Eating out in Beverly Hills can cost a pretty penny. From fine dining meccas like Ima and Nozawa Bar to Avra and Spago, the restaurants in this neighborhood reflect the monied tastes of residents and visitors alike. However, there are some more approachable places with excellent quality, like the return of tasting menu restaurant Maude from chef Curtis Stone, as well as the classic Jewish deli sandwiches at Nate n’ Al. For a swanky day in LA’s fanciest zip code, here now are the 16 essential restaurants in Beverly Hills.Read More
16 Essential Beverly Hills Restaurants
A superb collection of restaurants in LA’s swankiest zip code
Using the highest grade Japanese wagyu, this shabu shabu and sukiyaki restaurant from the Yazawa group is one of the most impressive places to get the fancy beef. The prices are high to match, but the service and ambience are nothing short of something you would see in tiny Tokyo neighborhoods.
Modern Vietnamese fare by chef Helene An is what it is all about at Crustacean. Nearly every smart table will start with the smoky tuna tartare cigars and the crispy crab bites. Don’t sleep on the famous garlic noodles or the garlic-roasted Dungeness crab served in or out of its shell — go big and get both. The best part is seeing An herself working the dining room and making friends with everyone.
Steak 48 Beverly Hills
The original Mastro family (Jeff and Michael Mastro) has returned to Beverly Hills with a grand steakhouse made for one of LA’s ritziest areas. Steak 48 takes a lot of the upscale, over-the-top sensibilities of Mastro’s and dials in the experience with finesse and execution. The seafood tower brims with terrific fresh shellfish on an elevated chilled platter while the chops are grilled exactly how you want them. The sides are refreshing and interesting too, from the corn brulee to Hasselbeck potatoes.
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Literally hidden away in an expansive Rodeo Drive retail development, this adorable find of a restaurant serves a wide menu of classic Mexican dishes that won’t challenge picky palates. Really, you’re here for the clubby, charming vibes with a stunning patio, and the kind of attentive service that makes everyone feel like a celebrity. The lunchtime chicken or steak fajita specials are a good way to get in without breaking the bank, too.
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Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura
Massimo Bottura’s Michelin-star tasting restaurant could be the single most stylish restaurant in Los Angeles, with staff decked out with Gucci sneakers, suits, and apparel from top to bottom. The fashion sensibilities on the table are impressive too, from the polished pasta and inventive Italian fare to the excellent wine pairings. In addition to the style, it’s possible that Gucci Osteria has the best service anywhere in LA. Bottura’s restaurant feels a tad forgotten sometimes given its balcony perch above a flashy luxury boutique, but maybe that’s half the charm. It’s for those in the know.
Nate 'n Al
This iconic Beverly Hills deli serves reliably good pastrami and corned beef sandwiches. The extensive breakfast offerings that include cheese blintzes, matzo brei, and plenty of smoked fishes are also worth checking out. The deli nearly closed in past years before gaining new ownership.
Chef Joshua Gil and restaurateur Matthew Egan have opened a modern Mexican restaurant inspired by Baja California in the heart of Beverly Hills. Flavors sizzle and pop with true spice, heat, and acid showing up in dishes like salmon skin chicharron, tostadas, and an amazing deep-fried snapper served with large handmade corn tortillas.
Located on the ground floor of the ritzy Beverly Wilshire hotel, this modern steakhouse from Wolfgang Puck serves quality red meat with chef-driven flourishes like the bone marrow flan starter. Save room for the chocolate souffle for dessert.
Avra Beverly Hills Estiatorio
New York City import Avra serves up modern Greek fare in the heart of the Golden Triangle. Similar to its two East Coast outlets, the emphasis is on pristine seafood that’s beautifully displayed for guests to select their ideal catch. Be sure to load up on the stellar appetizers too, like grilled prawns, feta-tomato salad, and comforting manouri saganaki, filo dough stuffed with manouri cheese and laced with sweet honey and balsamic glaze.
Featuring only New Zealand-raised, grass-fed wagyu beef from First Light Farms, Matū is a steak-focused restaurant where most diners order a reasonably-priced tasting menu. Of course there’s wood-grilled steak, but starters might include arugula-laced carpaccio or braised beef croquetas. Lunch or bar-only Philly cheesesteaks are a great draw for those who don’t need a full dinner but want a taste of the delicious beef.
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Curtis Stone’s one-Michelin-star fine dining restaurant is back open in Beverly Hills after a brief hiatus as a pie shop. With Stone and Osiel Gastelum, previously of Somni, at the helm, Maude remains one of the most coveted tasting menus in town, featuring seasonal ingredients and stellar wine pairings.
This secret sushi bar tucked behind Beverly Hills’s Sugarfish is overseen by chef Osamu Fujita who prepares a seasonal, market-driven menu that stands up to similarly priced places in Tokyo. Given the quality of the fish, the price of entry might actually be lower than it could be. Reservations are required.
With an upscale bar near the front for cocktails and small bites, and a main dining room dedicated to tasting menus and a la carte options, there’s something for everyone at Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant. Don’t be surprised to see Puck roaming the dining room and kitchen most nights of the week.
Umbrella Hospitality group has taken over the ground floor restaurant at the Sixty Beverly Hills with a modern California menu by chef Brian Min that appeals to locals and hotel guests alike. Start with mussels steamed in Calabrian chile broth or buffalo cauliflower before diving into big pasta bowls of bolognese or pasta al limone. Entrees are familiar but satisfying, including roast chicken piccata and steak with au poivre sauce. Cocktails are amazing as well, like the mezcal, ginger, and pineapple-infused Cactus Prick.
Kazan Beverly Hills
Probably LA’s most expensive ramen, this Michelin Guide-recognized ramen spot is worth the premium, with polished bowls of elegant broth, chewy noodles, and quality toppings to go beyond the basic tonkotsu. Loaded with ultra-thin soba noodles, handmade wontons, and tender slices of pork or chicken chashu, Kazan is a treat for ramen fiends willing to spend almost twice the normal amount.
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Lawry's the Prime Rib
A classic Restaurant Row destination, Lawry’s is still going strong after 80 years. With spinning salads to start and juicy prime rib carved tableside, this is an excellent place for large parties and celebrations. The old-school ambience, attentive service, and massive portions make it one of the best crowdpleasers in town.