It’s a universal truth that good things come in small packages, which is why we at Haute Living know that tapas can be the best kind of tiny, tasty nibbles. You’ll definitely be saying bon appetit to these petite eats! Like Haute Living Los Angeles? Join our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @HauteLivingLA. Want Haute Living Los Angeles delivered to your inbox once a week? Sign up for our newsletter.
Suzanne Goin and Carolyn Styne (Lucques, Tavern) receive rave reviews for the tiny treats at their Third Street eatery, A.O.C. The California-Mediterranean delicacies beautifully blend unexpected combinations of flavors, from the bacon-wrapped dates to the braised pork cheeks with mustard gremolata. Best of all, the superior savories here are all locally produced.
2 Fig & Olive
It may be a Manhattan import, but you’ll feel as if you’ve wandered into an Italian ristorante when you sit down at Fig & Olive. In addition to the scent of rosemary lingering in the air, Executive Chef Pascal Lorange uses a different olive oil in every single dish at this haute Melrose Place eatery. Sit down at the tasting bar and communal table to share a selection of small Mediterranean plates, including ravioli finished with Porcini Olive Oil and the Provence Vegetables and Burrata Plate. Make sure to try the crostini: the Manchego, Fig and Marcona Almond is a standout.
3 Wood & Vine
Gavin Mills, Wood & Vine's executive chef, realizes that sharing is caring, which is why he’s created such an extensive tapas menu for his patrons. Those who head to this classic eatery, located inside Hollywood’s historic Taft Building, will be treated to a substantial menu of shared plates. Standouts include the Grilled Peach Salad with burrata and Honey Roasted Figs with thyme-infused honey and goat cheese. Don’t be shy when it comes to loading up on charcuterie, either: meats are all cured and smoked in-house.
The beauty of Tasca is that it is authentic: it is does not need any bells or whistles to sell the quality of its food. Though it’s located in West Hollywood, the fare is authentic Spanish at its finest. Whether you’re digging into the Arancini – wild mushroom risotto fritters with truffle sauce – or the lip-smacking Paella Valenciana, you’ll leave the establishment one very satisfied customer.
Tinto is a great place for a date. It’s sexy, dimly lit and the food is sensational. Though you may not be able to see into your dining partner’s eyes, you’ll certainly feel the vibe in this lively, casually elegant West Hollywood restaurant. Share some sangria and dig into mouth-watering dishes like the Croquetas de Jamon, a salty, soft delicacy of cured Serrano ham fried with breadcrumbs and the Datiles Rellenos de Queso Cabrales con Bacon - Madjool dates stuffed with Cabrales cheese and smoked bacon. You just got lucky, one way or another.