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Anne Fishbein

15 Splurge-Worthy Restaurant Meals in Los Angeles

Exquisite dining experiences worth saving up for

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| Anne Fishbein

Whether celebrating a new job, an important anniversary, or a milestone birthday, head to the places on this list for exquisite culinary experiences worth every red cent. Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing worst than spending too much money on a meal that didn’t merit its expense. From high-end Japanese fare to multi-course tasting menus, here now are 15 fabulous restaurants to splurge on in Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Scratch|Bar & Kitchen

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16101 Ventura Blvd #255
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 646-6085
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Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Lee’s innovative approach to dining makes Scratch Bar one of the most compelling places to dine in the Valley. It’s this willingness to experiment with ingredients that delights diners at every turn. 

2. Alexander's Steakhouse

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111 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 486-1111
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For one of the most impressive selections of wagyu beef in the city, look no further than Pasadena. To pair with the terrific red meat are starters and sides made with finesse, like the uni-topped French toast. 

3. Auburn

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6703 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 486-6703
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Auburn masterfully balances elegance and approachability. Fine dining vet Eric Bost’s menu is clever, creative, and succinct with just 12 dishes. Diners can choose from four, six, or nine courses, starting at $85 and going up to $160.

4. Providence

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5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 460-4170
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Providence orchestrates one of the most pleasurable gastronomical experiences in the city. Chef Michael Cimarusti’s exceptional cooking is perfectly matched with Donato Poto’s warm and efficient service. Seafood is chef Cimarusti’s forte, so be prepared for dazzlingly fresh fish, scallop, and sea urchin preparations.

5. Sushi Ginza Onodera

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609 La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 433-4817
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Head to West Hollywood for Michelin-starred Edomae-style sushi. The $300 omakase includes fish flown in twice a week from Japan, which means pristine ingredients to go along with masterful execution.

6. Somni

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465 La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 246-5543
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For a truly memorable night out, book a seat at Somni’s 10-seat counter where longtime Bazaar veteran Aitor Zabala orchestrates an ever-evolving tasting menu full of twists and turns. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance via Tock.

7. CUT by Wolfgang Puck

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9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 276-8500
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Located on the ground floor of the swanky Beverly Wilshire hotel, this modern steakhouse from local legend Wolfgang Puck serves quality red meat with chef-driven flourishes like the bone marrow flan starter. 

CUT by Wolfgang Puck
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
CUT by Wolfgang Puck [Official Photo]

8. 71Above

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633 W. 5th Street, 71st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 712-2683
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With its impressive and expansive views of the city, 71Above has become a fine dining mainstay. Don’t fret the departure of founding chef Vartan Abgaryan because the 360-degree dining room is in good hands with chef Javier Lopez.

71Above
71Above
Wonho Frank Lee

9. Orsa & Winston

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122 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-0300
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Sit back and take it all in as chef Josef Centeno orchestrates a refined five-course dinner for $85 with things like crudo and porridge on the Japanese-inflected menu. The vibe is slightly less formal than traditional fine dining but the experience is truly just as great. 

521 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 225-6285
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The quality of the fish speaks for itself at this refined sushi den in the heart of Downtown’s Financial District. While dinner costs a pretty penny, the unparalleled ingredients and skill of chef Hiroyuki Naruke makes it more than worth it.

Q sushi
Inside Q in Downtown
Cathy Chaplin

11. Broken Spanish

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1050 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-1460
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Chef Ray Garcia shows his award-winning chops at this bright, modernist love letter to Mexican cooking. Come for the tortillas, stay for the otherworldly carnitas, transcendent chicharrón, and impressive mezcal list.

12. Hayato

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1320 E 7th St #126
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 395-0607
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Head to ROW DTLA for a one-of-a-kind kaiseki dinner orchestrated by chef Brandon Go. Specializing in washoku (traditional Japanese cooking), a meal at Hayato lasts nearly three hours and costs $200 per person.

13. Shunji Japanese Cuisine

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12244 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 826-4737
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Here at the site of a former barbecue and chili joint in West LA, Asanebo founder Shunji takes a vegetable-centric approach to sushi with impeccably sourced fish and produce.

14. n/naka

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3455 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 836-6252
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Chef Niki Nakayama serves a 13-course modern kaiseki nightly. The menu changes with the seasons, along with the chef’s whims, while the flow of the meal adheres to Japanese traditions. The three hour experience is beautifully orchestrated and paced just so, leaving diners pampered, satisfied, and feeling thoroughly justified for indulging in something so extravagant.

Amuse bouches at n/naka, Los Angeles
n/naka
Wonho Frank Lee

15. Vespertine

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3599 Hayden Ave
Culver City, CA 90232
(323) 320-4023
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This 22-seat tasting menu restaurant from chef Jordan Kahn is one of the most exclusive tickets in town. Priced at over $250 per person, a meal here is as much about the experience as it is about the food, so come with an open mind. 

