LA is the original home of Wolfgang Puck restaurants. The legendary chef founded his empire on the Sunset Strip when Spago opened to grand acclaim over 30 years ago. Times (and tastes) have changed since then, but what hasn’t is the chef’s dedication to artfully designed farm-to-table food and world-class hospitality. Puck remains the ultimate celebrity chef, and you know that at each of his restaurants, you’ll always get the star treatment. No matter what you’re in the mood for, from fresh Californian to modern Chinese cuisine, you’ll find it at one of these LA-area Wolfgang Puck restaurants.
Puck’s flagship restaurant, located in the shopping mecca of Beverly Hills, is the gold standard of celeb-approved cuisine. If you want the full Spago experience, treat yourself to the iconic eatery’s six-course seasonal California tasting menu. Coupled with five wine pairings, also from the Golden State, it’s the best way to sample Spago’s most extraordinary offerings. You begin your meal with some white sturgeon caviar, which tastes so good, it should be illegal. For your main course, you follow it up with roasted Liberty duck breast and grilled Sonoma lamb chops, which are cooked to perfection, and somehow make the perfect combination for sneaking bites off each other’s plates. The food brings out the flavor in each wine pairing in unexpected ways. You round out the meal with decadent desserts, but the experience doesn’t end there, either. As a parting gift, you’re going home with a box of chocolate truffles and a cookbook signed by the master himself, so you can try some of these recipes at home.
What’s better than food with a view? WP24, nestled in the Ritz-Carlton 24 floors above Downtown LA, serves award-winning, Asian-inspired cuisine with a side of scenery. You could make a three- or four-course meal out of the inspired surf and turf offerings—the spicy kick of Singapore-style chili prawns pairs nicely with Szechuan-style steak au poivre and grilled lamb chops marinated with Korean gochu jang chili. If you’re looking for a more casual dining experience, visit NEST, the next-door lounge that specializes in equally amazing Asian dishes and artisanal cocktails handcrafted with fresh fruit and herbs grown in the Ritz’s rooftop garden.
Spending an afternoon in West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center, ground zero for all that is fresh and modern in art and interior design, you can certainly work up an appetite. So you let the freshness and modernity continue by finishing your day at red|seven, which offers California classics prepared with a twist. Herbivores love the charred cauliflower steak; omnivores devour the rotisserie chicken, served with brussels sprouts and farro, and topped with garlic confit. The clean, contemporary design of the restaurant may even give you some ideas of your own. You know to leave room for the almond roca samosas, served with a downright devilish chocolate banana dipping sauce. It’s a good thing you walked off all those calories beforehand!