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The best Beverly Hills restaurants

Bust out your wallets for a swanky dining experience at one of these outstanding Beverly Hills restaurants

By Erin Kuschner and Stephanie Breijo
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With a street like Rodeo Drive cutting through Beverly Hills, is it any wonder that dining out in this affluent neighborhood will cost you a pretty penny? From steakhouses to sushi spots, Beverly Hills is rife with restaurants that are perfect for power lunches, birthdays and celebrations, as well as a couple places that won’t break the bank. Check out our guide to the best Beverly Hills restaurants for meals that are worth their price tag, big or small.

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Splurge on these Beverly Hills restaurants

Chirashi sushi at Spago
Chirashi sushi at Spago
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1. Spago of Beverly Hills

Restaurants Californian Beverly Hills

Name a more iconic L.A. fine-dining institution—we’ll wait. Fortunately, after nearly 40 years, Spago is both the old standby and the new kid on the block thanks to an ever-changing menu that makes the restaurant seem altogether fresh. Don’t worry, you can still ask for the smoked salmon pizza if you crave it, and Spago purists will be pleased to hear that Wolfgang Puck’s flagship is still refreshingly old-school when it comes to presentation. The menu features contemporary additions such as chirashi boxes of sashimi with a yuzu-jalapeño gel; hand-dived scallops with ice plants and kombu; and rye-crusted loup de mer with sea grass, to name a few. The handmade agnolotti is still outstanding after all these years (and don’t forget to opt for the truffle version, when it’s in season). Spago’s been serving stellar cuisine since the Reagan era, proving that age ain’t nothing but a number.

Rioja Menu, at Curtis Stone's Maude
Rioja Menu, at Curtis Stone's Maude
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2. Maude

Restaurants Contemporary European Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills is full of high-profile restaurants perfect for an expense account or date-night splurge, but one of the finest and most memorable is Curtis Stone’s ambitious temple to the tasting menu. Maude first gained buzz for its ingredient-driven concept—swapping menus out every month—but the restaurant flipped to a new and even more enticing format. Now, the Aussie celebrity chef and his team serve delicate, thoughtful and intricate courses inspired by a different wine region every quarter. Stone’s dishes range from reverent to cheeky: You might be sampling traditional house-made boudin on one menu, and potato chips with Aussie beer at another. Meander through Rioja, Burgundy, Western Australia and even the California Central Coast—menu depending—with a range of wine-pairing options to take your meal from singular to one of the best dining experiences you’ll have all year.

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3. Urasawa

Restaurants Japanese Beverly Hills
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There’s no shortage of good sushi bars in Los Angeles, but if you happen to be in Beverly Hills, you’re in luck: Urasawa plates some of the most artful, whimsical and memorable sushi in all of L.A., and flies its fish in daily. Meals can last as long as four hours and run as many as 30 courses—so know that you come here for the experience, and what an experience it is. The pricing is exorbitant (starting around $400 per person, without tax and tip) but is reflected in the courses: gold-topped caviar, goma dofu swimming in house-made tamari, sesame ice cream buried under shaved truffle. Note that Hiroyuki Urasawa’s famous sushi den is reservation-only, and don’t even think about pulling out that camera phone—Urasawa enforses a strict no-photo policy.

Philly cheesesteak "sandwich" at the Bazaar by Jose Andres in SLS Beverly Hills
Philly cheesesteak "sandwich" at the Bazaar by Jose Andres in SLS Beverly Hills
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4. The Bazaar by José Andrés

Restaurants Patisseries Beverly Grove

Inside the sexy SLS Hotel, the Bazaar by José Andrés is a carnival of food and drink offerings that are as whimsical and sleek as the multifaceted space. Grab a drink—expect martinis with olive foam and “salt air” margaritas—at the swanky Bar Centro or on the terrace, where guests can sip on single-malt Scotch and enjoy a stogie from the cigar selection. Of course, the real star is the Spanish chef’s modern cooking: Indulge in an intimate chef’s tasting menu inside the hidden dining room, Somni, or share small-plate tapas such as the signature “Philly cheesesteak”—made with seared wagyu beef atop fluffy bread—or uni and avocado buns, or the foamy, reimagined Spanish tortilla. If you’re in need of some retail therapy, stop into the Bazaar’s patisserie for a grown-up confectionary, or the retail section for the chef’s own line of imported pantry goods.

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5. Tempura Endo

Restaurants Japanese Beverly Hills
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This isn’t your average omakase. At Tempura Endo, a celebration of Kyoto-style tempura, vegetables and proteins fry in a rotating selection of cotton seed oil, sesame seed oil and safflower oil, with batter made from hard water, white wine and Japanese tempura flour. The menu changes frequently, but you might find sea urchin wrapped with laver and prawn or sesame tofu fried to a crisp. While à la carte dishes are available, most diners come for one of the set menus, which range from $150 to $280 per person. The latter includes a special matcha tea ceremony—the perfect way to end your meal in serenity.

