Top Restaurant Reviews in Los Angeles :
Bar Bouchon in Beverly Hills, Il Fornaio in Beverly-Hills, Melisse restaurant in Santa Monica, Cicada restaurant and club Olive Street Downtown LA, Maestro's in Beverly Hills, Petrossian in Beverly Hills, Montage Hotel, The Standard Hotel in West-Hollywood, Beverly-Hills Hotel, The Loews in Santa Monica, The Sky Room Long Beach, The Ranch and Saloon in Orange...
“There’s nowhere else like it in Los Angeles, or the world. It’s in a residential neighborhood and it’s been turned into a luxury property, the way it should be.”
You may need your GPS to find it, especially after dark, but it’s well worth the adventure to this 12-acre, Spanish mission-style, magical destination. The hotel theme is an oasis, complete with its own Swan Lake, which you cross by a foot bridge to get to the hotel.
The grounds are planted in ficus, fig, palms and continuously-blooming flowers.
Originally built in 1946, the hotel has always had a reputation for being one of the most beautiful, romantic and exclusive hotels in the world. It’s part of the Dorchester Collection, which is owned by the Sulton of Brunei.
It has attracted heads-of-state and countless celebrities. Oprah Winfrey celebrated her 50th birthday here, and Celine Dion surprised her with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
The hotel was closed for renovations in 2009. $100 million later, it reopened in 2011.
A large amount of the remodeling expenses went toward the spa, and it shows. The meditation rooms invoke tranquility. The lighting seems perfect, all materials are of the highest quality, and the “sacred dimensions” of the spaces all combine to create a perfect experience.
When it reopened, renowned Chef Wolfgang Puck took over the food and beverage operations for the entire property, including his signature restaurant, Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air.
I love to go here to celebrate special occasions. The piano bar is a great place to start the evening. It is beneficial to reserve a table near the fireplace, or a bit away from the piano for conversation.
The “handcrafted cocktails” are spectacular. I have especially enjoyed the “Pines and Needles” with the strong scent of pine trees, and “Pepino’s Revenge,” with the strong scent of cucumber. They provide tasty snacks to accompany drinks in this elegant setting.
The restaurant serves California cuisine with Puck’s European influences. Before your first course arrives, you will be offered a selection of home-made breads. They are so delicious that you have to be careful to save room for your meal!
If you have been there before, they will ask if you want the same glass of wine and will ‘remember’ your preferences. The service is said to be perfect, and I would agree with that.
The staff is attentive and will be quick or slow, depending on your wishes. They have even overheard us about a birthday being mentioned and brought the complementary birthday dessert without being asked.
The dining tables are outdoors and so heat lamps are used to make your temperature just right. Reserve early and ask for a cabanna. They are more private tables where celebrities dine and they will try their best to accommodated your request.
I have not ventured beyond the most spectacular Tortelloni Pasta appetizers. The ingredients change depending on the season, such as corn or pumpkin. This dish is to die-for.
The main menu is a bit limited in selection for vegetarians, but I love their fish entrée. The whole fish for 2 can be de-boned at your table. The pan roasted Loup de Mer can also be created in single portions.
For such a place, prices for appetizers and main courses are surprisingly reasonable. The selection of wines by the bottle or glass is extensive, pleasing and pricy. This is not a charitable institution of the Sulton of Brunei.
Overall, dining here is one of the most enjoyable experiences ever. Perfect for a personal reward, or a life celebration with your family, friends or someone special.
Restaurant Reviews in Long Beach:The Sky Room Long Beach Restaurant and Bar by Foodie and Chef Natacha Mannhart. This place has an amazing view from the Long Beach Sky Light and has been there for quite a long time in a beautiful Art Deco Style Building opened since 1926. Best time to come is a few minutes before the sunset to admire a beautiful sky illuminating the marina. In the darkness it become a romantic setting with a romantic ambiance with candlelight. The food and the service is good. I particularly love their cocktails that are strong and tasty. Their wine cellar is in a great display, near the entrance, so every guest can enjoy it.
