Explore the City’s Ultimate Dining Destinations
For the first time in nearly a decade, the Michelin Guide returned to Los Angeles to bestow several highly coveted stars. Michelin’s international director, Gwendal Poullennec, spoke highly of the city’s culinary diversity and focus on local produce, and 19 restaurants received (or kept) one Michelin star, while six fetched (or retained) two stars. While all of the restaurants are well worth a visit, here are four of our favorites.
Located in an artsy building in Culver City, chef Jordan Kahn’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant, Vespertine, is making waves in the culinary scene thanks to its experimental cuisine (think white asparagus, biodynamic fruit, and onion black currant served in striking black dishes). The 22-seat tasting menu restaurant offers a sensational dinner experience in four separate acts.
For some of the best sushi in the City of Angels, head to chef Hiro Urasawa’s two-Michelin-starred Urasawa
. The Beverly Hills institution serves up omakase-style sushi, sakes, and desserts. Clocking in at over $600 per person, this is a restaurant that should be saved for very special occasions. But if you’re looking for the dreamiest place to celebrate the sushi lover in your life, you can’t go wrong at Urasawa. You can make a reservation by leaving a phone message so that an employee can return your call to set up a time.
Chef Curtis Stone’s one-Michelin-starred Maude is the go-to place for anyone who loves fine wines and great cuisine. Every quarter, Stone envisions a new seasonal set menu inspired by a separate wine region at the Beverly Hills restaurant. For example, a recent Sonoma menu featured pasta with wild mushrooms (since mushroom foraging is a popular pastime in Northern California), steelhead trout from Northern California’s Russian River, and spring vegetables. The 24-seat restaurant offers fresh fare paired with great wines, making it an ideal place to celebrate a special occasion. You can book reservations online.
Chef Michael Cimarusti’s fine-dining extravaganza, Providence
, has been serving delectable seafood since its inception in 2005. Situated in the heart of Los Angeles, Providence features sustainable, wild-caught seafood sourced from international waters and regional coasts. All three of the tasting menus highlight seafood, from sea urchin and pickled sardine to oysters and black cod. A wine pairing is available for an additional cost.