CUT Wolfgang Puck steakhouse in Beverly Hills near Rodeo Drive
CUT Wolfgang Puck steakhouse in Beverly Hills near Rodeo Drive
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6. Cut

Restaurants Steakhouse Beverly Hills

Wolfgang Puck’s class-act steakhouse bookends the Wilshire stretch of Rodeo Drive; it’s probably better to dine here after all of your shopping, so you can food coma comfortably. The chic and airy setting lends a modern vibe, as does the menu: The sashimi is line-caught, the produce is often organic, there’s bone-marrow flan, and diners not only choose the type of steak they’d like to order, but also where it came from, with Nebraksa beef, Japanese purebred wagyu and corn-fed Illinois cuts, among others. Even the usual steakhouse-sauce options get an upgrade, with additions such as yuzu-kosho butter and Argentinean chimichurri. This isn’t your grandpa’s steakhouse.

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7. Crustacean

Restaurants Seafood Beverly Hills
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Chef Helene An helped revolutionize the way Americans view and taste Vietnamese food, and her L.A. flagship is the best place to see why. Now part of a successful multigenerational culinary empire, An’s Vietnamese seafood eatery has made a name for itself through signature dishes like garlic noodles with tiger prawns and the arresting whole dungeness crab, though smaller bites like the grilled beef satay and the corn soup are not to be missed. Artful, inventive and walking the perfect line between comfort flavors and fine dining, An and executive chef Tony Nguyen keep the legacy going strong.

8. Hinoki & the Bird

Restaurants Contemporary American Century City
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Technically this spot sits hidden in Century City’s maze of office towers, just off the Beverly Hills border, but Hinoki is worth crossing into another neighborhood. Executive chef Brandon Kida weaves Japanese, Southern, Chinese, Californian and other cuisines togetherfor bright and bold dishes, so your ramen might come topped with buttered lobster, your sashimi might involve lardo and burnt-jalapeño oil, and your flaky biscuit might star some Santa Barbara uni. Don’t be surprised to see high-level business meetings a table over from a fashionable couple staring into each other’s eyes; Hinoki & the Bird is a beacon for good meals, no matter the occasion.

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The Truffled Cauliflower Tortino at Culina
The Truffled Cauliflower Tortino at Culina
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9. Culina

Restaurants Italian Beverly Hills

Leave it to the Four Seasons to house one of the best hotel restaurants in the city—but if you think Culina is just a hotel restaurant, well, think again. The menu is focused on modern Italian dishes, but there’s also a mix of hearty, traditional, rustic staples such as pappardelle in a wild-boar sugo, and whole roasted branzino with olives. It’s moody and low-lit and artful—essentially, it’s an ideal date-night pick, and that fire-lit patio is where we want to hang out all winter long. Inside, just near the entrance, you can get a true taste-of-Italy fix at Vinoteca, the wine and espresso bar. 

Din Tai Fung dumplings and dim sum at Westfield Century City
Din Tai Fung dumplings and dim sum at Westfield Century City
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10. Din Tai Fung

Restaurants Chinese Century City

When Angelenos crave soup dumplings west of the SGV, there’s always one surefire go-to—and thankfully, now there’s an outpost in Century City. Taiwan’s beloved retail store flipped to a full-service dumpling shop in 1972, and to the delight of the entire world, it never went back. Din Tai Fung is now a major international dim sum player, and our outposts are just as detail-oriented and deserving of praise as the originators: The traditional pork soup dumplings are a treasure, but it’s hard to go wrong with anything off the menu (see also: the truffle soup dumplings, the steamed cod dumplings, the noodles with pickled mustard greens). Just order it all, and watch the team fold the delicate dim sum from behind a window as you wait for your tableful of goods.

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11. Lawry’s the Prime Rib

Restaurants Steakhouse Beverly Hills

Lawry’s isn’t totally a steakhouse, but it is a throwback to a steakhouse era: Their legendary prime rib gets carved tableside in massive silver carts by men wearing tall chef’s toques, while your waitresses don a ’50s-inspired uniform that harkens back to party dresses and martini lunches. There are more modern additions to the menu, such as the vegan mushroom steak or the shrimp-and-jalapeño fritters, but if you’re going classic, there are only a few decisions to make: what size cut you’d like, what temperature and whether or not to add a vegetable (Tip: Always add the creamed spinach). A few bites in and you’ll know why Lawry’s has been around for over 80 years—and by the time you leave, you’ll wonder why don’t eat from silver carts every night.

