classy, modern Italian restaurant inside the Four Seasons on Doheny. She makes a great crab and herb ricotta tortellone as well as Amanranth Chitarra pasta using tomatoes, capers, olives, basil, and chili.

Chef Tim Goodell's enduring burger joint inside the Hollywood Roosevelt still makes massive handheld meals any time of the day in a bordello-type room that's always full of energy. The Number One burger is still the best order on the menu, along with the boozy shakes.

Oliverio at Avalon Beverly Hills

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Chef Mirko Paderno does a fine job with classic Italian cuisine in a stylish environment spread out along the bottom floor of the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. His risottos are nearly perfect.

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

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Wolfgang Puck's Asian-influenced restaurant on the 24th floor of the Ritz Carlton in Downtown boasts one of the best views in the city. Prawn toast, chicken dan dan noodles, and whole roasted duck are the menu highlights.

This Moroccan restaurant with modern digs inside The Redbury has a myriad number of mezzes and small dishes that use plenty of unique spices, including the chickpea fritters, roasted lamb, and chicken tagine.

The Churchill

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This farm-to-table all-day restaurant inside the Orlando Hotel has lost a little steam from chef turnover of late, but the familiar cooking is a respite for those overwhelmed by the number of restaurants on West Third. The breakfast dishes are worth getting.

Cast at Viceroy Santa Monica

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Chef Tony DiSalvo's massive menu at this boutique hotel in Santa Monica has something for everyone in a space spread out with outdoor dining that's ideal for the spring and summer.

NineThirty

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Chef Dakota Weiss' cooking at this restaurant inside the W Los Angeles - Westwood is a little tongue-in-cheek and off the cuff, with things like thick cut bacon and drunk mussels with white wine, chipotle, and hominy as notable dishes. The desserts are a must-order.

Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood

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Gordon Ramsay might not be around this location, but the cooking is still at a pretty high level at this restaurant inside the London that bears his name. The miso black cod, prime rib cap steak, and beef wellington for two stand out.

Tower Bar

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This old-school celebrity hang inside the Sunset Tower hotel might not have the most inventive food, but the scene is undeniably cool. Plus the service is unparalleled.

Mr. C Beverly Hills

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This new restaurant inside the glorious ode to Mid-Century Modern that is Mr. C. hotel does the Cipriani classics like pasta and bellinis for the type that doesn't think too much about price.

Public Kitchen And Bar

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Tim Goodell's gastropub inside the Hollywood Roosevelt uses plenty of great produce along with solid cooking that makes it easy to meet people staying here from out of town. The roast chicken is excellent.

LA Chapter

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Essentially a West Coast version of Five Leaves in Brooklyn, this super-stylish eatery inside the Ace Hotel is now the place to see and be seen. The food doesn't disappoint either, with thoughtful dishes prepared by Micah Fields, who once worked at The Standard in Downtown.

POT at the Line Hotel

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Roy Choi's first restaurant in Koreatown is an incredibly authentic, and thoughtful rendition of some of the best that Korean cuisine has to offer. While the large family-style pots full of everything from braised beef to seafood are the star of the menu, the other shareable bites like dumplings, squid, pollack roe, and fried rice are also worth trying. An unbeatable scene, to boot.

Warren's Blackboard

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Warren Schwartz, who formerly led the kitchen at Westside Tavern, is prefacing his more substantial eatery at the Beverly Garland with something he's calling Warren's Blackboard, which boasts a rotating menu of comfort bites.

The Belvedere

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A very elegant dining room that might even be too stuffy, the Belvedere is the kind of place to bring parents who like the finer things of life. Think smoked salmon on a potato pancake with caviar, or Colorado lamb with coriander chickpeas. And don't skip out on the celebrated truffle mac & cheese.

The Royce: Wood-Fired Steakhouse

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This stately steakhouse in the Langham is probably just what the neighborhood wanted: grilled meat and heavy sides. Gone are the elegant fine dining dishes and in come USDA prime, Australian wagyu, and Japanese-style Kobe beef. It's hard not to complain with those offerings.

RH at Andaz

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Though it's lost some luster from the departure of excellent chef Sebastien Archambault, who made expert French fare, the California farm-to-table cuisine by Fred Eric is inoffensive and approachable in a rather delightful space that overlooks the Sunset Strip.

Cast & Plow

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This new farm-to-table eatery inside the Ritz Carlton is a bit odd, considering its yeoman, agrarian slant in an upscale five-star hotel in the Marina. But alas, the comfort fare features dishes like market beets with local cress, Petaluma chicken with house-pickled radish, and scallops with uni sauce.

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Scarpetta

Scott Conant's modern Italian restaurant inside the Montage executes his elegant cuisine to a high standard, with classic dishes like the tuna crudo and spaghetti standing out on the menu. The bread basket is probably the best in the city, and the service is top notch.

The Hart + The Hunter

This upstart from two young chefs has struck a chord with LA diner, melding fresh, seasonal produce with the flavors of traditional Low Country cooking for a result that's both inventive and comforting.[Photo]

The Bazaar by José Andrés

Jose Andres' whimsically designed restaurant inside the SLS is one of the city's odes to avant garde gastronomy. The traditional and modern takes on Spanish cuisine by chef Holly Jivin is marked by the tomato and watermelon salad and the Yukon gold "gnocchi," along with Jose Andres' classic Philly Cheesesteak with air bread.

CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck's streamlined steakhouse inside the Beverly Wilshire is still one of the best places to get steak in the city. Executive chef Ari Rosenson makes Wagyu beef short ribs with Indian spice for something a bit less conventional. The bone marrow flan is still the appetizer to get.

FIG Santa Monica