Equal parts celebrity hotspot and exceptional fine dining destination, this ultra-stylish Sunset Strip hotel eatery offers flawless "vegetable-forward" cuisine and an air of sweeping, expensive romance that’ll make you forget all about the fact you’ll have to pay $18 for the EDITION's valet parking, if not more. Here, hosts in slinky white dresses and kitten-heeled boots will usher you to the plant-filled, warm-hued dining room—and the overall effect is downright cinematic. Every dish that arrives dazzles here, from the must-order milk bread topped with caramelized beefsteak tomatoes to the skirt steak, which comes with garlic confit and an exquisite red salt. Larger groups can splurge on the eye-poppingly expensive gooseberry phyllo pizza drizzled with aged balsamic dinner; the tableside preparation and final product make it well worth the price. (For our full review, click the link below.)
In West Hollywood, restaurants are typically better known for celebrity sightings and outrageous menu prices than truly amazing food, and upscale nightlife-oriented eateries are a dime a dozen within the tiny city.
After all, WeHo has Boystown—the largest queer nightlife corridor across all of Los Angeles—and newer influencer favorites like Saddle Ranch and BOA Steakhouse, where the party doesn’t stop even if the food is terrible. For hardcore fans of Vanderpump Rules, SUR, PUMP and TomTom are all within city limits, the restaurants featured in the E! show and its subsequent spin-offs. The area also boasts L.A.'s most centrally located Norm's, a regional 24-hour diner stalwart housed in one of the finest examples of Southern California's Googie architecture.
It's also worth noting international sushi chain Nobu and over-the-top Miami export Barton G call the neighborhood home as well, while icons like Craig's and Cecconi's (whose reputations surpass their culinary chops) cater to Hollywood power brokers, stars both wannabe and actual and the wayward tourists and paparazzi who trail in their wake. Even more people who prefer to be seen (and drink, rather than eat their calories) flock toward the Tower Bar—a West Hollywood institution with five-star service, old Hollywood style and the blandest salmon poké bowl this side of the Mississippi.
In short, West Hollywood is a little bit of a clusterfuck, and while this makes parking terrible, especially on weekends, this dense locale is also home to a few celebrity nightlife hotspots actually worth trying, red-sauce Italian joints for days and a slew of restaurants perfect for date night and boozy brunch. For the best West Hollywood restaurants with both great ambience and food, read on for our carefully curated guide—which intentionally excludes all of the places name-checked above.