Beverly Hills is an enclaved city in Los Angeles County in Southern California, surrounded almost entirely by Los Angeles. Since the 1950s Beverly Hills has marketed itself as a high-end shopping venue and home of the rich and famous, which still rings true today – its reputation has even been the basis of a few popular TV shows such as The Beverly Hillbillies and Beverly Hills, 90210.
Situated on the bustling Beverly Dr., this cozy eatery has had a loyal clientele since its '97 debut and routinely packs in new converts for its American-style comfort food. Uncomplicated, but no less innovative and tasty salads, fish, meats, sandwiches and assorted entrees form an inviting menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ahi Three Ways (Seared Ahi with Pepper Corn, Crepe Wrapped Ahi, Ahi Tartar, Mixed Greens and a Warm Ponzu Sauce), Black & White Salmon, Breakfast Quesadilla, Applewood Smoked Bacon Sandwich and Three Cheese Ravioli are menu standouts. Prepare for an excellent bread assortment. The room is bright, airy and warm, presenting a taste of Americana with old farm utensils and folk art hanging on the muted-colored walls. Location equals waiting list for Saturday-Sunday brunch. But it's worth the wait. Most weeknights a reservation can be avoided. But this is Beverly Hills, so... Amazing brownies.
This celebrated Italian eatery in Beverly Hills dates back almost 50 years and is a throwback to the good, old days in Los Angeles when folks actually dressed up for a night on the town. The place was a hotbed for the who's who. The décor remains dark and sophisticated, highlighted by the classic brick walls, adorned with glossies of Hollywood legends. Step inside and one might close their eyes and feel the presence of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin holding court in one of the plush booths. And apparently, as research points out, every president since Kennedy has enjoyed a fine meal at La Dolce Vita. Nostalgia and presidential history aside, the food remains delightful; lasagna, veal, steak, capellini, risotto, linguini and so on – it's all here and it's quite superb.
Expert mix of classic steakhouse, chic bar scene and well-heeled denizens makes for one heck of a dining experience; that it's located smack dab in the center of glitzy Beverly Hills only seems apropos once you step inside. Two lounges, one upstairs and one down, buffer the main dining room, which features a menu touting wonderful steak selections, as well as seafood and chicken. Side dishes demand top billing, too. The upstairs lounge is quite a scene, with a pianist crooning standards and bartenders whipping up endless orders of martinis for a showy crowd. The whole place operates at high speed, but the old school-meets-modern elegance ambiance, which is appealing in its own right, never overshadows the real star of the show – the food.
Much ballyhooed boutique department store specializes in couture and ready-to-wear (not too mention the famed shoe department) from glamour designers like Manolo Blahnik, Armani, Yves Saint Laurent, Vera Wang, Prada, Marc Jacobs and so on. It's a superlative, fashion and pop culture experience from the first floor to the fifth, a dizzying array of trendy 'must-haves' and the most highfalutin' and buzz-worthy cosmetics, attire, shoes and accessories featured in all the glossy magazines. Store itself is awash in vivid colors and hip displays; it's absolutely a unique shopping experience. Barney Greengrass, the top floor deli, is equally chic and draws in hungry shoppers who want a nice meal and to see and be seen (obviously).
Famed, ultra-chic Chinese eatery built upon the egos and expense accounts of celebrities, wanna-be celebrities, Hollywood busybodies and the in-crowd. Since opening in 1974, Mr. Chow has remained a culinary heavyweight in the pantheon of Los Angeles dining, not too mention the enduring allure it has for the A-list. Austere in design, with trademark black and white checkerboard floor and tiny tables bunched close together, the dining room is always bustling, still channeling the 'café society' vibe restaurant founder Michael Chow instilled in the place from when it opened. There are now Mr. Chow restaurants in London, New York, and coming soon, Las Vegas. Do try the Drunken Fish.
Featured on television shows like Good Morning America and the Oprah Winfrey Show, Sprinkles is the place in Los Angeles to get gourmet cupcakes. This increasingly popular dessert takes one of America's favorite baked desserts to a whole new level, offering 10 varieties a day, 5 of which are always available and the remaining 5 of which varies from day to day. Flavors range from the basic (milk chocolate or red velvet) to the exotic (ginger lemon or chai latte). The shop is hugely popular, but also a bit pricey (at $3.50 a pop), so if indulgent desserts are your thing, be sure to make a quick stop here.
Eating establishment inside the achingly trendy Avalon Hotel. The stylish indoor-outdoor tables share space with the hotel's pool, lively bar and its constant wave of partygoers and socialites. Lunch begets a more casual mood, whereas nighttime is primarily the right time as the hotel bar/pool/restaurant kicks into high gear. Food-wise, it's modern American cuisine galore and reaches a level of top-tier flavor one might not expect going in. Cool music, lounge-style vibe and good food makes for an enjoyable experience. The scallop and celery root risotto is a menu highlight.
