These five LA restaurants are totally worth spending your entire tax return on.
This high-end omakase experience in Beverly Hills is literally one of the most expensive meals you'll have, and it's worth it. Your meal here, prepared by master chef Hiroyuki Urasawa, a former understudy of Masa Takayama, is intimate, delicious and super VIP (it serves just 10 guests a night). Prepare to drop some big bucks though: the second most expensive eatery in the world will set you back roughly over $1000 per meal.
2 CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck's high-end meat-ery serves up some of the most high-end "cuts" of meat you can hope to have. At his Beverly Hills restaurant located within the Beverly Wilshire hotel that is largely considered to be one of the most expensive steakhouses in the world, you'll find a contemporary twist on the classic steakhouse and, like the architecture, the menu is anything but traditional. Choose from an array of entrees such as the signature Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef Short Ribs with Indian spices and the Prime Illinois Corn-Fed 21-Day Aged Bone-in Rib Eye Steak. Seafood dishes include the Lobster and Crab Louis Cocktail with spicy tomato-horseradish and Roasted Wild French Turbot French Riviera Style for two.
9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills (310) 276-8500
The decadent and delicious West Hollywood eatery, Providence, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year—which is reason enough for you to head in to celebrate as well. Here you'll find a plethora of seafood-heavy tasting menus created by James Beard nominee, Executive Chef and co-owner Michael Cimarusti. With menu items like wild Japanese tai snapper; Santa Barbara sea urchin with cauliflower mousseline; Australian spanner crab with royal ossetra caviar; wild French rouget with fennel, satsuma tangerines and olive as well as wild John Dory with black truffle fondue, you're going to be in gourmet foodie heaven.
5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles (323) 460-4170
Josiah Citrin’s Michelin 2 star award-winning traditional French restaurant in the heart of Santa Monica is totally worthy of blowing your tax refund on. Here you'll find chic ambiance, amazing French cuisine and spot-on service. While you can order a la carte, we suggest opting for the tasting menu, which allows chef to pick any number of haute cuisine items from foie gras and caviar to Wagyu beef tartare and lobster bolognese.
1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica (310) 395-0881
5 Mastro's Ocean Club
For a supremely elegant meal with stunning views of the Pacific, you can't find a better spot that Mastro's Ocean Club in Malibu. A beach locale does not by any means mean beachy: Mastro's is anything but. Here you'll find linen tablecloths, waiters in full tails and high-end crystal goblets while you dine on items like the signature seafood tower—2-6 lbs of Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab and twin lobster tails as well as prime cuts of meat, sushi and the restaurant's wonderful warm butter cake.
18412 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu (310) 454-4357