IL PASTAIO

Step into Il Pastaio and you'll be transported to an Italian oasis in the heart of Beverly Hills. This charming restaurant is famous for their homemade pasta, which is served with a wide range of mouth-watering sauces. Whether you're a local or just passing through, you simply cannot leave without indulging in their Arrabbiata dish, which will leave your taste buds singing with delight. To complement your meal, don't miss out on their refreshing Tricolore salad, made with the freshest radicchio, endive, arugula, and parmesan cheese. Although it's possible to snag a table as a walk-in, I highly recommend making a reservation to guarantee a spot at this buzzing hotspot. With both indoor and outdoor seating, Il Pastaio offers an unforgettable dining experience. 

Recommended Dishes: 

Calamari Fritti 

Tricolore 

Arrabbiata 

Paccheri Alla Justin Bieber

Risotto Funghi 

Tee Scale Rating: 7.6/10 

JON AND VINNYS 

If you want to impress your friends and family with an unforgettable dining experience, look no further than Jon and Vinny's. This hotspot is a must-visit for anyone who loves food that is both delicious and heavenly. Whether you're in the mood for something light and refreshing like the gem lettuce salad or indulgent like the mozzarella sticks, Jon and Vinny's has got you covered. And let's not forget about their famous spicy fusilli, which is a flavor explosion in every bite. Trust me, it's worth every bit of the hype. The portions are meant to be served family style, so plan accordingly when you order! But why stop at just enjoying the food in the restaurant? Take your meal to the next level by ordering the spicy fusilli to-go and heading down to the beach to enjoy it while watching the sunset. The combination of the fiery pasta and the stunning view is truly a feast for the senses. Also don't forget to save room for dessert! The cookies and soft serve are the perfect sweet ending to a perfect meal. Make reservations in advance in and if you do decide to order take out, make sure to do so with ample time. 

Recommended Dishes: 

Garlic Bread 

Mozzarella Sticks 

Gem Lettuce 

LA Woman Pizza 

Spicy Fusilli 

Cacio E Pepe Rigatoni 

Chicken Parmesan

Shells and Cheese 

Funfetti Cookie 

Snickerdoodle Cookie 

Strauss Family Creamery Soft Serve

Tee Scale Rating: 6.9/10 

YSABEL 

As you approach Ysabel, you'll notice a discreet entrance that leads to a spacious and stylish restaurant with a seamless indoor-outdoor ambiance. It's an ideal spot for a group dinner with friends, a romantic date night, or for showing out-of-town guests the quintessential LA vibe. Indulge in their standout dishes, the Spicy Tuna Tartare and Hand-Cut Rigatoni, which boast flavors that are truly exceptional and fresh. The Brussels Sprouts and Truffle Fries are also great dish additions that I think are worth a side order. I recommend booking your reservation at least 3-4 days in advance to ensure a seamless dining experience.

Recommended Dishes: 

Multigrain Flatbread

Brussels Sprouts

Spicy Tuna Tartare

Hand Cut Rigatoni

Lemon Pasta 

Pan Roasted Scallops

Organic Rotisserie Chicken 

Truffle Fries

Tee Scale Rating: 7.6/10 

ELEPHANTE

Securing a table at Elephante may prove to be a challenge, but the gastronomic experience that awaits you is well worth the effort. The restaurant's terrace offers a front-row seat to the magnificent sunset while savoring exquisite bites and drinks. The dazzling golden hour setting here is an unforgettable sensory feast that will captivate both your taste buds and your social media feed. Start your meal with their renowned Whipped Eggplant dip, which is accompanied by a luscious, fluffy puccia that serves as the perfect complementing dish to your cocktails. For your main course, I recommend the Tuscan kale Salad and the Vodka Sauce Pasta, which together create an extraordinary taste symphony that will leave you craving for more.