Not sure how many actual writers are on the premises working on a novel or screenplay, but the Writer's Bar – inside the swanky Raffles L'Ermitage hotel – definitely hosts a recurrent assemblage of Hollywood types (re: agents, executives) and those who like to see-and-be-seen. Still, the easygoing vibe and cool, sophisticated environment keeps the bar relatively mellow, even when it's crowded – which it usually is. In all the spacious design and warm, comfy décor' (two fireplaces!) makes it a fine place to relax and socialize.
A Beverly Hills classic, GEARYS is known for providing some of the most luxurious in tabletop and jewelry to its customers. Featuring an extensive selection of china, crystal and silver along side a high-end collection of home decor and decorative items the GEARYS gift and wedding registry is a popular choice for brides seeking uncompromising service and unmatched selection. In addition to the 1930s Beverly Drive location, there is also an exclusive jewelry and watch boutique on Rodeo Drive.
Prominent, old school inspired steakhouse known for the Hollywood powerbrokers who power lunch in The Grill's sleek, leather banquettes, expense account credit card in hand. With a bar perfectly situated upon entering, there is a nice emphasis on cocktail culture to go along with the juicy steaks, fish and seafood and other classic dishes. The décor is decidedly masculine, with an east coast (think Manhattan) tenor permeating the usually noisy room. A phenomenal menu top to bottom.
Walk to Rodeo, enjoy the restaurants along the way. Be sure to stop at the Buena Vista Cigar Club and say hello to Rigo - ask him to make a recommendation and enjoy a good smoke. Or stay in your room and order up room service and be treated like royalty. Circa 55 in the hotel has a delicious roasted crispy duck, or you can walk next door to Trader Vics and enjoy a Mai Tai made right. You may not spot a celebrity here, but you will definitely be treated like one.
It all started with a desire for the perfect baseball hat. Originally selling his designs from his father's store, James Perse has since opened his own stores specializing in basic T-shirts and an evolved California-style. Its flagship store is on Canon Drive in and houses a high-end home collection including cashmere blankets and bedding, an expanded intimates and loungewear line and the boardshorts and surf T-shirts evocative of his California upbringing.
From the moment the An family opened the doors to their posh, multi-level eatery in 1997, the Asian and Vietnamese-inspired menu has wowed food lovers – not too mention the interior design of the restaurant/bar, which blends an evocative Asian aesthetic with Hollywood style. The glamorous vibe and hot bar scene aside, it's the food that is the main draw, which features Dungeness crab, gigantic grilled tiger prawns, Sea Bass and the famous garlic noodles.
Always busy, it seems, at this steakhouse chain, which sits comfortably on the lively Beverly Dr. The sizzling filet mignon, rib eye, New York strip, T-bone and porterhouse stand center stage on the menu, which features all sorts of delicious side dishes. The place is dark and busy and the noted cocktails fight for space on most tables. It's a chain, sure, but remains a consistent winner for great food and atmosphere.
Slip into the French and Far East-inspired modes of Maison 140, an intimate, 43-room boutique luxury hotel in Beverly Hills. This unique unique hotel was redesigned by Kelly Wearstler Interior Design as a contemporary tribute to the classic Parisian inns of the last century. Visually striking, yet inviting and warm - the Maison 140 Beverly Hills Hotel is the city's perfect pied-a-terre for the imaginative traveler.
Perched atop the trendy Barney's New York, this isn't the average deli; here, the brisket sandwiches and bagels are served while surrounded by Hollywood agents and the well-heeled crowd who like to be seen as much as they like to eat tasty, deli-inspired food. Great view from the patio (perfect spot for a Sunday brunch) and the prices are relatively fair considering everything else at Barney's is very expensive.
A cozy, though supremely stylish bar in the equally stylish Maison 140, a 43-room luxury boutique hotel tucked away on a side street in Beverly Hills. Enjoy fancy cocktails or traditional libations amidst the candlelight and achingly seductive décor. It's serves as both prime option for first-daters or those who desire an intimate, low-key spot to cuddle up with a warm body and tasty beverage.
Romantic, alfresco hideaway in Beverly Hills combines dreamy ambiance and fine, Italian cuisine. A steady favorite for those 'special occasions', the upscale restaurant features a fountain garden, with retractable glass roof, and fireplace for dining under the stars. Many come for the setting, but the Northern Italian menu features a variety of equally heartwarming main dishes and desserts.
