What Madre's offers outside of the obvious fried plantains, savory steaks and tasty Latin cuisine is an upscale supper club atmosphere beyond the inner circle of Hollywood. Surprisingly comfortable and cheerful, Madre's celebrates the spirit of life through beauty rather than haute minimalism. To hear the clang of toasting glasses by such celebrity guests as Nicole Kidman and even owner Jennifer Lopez.
The Ivy invites guests to lunch and dine in the shabby chic of a deteriorating garden home. Out on the Ivy's patio, white tables topped with potted plants and candles sit near pillow-lined benches, bordered by a peeling white picket fence. Inside, the vine-encompassed cottage houses more tables, surrounded by smatterings of Americana debris: Flags, paintings and antiques.
Designed for people who want to savor globally-inspired dishes amid a melange of hipsters sans the pretension, Bungalow Club dishes up entrees such as a center-cut pork chop, lamb chop and even a lobster tail; they've even added some sushi, thrusting a caterpillar and spicy tuna roll into the mix.
With its 360-degree panoramic views, elegant decor and classic-filled menu, Long Beach's Sky Room feels like an old-time supper club. High atop the Breakers Hotel, French fare meets California cuisine in one of the city's most romantic dinner destinations. Since the 1930s, celebs from Elizabeth Taylor and Charles Lindbergh to Babe Ruth and Clark Gable have put the baroque-style hotel on their itineraries, taking up digs in the sandstone-colored high-rise.
Gary Arabia built his catering business around the concept of food as art: not just to eat, but to experience. He creates parties from the ground up, customizing the menu, designing the lighting and decor, hiring the staff, in essence, building the ambience. Boasting clients from Ray Romano and Andre Agassi to Daryl Hannah and Paula Adbul, Arabia prides himself on attention to detail, meticulous planning and the ability to make rich flavor seep from more than just the food. His global cuisine, not to be understated, is centered around brilliant textures and spices, and ranges in ethnicity from Thai to regional American - having studied with his mother in the kitchen since childhood. Arabia also runs two restaurants, Global Cuisine at The Lot in West Hollywood and Global Cuisine at Fountain in Los Angeles.
Japanese Restaurant. High-end Sushi and Tempura on Sunset.
Chinese Restaurant. Excellent food!
Contemporary Italian Cuisine.
An eclectic mix of families and industry hipsters settle in for dinner at this gorgeously restored Craftsman gem, with beamed ceilings, glass built-ins and a working fireplace. There's also an utterly charming front porch shaded by vines, and a romantic patio that twinkles with white lights and candles.
Chef Mark Gonzales has revamped the menu with his eclectic dishes, while still keeping many of the classics that the restaurant's famous for. Hip, young crowd.