Recommended Dishes: 

Whipped Eggplant 

Tuscan Kale 

Brussel Sprouts 

Fusilli Pesto 

Cacio E Pepe

Vodka Sauce 

Margherita Pizza 

Burrata Pizza 

Pavlova

Chocolate Torte 

Tee Scale Rating: 8/10 

OSPI

Ospi is a place where I enjoy spending time with my friends due to its swift service, fair pricing, and delightful atmosphere. The dish that always satisfies my cravings is the Crispy Provolone, paired with their signature Spicy Vodka Sauce. This delectable creation is a testament to the chef's ingenuity and the cheese pull is a sight to behold. As for the Kale Salad, it's the perfect accompaniment to any meal with its fresh avocado and tangy dressing. You simply cannot go wrong with their homemade pastas and pizza as your main course as well. Reservations recommended, but you can usually make it the day of if the party is smaller in size. 

Recommended Dishes:  

Crispy Provolone 

Kale Salad 

Garlic 

Vodka 

Spicy Rigatoni 

Mezze Maniche 

Tee Scale Rating: 6.8/10 

FIA 

Led by Michelin star chef Brendan Collins, the menu for Fia is a masterful composition of flavors and textures. Despite its unassuming outside appearence, the inside of the restaurant including its patio is gorgoeus. Dining on the back patio is a must, especially during warm weather when the ambiance is simply delightful. You simply must try the Spicy Salmon Tartare Cones, Tortellini, and Roasted Sprouting Cauliflower, each of which are a feast for the senses. And for dessert, the Chocolate Dome will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but also provide a theatrical experience as it's set aflame before your eyes. Given the high demand for this culinary haven, I strongly advise making reservations in advance to ensure a spot at this foodie paradise.

Recommended Dishes:  

Spicy Salmon Tartare Cones 

Salt and Pepper Calamari 

Burrata 

Tortellini

Handmade Cavatelli 

Crispy Brussels 

Roasted Sprouting Cauliflower

Chocolate Dome

Tee Scale Rating: 6.5/10 

LAUREL HARDWARE

Nestled in the heart of West Hollywood, Laurel Hardware boasts an impressive culinary experience that feeds the taste buds with organic and locally sourced ingredients. The Chopped Kale salad is a true standout, offering a perfect balance of flavors and textures that is both refreshing and satisfying. The Wild Mushroom Pizza is a delightfully decadent dish, featuring a crispy crust that pairs with the tasteful mushrooms quite well. And, if you have a sweet tooth, don't miss the Sticky Toffee Pudding – a rich, indulgent dessert that is sure to leave a lasting impression. With its charming ambiance and exceptional cuisine, Laurel Hardware is the perfect spot for a pre-night out gathering with friends. Reservations are highly recommended, especially for sunset views.

Recommended Dishes:  

Spicy Salmon Tartare 

Ahi Tuna Tartare 

Chopped Kale 

Spaghetti Arrabiata 

Wild Mushroom Pizza 

Truffle Fries 

Croissant Bread Pudding 

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Tee Scale Rating: 7.5/10 

ALL TIME 

This is a superb destination for a hearty breakfast due to its delectable and savory flavors. The Cheesy Eggs on Toast is a true masterpiece and a must-try item. The richness of the cheese is perfectly balanced with the eggs, resulting in a creamy culinary experience that will make other scrambled eggs pale in comparison. While reservations are not necessary, do keep in mind that this establishment experiences high traffic on weekends.

Recommended Dishes:   

Cheesy Eggs on Toast 

Avocado Toast 

French Toast 

Breakfast Burrito

Tee Scale Rating: 4.7/10 

DIN TAI FUNG 

Din Tai Fung, a globally celebrated restaurant, is renowned for its exquisite Xiao Long Bao, which is meticulously crafted in house. It is an ideal spot for those seeking a casual, yet delectable dining experience. Indulge in the succulent Chicken Xiao Long Bao, delectable dumplings, and flavor-packed Chicken Fried Rice - each bite is a taste sensation. If you opt for take-out, rest assured that the flavors and textures remain unspoiled. Do plan ahead and make reservations for peak dining hours to ensure a hassle-free experience.

