Very few restaurants aim for, little less achieve, the level of grace exhibited nightly at Providence. While this hushed, white-tablecloth restaurant is based around seafood, it’s really much more than a fish palace. It’s one of the finest restaurants on the West Coast. Fish just happens to be its primary muse—from farm-raised sustainable caviar to Dungeness crab, Maine lobster, abalone, geoduck clams, Spanish octopus, Santa Barbara spot prawns and wild, line-caught Atlantic striped bass. The lobsters are strictly females weighing in at precisely one and a half pounds, because chef Michael Cimarusti is just that sort of perfectionist. There’s always a prime rib-eye steak or an incredible milk-fed veal thrown into the mix as well. Bonus: Providence serves lunch only on Fridays, and it’s one of those Champagne lunches you’ll be reminiscing about for the rest of the year.
Photograph: Noé Montes Providence
5955 Melrose Ave
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 6-10pm; Fri noon-2pm, 6-10pm; Sat 6-10pm; Sun 5:30-9pm|