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Big Money, Big Money: Where to Find Whales in LA

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Networking is the name of the game in Los Angeles. Screenwriters need producers, actors need directors, models need photographers and executives need each other. Meanwhile, at least part of the rest of the city is populated by CEOs, financial types, and the independently wealthy. Whether you need them or you are one of them, here's a map of where to find LA's whales. Know of a whale den we've missed? Do tell.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mastro's Steakhouse

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246 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 888-8782
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Not only does Mastro's serve one of LA's best Porterhouse steaks (48 oz, $87.95), they're also known for their towers of seafood, 23 different family-style side dishes and a butter cake big enough for the whole table. Famous whales who regularly make an appearance include Brad Pitt, David Beckham and Eddie Murphy.

2. Soho House

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9200 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 432-9200
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This international members-only club attracts a lot of whales, especially at the West Hollywood location, where the bar program is top notch.

3. Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi

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114 W Channel Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 573-1660
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Giorgio Baldi was something of a whale himself. Legend has it that the chef used to sprinkle a certain kind of expensive white powder over pasta dishes for VIPs. Famous whales like Steven Spielberg, Matt Damon and Rihanna regularly occupy tables.

4. The Grill On The Alley

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9560 Dayton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 276-0615
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These are the hardest booths to get in the city during weekday lunch... unless you're a whale at CAA. The steaks are good, but they're better known for their John Dory.

5. Spago

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176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880
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It's hard to imagine a more whale-y place in Beverly Hills. Spago has been attracting Hollywood talent and tastemakers since the beginning. Whales from all industries gather here to discuss business amongst pretty faces.
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 276-8500
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Everything about Cut screams power broker, from the location inside the Beverly Wilshire to the Eames Management chairs. An odd blend of Beverly Hills-based agents and reality stars fill the room and regularly order LA's most expensive steak: 8 oz of Japanese Wagyu goes for $200.

7. Madeo Restaurant

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8897 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 859-0242
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While this rates among some of LA's best Italian, the Little Italy-like decor is a throwback to when Madeo served LA's most dangerous mobsters.

8. The Bazaar by José Andrés

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465 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 246-5555
The Bazaar by José Andrés isn't open for lunch, and so it attracts an entirely different breed of whale. This one has overseas accounts in Dubai and enjoys food and drink covered in gold leaf. These are adventurous and perhaps younger whales, but with a lot of potential.

9. Craft

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10100 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 279-4180
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Craft was built right outside of CAA, and so it's no surprise that whales from the LA headquarters basically live there. Talent is frequently spotted on premises as well, including Jay-Z, Madonna, and Tom Cruise.

10. Napa Valley Grille

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1100 Glendon Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-3322
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John Travolta has his own table here, tucked away in the back, overlooking the entire place. It's a classy-casual hideaway in Westwood that attracts whales from UCLA and the Bel Air hills just beyond it.

11. Osteria Mozza

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6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 297-0100
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Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton attract whales like moths to a flame. At this pasta and mozzarella emporium, they drop thousands on rare Italian wines and white Italian truffles.

12. Dan Tana's

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9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 275-9444
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This almost 50 year old institution attracts both old and new Hollywood, and all of the whales among them. Meanwhile, the continental cuisine is keeping up with the times in its own way.

13. Tavern

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11648 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Chef Suzanne Goin knows how to serve whales. Last year, she hosted President Obama for a massive fundraiser, and she's friendly with all of the famous faces that grace the elegant dining room at Tavern.

14. Château Marmont

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8221 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-1010
Out of town whales sometimes stay here, as do powerful screenwriters, young troubled actresses and those looking to meet Daddy Warbucks.

15. Barney's Greengrass

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9570 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 777-5877
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The light-filled dining room at the top of Barney's on Wilshire is a haven for famous faces because the security in the building is top notch (no paps here). This one of best places to lunch on caviar toast while listening in on a priceless conversation between regulars like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

16. £10

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225 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(888) 860-0788
There's no membership fee to get in, per se, but being a whale helps. Whales are escorted up the stairs and to a private table; a key is needed to enter the bar. This is a scotch drinker's wet dream. The all-Macallan menu is etched into oak and the ice cubes are monogrammed. There's a simple-sounding two drink minimum, though the least expensive drink is a dram of Macallan for $25.

17. Hamasaku

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11043 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 479-7636
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Tucked away in a strip mall just off Santa Monica Blvd, near the 405, is Hamasaku and its ridiculously extensive sushi roll menu. Also ridiculous is the level of executive frequently spotted: Tony Bates, CEO of Skype and power lawyer Eric George are regulars ... and now have namesake menu items.

18. The Polo Lounge

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9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
LA whales have been congregating here since the Polo Lounge opened, in 1941. Mobsters, movie stars and their managers still make small talk at one of the spacious tables by the pool.

19. Nobu Malibu

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22706 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 92065
(310) 317-9140
Robert De Niro co-owns this Nobu location, LA's second, right on the majestic Malibu coast. The views are one reason Nobu packs in the whales. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's classic fusion sushi creations are the other.

20. Matsuhisa

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129 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 659-9639
This is Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's signature spot, and a quieter scene than his Nobu locations, but still very much whale central owing to the incredible sashimi creations.

