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On Thursday in Los Angeles, ALAC (January 25–28) opens to the public. For those traveling to the city for the fair, we’ve put together a list of top bars and restaurants to wine and dine at.
Jean-Georges Beverly Hills
Famed French Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten makes his West Coast debut with this opulent outpost. Located in the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR), the restaurant quickly established itself as a dining destination with a casual, elegant atmosphere and a relaxed flow of indoor and outdoor spaces. Guests are treated to an upscale experience with an unforgettable California vibe.
Whitewaller recommends: Booking a private room for 25 people.
In 2002, A.O.C. launched a unique concept—only small plates and wine by the glass. Owners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne enhance a farmers’ market–inspired menu with a cocktail program to remember. Regulars note the lively cocktail hour from 5 to 7 p.m., and don’t miss the dishes baked in a wood-burning oven.
Whitewaller recommends: Ordering the grilled whole fish.
Known as a casual all-day restaurant from Chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson, Kismet serves reimagined Mideast flavors for today’s California. The natural wine list complements a family-style menu, welcoming guests to its comforting location on Hollywood Blvd.
Whitewaller recommends: Splitting a few dishes.
Since 1979, the iconic restaurant Rose Café, located in the heart of Venice, has been serving locals and travelers alike with seasonal, globally influenced cuisine. Chef Jason Neroni offers a local Southern California cuisine inspired by his travels, reconceptualized with innovative techniques. The sprawling space includes indoor and outdoor dining, a beer garden, a full market and bakery, Verve Coffee bar, and a 40-foot cocktail bar.
Whitewaller recommends: Checking out Craig Stecyk’s bright art on-site.
E.P. & L.P.
E.P. is a modern multilevel Asian restaurant, led by Aussie-Fijian Chef Louis Tikaram. L.P. is the restaurant’s large-format rooftop deck that boasts breathtaking views of Hollywood Hills. And adjacent to L.P. is Frankie’s—a private bar welcoming guests to a bespoke handcrafted cocktail program.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying the Nama Sea Pearls.
Zack Pollack opened Alimento, his first solo project, in 2014. Drawing inspiration from Italy’s regional traditions, the cuisine features thoughtfully sourced ingredients from local artisans and growers and includes a selection of small plates, pastas, and large platters for sharing.
Whitewaller recommends: Savoring the Mackerel Conserva.
Chef Ray Garcia has combined his Los Angeles roots and Latin upbringing to flourish within Broken Spanish—a restaurant boasting bold flavors and a modern appeal with sophisticated Mexican dishes and cocktails. “I didn’t choose food,” said Garcia. “It chose me.”
Whitewaller recommends: Getting the Chicharron or the Carne Asada.
Cecconi’s West Hollywood
In 2009, internationally known Cecconi’s opened in West Hollywood to bring L.A. the Italian food it craves. Offering an extensive Italian wine and classic cocktail menu, the restaurant is elevated by its outdoor terrace with retractable roof, and its indoor bar and chic dining room.
Whitewaller recommends: Enjoying the private dining space, the Butterfly Room, which features an original Damien Hirst piece.
The cool, sophisticated restaurant Harlowe illuminates the elegance and decadence of the Golden Age of Hollywood. With a playful list of classic and original cocktails, fountain and bottled drinks, homemade libations, small bites, and more, the menu is rounded out by a selection of old-meets-new dishes.
Whitewaller recommends: Sipping the Captain Planet.