It is no coincidence that one of the best fine dining restaurants in LA—and one of the best restaurants period—is deeply focused on seafood. And not just any seafood, but sustainable, ethical, wild-caught seafood sourced from both local waters and abroad. Chef Michael Cimarusti and his team treat their fish with sophisticated techniques and elevated presentations that aim to highlight the quality product instead of obscuring it, showcasing those beautiful sea creatures throughout their vaunted two Michelin-starred tasting menu. The sustainable ethos doesn’t end at the edge of the water—they have also introduced zero-waste programs in pastry chef Mac Daniel Dimla’s chocolate desserts and behind the bar in bar director Kim Stodel’s wild collection of shrubs, infusions, and garnishes made from kitchen leftovers.
How to book: Reservations available by calling 323-460-4170.
One of the very best places in LA to go for an extravagant tasting menu, which takes several hours of focused dining. After the first course, it’s clear why dinners here take so long; each dish is creatively prepared and beautifully presented, with an emphasis on seafood like abalone, spiny lobster, and spot prawns; and the Michelin-style service is in full effect. The standout meat dish here is a cut of A5 Wagyu, followed by a cheese cart that rolls up to your table. And just in case you’re still hungry the next day, they send you home with treats—usually artisanal chocolates and a creative pastry.