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Polo Lounge

Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-276-2251

This institution conjures the Beverly Hills of yore, from the banana leaf-patterned carpets to the pre-reccession buzz in the air.

Website: http://beverlyhillshotel.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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Sauce On Hampton

259B Hampton Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-399-5400

It’s not much to look at—a handful of tables, no wine list, and often just a single waitress—but details like…

Website: http://sauceonhampton.com

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Seven Restaurant & Bar

555 W. 7th St., Los Angeles, CA, 90014

213-223-0777

Seven’s Web site states, “If you do not say ‘WOW’ when you walk into Seven for the first time, we will be surprised.”…

Website: http://sevenrestaurantbar.com

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Spago Beverly Hills

176 N. Canon Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90210

310-385-0880

Following 2012’s overhaul, Wolfgang Puck’s flagship has turned into a streamlined space that’s striking enough to draw out the nuances of Lee Hefter’s cooking.

Website: http://wolfgangpuck.com

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Superba Snack Bar

533 Rose Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90291

310-399-6400

The ocean breeze that wafts along Rose Avenue keeps Superba’s patio cool, with a stockpile of thick blankets ensuring that nobody catches cold.

Website: http://www.superbasnackbar.com/

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Sweet Butter

13824 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA, 91423

818-788-2832

The wraparound patio catches just enough morning sun, the courtyard is planted with lavender and herbs, and your utensils are stored in San Marzano tomato or steel-cut oatmeal cans…

Website: http://www.sweetbutterkitchen.com/index.asp

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Tavern

11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90049

310-806-6464

There’s a nod to Old Hollywood here, from the atrium populated with famous folks to the menu, which skews vintage with Suzanne Goin’s versions of “devils on horseback,” Gulf shrimp cocktail, and Julia Child’s sinus-clearing ode to Dijon, Devil’s Chick.

Website: http://tavernla.com

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Tender Greens

9523 Culver Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90232

310-842-8300

It’s bright and warm here: yellow walls and windows that look onto a skinny patio…

Website: http://tendergreensfood.com

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The Beachcomber

23000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Los Angeles, CA, 90265

310-456-9800

You can’t ask for a better view, at the base of the Malibu Pier, and the room’s cute, an upscale version of a crab shack with a fake fish on the wall…

Website: http://thebeachcombercafe.com

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The Depot

1250 Cabrillo Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90501

310-787-7501

In a restored train station, imposing, avuncular Michael Shafer’s restless palate…

Website: http://depotrestaurant.com

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The Lobster

1602 Ocean Ave., Los Angeles, CA, 90401

310-458-9294

Santa Monica has precious few restaurants with ocean views. The Lobster, cantilevered over the sand, is one of them…

Website: http://thelobster.com

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The Penthouse

Huntley Hotel, 1111 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA, 90403

310-394-5454

The Radisson (now called the Huntley) has had a makeover, and Toppers got the heave-ho…

Website: http://thehuntleyhotel.com

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The Restaurant at the Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90049

310-440-6810

You’ll spot Getty architect Richard Meier and art-world bigwigs in this reservations-only dining room…

Website: http://getty.edu

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The Roost at LA Farm

3000 W. Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90404

310-449-4000

The Santa Monica power lunch standby is now the Roost

Website: http://www.theroostatlafarm.com/

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The Sunset

6800 Westward Beach Rd., Los Angeles, CA, 90265

310-598-1007

No matter the incarnation of this white bungalow at the end of Zuma’s Westward Beach Road, you can always count on a wedding taking place out front. The upstairs dining room is light, nautical, and serene…

Website: http://thesunsetrestaurant.com

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