My Favorite Restaurant in L.A.


Vibrato | Bel Air - The food and desserts are extraordinary, the atmosphere is warm & inviting, and they have incredibly talented musicians playing live jazz music. A bit expensive but perfect for romantic evenings out or entertaining family and friends. The bar, restaurant, and stage are all very open so even if you just stop by for drinks, you still get to enjoy the full experience! My favorite restaurant seating location is one of the booths along the wall. Be sure to check their performance calendar in advance so you know if there is a special event w/cover charge. Reservations are recommended.



Argentinian


Malbec | Santa Monica - They are known for their great beef & even have vegetarian options available. Nice wine list plus a full bar with unique & tasty cocktails. Try the provoleta appetizer!
 

Asian-Fusion & Sushi

 
CHAYA Modern Izakaya | Venice - Their produce is from local farmers and the seafood comes from the fishermen of Kyushu. Great for dinner or just dropping by for happy hour!





Burgers



HiHo Cheeseburger | Santa Monica - 100% grass-fed wagyu beef. They even have a protein style option available. Once you try it, you will definitely be hooked!



Drinks, Appetizers & Breathtaking Sunsets              



High Rooftop Lounge | Venice - Located in the Hotel Erwin - The only rooftop bar in Venice. Listen to live local DJ's while enjoying appetizers, drinks, and taking in the incredible sunset. Cover charge may apply during summer weekends & holidays.

ONYX Rooftop Bar | Santa Monica - Located in the Hotel Shangri-La - The only indoor-outdoor rooftop bar in Santa Monica. Arrive early or you may be stuck waiting in line to take the elevator up to the rooftop (particularly during the busy summer months).

Shutters on the Beach | Santa Monica - Located in Shutters Hotel - I have had several memorable dates here. It's great to relax in the Living Room lounge area and enjoy the live music while having a bite to eat & a drink.

The Penthouse | Santa Monica - Located in the Huntley Hotel - Very trendy and upscale! You will love the drinks and food and will be blown away by the views!



Fish Tacos




James Beach  | Venice - Try the deconstructed Mahi Mahi tacos which pair nicely with their tantalizing mojitos! Lots of other great choices on the menu as well.



Holiday



The Tam O Shanter | Los Feliz - If you have a hard time getting into the holiday spirit because of our SOCAL weather, you should definitely book a dinner here during the holiday season. In addition to the amazing food (it's part of the Lawry's chain) they have Dickens Carolers in full costume who stroll from table to table every year during the month of December. The restaurant has been around for over 90 years and used to be a favorite of Walt Disney during the 1930's.




Italian




Cantalini’s Salerno Beach | Playa del Rey - Handmade pasta and a nice wine list. This was the first great Italian restaurant I discovered in Los Angeles and it remains one of my top choices!

Carmine’s Restaurant & Bar | Westwood - Fantabulous food and a cozy atmosphere. Carmine’s was known to be the spot for the iconic “Rat Pack”. You will love this place!

Osteria La Buca | Hollywood - Incredibly delicious... the tough part will be deciding what to order. It works great to order a few different things to share. Their pasta & fish dishes are always top-notch.

Via Veneto | Santa Monica - Lovely candlelight ambiance and wonderful food. Very authentic Italian!



Mexican




Casablanca | Venice - An amazing experience every time. They don't take reservations so arrive early (especially on weekend evenings). In addition to the spectacular food, they also feature live music, handmade tortillas and a margarita cart that comes right to your table to mix up some of the best margaritas you have ever had.



Mojitos




Xiomara | Hollywood - Discovered this place years ago when I was trying to find the best mojito's in LA (they came up repeatedly during my online research). After my first visit, I was hooked. They even import sugar cane from around the world and have a machine that extracts the fresh sugar cane juice that goes into the mojito. Served in ultra-cool slanted glasses. The Cuban food that they serve is also magnificent!



Pizza




Joe's Pizza | Santa Monica - Alway delicious, this place is best for takeout or delivery. Rather expensive but high quality. It's best to order online as much of the staff there does not have the best English.


Mulberry Street Pizzeria | Beverly Hills - I have been going to Mulberry since moving to LA in 1999. Try an Orange Bang drink with your pizza. Always a winner!


Stella Barra | Santa Monica - Just tried this place for the first time. Their sauce is a bit different from what I am used to but is quite tasty. High-quality toppings & a delicious crust that is the perfect combination of slightly crunchy & slightly chewy.




Salads



Art's Table | Santa Monica - You must try their steak salad... it is absolutely incredible! Add a glass or two of red wine and finish it with their mixed berry crumble w/ice cream and you will be set!

Daily Grill | Santa Monica - Delicious food and plenty of options to choose from. Great salads - one of my favorites is the cobb salad.



Toes in the Sand



Back on the Beach | Santa Monica - Great food at a reasonable price. And you can't beat the location. You have the option of sitting inside or at an outside table on the sand. Located right next to the Marvin Braude Bike Trail so you can even bike to your beachside lunch!