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Beverly Hills Restaurants

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Momed
233 S Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
With an outpost in Atwater Village and another in Beverly Hills, Momed has both sides of LA covered. The focus here is on the zesty, refreshing North African and Mediterranean soups, salads, mezze, and mains that are so well suited to the soupy Los Angeles heat. We’re partial to the Beverly Hills location—super casual with small tables running the length of the deli-style bar—which is an ideal spot for a healthy lunch that doesn’t break the bank. The chicken souvlaki (a Greek word for anything grilled on a skewer) is doused in a citrusy sumac vinaigrette with tomatoes, a scattering of herbs, and some lavash to mop up the chickpea aioli.
Ladurée
311 N Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
Thanks to loads of press and a swift global expansion in 2005, the Ladurée celadon green is almost as iconic as Tiffany’s robin’s egg blue, or Hermes’ orange: It all started in 1862 at 16 rue Royale, when writer Louis Ernest Ladurée opened a pastry shop. Though macaroons had been kicking around France since the 16th century, when Catherine de Medici introduced them from Italy, Ladurée’s grandson revolutionized the concept in 1930 by using a bit of ganache to create a macaron sandwich. That said, their lunch service is great, with a kid-friendly menu that adults can enjoy too. The original Ladurée is a fixture on the Champs-Elysées; in addition to this new LA location and another at The Grove, there are now outposts in New York, London, Lebanon, Japan, Sweden, Hong Kong, Brazil, and more.
Maude
212 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
At his celebrated Beverly Hills restaurant Maude (which is currently one of the hardest reservations to snag in Los Angeles), Curtis Stone and his team create an elaborate tasting menu centered around one seasonal ingredient every month. So if you come in during, say, Radish Month, the veggie will be incorporated in some way into each of the nine courses. The restaurant is named after Stone’s grandmother, and is lovingly decked out with antique linens and dishes as a homage to her kitchen.
Madeo
362 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills
Longtime Beverly Hills institution Madeo has temporarily moved a couple of blocks to North Camden Drive while the original (and much beloved) restaurant undergoes renovations. Here, you’ll find the best eggplant parmesan in the city, and what is probably the most delicious linguini al pesto outside of Liguria. Their fish with red sauce is also crazy delicious. The emphasis is on classic Northern Italian dishes, all served in the charmingly clubby space—the bill is invariably steep, but the quality of the meal erases any sticker shock.
Tempura Endo
9777 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Tempura isn't typically thought of as a decadent food but dining at Tempura Endo is an absolutely decadent experience. The only American outpost of Koichi Endo—who owns a handful of restaurants in Kyoto—Tempura Endo serves tempura omakase-style using high quality oils and a unique batter blend that creates the crispest, lightest, most sublime tempura ever. If you sit at the 8-person bar, you get the added benefit of watching the chefs prepare the food, not entirely unlike watching a brilliant sushi chef. There is also a small, even more private, dining room for intimate groups. The price tag matches the exquisite meal in this case, but it's worth it for special occasions.
M Café de Chaya
9433 Brighton Way, Beverly Hills
This is a great place for lunch. We love the Teriyaki Brown Rice Bowl with salmon and The California Club sandwich with tempeh 'bacon' and soy-mayo. They also have a great kids menu with options like buckwheat pancakes and gluten-free quesadillas. The atmosphere is relaxed and airy. The original is in Beverly Hills, but there are also outposts in Brentwood and Hollywood. They also offer several five-day meal programs made with their signature macrobiotic, nutrient-packed foods.
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