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Ysabel

Restaurants, Contemporary American West Hollywood
4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
Ysabel
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Time Out says

Good-looking people, a beautiful atmostphere, gorgeously plated food: Ysabel is that woman you see on the street who straight-up stops you in your tracks. Thankfully, there's more to this West Hollywood restaurant than twinkling tea lights and Prada clutches. Chef Alison Trent spent time at Bouchon, French Laundry and Providence before making her way to Ysabel, and her culinary pedigree shows. Tuna crudo is accented by thin curls of cucumber and a sprinkling of cilantro, grilled flatbread comes topped with green mole and queso fresco, and a fantastic steak tartare is only made better with a heaping pile of perfectly crisp French fries beside it. Pasta is made in-house, so you'd be wise to order the squid ink spaghetti carbonara (far better than the one you might find at your neighborhood trattoria) or a sweet butternut squash variety. 

A hefty cocktail list hosts some true stunners: the namesake libation featurs vodka, golden balsamic, strawberry and cracked pepper. but there is plenty of wine, too, including Ysabel's own brand: Chateau L'acoste. The only better way to finish off the meal is with dessert—maybe a banana bread pudding—and a hundred selfies taken on the see-and-be-seen staircase outside. 

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Address: 945 N Fairfax Ave
West Hollywood
90046
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Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6pm-2am; Sat 11am-3:30pm, 6pm-Midnight; Sun 11am-3:30pm, 6-11pm
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Users say (4)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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We arrived early on a Saturday night, having snagged a last-minute reservation on Open Table. The covered patio set a romantic mood, with trees wrapped in twinkling lights, and though it was relatively quiet at 6:30pm, the loud music intercepted, letting you know that this is a Hollywood hot spot. I could imagine the young and beautiful lounging fireside outdoors or by one of two very impressive bars as the night progressed. I could have given a standing ovation to the menu for not forcing small plates upon us, as almost every restaurant does these days. Instead, they offered shared starters only on the top section, moving you into pastas--all handmade--and entrees--including a separate menu for steaks--where you were encouraged to order your own. Stand-outs include the hamachi crudo and avocado salad as starters, and both pasta dishes--the pumpkin tortellini and lobster ravioli. The rose sangria cocktail was also outstanding. This is a restaurant that I would return to for a romantic special occassion, with friends for a night on the town, or to impress out-of-town guests. 

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Ysabel is what I picture when I picture where the beautiful people go to hang in a beautiful restaurant/bar in LA. And it is just that. An elegant space with unique rooms, trees, outdoor seating (on a modern-artsy looking stair structure, no less). I can't say I've tried the food, but the atmosphere is great. The drinks do run pricey, but it is worth stopping in for at least one. 


I came here for a bridal shower and it was perfect for that occasion. The decor kind of reminds me of Santorini or the Mediterranean and there's a fantastic lounge area on the outdoor patio that is filled with giant pillows. The one thing I did NOT enjoy was their Bloody Mary - it was made from fresh tomatoes, watery, and completely bland. It tasted like a liquid salad and had none of the tang I would expect.  


Driving by you will never know that such a beautiful space lies inside, the entrance is from the valet lot on the side. As soon as you walk inside you will be mesmerized by the beautiful ambiance and of course the beautiful people that occupy it. Half of the restaurant is situated on the outside and there are two walk up bars inside for those that are there for the drinks and to be seen rather than to have dinner. This is a great place to go to with your friends and have some drinks, mingle with people and also a great place for singles. While i didn't particularly enjoy the food here, the drinks and ambiance made up for it! This is a Hollywood hot spot that should be on everyone's to do list this weekend!