Restaurant Reviews Long Beach : The Sky Room Long Beach Restaurant and Bar Review. Sky Room in Long Beach website is:
Restaurant Reviews in Anaheim: The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon by Foodie and Chef Natacha Mannhart. In the spirit of Texan Steakhouse places, here you have good food, perfect for large groups or couples dinner.With a dark woodsy ambiance, this place is an amazing spot for dinner before continuing on to the next door Saloon as in the Texan way. Just opened a few months ago, it has an amazing acoustic and if you are a big Country Music fan and line dancing, this place would be number 1 in your heart.
Restaurant Reviews in Anaheim: The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon
The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon in Anaheim: http://www.theranch.com
Restaurant Reviews in Los Angeles for Bar Bouchon in Beverly-Hills by Foodie and Chef Natacha Mannhart. For a great taste of France in the heart of Beverly Hills, there is Bouchon, part of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group, famous for the French Laundry. It has become known as the world’s best restaurant, even better than French restaurants in France, if you can believe that! I’m still looking forward to trying the French Laundry when I go to Napa Valley!
Back to Bouchon. The Bar Bouchon, along with the restaurant that is located upstairs, is one of the new baby gem restaurants in Los Angeles. The giant complex, in which it is housed, was built in 2009 and was one of the most expensive projects since Rodeo Drive. The result is astonishing. This is a beautiful park in the middle of Beverly Hills. It’s like a breath of fresh air!
When I dine or lunch in Bar Bouchon, I am always amazed by the relaxing time and the quality of the service. It’s also a great place to come for happy hour to relax after a long day at work. Restaurant Reviews for Bar Bouchon in Beverly-Hills, their website is http://www.bouchonbistro.com
Restaurant Reviews Los Angeles for Fornaio Beverly-Hills by Foodie and Chef Natacha Mannhart. Il Fornaio cooking school was started in Italy in 1972, and then they bought a local neighborhood bakery to save it. Their bakery concept was imported to the US by Williams-Sonoma, who later sold it to a group of investors. Eventually, the new owners created a restaurant-bakery chain concept with numerous locations.
In addition to serving dinner, this place is open for breakfast and lunch, because it’s also a bakery. It’s always busy, attracting both locals and tourists. Being conveniently located in the center of Beverly Hills helps alot.:)
My favorite dish is “Pizza Christina” with truffle oil, and I also like the spinach salad, the lasagna, calzone pizza and lobster ravioli. They have a beautiful selection of Italian wine, which received the Award of Excellence by the Wine Spectator in 2011. Il Fornaio has a catering service, as well as a take away menu. Restaurant Reviews Los Angeles for Fornaio Beverly-Hills and you can find their website here: http://www.ilfornaio.com/?page=138&restaurant_id=3143
Restaurant Reviews for Melisse Restaurant in Santa-Monica by Foodie and Chef Natacha Mannhart. Chef Josiah Citrin is a two-star Michelin and multi-award winning restaurant owner in Santa Monica. At a young age, he was inspired by his French Grandma’s cooking. Born and raised in California, he traveled to France to follow his passion for cooking. When he returned to LA, he worked with Wolfgang Puck and other celebrity chefs.
Chef Josiah only chooses fresh daily organic ingredients grown locally at the "Gun Ranch" in the Malibu Hills alongside the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. Melisse was named after Mediterranean lemon palm herbs, accenting his attention to ingredients.
His elegant, creative and sophisticated cuisine is divided into a variety of menus. Beside the delicious a la carte menu, they have price fixe menus from which to choose. You can order from the "Foie For All" Menu, built around Foie Gras, Specials built around Truffles, Carte Blanche (Degustation Menu), and others according to the season.
My favorites are Egg Caviar, The Hot and Cold Foie Gras, the Liberty Duck Breast and Confit, and the cheese selection, of course. I also appreciate that a vegetarian menu is available.
A wine pairing selection is available for every single item, or just ask the knowledgeable Sommelier if you need help getting your way around the 1,000+ references available on the wine list.
It's a sophisticated place for your palate. Meticulous and attentive service. For example, they brought a little stool to lay my purse on. It doesn’t get any better than that!
They have two private dining rooms available for special events. Restaurant Reviews for Melisse in Santa Monica and their website is : http://www.melisse.com