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Hotel Casa del Mar, 1910 Ocean Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90405

310-581-5533

Aside from its location, off the hotel’s lobby bar, the new restaurant at Casa del Mar bears no resemblance to the old one…

Website: http://hotelcasadelmar.com

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Chaya Downtown

525 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, CA, 90017

213-236-9577

Different dishes are featured at each Chaya outpost; the ones here, we would argue, are the freshest yet.

Website: http://thechaya.com

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Chaya Venice

110 Navy St., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-396-1179

Talk about a jumpin’ joint. Happy hour’s a mob of the sleek and chic…

Website: http://thechaya.com

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Chinois on Main

2709 Main St., Los Angeles, CA, 90405

310-392-3038

Salads and the sashimi appetizer are exquisite and light…

Website: http://wolfgangpuck.com

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Crustacean

9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-205-8990

The setting (ceiling fans with woven paddles) is colonial Vietnamese dosed with theme park…

Website: http://anfamily.com

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Geoffrey’s

27400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Los Angeles, CA, 90265

310-457-1519

This hidden terrace restaurant still feels like money hovering lazily over the ocean…

Website: http://geoffreysmalibu.com

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Hinoki & the Bird

10 Century Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90067

310-552-1200

Kuniko Yagi and David Myers honor Japanese tradition with low-affect cooking.

Website: http://hinokiandthebird.com/

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Maison Akira

713 E. Green St., Los Angeles, CA, 91101

626-796-9501

The best of Paris and Tokyo are melded in dishes like seared foie gras with port wine-truffle sauce or grilled sea bass in lemon-honey dressing…

Website: http://maisonakira.com

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Pearl Dragon

15229 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90272

310-459-9790

This is the only restaurant in the Palisades with a liquor license and is a pleasant place for the usual sushi suspects, Vietnamese potstickers…

Website: http://thepearldragon.com

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Philippe

8620 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA, 90211

323-951-1100

The chicken satay has the same martian-red glow as the leather bar stools at Philippe, the upscale pan-Asian chain…

Website: http://philippechow.com

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Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey

4375 Admiralty Way, Los Angeles, CA, 90292

310-574-4333

At the lobby lounge in the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, four dainty triangles of grilled pain de mie are piled with fresh crustacean meat that’s been enhanced with a veneer of melted Brie…

Website: http://ritzcarlton.com/

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Rocksugar

Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90067

310-552-9988

The successful Cheesecake Factory formula—enormous menu, enormous portions, enormous calorie counts—has been adapted to fit an amalgam of Asian cuisines at the company’s new Century City venture…

Website: http://rocksugarpanasiankitchen.com

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Shiro

1505 Mission St., Los Angeles, CA, 91030

626-799-4774

The specialty here is catfish in ponzu sauce, but a good alternative is peppered tuna…

Website: http://restaurantshiro.com

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Sushi Roku

33 Miller Alley, Los Angeles, CA, 91103

626-683-3000

As the name implies, sushi is the star of the show at this offshoot of the West Hollywood hot spot…

Website: http://sushiroku.com

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The District by Hannah An

8722 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90048

310-278-2345

In a flashy two-story space that opens onto West 3rd Street, the District is the solo work of Hannah An of the An family (Crustacean, Anqui). Delicate bánh bèo rice cakes arrive in a cluster of porcelain bowls topped with scallion and shrimp, and a frilly version of pho bo stars slices of filet mignon. […]

Website: http://thedistrictbyha.com

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The Hungry Cat

1535 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA, 90028

323-462-2155

David Lentz grew up sailing the Chesapeake, and his cooking has an unstudied exactitude that comes from dealing with impeccable seafood.

Website: http://thehungrycat.com

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Yamashiro

1999 N. Sycamore Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90068

323-466-5125

This is the place to take out-of-towners for a drink and dazzle them with the lights of Hollywood…

Website: http://yamashirorestaurant.com

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Zengo

395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA, 90401

310-899-1000

Richard Sandoval has a string of upscale Latin restaurants across the country. The Santa Monica Place branches of Zengo and its sister restaurant La Sandia are his first in California…

Website: http://www.richardsandoval.com/zengosm/index.htm

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