Cafe Chez Marie is a delightful little hideaway perched just off of Santa Monica Blvd in Westwood. Wander past the creeping ivy that crawls up the brick walls of the quaint French cottage and take in the bright cheerfulness of the flower blossoms. As you turn the corner, find yourself in a small, manicured courtyard that boasts the idyllic atmosphere that begs one to wonder if the location was a former movie set. The answer is even better. This charming space is an historical landmark. The savory French cuisine boasts croissants with proscuitto, eggs benedict with rich hollandaise , build your own omelletes, fresh fruit smoothies, robust coffee and more.
Location:10681 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025, (310) 475-2949 – www.cafechezmarie.com
The Little Door
The Little Door is one of these romantic, hidden paradises, in West Los Angeles with a rustic Mediterranean cuisine. Winner of the “Best Romantic Restaurant of LA” and the industry’s favorite secret garden has been unveiled naturally over ten years. It is also the place where celebrities go for lunch or dinner to nip on duck truffle spaetzle “risotto” and lamb chops, or lobster bisque and for dessert, which you chose from a chalkboard, a cream puff shell covered in warm chocolate.
Location: 8164 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-951-1210; www.thelittledoor.com
Located in the spectacular Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, our flagship restaurant Patina expresses the highest culinary ideals of Master Chef Joachim Splichal. This Relais & Chateaux property pampers its guests with seasonal tasting menus, gourmet cheeses, caviar service, and an award-winning wine list. The recipient of a prestigious Michelin star, Patina’s elegant al fresco dining, stylish late night cocktail bar and always-impeccable service, define luxury dining on the West Coast.
Location: 141 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-972- 333 – www.patinarestaurant.com
Have you ever visited the French Riviera? The famous Cote d’ Azure? St Tropez? If not find the Southern French flair at the Rosé.
From Manhattan-based partners David Kay and Kamran Pahlavi comes Rosé Restaurants, a new brand inspired by the joie de vivre of 1960s St. Tropez that debuts its first location in the heart of West Hollywood. A concept that captures the essence of the French Riviera lifestyle, Rosé offers a stunning indoor-outdoor setting, seasonally-inspired cuisine by Chef Emmanuel Pradet and rosé wine specially made for the restaurant. A vibrant late-night dining destination, featuring inspired cocktails by famed “mixologist” Alex Ott, will be orchestrated to the sounds of Max Chipchase and John Damez, capturing the true sound, taste and feel of the French Riviera.
Location: 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., LA, 310-289-1294 – www.roserestaurants.com
Son of a Gun
Seafood, it’s all about fish. Son of a gun features communal seating for walk-ins, but it is recommended to make reservations for one of the few solo table. The menu is changing daily. Chose from Kusshi oysters on the half shell, monkfish liver torchon, feuille de brick with black garlic or a lobster roll on a brioche, you find the right fish for sure. Mixologist Lindsay Nader casts a wide net for the classic cocktails.
Location: 8370 W. 3rd St., LA, 323-782-9033 – www.sonofagunrestaurant.com