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Kismet (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Kismet brought Sarah Hymanson and Sara Kramer from NYC to LA, where they’ve forged a fledgling Middle Eastern empire. Its flagship is this Los Feliz storefront, clean, brightly lit and loud, with gleaming tables. Go for a sprawling assortment of mezze plates or, if you’re...Read Full Story

71Above (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

You’d be forgiven if you went to 71Above just to take in the view: The restaurant is on the 71st floor of the US Bank Tower, the city’s tallest building. Chef Vartan Abgarian’s coursed menu is far better than it needs to be, and...Read Full Story

Here's Looking At You (HLAY) (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

HLAY is the city in microcosm, set at its crossroads, Koreatown, in an Art Deco storefront with floor-to-ceiling windows. Jonathan Whitener’s menu reads like a map of the city’s ethnic pluralism, where sliced tomatoes with bagna cauda arrive with a slab of lap xuong<...Read Full Story

Kali (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Kali is possibly LA’s most “kalifornian” restaurant, the state’s flavors delivered with exquisite purity and directness. A Danish-modern interior of softly lit pinewood tables has the minimalist mien to emphasize Kevin Meehan’s visually arresting dishes, delicate, balanced and colorful. They seem to effect a...Read Full Story

Redbird (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Situated in an old rectory adjacent to a decommissioned cathedral, Redbird is a perennial contender for most beautiful restaurant in Los Angeles. Chef Neal Fraser’s menu is omnivorously Angeleno, mixing genres, cuisines and ingredients so that you won’t know whether to order the smoked tofu,...Read Full Story

République (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

This mid-Wilshire stalwart remains the beating heart of the Los Angeles dining scene, a massive, churning gathering place for the LA citizenry, whether stopping in for a baguette and French butter or an aged ribeye for two. Sam Rethmeier now runs the sprawling wine program, complementing chef Walter Manzke...Read Full Story

Bestia (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Seven years in, Bestia seems like it’s still running on a full head of steam. The room’s corrugated walls reverberate with an irrepressible energy. Ori Menashe’s peripatetic menu, described variously as “rustic Italian” and “a carnivore’s paradise,” is still as adventurous as ever,...Read Full Story

Lukshon (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Sang Yoon’s Culver City bistro is a riot of southeast Asian influences, from southern China to Singapore, but its menu is arguably built around and for Champagne, the chef’s favorite beverage; the list often carries wines from his personal collection. It’s also strong in German riesling...Read Full Story

Stanley’s Wet Goods (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

It’s just a wine shop, albeit a beautiful one, with high ceilings and a honeycomb of pinewood cubbyholes where the wines rest protected from all the natural light. But your eyes will inevitably stray to the bustling bar, where John Stanley has assembled a crack collection of wine...Read Full Story

All-Time (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

This Los Feliz wine bar has a vibe that’s more backyard party than busy restaurant, yet it’s the sort of place where you can order chef Tyler Wells’s “Whole Dang Branzino” or “Good Ass Salad” and know that the ingredients will be locally sourced, the preparations...Read Full Story

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