Dining With The Stars: Top 10 Restaurants In Beverly Hills, California

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Stories about the lives of the gorgeous and wealthy people that live in this exclusive district in California have filled the screens and tabloids for years, projecting an image of abundance and upscale fashion that many dream of, for themselves. But if you thought that Beverly Hills was just about shopping on Rodeo Drive and celebrity hunting, think again.

Over the years, it has proudly earned a reputation as a world-class culinary destination, with different cuisines, styles and atmospheres, which provide an incredible experience for food lovers. The price range of these menus is, of course, in tune with the income bracket expected in this area, but if you want to treat yourself and try another level of gastronomy, take a look at this selection of the best restaurants in Beverly Hills.

1. The Belvedere

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Under Chef David Codney’s command, the Belvedere at the Peninsula hotel has become the only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Southern California. The rooftop garden creates the perfect atmosphere to transport you to the Mediterranean, the main influence on the exquisite delights served here for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Meals here display the best local ingredients and wild-caught seafood. You will get to dine in one of the finest places in the area, with a 25-year history of excellence.

The Belvedere

Address: 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA

Website: The Belvedere

2. Matsuhisa Restaurant

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This is the flagship of the extraordinary chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who has created an empire by changing the game in the sushi scene and developing flavors that have left an influence around the world. Despite the hordes of celebrities and culinary travelers that have eaten here through the years, Matsuhisa is still a place that is true to its roots and keeps its original identity - one that is a blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, which delivers wonders like the mixed seafood ceviche or the new-style shrimp sashimi.

Matsuhisa Restaurant

Address: 129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, USA

Website: Matsuhisa Restaurant

3. Il Pastaio

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As one of the best Italian restaurants in town, it is no wonder that Il Pastaio attracts A-list celebrities - and lots of paparazzi, who wait outside to get their pictures. Chef Giacomino Drago is responsible for this celebrated kitchen, where, for over 20 years, the highlights of the menu have relied on the homemade pasta, like the garganelli with broccoli and sausage.

Behind the delicious dishes that seem to come from heaven, there is a tradition and technique with deep roots in the chef’s family and personal history.

Il Pastaio

Address: 400 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA

Website: Il Pastaio

4. Spago Beverly Hills

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An institution in Beverly Hills, Spago is the pet of world-renowned chef, Wolfgang Puck, who had the vision to locate in the area when it was still far from becoming the exclusive hot spot it is now. Featuring what is considered the best wine list in the United States, it keeps up its stunning quality thanks to the work of executive chef, Lee Hefter.

The tasting menu that ranges from six to eight courses is perfect for first-timers, but you can order other plates if you prefer. You will be delighted with dishes influenced by cuisine from California, Asia, Italy and France, which you can enjoy on their charming patio.

Spago Beverly Hills

Address: 176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA

Website: Spago Beverly Hills

5. CUT

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Chef Wolfgang Puck is also behind one of the most incredible steakhouses in the United States. CUT is a celebration of the different ways the finest of beef is cut, around the world and it provides a unique experience for meat lovers, although their seafood also receives a magical treatment.

With an impressive international wine list and a modern environment, fine works of art fill the walls, so that guests can be surrounded by beauty, while they enjoy the sophisticated flavors served.

CUT

Address: 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA

Website: CUT

6. The Bazaar

Spanish Tapas
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If you are in the mood for some tapas, the Bazaar is the place to go. Located in the SLS Hotel, it holds three different spaces in one: Blanca, Rojo and Centro, each one with a different atmosphere and style.

Chef José Andrés is in charge of the modern flavors in the Bazaar and is one of the pioneers that introduced the concept of Spanish tapas to the United States. For a taste of one of the most traditional dishes, try the shrimp with garlic.

The Bazaar

Address: 465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA

Website: The Bazaar

7. Nozawa

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Reputation precedes this omakase-only bar, run by legendary Master Chef Osamu Fujita. 22 courses of sushi, prepared with fierce technique and the absolute freshest fish are served to just 10 guests a night, in what could be the most incredible and disciplined experience of your life.

Prior reservation is not the only prerequisite to join this exclusive evening, you must also obey the strict rules of the house in terms of punctuality and respecting the chef’s choices (as in, don’t ask for changes or special requests in the food that is served). It’s all absolutely worth it.

Nozawa

Address: 212 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA

Website: Nozawa

8. Maude

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hThe restaurant of celebrity chef Curtis Stone, one of the Food Network’s most popular hosts, Maude is inspired by and named after his grandmother. Maude has a welcoming and warm ambiance, with seven tables and serves 25 lucky and patient guests, as getting a reservation can take up to months in advance.

The tasting menu of his nine intricate courses is fully centered on one ingredient per month and showcases Stone’s talent and inspiration in delivering a fun and tasty meal, that never disappoints.

Maude

Address: 212 S Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA

Website: Maude

9. Tempura Endo

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The empire of Koichi Endo has reached Beverly Hills, all the way from Kyoto, Japan. This ultimate tempura bar experience is heightened by the lantern-lit stone pavement in the entrance, the fragrance of Japanese incense and the peaceful and relaxed climate that is present in Tempura Endo.

Under an air of intimacy, up to eight guests can sit in the bar and delight themselves, while they watch the chefs prepare different tempura dishes, with one of five salts. Three different tasting menus are offered, which include multiple courses of tempura, with sashimi and various salads.

Tempura Endo

Address: 9777 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA

Website: Tempura Endo

10. Bouchon

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This classic French bistro was born when chef Thomas Keller returned to Southern California, after 20 years. The tranquil space in Bouchon serves as the perfect place to explore their extensive wine list and pair your selection with meals you would expect in a French-influenced kitchen, like the Moules Frites (mussels and fries).

Or, choose one of the options that you could order anywhere else but that has a special touch, like the fried chicken. The hidden gem of the house, not included on the menu, is the burger in a baked brioche bun.

Bouchon

Address: 235 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA

Website: Bouchon

A paradise for refined palates

Tuna roll with glazed shrimp, ginger and wasabi
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These restaurants provide the opportunity to dine in one of the most incredible venues in California but are also a window to the personal stories and endless imagination of world-acclaimed chefs. Make your reservation, dress up for the occasion and prepare for one of the most incredible culinary experiences of your life.

Beverly Hills is ready to welcome you with menus that belong to the wonderful world of movies but exist in real life.

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When she is not backpacking round the globe, Emilia Lugo works as a Digital Content Specialist in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She considers herself a museum geek and loves destinations that can take...Read more

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