LA is known for some excellent cheap eats around the city, but those are for the peons. Continue reading if you’re a baller.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that the first restaurant on our list is located on Rodeo Drive, and one of the most celebrated restaurants in LA. It’s typically referred to as the most expensive sushi in America. Head Chef Hiro Urasawa is a master of his craft, and he has a ten second rule. As soon as he lays his perfectly crafted sushi in front of you, you have ten seconds to eat it. Maybe because of the price, or maybe the somewhat hidden location, the restaurant is incredibly intimate, with few fellow diners. A meal for one at this establishment starts at $395.
If you’re looking for exceptionally prepared seafood, then go to Providence. If you’re looking for fried clam strips, cole slaw, and a lemon, go somewhere where it’s a bit more touristy. Located on Melrose, Providence is considered to be the ultimate location to get sea fare. Chef Michael Cimarusti doesn’t over prepare anything, and it’s that simplicity that lets the food speak for itself. Cimarusti has an incredibly inventive menu, with wine pairings, and cheese courses. And, relatively speaking, the prices for such delicious food doesn’t break the bank, a five-course market menu runs at $65.
Just to put it out there, Melisse is considered the most expensive restaurant in America, but it’s also ranked #1 in best service. For the finer things in life, you do have the shell out some cash. Located in Santa Monica, Josiah Citrin’s signature restaurant is more than just good service. His French-American cuisine uses only what is available for the season, ensuring perfectly fresh plates.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang, God bless him, is a gift to beef lovers and architect fanatics. It serves LA’s best steaks, from the best of America and Australia, as well as offering true Kobe beef, all in the humble design of Richard Meier, you know, the architect who designed the Getty Center. While the meat truly is the king of the castle, the sides are just as impressive, like bone marrow flan and tuna tartare.
SAAM at SLS Hotel
Master Chef Jose Andres does not mess around with his cuisine. He offers a 22-course tasting menu, with wine pairings, with tastes so different your head will be spinning. You’ll spend hours trying exciting foods, so make sure you have plenty of time to truly appreciate it. The courses are intricate, but interestingly diners suggest that the “must” is the Philly Cheesesteak, a thin shell of crust, Kobe beef, and the slightest amount of cheese.