21. Genghis Cohen

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740 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 653-0640
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Though Allan Rinde’s vaguely Chinese restaurant is nearly 30 years old, it has inspired an infamous Seinfeld episode, discovered countless musical acts, and continues to attract money blowing whales.

22. Mr. Chow

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344 N Camden Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 278-9911
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This London import is far more well-known for its whale-filled dining rooms than its food. Millionaires with last names like Kardashian, Barrymore and Nicholson have standing reservations.

23. Kate Mantilini

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9101 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 278-3699
Kate's has been a Hollywood hot spot since the hey-hey '90s. For a long time, it was only for blacklisted contractors, but the scene has softened since the recession.

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1. Mastro's Steakhouse

246 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Not only does Mastro's serve one of LA's best Porterhouse steaks (48 oz, $87.95), they're also known for their towers of seafood, 23 different family-style side dishes and a butter cake big enough for the whole table. Famous whales who regularly make an appearance include Brad Pitt, David Beckham and Eddie Murphy.
246 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

2. Soho House

9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This international members-only club attracts a lot of whales, especially at the West Hollywood location, where the bar program is top notch.
9200 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

3. Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi

114 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Giorgio Baldi was something of a whale himself. Legend has it that the chef used to sprinkle a certain kind of expensive white powder over pasta dishes for VIPs. Famous whales like Steven Spielberg, Matt Damon and Rihanna regularly occupy tables.
114 W Channel Rd
Santa Monica, CA 90402

4. The Grill On The Alley

9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
These are the hardest booths to get in the city during weekday lunch... unless you're a whale at CAA. The steaks are good, but they're better known for their John Dory.
9560 Dayton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

5. Spago

176 N Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
It's hard to imagine a more whale-y place in Beverly Hills. Spago has been attracting Hollywood talent and tastemakers since the beginning. Whales from all industries gather here to discuss business amongst pretty faces.
176 N Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

6. CUT

9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Everything about Cut screams power broker, from the location inside the Beverly Wilshire to the Eames Management chairs. An odd blend of Beverly Hills-based agents and reality stars fill the room and regularly order LA's most expensive steak: 8 oz of Japanese Wagyu goes for $200.
9500 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

7. Madeo Restaurant

8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
While this rates among some of LA's best Italian, the Little Italy-like decor is a throwback to when Madeo served LA's most dangerous mobsters.
8897 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

8. The Bazaar by José Andrés

465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048
The Bazaar by José Andrés isn't open for lunch, and so it attracts an entirely different breed of whale. This one has overseas accounts in Dubai and enjoys food and drink covered in gold leaf. These are adventurous and perhaps younger whales, but with a lot of potential.
465 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. Craft

10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90067
Craft was built right outside of CAA, and so it's no surprise that whales from the LA headquarters basically live there. Talent is frequently spotted on premises as well, including Jay-Z, Madonna, and Tom Cruise.
10100 Constellation Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067

10. Napa Valley Grille

1100 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
John Travolta has his own table here, tucked away in the back, overlooking the entire place. It's a classy-casual hideaway in Westwood that attracts whales from UCLA and the Bel Air hills just beyond it.
1100 Glendon Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

11. Osteria Mozza

6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton attract whales like moths to a flame. At this pasta and mozzarella emporium, they drop thousands on rare Italian wines and white Italian truffles.
6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

12. Dan Tana's

9071 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This almost 50 year old institution attracts both old and new Hollywood, and all of the whales among them. Meanwhile, the continental cuisine is keeping up with the times in its own way.
9071 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

13. Tavern

11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Chef Suzanne Goin knows how to serve whales. Last year, she hosted President Obama for a massive fundraiser, and she's friendly with all of the famous faces that grace the elegant dining room at Tavern.
11648 San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

14. Château Marmont

8221 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90046
Out of town whales sometimes stay here, as do powerful screenwriters, young troubled actresses and those looking to meet Daddy Warbucks.
8221 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046

15. Barney's Greengrass

9570 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
The light-filled dining room at the top of Barney's on Wilshire is a haven for famous faces because the security in the building is top notch (no paps here). This one of best places to lunch on caviar toast while listening in on a priceless conversation between regulars like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
9570 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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16. £10

225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
There's no membership fee to get in, per se, but being a whale helps. Whales are escorted up the stairs and to a private table; a key is needed to enter the bar. This is a scotch drinker's wet dream. The all-Macallan menu is etched into oak and the ice cubes are monogrammed. There's a simple-sounding two drink minimum, though the least expensive drink is a dram of Macallan for $25.
225 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

17. Hamasaku

11043 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tucked away in a strip mall just off Santa Monica Blvd, near the 405, is Hamasaku and its ridiculously extensive sushi roll menu. Also ridiculous is the level of executive frequently spotted: Tony Bates, CEO of Skype and power lawyer Eric George are regulars ... and now have namesake menu items.
11043 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

18. The Polo Lounge

9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210
LA whales have been congregating here since the Polo Lounge opened, in 1941. Mobsters, movie stars and their managers still make small talk at one of the spacious tables by the pool.
9641 Sunset Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

19. Nobu Malibu

22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 92065