Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill

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sommelier_p Photograph courtesy wolfgangpuck.com 

Wolfgang needs another restaurant like pizza needs caviar. The same goes for yet another corporate eatery at L.A. Live. Nevertheless, here we are with Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. The massive spot wound up with the downtown entertainment complex’s primo location, smack on the central plaza across from the Nokia Theatre. The menu is aimed at the mainstream, with a standard array of salads, pastas, pizzas, and meaty mains—well, all except that calf’s liver entrée. For a run-of-the-mill dish, the spicy tuna tartare served with crunchy sesame chips hits all the right spots. The fillet of wild Alaskan halibut sits in an addictive harissa seafood broth. Everything’s tasty—almost too much so. Many of the dishes seem to rely on salt, butter, and oil for impact, meaning this may not be the light dinner before a show you were looking for. » 800 W. Olympic Blvd. (213-748-9700). D Tue.-Sat. Full bar. American   $$$

Photograph courtesy wolfgangpuck.com