A fusion of opulence and European design, the charming Two Rodeo is located in the heart of Beverly Hills' famous shopping district. Just three, very luxurious blocks long, Two Rodeo features an eclectic collection of restaurants, salons and boutiques: Urasawa, Cole Haan, Versace, Gianfranco Ferre, McCormick and Schmick's, Tiffany & Co. and Badgley Mischka to name a few.
French-Asian cooking. Lavish surroundings. Both points come together is an inspired hotel dining experience inside the Raffles L'Ermitage. Guests can feast or relax on the patio around the fireplace or next to a lighted waterfall. Jaan (the word is Cambodian for dish or bowl) menu changes monthly, alternating between diverse flavors and cuisine styles.
More than just the backdrop for the classic scene in the film "Heat" that featured Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro going mano e mano, Kate Mantilini is a Beverly Hills classic, serving up a monster menu of comfort food morning, noon and night since the '80s. The daily specials never disappoint and the menu is dotted with one great dish after another.
Original La Scala dominated the culinary scene (specifically Italian food) in Los Angeles of the '50s and '60s, yet the more recent embodiment of the eatery remains a hotbed for excellent Italian cuisine. The cozy environs, replete with red, vinyl booths, add to the pleasant experience. The venerable chopped salad remains a must-have.
Already lauded for his popular Italian restaurants Drago, Il Pastaio and Drago Centro, Celestino Drago's Enoteca Drago, serves up delicious pizzas, small plates and other authentic Italian dishes in a spacious, urbane atmosphere complete with an impressive wine bar.
Beverly Hills edition of the French fashion house offers upscale men and women's apparel, watches, shoes, fragrance and accessories with a distinct, "classic" style in both design and prevailing brand; somewhat like a European equivalent to Ralph Lauren.
Ubiquitous Mr. Wolfgang Puck returns, this time to the Regent Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, with a steakhouse that has the town abuzz. Urbane service and top-shelf cuisine set the stage for a delicious, though pricey dining experience.
Home to some of the most exclusive intimate apparel around, La Perla carries a large line of lingerie to complement - or complete - any outfit. It might not always be seen, but it's often the underpinnings to those red carpet fashions.
Neighborhood bistro is a charming locale for breakfast, lunch and dinner; very cozy exterior/interior sets the stage for idyllic consumption of fresh salads, tasty sandwiches and other goodies. Not too pricey, which is nice.
An electronics lover's paradise, this eclectic shop offers up television sets in the shape golf balls, apple, or a cows, among many other oddities. If you can't find what you want on display, create a personalized one.
Retailer of luxurious down blankets, linens, bedding, and bath apparel, their Beverly Hills location is not only a collection of these, but a repository of expert advice on restoration and cleaning of down bedding.
A classy restaurant with a menu focused on garlic. Make sure to order the Bagna Calda as an appetizer. Also features vegetarian meals and meals without garlic. The more adventurous can try the garlic ice cream.
Wolfgangs Puck's flagship is worth a splurge, and you can say you ate at the real deal. The food is excellent, the decor (designed by his wife) is terrific, and Wolfgang himself often stops by if he's in town.
When Masa Takayama relocated to New York, his assistant, Hiro Urasawa took over the space. The space still has the most expensive restaurant in California, but it's well worth it for sushi fanatics.
Rodeo Drive (prounounced Row-Day-Oh) and the nearby walk street Two Rodeo earn their reputation for outrageously expensive and unique boutiques catering to outrageously expensive and unique people.
New location at the Beverly Hills Hilton poolside bar. Great exotic drinks and Polynesian tropical modern decor. With a laid back bar environment that flows on to a patio/pool area.
Purveyor of many of the dresses worn by Hollywood's women on Oscar night, this boutique is the Beverly Hills representative of Valentino fashion for both women and men.
Better known for his Nobu restaurants, this is the original restaurant of Nobu Matsuhisa, one of the most influential sushi chefs in the world. Truly fantastic.
One of the long-standing merchants on Rodeo Drive, Orgell has such diverse offerings as tapestries, antiques, jewelry and timepieces.
This has to be the most popular Saks store - it was the site of Winona Ryder's infamous shoplifting incident in 2001.
This hotel features suites, a spa, salon, vacation packages, fine dining, meeting facilities and wedding locations.
A luxury hotel situated on a tree-lined residential street that is known for its elegance and privacy.
A modern hotel originally built for silent film stars in 1926. Has a trendy on-site restaurant.
Located inside the Luxe Hotel. It has outdoor dining that affords great people watching.
Browse their extensive media archives, or just admire the Richard Meier designed campus.
This Morton Bay Fig tree is 85 years old and is 65 feet tall.