1 Soho House
If you're a bigwig in the entertainment industry (or are meeting with him/her) you're definitely power lunching at Soho House West Hollywood. This members-only club is endless, opulent and its dark corners the perfect places to conduct secret deals and assignations...while still seeing and being seen, of course. The menu literally offers everything from veggies and brown rice to turkey clubs to filets, so your every wish is fulfilled—if you stop talking long enough to eat, that is.
9200 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood (310) 432-9200
2 Freds at Barneys New York Beverly Hills
It was a sad, sad day when the beloved L.A. institution of Barney Greengrass shuttered at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, but both WME agents, celebrities and chic shoppers alike love a good power lunch at its replacement, Freds. Barneys' signature restaurant serves up items like the New York transplant Madison Avenue salad topped with Italian tuna; a Beverly Hills Club sandwich with shrimp, crab, avocado and bacon; vegan items like a raw cashew cheese dip with fennel, celery and carrots; artisan pizza; pasta; craft cocktails and everything in between. Freds—which also has locations in New York and Chicago—is purely L.A. in one way, at least: the waitstaff wears Band of Outsiders uniforms and shoes designed by Common Projects.
9570 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills (310) 777-5877
3 Culina at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Culina at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is intimate, quiet and refined. It's also located smack dab in the middle of Beverly Hills, which makes it a prime location to lunch. Hollywood's power players frequent this haute spot on a daily basis, so you may get as lucky with a celebrity sighting as you will with the eatery's fabulous Italian fare. It's also a perfect spot to nosh on lighter bites thanks to that this haute eatery features L.A.'s only crudo bar.
300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles (310) 860-4000
There's something comfortable and classic about Cecconi's decor, which may be why it's become such a beloved lunchtime institution for the Hollywood set. Industry execs also head here for its proximity to the Pacific Design Center, which is just down the street. Beloved lunchtime dishes at this swish Italian eatery include spaghetti with Maine lobster and an uber-healthy red quinoa, spinach, zucchini & artichoke salad.
8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood (310) 432-2000
5 Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel
The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel is timeless and refined, elegant and old Hollywood. Things are civilized here at the Pink Palace, a storied L.A. institution which has withstood the test of time for over 100 years. Sit on the terrace and enjoy the very SoCal friendly West Hollywood Salad of quinoa, farro, kale, spinach, mizuna, garbanzo beans, hearts of palm, golden raisins, toasted sunflower seeds and feta cheese in a preserved lemon vinaigrette or the McCarthy Salad– named for '40s attorney Neil McCarthy—of iceberg, romaine, beets, cheddar, smoked bacon, hard-boiled eggs, grilled chicken, tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. You'll be in good company here among the entertainment industry elite, millionaires and socialites who frequent this lunchtime hotspot.
9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills (310) 887-2777