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.Read More
15 Splurge-Worthy Restaurant Meals in Los Angeles
Exquisite dining experiences worth saving up for
1. Scratch|Bar & Kitchen
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
9. Orsa & Winston
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.
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.
11. Broken Spanish
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.
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
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.
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.
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.