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This Mediterranean mecca is from Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin – key figures in Hollywood’s favorite philanthropic culinary event, LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade.


Fairfax’s original location first gained an industry thanks in large part to the late Hollywood publicist David Horowitz, who would hold court there. A Palisades outpost opened this year.


Chef Edoardo “Edo” Baldi’s Canon Drive outpost, who specializes in Tuscan recipes, is a must for dining out. Justin Bieber, Jason Bateman and Al Pacino are among recent celebrity visitors.

Great White

Laid-back California vibes meet Cal-Coastal cuisine (polenta fries, avocado dip) at Great White’s two trendy spots – Larchmont Village and Venice.

Great White

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The Alley Grill

An industry mainstay, it’s where big hitters like WME’s Jeffrey Katzenberg and Rick Rosen dine on classic Cobb salads, Dover sole and steaks. “It’s a commissary – a very expensive commissary with better food,” Rosen said. THR.


Tucked into a corner of a West LA strip mall, the Michael Ovitz-owned sushi bar attracts movie stars and moguls — some of whom get a roll bearing their name on the menu.

Hinoki and the bird

The California-meets-Silk Road hideaway in Century City is a stone’s throw from CAA in the base of a luxury condo tower, which means it practically doubles as the agency’s cafeteria.

At Jon & Vinny’s

The original’s popularity in the Fairfax district—of James Beard Award winners Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo—helped create additional locations in Brentwood and View Park, and soon Beverly Hills.

Mr Chow

High prices and snobbish reviews have done nothing to stop the flow of bold names to Beverly Hills’ upscale Chinese cuisine, helmed since 1974 by legendary restaurateur Michael Chow.

Nate and Al

Beverly Hills’ iconic Jewish deli has had a rough few years, with ownership changes and pandemic-forced closures. But thanks to a partnership between Shelli and Irving Azoff and The h.wood Group, the former haunt of the late Larry King is once again offering its famous pastrami and matzo ball soup.

The Palm

Now that the Beverly Hills fixture has moved, the celebrity cartoon mural is gone. CAA co-chairman Bryan Lourd’s husband, Bruce Bozzi, once the face of the channel, is also gone. Yet the entertainment elite keep showing up for steak and lobster bisque.

The Polo Lounge

Despite a technically ongoing boycott targeting Beverly Hills Hotel owner the Sultan of Brunei over his policies against women and the LGBTQ community in his country, the likes of David Zaslav, Brian Robbins, Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian are flocking always over to the VIP stands and order the McCarthy salad.

The iconic Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Chopped McCarthy Salad

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Few places can match the Hollywood pedigree of this Mid City spot, occupying a large Mission-style space built for Charlie Chaplin in 1928. (Order at the counter.)

San Vicente Bungalows

Jeff Klein’s new private West Hollywood club — formerly an abandoned bathhouse — has become a go-to spot for stars and decision-makers to catch up, cut deals, or mend fences (remember Steven Spielberg and Ted Sarandos confab?).

La Scala

The 66-year-old Beverly Hills staple is famous for its chopped salad (favorite by Elizabeth Taylor, John F. Kennedy Jr. and Leonardo DiCaprio), Italian dishes and celebrities sitting in red leather booths .

Soho WeHo House

Opened in 2010 atop 9200 Sunset Blvd., the private club and coworking space still reigns supreme as a powerhouse dining destination. Note: In the summer of 2022, Soho House added to its LA portfolio with the addition of Holloway House, a boutique hotel with a bustling restaurant in a space formerly occupied by Palihouse in the heart of West Hollywood.


If your lunch date calls for a 12:30 p.m. meal, chances are it’s to avoid the rush at this industry-favorite sushi spot that has 11 locations in the greater Los Angeles area — but none take reservation.

Maybourne terrace

After several high-profile flops led by celebrity chefs, the coveted space facing Beverly Canon Gardens has finally found its crowd under the auspices of the new Maybourne Hotel – especially after Bouchon closed and closed at lunchtime. from the Spago industry power plant across the street.

tower bar

The art deco dining room at Jeff Klein’s Sunset Tower Hotel, also complete with poolside seating, remains a top magnet (especially on Oscar weekend).


Expect to see quiet old-school heavyweights dine on Northern Italian fare at the Brentwood Pier. Regulars include Bob Daly, Michael Mann and Larry David.

This story first appeared in the August 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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