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The Palm, Beverly Hills
The Palm, Beverly Hills
Elizabeth Daniels

LA's Hottest Power Lunch Spots, Fall 2016

Where to dine when you've got the time

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The Palm, Beverly Hills
| Elizabeth Daniels

Lunch in Los Angeles is more than just a midday meal — it's a reason for co-workers to gather, for business deals to happen, and for that hot new restaurant to showcase its culinary talents in front of droves of daytime actors, writers, and underemployed creatives.

Step out at the right power lunch spot during a random weekday, and you might spot a music exec talking numbers with an up-and-coming artist, two actors commiserating in a quiet corner, and power suit Downtown brokers angling for real estate deals. As much as Los Angeles earns the perception as an industry town, the truth is there's no shortage of money to be made both in and out of Hollywood. And restaurants perfect for making all those deals happen.

Below is a list of some of the hottest spots for putting in weekday work, whether it's with a corporate bigwig or your up-and-coming business partner. You've got gorgeous Downtown bastions for the wealthy, Beverly Hills options for those who keep it close to the office, and many more colorful choices for sealing the (business) deal, ordered alphabetically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 71Above

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633 W 5TH STREET
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 712-2683
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There is no better place to impress (or intimidate) an out of town business client than a lunch high above the cityscape at 71Above. It helps of course that Vartan Abgaryan’s food is as top-notch as the views.

Wonho Frank Lee

2. Otium

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222 S. Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 935-8500
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Beauty informs Otium from top to bottom. The place is breathtaking inside, and the clientele usually isn’t anything to scoff at either. Definitely a place to see and be seen after a day at the Broad, the restaurant is thankfully also well-covered with a menu from all-star Timothy Hollingsworth.

3. Craft

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10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 279-4180
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Century City may not have a better place for powerful people to gather than Craft, which offers a staggering $40 three-course lunch option that not only gets you in and out fast, it provides a glimpse into what the impeccable restaurant is truly capable of.

4. Georgie

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225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970
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Beverly Hills hasn’t had a room this buzzy in a while. Georgie fulfills just about every need, from cozy lounge area to padded booths and big tables, for getting the job done with folks from the many agencies nearby.

Wonho Frank Lee

5. Kali

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5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 871-4160
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Melrose newcomer Kali carries a serious pedigree thanks to chef Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley, the former floor sommelier at Providence. The food is approachable but refined, the space is comfortable but elegant, and the daytime clientele is a mix of locals, studio types, and business people eager for a glass or two of wine with their midday meal.

6. The Rose

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220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-0711
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Jason Neroni’s The Rose is a dinnertime powerhouse, but their lunch is not to be trifled with either. Arrive early enough for coffee and pastries, then stick through midday for a sandwich or salad — or go all out with a larger option from within the Italian-leaning chef’s expansive repertoire.

7. Officine Brera

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1331 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(213) 553-8006
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Downtown’s Officine Brera is a power player’s paradise, steeped in dark wood and dim lighting. The rich meat and pasta menu is a throwback to power lunches from days gone by, while the soaring main dining room makes the grittier Arts District feel a world away.

Matthew Kang

8. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

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330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 680-0330
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One of the city’s best steakhouses, Nick & Stef’s has been firing on all cylinders since their remodel a while back. The new look offers a more casual bar and sit-down space for a drink and a bite, while the more formal dining room is meant for securing the next big client.

Wonho Frank Lee

9. Hinoki & The Bird

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10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-1200
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This Century City must-eat spot is the perfect lunch option for the power players nearby, many of whom can be found out on the patio on a given day, putting together deals and languishing over a bottle of champagne.

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10. Miro

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888 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 988-8880

Revamped Downtown corner location Miro has been pulling in the crowds lately, thanks to a strong charcuterie game and easy access to the many offices nearby. Bonus points for a whiskey collection that encourages a bit of business day-drinking.

Wonho Frank Lee

11. The Palm

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267 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 550-8811
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A classic that never gets tired, The Palm on Canon Drive remains a great place to work deals or just enjoy a lingering steak and wine lunch with a group of suited comrades.

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12. Paley

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6115 W Sunset Blvd Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 544-9430
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Beautiful new player Paley is already a must-eat for Hollywood types taking meetings at the studios nearby. Plus, it’s got one of the best looks of any restaurant in the city right now.

