Haute Secrets: Rande Gerber’s Inside Guide to Los Angeles

Where were you born: New York

How long in Los Angeles: 10 years

Neighborhood: Malibu

Occupation: Restaurateur

Favorite restaurant: In ‘n Out

Best steakhouse: Mastro’s Steahouse Beverly Hills

Best sushi: Sushi Nozawa

Best ethnic food: Café Habana

Best Italian: Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi

Best pizza: Pizzeria Mozza

Best lunch: Nate n Al of Beverly Hills

Best place for late night dining: Café Habana

Best dessert: Tarte Tatin at Chez Mimi in Brentwood

Best place for a romantic date: The beach

Best Sunday brunch: Our house

Hautest club and/or lounge: Stone Rose Lounge and Whiskey Blue

Best place for a power business meeting: Polo Lounge

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Malibu Beach Inn

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Barneys and John Varvatos

Best limousine/driving services: CLS Transportation

Favorite charity event: St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital

Favorite cultural institution: Staples Center—Kings hockey, Lakers basketball, and concerts

Best museum/exhibit: MOMA—Andy Warhol exhibit

All-around favorite locale in Los Angeles, whether a neighborhood, restaurant, venue, or other: Malibu Cross Creek area

Best aspect of Los Angeles: The mountains in my front yard and the beach in my backyard.