Fine Dining: Haute Los Angeles Eateries

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HATCHET HALL
12517 W. WASHINGTON BLVD., LOS ANGELES (310) 391-4222

Hatchet Hall coconut cake

AMBIANCE
Hatchet Hall is al fresco dining at its best.
You’ll find a gorgeous, dimly lit dining room, a 13-table outdoor patio, a 10-seat oyster bar and a 12-seat cocktail bar at this new hot spot in the former Waterloo & City space.

DYNAMITE DISHES
Executive Chef Brian Dunsmoor has prepared a menu that can best be described as American-South-meets-SoCal. Items like bay scallops with creamed corn and brown butter and roasted game hen with polenta reign supreme.

TOP TIPPLE
Try a weird, yet wonderful craft cocktail, such as Beet Medicine: Famous Grouse scotch, smoked beet, lemon, ginger and Laphroaig cask-strength Scotch.

SWEET TOOTH
Nothing whets our whistle and sates our sweet tooth better than the strawberry cream float or the absolutely scrumptious coconut cake.


CASSIA
1314 7TH ST., SANTA MONICA (310) 393-6699

cassia black cod

AMBIANCE
This warm and unpretentious restaurant in Santa Monica’s historic Telephone Building combines the energy of a French brasserie with the fresh, vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia.

DYNAMITE DISHES
Expect innovative brasserie fare from Le Cordon Bleu-trained Chef Bryant Ng, including Vietnamese “sunbathing” prawns: a seafood bar specialty marinated in garlic, Fresno chiles and Vietnamese hot sauce.

SWEET TOOTH
You must try dessert duo Zoe Nathan and Laurel Almerinda’s French meets Southeast Asian-inspired sweets, such as Vietnamese Coffee Pudding with a coconut shortbread.

TOP TIPPLE
You’ll have a ton of fun exploring former Bestia bartender Kenny Arbuckle’s cocktail list.
A must try: his Lava Flow Piña Colada.


MARÉ
7645 MELROSE AVE., LOS ANGELES (323) 592-3226

mare mussels

AMBIANCE
From the hidden entrance to its patio-only seating, this Beverly Hills eatery from celebrity chef and owner Eric Greenspan is absolutely magic.

DYNAMITE DISHES
Expect to find a seafood-dominated menu at Maré, such as whole branzino with fig pomegranate sauce and fried smelt. You can also design your own meal with personalized choices of shellfish and broth.

SWEET TOOTH
Order the blood orange trifolo with semolina cake and fruit compote without hesitation.

TOP TIPPLE
Try an esoterically-paired fruit-muddled cocktail, like mescal with roseberry and smoke, or whiskey with fig and oregano.


 OX & SON
1534 MONTANA AVE., SANTA MONICA (310) 829-3990

ox & son pig cheeks

AMBIANCE
Expect a modern-yet-rustic ambiance at this stunning, 54-seat eatery with earthy touches like a granite bar top bar.

DYNAMITE DISHES
Partner and Executive Chef Brad Miller cooks up a menu of seasonally-inspired, farmers’ market-sourced modern American small plates, like sticky pig cheeks and chicken-fried duck confit.

SWEET TOOTH
If you have to pick just one, we suggest the coffee and butterscotch with shattered meringue, smoked salt and burnt cinnamon ice cream.

TOP TIPPLE
16th & Son—soju, pineapple, lime and hoisin sauce—is refreshingly inventive.

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