THE POLO LOUNGE AT: BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL
9641 Sunset Blvd
+1 310 887 2777
This is a relic of old Hollywood with great lore: Marlene Dietrich was once not permitted in because she was wearing pants (she checked out of the hotel immediately and the restaurant soon changed its policy); one of Sinatra’s pals threw an ashtray at a patron who asked the table to quiet down.
525 S Flower Street
+1 213 228 8998
This space includes a former bank vault, which maybe tells you all you need to know: this is a place to come when the bill is being paid by a corporate account. Enjoy modern Italian cuisine with a wonderful view of Central Library.
1429 Abbot Kinney
+1 310 450 1429
This is the spot for the Silicon Beach crowd – the tech CEOs and bloggers who work nearby frequent this rustic yet elegant restaurant that serves farm-to-table fare. Note: there are no substitutions or changes allowed to items on the menu. Apparently, tech leaders respond to such limitations.
113 N Robertson
+1 310 274 8303
Known as a place to spot B-list celebrities, who often lunch here while shopping along the nearby boutiques, it seems less a cozy restaurant to me than a backdrop for the paparazzi. Offering homespun food at exorbitant prices, the Ivy is a great place for reality TV stars.
22706 Pacific Coast
+1 310 317 9140
This beachfront restaurant offers incredible views of the ocean from almost every table, but the patio with the fresh ocean breeze is especially nice. Nobu Matsuhisa’s sushi and other fare blends Japanese technique with California ingredients—and much of what you are eating tastes as if it sprung straight from the sea.