Securing dinner reservations at the latest Hollywood restaurants may seem more challenging than finding a parking spot at The Grove on Christmas Eve or getting that Oscar nod. Luckily, Hollywood is teeming with resplendent dining opportunities featuring top chefs, delightful ambiances, and inventive cocktail menus.
E.P. & L.P.
For a hip dining and rooftop cocktail experience, you can’t miss L.A.’s buzzworthy E.P. Asian Eating House helmed by Aussie star chef Louis Tikaram, who draws inspiration from his Fijian Chinese grandmother for his mostly gluten- and dairy-free cuisine, featuring hand-squeezed coconut milk, seawater marinades, and wood-fire grilling to showcase nutrient-rich tropical root vegetables and seafood. Head for L.P., one of L.A.’s largest roof decks, for bespoke cocktails, bubble tea concoctions, and Asian-inspired street food. You can grab a seat by a fire pit while taking in views of the Hollywood Basin and the hills.
Barton G. the Restaurant Los Angeles
When you first enter Barton G., you notice the sophisticated tones, upholstered walls that mute the ambient sounds, and sheer fabric panels. It’s the type of restaurant where patrons go to sip champagne. You’re about to order a gin and tonic when you notice that the adjacent table has a dramatic smoking nitrogen cocktail with a dangling monkey crafted of chocolate and a tabletop popcorn machine holding fried shrimp. You’re on board for a gastronomy amusement park experience with dishes artfully prepared to tantalize all the senses, including an elaborate dessert display topped with a cotton candy coiffeur, all imagined by event impresario Barton G. Weiss.
With other Hollywood restaurants, you may rely on an app to secure dinner reservations, but at Trois Mec, you’ll need to purchase all-inclusive tickets online (plus gratuity and tax) to experience this scorching hot favorite of critics and foodies alike. Trois Mec refers to L.A. culinary stars Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo, who bring an ever-evolving five-course tasting menu to a former pizza place in a Hollywood strip mall. Check the restaurant site every other Friday for available tickets. Once you score a ticket for your party of two, four, or six, you’ll get to relish each course, which highlights seasonal ingredients prepared in a creative, global style. Whether you’re seated at a table or at the exclusive counter, you’ll have access to watch the chefs create their masterpiece dishes.
Whether you’re an armchair L.A. historian or just in town for a weekend, you’ll appreciate the pedigree of A.O.C., a classic among Hollywood restaurants. Celebrated restaurateur Suzanne Goin and her business partner and sommelier Caroline Styne relaunched A.O.C. in an iconic restaurant space beloved for its leafy patio, now appointed with bay leaf trees, potted herbs, fruit, and vegetables. You can share small or large plates, including special dishes from the wood-burning oven. As befitting the restaurant’s moniker, you can select from an extensive list of 150 eclectic and boutique wines, over 20 of which are available by the glass. If you’re more of a cocktail enthusiast, Christiaan Rollich’s noteworthy bar program utilizes seasonal farmers’ market produce and herbs, some grown on the patio.
As you walk through the industrial-style French doors bridging the indoor and outdoor spaces at Estrella, you’ll feel the 1960s and 1970s Laurel Canyon bungalow aesthetic. Executive chef Dakota Weiss’s organic, garden-driven menu and mixologist Gia St. George’s cocktail program featuring fresh, house-made juices and small batch spirits echo the inspiration of the era’s folk and rock stars. You can start your day with breakfast or weekend brunch, relaxing in the Boho chic outdoor space, appointed with communal seating, fireplaces, and custom furnishings. Join friends to experience the eclectic lunch and dinner menus in the rustic creative space, decorated with vintage curios, glistening pendants, and lush plants.