Want to have an intimate dining experience with one of LA’s top chefs? Take a seat at the chef’s table and enjoy a memorable meal at some of the city’s hippest fine dining restaurants. The unique dishes at these five culinary hot spots are worth talking about.
Trois Mec means “three guys” in French, which is the perfect name for a restaurant that specializes in providing an unpretentious alternative to stuffy fine dining establishments. (How unpretentious is it, you ask? There’s no dress code!) Wandering into the tiny restaurant, which is nestled in the small, welcoming confines of a former pizzeria, you feel as if you’ve already been there a million times. The inspired cuisine of award-winning chef Ludo Lefebvre is best experienced from the front row. The intimacy makes you feel even more welcome. And while the menu of this unforgettable multi-course meal isn’t revealed until the night of, the surprise is always a welcome one.
This Michelin-starred institution has been serving up its twist on modern seafood to much acclaim for over a decade. The chef’s table at Providence seats up to six, and the experience includes a chat with celebrity chef Michael Cimarusti. When he comes over to your table, you feel like a famous food critic.
Cimarusti’s multi-course chef menu contains a delectable combination of surf and turf. Marvel at the decadence of Australian spanner crab served with royal ossetra caviar and Waygu beef, tempered by sweet potato, aged vinegar, and Parmesan. From the moment you step into tranquil Providence, you feel like you’ve escaped the everyday—and the food confirms it.
Wolvesmouth at the Wolvesden
Wolvesmouth is so off the grid, it doesn’t even have an address. Learning where its next communal meal will take place requires a highly coveted reservation. It may be hard to secure one, but it’s definitely worth it, as Chef Craig Thornton is a legend. His talents have made Wolvesmouth an unforgettable underground supper club experience (emphasis on experience).
Thorton and his team work hard to make their dinner parties into special events. Thornton’s “exploration in social dynamics” is meant to create conversation and camaraderie amongst tables of strangers, so you can only bring one guest. Don’t let that stress you out, though—the conversation and the wine (which is BYOB) is bound to flow with every course.
Located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA, Patina’s chef’s table offers the perfect before- or after-concert meal. The Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant excels at both seafood and red meat options, and the chef’s tasting menu allows you to try the best of the best. Melt-in-your-mouth lobster chitarra with truffle, squid ink, and foie gras butter is but one of the mains you can choose. Others include a thoroughly modern take on sweetbread (with bacon onion fondue), and Japanese tai carpaccio. Enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive collection of bottles while you savor your meal and bask in Patina’s sleek, elegant decor.
At Bestia, the husband and wife team of Chef Ori Menashe and Pastry Chef Genevieve Gergis serve of-the-moment Italian food with a twist (roasted bone marrow with spinach gnocchetti, anyone?). As demand is (naturally) high for their innovative dishes, the chef’s table at their vibrant, bustling downtown eatery is booked a month in advance. Walking into the lively restaurant, your mood is instantly boosted. Pairing your multi-course meal with a craft cocktail like the Pecado Mortal—a sweet and smoky libation that includes mezcal, mole bitters, and bittersweet chocolate—will elevate your mood even more.