West Hollywood Restaurants
740 N Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Genghis Cohen has been a staple for good Chinese in Los Angeles for more than three decades. And since Marc Rose and Med Abrous, the restaurant partners behind Winsome and the Spare Room, took over ownership several years ago, it's gotten even better. The interiors are dark and moody. The food, umami-rich and satisfying. Go for the New York Style Eggrolls (never greasy, always crispy), vegetarian pot stickers, crackerjack shrimp, and cashew chicken, which is unexpectedly smoky and sweet.
339 N. Fairfax Ave., West Hollywood
Sure, Nicole Rucker is the baker who got LA hooked on miso date cookies and stone fruit gallettes at Gjusta, but her pedigree as former pastry chef at the Gjelina Group is hardly the most interesting thing about her. She’s now chef and co-owner of the West Hollywood bakery Fiona, a light-filled space with emerald-green walls and an intoxicating baguette-based scent profile. To call the menu “breakfast and lunch” feels limiting—options range from sesame-butter toast reminiscent of a black-and-white cookie to banh mi sandwiches and yellow curry. Fiona serves up coffee, tea, and sparkling rose water drinks, yes, but also a selection of wine and a well-curated beer list.
6703 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Sometimes a restaurant wins you over with its food. Other times it’s the design. The jackpot is Auburn. The new West Hollywood restaurant from chef Eric Bost (an alumnus of Republique and Alain Ducasse) is stunning in both its aesthetic and its menu. Enter from Melrose Avenue and you’re suddenly in what looks like a Scandinavian spa. The décor is ascetic: light woods, pale leather and linen, tons of natural light. The front area has a bar and a few tables for a quieter setting. The back room is wide open and feels like a mix between a garden patio and a European bistro. A huge kitchen anchors the back space, where you can see the chef and team cooking sweet black cod and Pacific uni with bright English peas over an open grill. The wine list here is extensive; they even host pairings nights. But the cocktails are where it’s at. Order a Palo Santo made with blended scotch, coconut water, apricot, and palo santo. And no matter what, start your meal with the avocado butter and homemade bread. A silky whipped umami emulsion of oils, salt, herbs,…
7315 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
There is no lack of restaurants along this strip of Melrose Avenue. But Ronan offers something different: quiet. It's dark, New York vibe sets it apart from the slew of bright, loud eateries in the neighborhood. (And it is also literally set apart; the space sits tucked back from the sidewalk.) Come here to hunker down in one of the cozy booths or share space at the giant communal table. The pizzas are incredible: chewy, airy, slightly charred crust (thanks to the brick oven imported from Italy) underneath perfectly acidic sauce, savory artichokes, and wilted greens. If you're feeling like you want something lighter, chef makes a "rigatoni" from twirled artichokes, lacing them with garlic and butter. It's incredible. Everything at this husband-and-wife-owned spot—down to the cocktails—satisfies.
460 N Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood
Pizzana—one of the harder reservations to snag on the West Side—has finally come to West Hollywood. Expect excellent thin-crust pizza from Naples-born chef Daniele Uditi, as well really great iterations of carciofi and caprese. High ceilings and lots of natural light open up the narrow space, which is already packed and buzzy at lunch time—definitely make a reservation, wait times for dinner can be especially long. Note: the pizzas are generous in size—two or three people could comfortably split one (but trying two to share is a safer bet and also too hard to pass up).
8500 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood
While the Beverly Center continues its years-long construction project, the silver lining is that a few of the street level restaurants are finally open—among them, Michael Mina and Adam Sobel’s coastal Italian spot Cal Mare. Yes, it’s a mall restaurant, but it’s a really good one. (It’s big enough, too, so getting a table last-minute shouldn’t be a problem.) The menu leans heavily on seafood, but the wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas shouldn’t be overlooked. For a decadent start to your meal, there’s no going wrong with one of the caviar and mozzarella pairings.
Viale dei Romani
627 N. La Peer Dr., West Hollywood
Founder Casey Lane has a knack for creating restaurants that draw a crowd (his westside resto Tasting Kitchen has long been a favorite of ours)–and this trattoria holds up his reputation. The dishes are classic Italian seafood with an unexpected twist of Moroccan: deconstructed lasagna topped with fresh tomato purée, chickpea crepe Cecina with falafel, crudo, and some of the city's best wood-fired pizza. And the space is equally comfortable and chic–all the makings for a long, wine-fueled dinner. Photos: Antonio Diaz.
8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Gracias Madre serves up those same complex, spicy, tangy flavors we associate with Mexican cuisine with the following disclaimer: It's all vegan.
8479 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
After a three-year break, chef Ricardo Zarate is back with Rosaliné, named for his mother. The dining room is one of the most beautiful in LA—the glass-paned walls and ceiling replete with hanging plants, echo a modern greenhouse.
189 The Grove Dr., West Hollywood
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 location at The Grove and another in Beverly Hills, there are now outposts in New York, London, Lebanon, Japan, Sweden, Hong Kong, Brazil, and more.
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