Cream of the crop: Top L.A. Times restaurant reviews

The Review: Patina

Fine dining is alive but a bit fragile at Joachim Splichal's place, where the economy and changing tastes have put a dent in business. But not on the Patina experience.

[Chef Change] The Review: Craft Los Angeles

"Top Chef" judge Tom Colicchio's Los Angeles version of his Craft restaurant chain upholds his exacting standards of big-city dining.

The Review: Rivera in downtown Los Angeles

The Review: Hungry Cat Santa Monica Canyon

The latest version of Hungry Cat, in Santa Monica Canyon, has excellent seafood in a simply designed space and ocean views.

The Review: The Royce

Restaurant review: At the Royce at the Langham hotel in Pasadena, Patina alum David Féau turns out delicious food in a new dining room with a bright look.

The Review: Providence

Five years after its opening, Michael Cimarusti's Melrose Avenue restaurant continues to make its mark in fine dining. Seafood is its strength.

[Chef Change] The Review: Red O

Rick Bayless brings his Mexican cuisine to Los Angeles from Chicago. You'll need a reservation to taste it, but it's worth it.

The Review: Wolfgang Puck's WP24

The veteran chef combines high-end Asian cooking with a stunning highrise view in downtown L.A.

The Review: A new chef enlivens Ammo

The satisfying cooking of Daniel Mattern, who had worked at Campanile and A.O.C., helps make for a civilized dining experience.

The Review: Valentino

New chef Nicola Chessa has breathed new life into Piero Selvaggio's Italian eatery.

The Review: Hatfield's in Los Angeles

S. Irene Virbila reviews Hatfield’s, which has relocated to a larger space on Melrose. It’s gracious, satisfying, well-priced and often excellent, she finds.

The Review: Lazy Ox Canteen in downtown L.A.

The Review: Bouchon in Beverly Hills

The Review: Studio at Montage Laguna Beach

[Chef Change] The Review: RH at the Andaz in West Hollywood

The Review: Palate Food + Wine

Review: Vincenti Ristorante

[Closed] It's Citrus season again in Hollywood

[Chef Change] Wilshire: Taking it all in, out on the patio

Count on Lucques to get it right

Osteria Mozza: Be very hungry

Fluent in French, Marche Moderne racks up the stars

Double the pleasure

[Chef Change] At Cafe Rouge, dinner is the show

Hot spot? Mozza is on fire

A brilliant steakhouse indeed

[Chef Change] A new energy by the beach

[Closed] Cantonese, royally redefined

[Closed] Go east, aficionados

[Closed] The power of three

A chef comes into his own

[Closed] A brave new world on Sunset Strip

Sly, sensual and sophisticated

[Chef Change] Modest master of the nuance