Want to catch a glimpse of the stars? You can rub shoulders with the rich and famous at these Los Angeles restaurants.
The Polo Lounge
The Pink Palace has been THE place for celebrity spotting for about a century now, and you may bump into Nicole Kidman, Steve Martin, the Osbournes or the Kardashians. Do as Marilyn Monroe often did in the ’50s, request a booth overlooking the terrace, order the McCarthy salad (similar to a Cobb) and sip Dom Pérignon.
Beverly Hills Hotel; 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Spago Beverly Hills
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s stable of restaurants is synonymous with high-profile west coast dining. Nab a table in the cozy, fairy-lit terracotta courtyard at Spago to experience Puck’s legendary modern Californian fare – think lemon-herb blinis with caviar, sour cream and egg-yolk jam or first-of-the-season white corn soup. There are a staggering 30,000 wines to choose from, but beware that many come with a celebrity price-tag. Spago is a favourite of Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sharon Stone, Gwen Stefani and Tom Hanks.
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
This oh-so exclusive West Hollywood hotel and restaurant is a no-brainer when it comes to celebrity spotting, since the suites and bungalows here have long been a favourite place for stars to hide away. Like the architecture, the food is European influenced, including favourites like Caesar salad, steak tartare, pastas and a killer kale salad. While you may be dining beside anyone from Lady Gaga to Lana Del Rey, don’t expect to snap a picture to prove it, as there’s a strict no-photography policy.
8221 Sunset Boulevard
It might not have attracted quite the level of hype as his restaurant The French Laundry in the Napa Valley, but Thomas Keller’s beautiful fine diner is probably LA’s favourite French bistro, with its soaring ceilings, mosaic tiles and antique lights. There's an impressive fruits de mer bar featuring oysters, clams and sturgeon caviar. All the classics are on offer, such as mussels steamed in white wine, steak frites and croque madam. Famous Francophile fans include Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth.
235 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills
Curtis Stone has come a long way since his Surfing the Menu days. His brand-new Hollywood restaurant and specialty butcher shop Gwen is a joint venture with his brother Luke; it specialises in meat cooked asador-style over the fire pit. Already spotted in booths of the beautiful art-deco dining room are Dave Grohl, Michael Klim and Ross Mathews. Stone’s wife Lindsay Price is a sure bet and, of course, the celebrity chef himself Stone manning the pass.
6600 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
Image: Clay Larsen
Julia Roberts, Jessica Simpson, Hilary Swank and Steven Tyler don’t have too much trouble getting a table, but the rest of us can expect to wait to enter the rustic, dimly-lit interior. There’s also a charming patio with tables set around a fire pit. It serves an eclectic array of American nouveau fare – and the gnocchi with brown butter and truffle honey is well worth the wait.
1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice
The menu of omelettes, pastas and salads won’t set any hearts racing, but if you’ve managed to secure a garden table behind the white-picket-fenced A-list haunt, you’re probably not paying too much attention to what’s on your plate. The paparazzi are perpetually present outside this kitschy-cute, country cottage waiting to snap shots of Paris Hilton, Kylie Jenner, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and anyone who’s anyone in LA.
113 North Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles
Top Image: Gwen Restaurant / Photo Credit: Lee Frank
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