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The 10 Most Epic Tasting Menus in Los Angeles

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As a Whale Week special, here is a guide to LA's most expensive and best chef's tasting menus. This map includes information about price per person, course counts, and drink pairings, when available. For reservations, it's best to call at least one month in advance, though some restaurants do take reservations over OpenTable. These are the spots to hit when the night is dedicated to fine dining.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Melisse Restaurant

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1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-0881
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Chef Josiah Citrin's carte blanche comprises 16 incredible bites and costs about $210. Often included are uni-topped oysters, egg caviar, dover sole, venison and at least three desserts. Wine pairings are available for an additional charge.

2. Providence

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5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 460-4170
Michael Cimarusti's artistry with fish is legendary, so the 17-course chef's menu is the way to go, presuming time and money are no object. The menu ranges in price, but falls around $195 per person.

3. Patina

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141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-3331
Chef Joachim Splichal cooks food that rivals some of Disney Hall's best music. His tasting menu captures some of his most notable French dishes, including his seasonal glazed vegetable mosaic, every photographer's money shot. Seven courses go for $115.

4. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

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900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 743-8800
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Wolfgang Puck's traditional Chinese fine-dining at the top of the Ritz-Carlton downtown is still one of LA's hot spots. Here, Executive Chef Lee Hefter offers a four-course chef's tasting for $110 that rivals the 24th floor view.

5. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

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701 Stone Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90077
(310) 909-1617
Here, atop the Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck's Executive Chef Sonny Sweetman is offering a 10 course tasting menu that can include Puck's famous Wiener Schnitzel. It goes for around $175.

6. Urasawa

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218 N Rodeo Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 247-8939
Master Sushi Chef Hiroyuki Urasawa reigns over this boutique dining room, and the handful of guests that fit at the sushi bar. He offers only a chef's tasting (usually 30 courses) for more than $425 per person.

7. Red Medicine

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8400 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(323) 651-5500
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Chef Jordan Kahn sometimes offers tasting menus, but they are always off-menu. Call ahead to find out the exact menu or number of courses (usually around 10) and price (usually around $85).

8. Valentino

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3115 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 829-4313
For $85, Pierro Selvaggio offers nine classic Italian courses, including dessert. The meat-heavy menu often includes veal, pork, lamb as well as beef.

9. Sushi Zo

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9824 National Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 842-3977
One of LA's best hidden gems, this $185 per omakase menu is actually an incredible deal since it's widely thought of as one of the best sushi meals available.

10. N/Naka

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3455 s. overland ave
los angeles, California 90034
(310) 836-6252
One of LA's few female sushi chefs, Niki Nakayama turns out gorgeous, jewel-like sushi at N/Naka where the 13-course kaiseki goes for $165.

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1. Melisse Restaurant

1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Chef Josiah Citrin's carte blanche comprises 16 incredible bites and costs about $210. Often included are uni-topped oysters, egg caviar, dover sole, venison and at least three desserts. Wine pairings are available for an additional charge.
1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2. Providence

5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Michael Cimarusti's artistry with fish is legendary, so the 17-course chef's menu is the way to go, presuming time and money are no object. The menu ranges in price, but falls around $195 per person.
5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

3. Patina

141 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Chef Joachim Splichal cooks food that rivals some of Disney Hall's best music. His tasting menu captures some of his most notable French dishes, including his seasonal glazed vegetable mosaic, every photographer's money shot. Seven courses go for $115.
141 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

4. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Wolfgang Puck's traditional Chinese fine-dining at the top of the Ritz-Carlton downtown is still one of LA's hot spots. Here, Executive Chef Lee Hefter offers a four-course chef's tasting for $110 that rivals the 24th floor view.
900 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

5. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

701 Stone Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90077
Here, atop the Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck's Executive Chef Sonny Sweetman is offering a 10 course tasting menu that can include Puck's famous Wiener Schnitzel. It goes for around $175.
701 Stone Canyon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90077

6. Urasawa

218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Master Sushi Chef Hiroyuki Urasawa reigns over this boutique dining room, and the handful of guests that fit at the sushi bar. He offers only a chef's tasting (usually 30 courses) for more than $425 per person.
218 N Rodeo Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

7. Red Medicine

8400 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Chef Jordan Kahn sometimes offers tasting menus, but they are always off-menu. Call ahead to find out the exact menu or number of courses (usually around 10) and price (usually around $85).
8400 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

8. Valentino

3115 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405
For $85, Pierro Selvaggio offers nine classic Italian courses, including dessert. The meat-heavy menu often includes veal, pork, lamb as well as beef.
3115 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405

9. Sushi Zo

9824 National Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034
One of LA's best hidden gems, this $185 per omakase menu is actually an incredible deal since it's widely thought of as one of the best sushi meals available.
9824 National Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

10. N/Naka

3455 s. overland ave, los angeles, California 90034
One of LA's few female sushi chefs, Niki Nakayama turns out gorgeous, jewel-like sushi at N/Naka where the 13-course kaiseki goes for $165.
3455 s. overland ave
los angeles, California 90034

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