5 power lunch spots Los Angeles

THE POLO LOUNGE AT: BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL

9641 Sunset Blvd
Beverly Hills
+1 310 887 2777
dorchestercollection.com

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.

DRAGO CENTRO

525 S Flower Street
Downtown 
+1 213 228 8998
dragocentro.com

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.

GJELINA

1429 Abbot Kinney
Boulevard
Venice
+1 310 450 1429
gjelina.com

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.

THE IVY

113 N Robertson
Boulevard
Beverly Grove
+1 310 274 8303
theivyrestaurants.com

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.

NOBU MALIBU

22706 Pacific Coast
Highway
Malibu
+1 310 317 9140
noburestaurants.com

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.

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