Wonho Frank Lee

13. République

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624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 362-6115
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This maximalist spot on La Brea is both a haven for the moneyed lunchtime set and an all-out destination for everyone else. There are pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups, and cocktails galore, making the place is a come-one-come-all haven for lunch.

14. Winsome

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1115 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 415-1818
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Winsome is among the most stylish restaurants on this list (albeit in a very different sort of way), making it an Eastside favorite for actors and managers and musicians alike. All those national accolades certainly must help give the place a little more cred, too.

Wonho Frank Lee

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1. 71Above

633 W 5TH STREET, Los Angeles, CA
Wonho Frank Lee

There is no better place to impress (or intimidate) an out of town business client than a lunch high above the cityscape at 71Above. It helps of course that Vartan Abgaryan’s food is as top-notch as the views.

633 W 5TH STREET
Los Angeles, CA

2. Otium

222 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Beauty informs Otium from top to bottom. The place is breathtaking inside, and the clientele usually isn’t anything to scoff at either. Definitely a place to see and be seen after a day at the Broad, the restaurant is thankfully also well-covered with a menu from all-star Timothy Hollingsworth.

222 S. Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

3. Craft

10100 Constellation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

Century City may not have a better place for powerful people to gather than Craft, which offers a staggering $40 three-course lunch option that not only gets you in and out fast, it provides a glimpse into what the impeccable restaurant is truly capable of.

10100 Constellation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067

4. Georgie

225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Wonho Frank Lee

Beverly Hills hasn’t had a room this buzzy in a while. Georgie fulfills just about every need, from cozy lounge area to padded booths and big tables, for getting the job done with folks from the many agencies nearby.

225 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

5. Kali

5722 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Melrose newcomer Kali carries a serious pedigree thanks to chef Kevin Meehan and Drew Langley, the former floor sommelier at Providence. The food is approachable but refined, the space is comfortable but elegant, and the daytime clientele is a mix of locals, studio types, and business people eager for a glass or two of wine with their midday meal.

5722 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

6. The Rose

220 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Jason Neroni’s The Rose is a dinnertime powerhouse, but their lunch is not to be trifled with either. Arrive early enough for coffee and pastries, then stick through midday for a sandwich or salad — or go all out with a larger option from within the Italian-leaning chef’s expansive repertoire.

220 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

7. Officine Brera

1331 East 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90022
Matthew Kang

Downtown’s Officine Brera is a power player’s paradise, steeped in dark wood and dim lighting. The rich meat and pasta menu is a throwback to power lunches from days gone by, while the soaring main dining room makes the grittier Arts District feel a world away.

1331 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022

8. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse

330 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Wonho Frank Lee

One of the city’s best steakhouses, Nick & Stef’s has been firing on all cylinders since their remodel a while back. The new look offers a more casual bar and sit-down space for a drink and a bite, while the more formal dining room is meant for securing the next big client.

330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071

9. Hinoki & The Bird

10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Dylan + Jeni

This Century City must-eat spot is the perfect lunch option for the power players nearby, many of whom can be found out on the patio on a given day, putting together deals and languishing over a bottle of champagne.

10 W Century Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90067

10. Miro

888 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Wonho Frank Lee

Revamped Downtown corner location Miro has been pulling in the crowds lately, thanks to a strong charcuterie game and easy access to the many offices nearby. Bonus points for a whiskey collection that encourages a bit of business day-drinking.

888 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017

11. The Palm

267 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Elizabeth Daniels

A classic that never gets tired, The Palm on Canon Drive remains a great place to work deals or just enjoy a lingering steak and wine lunch with a group of suited comrades.

267 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

12. Paley

6115 W Sunset Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Wonho Frank Lee

Beautiful new player Paley is already a must-eat for Hollywood types taking meetings at the studios nearby. Plus, it’s got one of the best looks of any restaurant in the city right now.

6115 W Sunset Blvd Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90028

13. République

624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

This maximalist spot on La Brea is both a haven for the moneyed lunchtime set and an all-out destination for everyone else. There are pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups, and cocktails galore, making the place is a come-one-come-all haven for lunch.

624 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

14. Winsome

1115 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Wonho Frank Lee

Winsome is among the most stylish restaurants on this list (albeit in a very different sort of way), making it an Eastside favorite for actors and managers and musicians alike. All those national accolades certainly must help give the place a little more cred, too.

1115 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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