The local guide to Los Angeles's fanciest restaurants

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9180 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA
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If you're not in a rush, and are looking for a sit-down restaurant to try some Persian or some Chinese food, this place offers an exciting and savory culinary experience.
Sharona, 27 Cultural Ambassador
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Kolah Farangi
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540 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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Yes, there are a ton of great ice cream shops in LA. Sweet Rose, Saffron and Rose, Wanderlust, Scoops, etc etc etc. But listing all of them here would be excessive, so here's one. It's fancy ice cream. You'll be happy. Just go and don't ask too many questions.
Austin, 32 UX Designer & Rock Climber
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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
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4734 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
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What a surprising place, went there for a casual lunch and was like "OMG this is the beginning of a wonderful friendship". It's not fancy or nothin' but the food is sooooo yummy. Daham! Don't miss the shredded pork bowl. They make the only hoisin sauce that I like! That's something.
Dafna, 31 Yoga buff, former retail manager
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Oi Asian Fusion
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114 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402, USA
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You've probably seen pictures of Rihanna and Taylor Swift leaving this place and wondering if it is actually worth it. It is. The pasta dishes are TINY and you'll be praying your debit card goes through but if you are celebrating a special occasion or just wanting to ball out then this is the place. You can't go wrong with any of the risottos, pasta, or the fresh seafood dishes. The ivy-covered restaurant is tucked away on a street next to the PCH and is perfect for a date or a small group of people.
Carter, 28 Allocation Analyst at Guess
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Giorgio Baldi
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246 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, USA
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If you're looking to get a little fancy and enjoy some amazing food this is the place to go. My favorites are the filet mignon, the tomahawk steak, lobster mashed potatoes, and sautéed shrimp. They also have the Penthouse upstairs which offers outdoor dining.
Erin, 33 Luxury Enthusiast
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Mastro's Steakhouse
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1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, USA
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It's an upscale vegan restaurant, sleek and minimalist, however, expensive, especially since there are so many similar places in the area. But the food is great. Try not to sit inside, their patio at the back is awesome.
Elena, 33 Film Producer & Fitness Buff
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Plant Food and Wine
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819 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012
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Offering Mandarin & Szechuan Cuisine with elegant atmosphere and good service. Found this place while exploring China Town, which is great fun all by itself. They have like a billion photos of famous people (that I never heard of) which is funny and old school, fancy fabric tablecloth and light pink napkins and cute tea kettles, keeping it classic. Dish sizes is generous and fun to share. If you have that C Town fetish like we do go check it out!
Dafna, 31 Yoga buff, former retail manager
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Yang Chow Restaurant
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829 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013, USA
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Portland owned and operated. Enough said. I'm a purest and order either the Honey Lavender or Stumptown Coffee & Compartes Love Nuts, depending on my mood. I know, I know, I've admitted to being lactose intolerant but sometimes you just have to tolerate being uncomfortable for pleasure ;} For those more adventurous there are flavours like Whey-Preserved Strawberries, Salt-Cured Backyard Citrus Creamsicle, Three Weavers' Spent Grain with Blackberry Fig Jam, Greenbar Distillery's Gin Spices & Tonic, or a true Californian flavour Black Olive Brittle & Goat Cheese! FYI flavours change monthly, so don't get too used to a fave ;P
Patricia, 55 Director of Right2Left
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Salt & Straw
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1442 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
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LA is home to the most Persians outside of Iran and the Persian community has made a big impact on the culture and food of Los Angeles. Little Persia (now known as "Tehrangeles") is centered around Westwood Blvd where you'll find tons of Persian restaurants, markets and ice cream shops along the street. Flame consistently tops the list with it's organic produce, famous tanori bread, and menu of delicious Persian classics (the kashk-e-bademjan, zereshk, hummus and tadig are so good!). It's a traditional upscale Persian dining room with white tablecloths, so it feels like, what I imagine, having a business lunch in Tehran might be like.
Kristen, 40 Music Executive
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Flame Persian Cuisine
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