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.Read More
The 10 Most Epic Tasting Menus in Los Angeles
1. Melisse Restaurant
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.
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.
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.
4. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck
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
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.
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.
7. Red Medicine
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).
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.
9. Sushi Zo
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.
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.