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Dining Out

Our guide to more than 300 restaurants across Southern California

June 17, 2007

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Prices are for dinner entrees unless otherwise noted.


Beverly Hills

ARNIE MORTON'S: THE STEAKHOUSE: Super-aged beef at this Chicago-based chain. Specialties: colossal shrimp cocktail, porterhouse, New York strip, filet Diane, double-rib lamb chops, cheesecake. 435 S. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 246-1501. $36 to $48.

THE BELVEDERE: Modern American cuisine. Specialties: California duck liver with citrus, beet salad, butter-poached Maine lobster, roasted lamb loin. The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., (310) 788-2306. $28 to $42.

THEBLVD: Classy, casual dining room and bar. Specialties: Colorado lamb chops, crisp organic chicken, veal Milanese. The Beverly Wilshire hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 275-5200. $23 to $43.

CAFE TALESAI: Thai dishes, spirited in flavor and attractively presented. Specialties: Southern Thai border rib-eye, corn fritters, spicy beef salad, jungle curry. 9198 W. Olympic Blvd., (310) 271-9345. $9 to $24.

CHAKRA: The drinks are cute, but the food is heavenly. Specialties: king salmon, goda masala-dusted sea bass, tandoori duck breast, lamb chops. 151 S. Doheny Drive, (310) 246-3999. $16 to $37.

CUT: The Beverly Wilshire hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 276-8500. $36 to $160. See page 30 for more.

E. BALDI: An offspring of Santa Monica's Il Ristorante di Giorgio Baldi. Specialties: carpaccio misto di mare, bastoncini di polenta, lasagnotti, gnocchi with lobster, roasted veal, budino pandoro. 375 N. Canon Drive, (310) 248-2633. $19 to $33.

ENOTECA DRAGO: Celestino Drago's Italian wine bar and ristorante offers an array of classics. Specialties: salumi, cheeses, rustic pasta dishes, pizza, steak. 410 N. Canon Drive, (310) 786-8236. $11 to $38.

FOGO DE CHAO: Fire-roasted meats are carved tableside at this Brazilian churrascaria. Specialties: picanha, costela de porco. 133 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 289-7755. Fixed price, $52.50 per person.

GONPACHI: 134 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 659-8887. $40 to $70. See page 16 for more.

THE GRILL ON THE ALLEY: Classic American cooking. Specialties: Caesar salad, chicken pot pie, prime filet on the bone, strawberry shortcake. 9560 Dayton Way, (310) 276-0615. $25 to $40.

GYU-KAKU: Japanese-style barbecue and Korean dishes. Specialties: bibim bap (rice cooked in a stone bowl), kalbi (boneless ribs), grilled desserts. 163 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 659-5760. $15 to $35. Also in Pasadena, the South Bay and West Los Angeles.

KATE MANTILINI: Diner fare for a late-night crowd. Specialties: eggs, oysters, burgers, steaks, meatloaf. 9101 Wilshire Blvd., (310) 278-3699. Also in the San Fernando Valley and Westwood. $20 to $38.

LA DOLCE VITA: Italian favorites in a friendly, clubby setting. Specialties: scampi, fettuccine Alfredo, rigatoni Bolognese, steak Sinatra. 9785 S. Santa Monica Blvd., (310) 278-1845. $21 to $39.

LAWRY'S THE PRIME RIB: A streamlined American menu. Specialties: spinning bowl salad, the Lawry cut, C.C. Brown's hot fudge sundae. 100 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 652-2827. $29 to $45.

MAKO: Asian fusion in a fresh, contemporary space. Specialties: crispy oysters, diver scallops and baked uni, king crab with black bean sauce, yuzu tart. 225 S. Beverly Drive, (310) 288-8338. $6 to $23.

MASTRO'S STEAKHOUSE: Huge portions and aged prime steaks. Specialties: Kansas City strip, veal porterhouse, fried onions, potatoes au gratin. 246 N. Canon Drive, (310) 888-8782. $27 to $83.

MATSUHISA: Where Nobu Matsuhisa honed Peruvian-Japanese fusion. Specialties: sushi, sashimi, squid "pasta," omakase bar. 129 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310) 659-9639. $50 to $100; omakase, starts at $90.

MR. CHOW: Beijing Hollywood-style at this exclusive-feeling favorite. Specialties: scallion pancake, mixed dumplings, lobster two ways, Peking duck. 344 N. Camden Drive, (310) 278-9911. $25 to $45.

NATE 'N AL: Jewish deli favorites since 1945. Specialties: Nova Scotia salmon, corned beef. 414 N. Beverly Drive, (310) 274-0101. $8 to $17.

NIC'S: 453 N. Canon Drive, (310) 550-5707. $27 to $37. See page 24 for more.

THE PRIME GRILL: High-end steakhouse with a twist: It's kosher. Specialties: prime beef, seafood, lamb chops, braised lamb shank, grilled lamb sausage. 421 N. Rodeo Drive, (310) 860-1233. $24 to $60.

SPAGO: The ultimate California restaurant, with a courtyard patio and open kitchen. Specialties: handmade agnolotti with Mascarpone, prime cote de boeuf for two, veal Weiner schnitzel. 176 N. Canon Drive, (310) 385-0880. $29 to $52.

TAGINE: North African cuisine gets serious treatment at this Moroccan boite. Specialties: grilled kefta, bestila, braised lamb shank, shrimp tagine. 132 N. Robertson Blvd., (310) 360-7535. $12 to $21.

URASAWA: Elegant Japanese and sushi restaurant with an exquisite kaiseki-style menu. Specialties: sesame tofu, soy milk skin, seared toro or Kobe beef, sushi. 218 N. Rodeo Drive, (310) 247-8939. $275 per person, not including tax, tip or beverages.


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