Da Lat Rose Crustacean tasting menu Beverly Hills
Da Lat Rose Crustacean tasting menu Beverly Hills
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12. Dà Lat Rose

Restaurants Vietnamese Beverly Hills

Tasting menus can wind up as little more than a vehicle for a chef’s ego, but at Helene An’s Dà Lat Rose, the humble, reflective 12-course meal is quite literally her life’s work. Perched abover Crustacean, the restaurant-inside-a-restaurant’s dishes each correspond to an era or event in the chef’s life, taking you on a wild ride through marriages, daring escapes from the Viet Cong and new-world dreams told with modern takes on Vietnamese classics. She and executive chef Tony Nguyen updated fishing-village staples like grilled razor clams, and street food done up with escargot and tallow, plus plenty of tableside flourishes. An’s “gastrobiography” runs roughly three hours long, but with tales and technique this good, we could dine on her story all day and night.

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13. Il Cielo

Restaurants Italian Beverly Hills
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If a restaurant could make you weak at the knees, Il Cielo would have diners dropping left and right: Serving pastas, roast meats and decadent seafood under a canopy of twinkling lights, the romantic Italian eatery aims to be a “country restaurant in the city,” where bubbling fountains and white tablecloths create a darling ambiance to rival a Tuscan trattoria. The mother-and-son operation keeps family recipes in rotation, while the setting and flavors keep generations of locals coming back for more. And because dolce really is the most romantic course of all, just be sure to share a plate of tiramisu before Il Cielo completely sweeps you off your feet.

Terra at Eataly
Terra at Eataly
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14. Eataly + Terra

Restaurants Italian Century City

Boasting three restaurants, a café, a butchery, a pizza stall, a bread bakery, a gelateria and a rooftop-perched respite serving some of the best grilled meats on the Westside, Eataly is one stunning ode to Italian cuisine. L.A.’s sprawling outpost occupies more that 60,000 square feet at the corner of the Westfield Century City, giving us plenty of choices and room to explore when we’re looking for a meal. It’s hard to go wrong with any of the options here, but the standouts are the splendid rooftop spot, Terra—which keeps the focus on rustic meats, handmade pastas, gin cocktails and a roving gelato cart—as well as Il Pesce Cucina, the food hall’s seafood-specialist mini restaurant helmed by Michelin-starred chef Michael Cimarusti. 

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15. Mr Chow

Restaurants Chinese Beverly Hills
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A Westside mainstay since ’74, Mr Chow has been the go-to for Beijing and other Chinese-province cuisine for generations of Beverly Hills locals. A-listers, residents and tourists all know that owner Michael Chow brings an extra air of service and elegance, which made the Mr Chow brand legendary around the world—just ask longtime fans Mick Jagger, Yoko Ono and Jack Nicholson, to name a few. Chow’s eye for visual art, white tablecloth and tableside service helped revolutionize the way Americans view and eat Chinese food. It’s priced accordingly, so be prepared to splurge on high-ticket dishes such as filet “Ma Mignon,” or the whole Beijing duck and noodles with lobster.

16. Crack Shack

Restaurants Soul and southern American Century City
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Why did the chicken cross the county line? To bring Crack Shack to Los Angeles. Top Chef star Richard Blais launched his popular, chicken-focused fast-casual chain in San Diego, and now, finally, we’ve got our own—both in the Westfield Century City and in Pasadena—for fried, grilled and cracklin’ comfort food. The fried chicken arrives in pieces or between buns; the delived eggs come topped with French toast crumble; the fries get cooked in schmaltz; and if you’re feeling fancy, there’s even a champagne vending machine. Snack indoors, outdoors or by the bar, or play a round of cornhole on the spacious patio.

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17. La Scala

Restaurants Italian Beverly Hills
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Like you would to a don, it’s best to pay your respects to La Scala. One of Beverly Hills’ OG Italian restaurants, red leather booths, white tablecloths and an attentive team of servers in vests and ties make you feel like you’re someone special—and the food is still solid after 30 years of celebrity clientele, mountains of white truffles, and one of the city’s most beloved salads (always order the chopped). With entrées hovering around $20, it’s also one of the neighborhood’s more affordable options—especially if you order the football-sized eggplant parm, which is excellent and enough for two. 

18. Nate ’n Al

Restaurants Delis Beverly Hills
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While this option isn’t the classiest of Beverly Hills’ restaurants, it’s easily the most classic: With more than 70 years under its belt, this isn’t just a neighborhood institution—it’s one of L.A.’s most beloved Jewish delis. Look for the giant, orange cursive lettering and you’ll find a wormhole to decades past, complete with leather booths and a massive deli case that’s packed with black-and-white cookies, potato salad and smoked fish. Breakfast is served all day here, but the move is the matzo-ball soup or the hot corned beef. 

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