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.
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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