The Top 5 Five-Star Restaurants in Los Angeles & Orange County

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If you’re searching for a truly exquisite five-star experience, look no further than our picks for the top 5 five-star restaurants in Los Angeles and Orange County. Our five selections are truly the creme de la creme of dining experiences, from their ambiance, to their service to their libations to, most importantly, their cuisine. Heed our advice, and make your reservations now.

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1 Melisse

If you're seeking the full culinary experience, it doesn't get much better than Melisse, Josiah Citrin's French-New American eatery in Santa Monica. What you'll find: an ever-changing menu that changes with the seasons, an extensive wine list and romantic ambiance. Its purple walls and white-blanketed tables give the atmosphere here an intimate and inviting vibe. Make sure to consider standout dishes such as Golden Imperial Osetra Caviar, Millbrook Venison Loin and Maine Loster with Chestnut-Coffee, Celtuce and Parsley at this 2014 James Beard Award Outstanding Restaurant nominee.
1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310) 395-0881

2 Providence

You'll fall in love with the elegant decor and exquisitely prepared seafood dishes at Michael Cimarusti's glamorous Hollywood eatery. This is an experience to be savored. The restaurant offers a tasting menu-only, so "resign" yourself to a five-course meal and enjoy the moment. Just a word to the wise: after dining on dishes such as Wild Maine Lobster with braised buckwheat, grilled matsutake, bullwhip kelp and japanese turnip, you best save some room for the six-course dessert tasting menu.
5955 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038 (323) 460-4170

3 The Bazaar by Jose Andres

Dining at Jose Andres' innovative eatery The Bazaar is truly a memorable experience; and one that will change depending upon your mood and how big you want to go on any particular evening. The restaurant is split up into five sharp areas: Bar Centro, where you can buy fresh cocktails infused with fruits and vegetables, the Spanish cuisine-centric Rojoy Blanca dining room, Saam, the Chefs Tasting room, a patisserie, and lastly Regalo, a unique retail shop in the restaurant. We love Andres' creativity because seriously, where else in LA are you going to find a margarita topped with salt air or a mojito strained over cotton candy?
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, 465 S La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048 (310) 246-5567

4 Urasawa

It's Hiro Urasawa's way or the highway at this incredibly special omakase Japanese restaurant on Rodeo Drive. You'll find perfectly prepared delicacies from the master himself at this intimate, opulent eatery. As Urasawa is LA's priciest place to dine, you'll be prepared to spend a small fortune --- but this once in a lifetime experience is so worth it.
218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (310) 247-8939

5 Studio at the Montage Laguna Beach

There's no more beautiful dining location than the upscale Studio at the Montage Laguna Beach. You'll dine on Modern French cuisine with Pacific California influences with the Pacific Ocean providing your epic backdrop. The ever-changing
à la carte menus, chef's tasting menus and private dinners at the Chef'sTable are all to be savored with perfectly paired selections from an extensive, carefully assembled wine collection. Life doesn't get much better - or more beautiful - than this.
30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420
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