Photos Via (clockwise from top left): Miceli's, Musso & Frank Grill, The Polo Lounge, and Yamashiro
This old-Hollywood haunt was Los Angeles' very first pizza house, and since its opening in 1949, everyone from JFK to the Beatles to Julia Roberts have gotten their Italian on here. Family-owned and super yummy, there's not many places left in town where you're serenaded with Italian arias and show tunes, tableside.
Miceli’s Italian Restaurant, 1646 Las Palmas Avenue (Near Hollywood Boulevard); 323-644-3438.
Musso & Frank's
If the walls of this resto could talk, we'd ask 'em to spill the secrets of a very long list of celebs, some of whom include Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe (with Joe DiMaggio in tow, of course), Elizabeth Taylor, Steve McQueen, Jimmy Stewart, Rita Hayworth, Groucho Marx, and John Barrymore. Many of the biggest cinematic deals of yore were made and celebrated in its famous Back Room, and much of the original menu from 1919 remains available today. We recommend you sit back in a weathered leather booth and enjoy what GQ dubbed the most perfect martini in America (after one sip you'll know this isn't their first rodeo).
Musso & Frank Grill, 6667 Hollywood Boulevard (Between North Highland Avenue and North Cahuenga Boulevard); 323-467-7788.
The Polo Lounge
You've most likely seen oodles of glamorous Beverly Hills Hotel poolside photos of this spot, by Slim Aarons, but nestled inside the famed place at the Polo Lounge, discretion is what generations of A-listers have adored most. Always crawling with the chic elite, this enclave is perfect for spending a quiet romantic evening, power lunch, or Sunday brunch filled with jazz. And on May 12, the resort will celebrate 100 years in business, so you can expect a boatload of upcoming festivities at this toast of the town!
The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Boulevard (Near Glen Way); 310-887-2777.
Far and away the best view in the resto biz, this Japanese haven has peered over the mountains of L.A. for over 88 years. Sure, it was originally a home that's had plenty of facelifts, but the architects thankfully have chosen to keep Yamashiro's historic bones beautifully intact. Its CalAsian cuisine never disappoints, and the soon to be reopened farmer's market on Thursday nights is such an unexpected night out (we'd so swoon for a guy who took us for the outdoor fare on a first date).
Yamashiro, 1999 North Sycamore Avenue (At Franklin Avenue); 323-466-5125.
Formosa Cafe, 7156 Santa Monica Boulevard (At North La Brea Avenue); 323-850-9050.
Taix, 1911 West Sunset Boulevard (At Glendale Boulevard); 213-484-1265.
Dan Tana's, 9071 Santa Monica Boulevard (Near North Doheny Drive); 310-275-9444.
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