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: 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.