Modern plating at Vespertine.
Vespertine
Anne Fishbein

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1. Scratch|Bar & Kitchen

16101 Ventura Blvd #255, Encino, CA 91436

Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Lee’s innovative approach to dining makes Scratch Bar one of the most compelling places to dine in the Valley. It’s this willingness to experiment with ingredients that delights diners at every turn. 

16101 Ventura Blvd #255
Encino, CA 91436

2. Alexander's Steakhouse

111 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

For one of the most impressive selections of wagyu beef in the city, look no further than Pasadena. To pair with the terrific red meat are starters and sides made with finesse, like the uni-topped French toast. 

111 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

3. Auburn

6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Auburn masterfully balances elegance and approachability. Fine dining vet Eric Bost’s menu is clever, creative, and succinct with just 12 dishes. Diners can choose from four, six, or nine courses, starting at $85 and going up to $160.

6703 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

4. Providence

5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Providence orchestrates one of the most pleasurable gastronomical experiences in the city. Chef Michael Cimarusti’s exceptional cooking is perfectly matched with Donato Poto’s warm and efficient service. Seafood is chef Cimarusti’s forte, so be prepared for dazzlingly fresh fish, scallop, and sea urchin preparations.

5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

5. Sushi Ginza Onodera

609 La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Head to West Hollywood for Michelin-starred Edomae-style sushi. The $300 omakase includes fish flown in twice a week from Japan, which means pristine ingredients to go along with masterful execution.

609 La Cienega Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

6. Somni

465 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

For a truly memorable night out, book a seat at Somni’s 10-seat counter where longtime Bazaar veteran Aitor Zabala orchestrates an ever-evolving tasting menu full of twists and turns. Be sure to purchase tickets in advance via Tock.

465 La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

7. CUT by Wolfgang Puck

9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
CUT by Wolfgang Puck [Official Photo]

Located on the ground floor of the swanky Beverly Wilshire hotel, this modern steakhouse from local legend Wolfgang Puck serves quality red meat with chef-driven flourishes like the bone marrow flan starter. 

9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

8. 71Above

633 W. 5th Street, 71st Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071
71Above
71Above
Wonho Frank Lee

With its impressive and expansive views of the city, 71Above has become a fine dining mainstay. Don’t fret the departure of founding chef Vartan Abgaryan because the 360-degree dining room is in good hands with chef Javier Lopez.

633 W. 5th Street, 71st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

9. Orsa & Winston

122 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Sit back and take it all in as chef Josef Centeno orchestrates a refined five-course dinner for $85 with things like crudo and porridge on the Japanese-inflected menu. The vibe is slightly less formal than traditional fine dining but the experience is truly just as great. 

122 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

10. Q

521 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Q sushi
Inside Q in Downtown
Cathy Chaplin

The quality of the fish speaks for itself at this refined sushi den in the heart of Downtown’s Financial District. While dinner costs a pretty penny, the unparalleled ingredients and skill of chef Hiroyuki Naruke makes it more than worth it.

521 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017

11. Broken Spanish

1050 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Chef Ray Garcia shows his award-winning chops at this bright, modernist love letter to Mexican cooking. Come for the tortillas, stay for the otherworldly carnitas, transcendent chicharrón, and impressive mezcal list.

1050 S Flower St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

12. Hayato

1320 E 7th St #126, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Head to ROW DTLA for a one-of-a-kind kaiseki dinner orchestrated by chef Brandon Go. Specializing in washoku (traditional Japanese cooking), a meal at Hayato lasts nearly three hours and costs $200 per person.

1320 E 7th St #126
Los Angeles, CA 90021

13. Shunji Japanese Cuisine

12244 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Here at the site of a former barbecue and chili joint in West LA, Asanebo founder Shunji takes a vegetable-centric approach to sushi with impeccably sourced fish and produce.

12244 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

14. n/naka

3455 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Amuse bouches at n/naka, Los Angeles
n/naka
Wonho Frank Lee

Chef Niki Nakayama serves a 13-course modern kaiseki nightly. The menu changes with the seasons, along with the chef’s whims, while the flow of the meal adheres to Japanese traditions. The three hour experience is beautifully orchestrated and paced just so, leaving diners pampered, satisfied, and feeling thoroughly justified for indulging in something so extravagant.

3455 Overland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034

15. Vespertine

3599 Hayden Ave, Culver City, CA 90232
Modern plating at Vespertine.
Vespertine
Anne Fishbein

This 22-seat tasting menu restaurant from chef Jordan Kahn is one of the most exclusive tickets in town. Priced at over $250 per person, a meal here is as much about the experience as it is about the food, so come with an open mind. 

3599 Hayden Ave
Culver City, CA 90232

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