Recommended Dishes:  

Cucumber Salad 

Chicken Xiao Long Bao 

Vegan Dumpling 

Chicken Dumpling 

Chicken and Mushroom Buns 

String Beans with Garlic 

Chicken Fried Rice

Tee Scale Rating: 6.4/10 

WABI ON ROSE 

Wabi on Rose is a charming sushi eatery nestled in Venice that boasts a harmonious blend of authentic Japanese cuisine and whimsical floral decorations. The Tiger King Roll and Crispy Rice are must-tries, bursting with unique flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. The stunning ambiance is perfect for Instagram, with plenty of opportunities for snapshots against the striking backdrop of floral installations. For larger parties, reservations are strongly encouraged, and for smaller groups, early morning bookings can be made through Opentable with ease.

Recommended Dishes:  

Crispy Rice 

Crispy Brussel Sprouts 

Yellowtail Special 

Greenie Roll 

Tiger King Roll 

Spicy Tuna Roll 

Tee Scale Rating: 6.6/10 

NOBU MALIBU 

Nobu Malibu is, without a doubt, one of the most stunning locations of this iconic restaurant brand that I've ever visited. Nestled right above the beach, it transports you to a dreamy tropical paradise that's perfect for an indulgent dining experience. While the prices are certainly on the higher side, the quality of the food is unparalleled. I highly recommend the melt-in-your-mouth Black Cod with Miso, the perfectly Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna in butter lettuce cups, and the divine Yellowtail Jalapeño Rolls that pack a flavorful punch. And don't even get me started on their unique and decadent desserts, like the heavenly Chocolate Spring Rolls that you'll still be dreaming about long after your meal is over. Make sure to book your reservations well in advance, as this is a must-visit spot for both discerning locals and tourists alike.

Recommended Dishes:  

Yellowtail Jalapeno 

Tiradito Nobu Style 

New Style Sashimi 

Artichoke Salad

Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna 

Crispy Shiitake Salad 

Black Cod with Miso 

Rock Shrimp Tempura 

Jidori Chicken with Teriyaki 

Chilean Sea Bass with Dry Miso

Crispy Brussels Sprouts 

Roasted Baby Corn 

Miso Soup 

Yellowtail Jalapeno Roll 

Chocolate Spring Rolls 

Tee Scale Rating: 9.2/10 

SUGAR FISH 

Sugar Fish has undoubtedly revolutionized the sushi game with their signature "Trust Me" boxes, which provide a stunningly curated assortment of sushi, rolls, and sashimi that will leave you craving more. These boxes are a work of art in themselves, as they are thoughtfully and elegantly packaged. Though I prefer to order them to-go and share them with friends at picnics, the restaurant does offer their Trust Me menu for those who wish to dine-in. Please note, Sugar Fish does not take reservations, so arriving early would be the ideal move, especially if you have a large group.

Recommended Dishes:   

Trust Me

Tee Scale Rating: 8.1/10 

KATSUYA 

Katsuya is an iconic sushi destination that I have been frequenting since childhood and it still remains one of my top picks for an immaculate dinner. The Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice is an absolute must-try as the seared rice cake infused with butter blends harmoniously with the spicy tuna and jalapeños on top. For the vegetarians, their Grilled Sweet Corn and Maitake Mushrooms are equally divine and are a must-order. Reservations are highly recommended to secure your spot, although walk-ins are also welcome if you don't mind a potential wait.

