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Café Pinot

Café Pinot

WHY Sitting under the olive trees in front of the L.A. Central Library, sipping a Viognier and eating the famed mustard-crusted rotisserie chicken with fries, is one of Downtown’s greatest pleasures. WHAT When the weather’s good, book a table on the terrace at this chic bistro owned by celebrity chef Joachim Splichal. If the weather’s [...]

Café Pinot

Café Pinot

WHY Sitting under the olive trees in front of the L.A. Central Library, sipping a Viognier and eating the famed mustard-crusted rotisserie chicken with fries, is one of Downtown’s greatest pleasures. WHAT When the weather’s good, book a table on the terrace at this chic bistro owned by celebrity chef Joachim Splichal. If the weather’s [...]

M Café de Chaya

M Café de Chaya

WHY Macrobiotic, organic, vegetarian and/or vegan cooking that’s better than you might think is possible. WHAT Shigefumi Tachibe, founding chef of the late lamented La Petite Chaya and executive chef of Chaya Venice and Chaya Brasserie, became an avid student of macrobiotic cooking years ago, and his studies finally paid off with this chic little [...]

Lobster, The

Lobster, The

WHY Cosmopolitan cooking without pretension, with a beach-friendly location that can’t be beat. WHAT It has every right to be a tourist trap, but this pierside seafood restaurant is anything but. Always packed and always noisy, the modern concrete-and-glass space gives diners stellar views of the sea, sky and Ferris wheel—along with a daily-changing menu [...]

Lobster, The

Lobster, The

WHY Cosmopolitan cooking without pretension, with a beach-friendly location that can’t be beat. WHAT It has every right to be a tourist trap, but this pierside seafood restaurant is anything but. Always packed and always noisy, the modern concrete-and-glass space gives diners stellar views of the sea, sky and Ferris wheel—along with a daily-changing menu [...]

Patina Catering

Patina Catering

WHY For an A-list event at Disney Hall, Descanso Gardens, LACMA or one of the other prime locations for which Patina is the exclusive caterer. WHAT High-end corporate, society and Hollywood events, held at in-demand venues like MOCA or at your Hancock Park mini-mansion, are Patina’s specialties. Crackerjack service, elegant French-California fare and not-insignificant prices. [...]

Patina Catering

Patina Catering

WHY For an A-list event at Disney Hall, Descanso Gardens, LACMA or one of the other prime locations for which Patina is the exclusive caterer. WHAT High-end corporate, society and Hollywood events, held at in-demand venues like MOCA or at your Hancock Park mini-mansion, are Patina’s specialties. Crackerjack service, elegant French-California fare and not-insignificant prices. [...]

Patina Catering

Patina Catering

WHY For an A-list event at Disney Hall, Descanso Gardens, LACMA or one of the other prime locations for which Patina is the exclusive caterer. WHAT High-end corporate, society and Hollywood events, held at in-demand venues like MOCA or at your Hancock Park mini-mansion, are Patina’s specialties. Crackerjack service, elegant French-California fare and not-insignificant prices. [...]

Auntie Em’s Kitchen Catering

Auntie Em’s Kitchen Catering

WHY Outstanding modern American party food, as organic as possible, with particularly memorable desserts. WHAT Before she opened her oh-so-hip bakery, café and store, Terri Wahl was a caterer specializing in production shoots. Nowadays she also feeds the cognoscenti at commitment ceremonies, 50th-birthday celebrations and publication parties all over the L.A. area. WHO Party-throwing Occidental [...]

Boneyard Bistro

Boneyard Bistro

WHY These guys make damn good barbecue and damn fine party food. WHAT This Sherman Oaks restaurant has a thriving catering business as well. Chef Aaron Robins combines traditional, people-pleasing barbecue with a more modern approach to service and sides—so instead of generic cole slaw, with your ribs you can have such things as fire-roasted [...]