Hollywood has been always fraught with high-rolling diners looking to impress clients and friends tableside. The big order is always the right one at these restaurants, with huge hunks of meat, massive seafood platters chock-full of pristine shellfish, and pastas redolent of the most amazing truffles. There's even a $100 dollar sushi roll on the list, because this is L.A. and this city loves its sushi. Without further ado, Eater presents a guide to the Most Expensive Dishes in Los Angeles.Read More
Where to Find the Most Expensive Dishes in LA
1. Petrossian Paris
This famous caviar specialist sells a serving of Kaluga (a play off of Beluga caviar, which is now illegal to import into the U.S.). This caviar is the highest grade that Petrossian sells, with a large bead size and a buttery rich flavor. $305 for the Tsar Imperial grade, per ounce.
There's a number of rolls that are more reasonably priced from $18-24, but there's a special $100 sushi roll called the Kingyo (or Gold Fish, in Japanese) that features uni, langoustine, king crab, toro, caviar and gold flakes.
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One of the few places to find true Japanese Kobe beef. The Wagyu variety from the Miyazaki prefecture costs $155 for an 8 oz. ribeye cut. The fat levels are off the charts on this cut, with unbelievable flavor to go along with the sky-high price. [Photo: KevinEats]
4. Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi
This classic Italian restaurant in Santa Monica has a $150 truffle risotto available during white truffle season.
5. The Hungry Cat
This epic platter of seafood runs $145 for 3 tiers, which feeds up to four people. It includes freshly shucked oysters, clams, mussels, lobster, crab, and even caviar. If one tier isn't enough, more can always be ordered.
6. Picca Peruvian Cantina
Ricardo Zarate's Peruvian cantina hosts a slew of moderately priced dishes, such as anticuchos on skewers, but the king of the menu is a $69 grilled lobster stuffed with aji amarillo bechamel and panko bread crumbs.[photo: Caroline on Crack]
7. Red Medicine
Jordan Kahn's Vietnamese-inspired fare at Red Medicine has a few large format dishes that tally nearly $80, with the Imperial Wagyu Beef Brisket braised for 36 hours taking the cake. It's served with palm sugar and fish sauce. [Photo: KevinEats]
Patina serves an $80 Loup de Mer for two, served with fennel, scallion, tomato condiment and olive jus.
9. Wolfgang's Steakhouse
The signature dish at Wolfgang's Steakhouse is the porterhouse steak, which has a cut of both New York Strip and Tenderloin. It starts at $47.95 a person, with a two person minimum. Each serving is 24 oz, which means that a table gets at least 48 ounces of meat to start from the house-aged Porterhouse.
10. The Tasting Kitchen
This modern Italian restaurant on Abbot Kinney serves a $60 black truffle tagliatelle that's pulled in house.
11. Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air
Wolfgang Puck's Bel-Air restaurant serves a whole roasted branzino that's served tableside for $60 seasoned with tomato, parsley and basil.
12. Park's BBQ
This high-end Korean barbecue has some of the most impressive selection of beef in the city, except in the context of banchan and rice instead of mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables. The American Wagyu beef section features a ribeye steak sliced into pieces and ready for the grill, priced at $77 a serving.
Though the menu only has a selection of tasting menus, there's a special course selection of the first Nantucket Bay Scallops of the seasons, served with braised and pureed Tokyo turnips and topped with three grams of white truffles, available for a $55 supplement to the $175 tasting menu. [Photo: Darin Dines]
14. Drago Centro
Celestino Drago's flagship restaurant in Downtown LA has a La Bistecca, essentially a bone-in rib-eye for two served with gorgonzola pandarato, radicchio, and brown butter for $90.
15. Osteria Mozza
Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali's fine-dining Italian restaurant has a great porcini-rubbed rib eye Bistecca for $78. [Photo: KevinEats]
16. Polo Lounge
This classic Beverly Hills restaurant has a milk fed veal "Oscar" for $54 that comes with a crab cake, jumbo asparagus, and béarnaise sauce.
17. Chinois On Main
There's a $55 Shanghai lobster that comes with a curry sauce and crispy spinach at Wolfgang Puck's now old-school Asian Fusion restaurant on Santa Monica's Main Street.
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18. Dan Tana's
This old-school Hollywood haunt is a favorite of celebrities of both the past and present. The Lobster Tail served with a spicy Fra Diavolo sauce is $58.
19. Mr Chow Restaurant
The Beijing Duck preparation is part of a three course dinner that's roasted to order in an authentic Beijing Duck oven for 40 minutes and then served tableside with a minimum 3 person order at $62 each.
20. Lawry's The Prime Rib
This famous prime rib place on La Cienega's Restaurant Row serves the Beef Bowl Cut ($58) that's normally served to football players that visit for the Rose Bowl.