Recommended Dishes:   

Yellowtail Jalapeno 

Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice

Rock Shrimp 

Crispy Brussels Sprouts 

Seaweed Salad 

Miso Glazed Black Cod

Fried Rice 

Sweet Corn Grilled 

Maitake Mushrooms Grilled 

Lava Cake

Tee Scale Rating: 6.6/10 

CAFE VIDA 

Located in Culver City and the Palisades, Cafe Vida is a must-visit for anyone looking for a healthy yet flavorful meal. I can attest to the fact that their Balance Bowl with Tofu is a must if you are looking for a comfort meal- the combination of brown rice, egg whites, mushrooms, tomato sauce, and guacamole is incredible. Their salads are also extremely fresh and delicious, making them a perfect option for those who want a lighter yet flavorful meal. I personally love the Tex Mex and BBQ Chicken Salad. This Latin American and LA-inspired menu is a testament to the diverse culinary landscape of California, and does a great job doing so. While the restaurant itself has a cozy atmosphere, Cafe Vida is also an excellent option for takeout, with quick and efficient service that ensures your food stays fresh and delicious. 

Recommended Dishes:   

Buttermilk Pancakes 

Huevos Rancheros 

Balance Bowl and add either Grilled Chicken or Tofu 

BBQ Chicken Salad 

Tex Mex Chicken Salad  

Jalapeño Turkey Burger

Turkey Meatloaf

Tee Scale Rating: 5.7/10 

SUNLIFE 

If you're in search of a smoothie that is packed with nutrients but doesn't compromise on taste, Sunlife is the place to be. The Million Dollar Smoothie, when combined with coconut water, offers a rich and indulgent flavor that feels like a cheat meal. Another dish that stands out at Sunlife is the Brazilian bowl, which is not your average acai bowl. Unlike the watery bowls that are commonly sold, these Brazilian bowls are thick, not too sweet, and boast a perfect balance of granola and fruit. I recommend ordering online in advance to avoid the crowds, particularly on weekends. 

Recommended Dishes:   

Athlete Smoothie 

Matcha Goddess 

Million Dollar Smoothie ADD coconut water 

Wolverine 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie

Brazilian Bowl 

Goldie Bowl 

Wellness Shot

Tee Scale Rating: 5.9/10 

BLUE PLATE TACO 

If you're looking for a Mexican restaurant that won't leave you disappointed, Blue Plate Taco is the place. This restaurant offers an explosion of seasonings in their dishes without overwhelming your taste buds with too many ingredients. Their Salsa is particularly noteworthy, and their Chicken Tacos are an absolute must-try. It's an excellent choice for a laid-back meal out, or for ordering in when you're craving hearty food. While reservations aren't necessary, it's worth noting that this spot can get quite busy on the weekends.

Recommended Dishes:  

Chicken Tacos 

Guacamole, Salsa, and Chips 

Taquitos Deliciosos 

Chicken Quesadilla

Tee Scale Rating: 7/10 

GRACIAS MADRE 

Gracias Madre is a plant-based restaurant that offers an exceptional dining experience through its use of high-quality ingredients, meticulously crafted recipes, and inventive combinations that can rival traditional meat and dairy dishes. The Enchiladas Verdes are incredibly mouthwatering and my absolute favorite thing to order on the menu. Their locally sourced and organic produce offers an explosion of flavors in each dish, showcasing their commitment to Mexican cuisine. The sophisticated ambiance of the restaurant is elevated by the addition of beautiful olive trees on the patio and elegant decor. It is advisable to make a reservation in advance. 

Recommended Dishes:   

Guacamole and Chips 

Mushroom Quesadilla

Chorizo Empanadas 

Oaxaca Bowl 

Coliflor 

Chile Relleno 

Enchiladas Verdes 

Taco Trio 

Grilled Broccolini 

Churros

Tee Scale Rating: 7.3/10 

Delicious Pastry Creations

Wabi on Rose

Custom Pastry Orders

Wabi on Rose 

Pastry Catering Services

Ospi

Ysabel

Ysabel 

Katsuya

Elephante

Nobu

Nobu

Nobu 

Nobu 

Elephante 

Jon and Vinnys 

Ospi 

Fia 

All Time 

Din Tai Fung 

Gracias Madre