Catalina Bar Grill in Hollywood is fabulous and attracts a stellar lineup, and the Jazz Bakery in Culver City is edgy and reliable. But for the whole supper club package…
Where other neo-Vietnamese restaurants dumb down the traditional, this swank little joint riffs, adding complexity to some standards while nudging the emphasis in others…
This elegant hideout with a romantic garden specializes in California cuisine, including seared ahi, duck, pastas, giant salads…
Big top-striped curtains, colored-glass medicine bottles, gothic wooden arches, and pew seating give a carny-church quality to Villains Tavern. Bluesy-folksy bands take the stage on the patio every night, and seasonal drinks are strong and come by the mason jar.
Nicola Mastronardi’s cooking is intelligently robust. He muscles up butter lettuce with warm polenta croutons or bastes a spit-roasted pork shoulder as it slowly turns.
Little wire stands are placed beneath panko-crusted cutlets to drain any specks of grease, but they are for form’s sake only. There isn’t any oiliness.
The tablecloths are gone, beer comes by the pitcher, and nautical bric-a-brac adorns the walls at the completely revamped Water Grill…
Neighborhood: Santa Monica