It’s only fitting that a city catering to the rich and glamorous has some of the country’s best fine dining establishments. Whether you’re looking for a traditional multi-course tasting or your Mexican food fancied up, you’ll find the perfect restaurant for a special night out.
Spago

The restaurant that put Wolfgang Puck on the map, this Beverly Hill restaurant continues to impress with its top-notch tasting menu. Spago features dishes like handmade agnolotti and black cod en papillote, though you can also order à la carte if you’d like a simpler experience. If you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of the chef himself, who’s known to work the dining room and take guests on impromptu tours of the kitchen.

Providence

Some of the best seafood in the city can be had at Providence, the Hollywood restaurant voted “Best Restaurant” in the Los Angeles Times for five years in a row. Here, live scallop, box crab, and striped bass are among the star dishes. Love fish, but need a little meat to feel truly satisfied? Providence also features a killer wagyu steak.

Gwen

Los Angeles is known for its Hollywood icons and their lifestyle empires, which makes Gwen, opened by Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone, fit right in. Degustation and à la carte options are available, and grilling plays a key role in both. There’s also a butcher’s shop where you can buy excellent charcuterie if you want to impress your date on a fancy night in.

Broken Spanish

You’ll find taco trucks at street corners everywhere in Los Angeles, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a Mexican dining experience as sophisticated as this. Chef Ray Garcia brings elegance to the food of his culture, serving carnitas made from grass-fed lamb, short rib barbacoa, and a signature chicharron with elephant garlic mojo. Elephant garlic mjojo. You can’t beat that.

Trois Mec

If you like your fine dining experiences to be as unexpected as they are impressive, head straight to Trois Mec. The restaurant features a continually evolving five-course tasting menu, so you never know what you’ll get, although creative pairings like (spoiler alert!) beef tartare, shallot, and fermented beets or butternut squash, bonito, and yogurt are almost certain to appear. The restaurant operates on a ticketing system, so make sure to secure your dinner in advance.

Mélisse

The winner of several accolades, including two Michelin stars and the enviable designation of being Zagat’s highest-rated restaurant in L.A., Mélisse is a long-standing gastronomic destination in Santa Monica. Tasting menus of four, seven, or ten courses are available, depending on your appetite, or whether or not it is your pay day.

Somni

With only ten seats, Somni is one of the most exclusive dining experiences in the city. It’s run by José Andrés, who brings the 20+ small plates concept from his wildly successful D.C. restaurant, minibar, to Los Angeles. At $235, your meal certainly won’t be cheap, but it also won’t disappoint.