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Luau in Beverly Hills

Luau * LOCATION 369 N. Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 274-0090. AMBIENCE Romantic updated tiki lounge with Pacific Rim, Southeast Asian and Polynesian menu from Mako's MakotoTanaka. There's sidewalk dining under a thatched roof out front, and a small bar available only to diners. SERVICE Amiable but sometimes clueless. PRICE Appetizers, $9 to $18; main courses, $26 to $105; sides, $8 to $12; dessert, $11 to $13. BEST DISHES Crispy calamari, char siu pork, Peking duck "tacos," tamarind-glazed pork ribs, steamed salmon in banana leaf, Ping Pei chicken, Japanese Wagyu beef, pea tendrils, taro root fries, Luau nan, upside-down pineapple chaos, sorbets. WINE LIST Overpriced and not that tailored to the menu. Corkage fee, $25 for first bottle, $50 for second. BEST TABLE One of the corner booths. DETAILS Open from 6 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Full bar. Valet parking, $8. Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory. latimes.com /food More photos of Luau and its most popular dishes.

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