Sept. 16, 2014 7 PM PT FacebookTwitterShow more sharing optionsShareClose extra sharing options Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Copy Link URLCopied!Print 1 Food Batali shows Vegas how it’s done Suddenly, the Venetian actually feels like Italy. B&B is grand but not fussy, with Italian whites to dream over.2 Food Fluent in French, Marche Moderne racks up the stars Bistro classics get special treatment in Costa Mesa.3 Food Double the pleasure Two creative chefs bring their personal best to new San Diego County restaurants: Addison and the modern bistro Market.4 Food [Chef Change] At Cafe Rouge, dinner is the show Chef Mark Gold, who most recently ran the kitchen at Cafe Pinot downtown, is turning out some terrific food. Who knew he could cook like this?5 Food Hot spot? Mozza is on fire There’s something so sensual about Silverton’s relationship to food and her aesthetic that’s entirely her own -- direct, focused, uncompromised.6 Food A brilliant steakhouse indeed At Cut, Wolfgang Puck shows beef’s serious side in a smart, sophisticated setting. What a thrilling addition to the scene.7 Food [Chef Change] A new energy by the beach Michael Mina masters the art of the unexpected at Stonehill Tavern. It’s so urban chic, you’d never dream you’re in a Dana Point luxury resort.8 Food Las Vegas, lighted by stars Joel Robuchon was at the pinnacle when he retired 10 years ago. Now he’s back.9 Food [Closed] Cantonese, royally redefined At Triumphal Palace in Alhambra, each dish is flawlessly executed. The dim sum is meticulous, the roast pig sublime.10 Food A chef’s vision, crystal clear With subtlety and finesse, Michael Cimarusti hits his stride at Providence.11 Food Excitement on the formal side With some of the most inspired food around, chef Craig Strong quietly thrills palates at Pasadena’s Ritz-Carlton.12 Food [Closed] Go east, aficionados For those who really know Chinese food, New Concept Restaurant in Monterey Park is the place of the moment.13 Food [Closed] The power of three At La Terza on 3rd Street, Gino Angelini and his two partners make serious Italian food and wine not just accessible, but irresistible.14 Food A chef comes into his own Hiro Urasawa, once Masa’s assistant, masters the art of intricate and exquisite sushi at the former Ginza Sushiko.15 Food [Closed] A brave new world on Sunset Strip Florida chef Norman Van Aken brings his global palette to L.A. diners.16 Food Sly, sensual and sophisticated At Jar, chef-owner Suzanne Tracht thrives on the discipline of repetition. After two and a half years, she’s hit her stride.17 Food Still ahead of the curve Vibrant, sexy and relaxed, the new Patina at Disney Hall attracts a lively crowd before and after concerts.18 Food [Chef Change] Modest master of the nuance Whether for omakase or sushi from the menu, Morihiro Onodera delivers a singular experience at Mori Sushi.19 Food New guard at an old flame A new chef and sommelier have added energy to Santa Monica’s beloved Valentino. Yet it is still very much a classic.20Food The new Bastide, a rare four stars At one time, French restaurants were the epitome of fine dining in L.A. 21 Food The stars align at Guy Savoy An amazing artichoke soup with gnarly black truffles and marvelous aged Parmesan shaved over the top. 22 Lifestyle NineThirty at the W Los Angeles in Westwood The food at the hotel’s restaurant is down-to-earth but contemporary, with big, bold flavors.23 Lifestyle Robata-Ya on Sawtelle in West L.A. The casual new Japanese restaurant, specializing in skewers of grilled meats and vegetables, is a departure for chef Mako Tanaka.24 Lifestyle Restaurant review: Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard Carolynn Spence unveils a homey new menu, but the true dining standout is the romantic courtyard garden.25 Food Father’s Office at Helms Bakery Once you get past the quirky way Father’s Office operates, you’ll find a bigger selection of high-end pub grub at its second locale.26 Lifestyle Sushi-lover’s find: BiMi in Los Angeles The Wilshire Boulevard restaurant has affordable daily specials, an attentive staff and a talented chef in Sabu Hoshino.27 Lifestyle [Closed] Bastide restaurant in West Hollywood has a new chef Paul Shoemaker adds an a la carte menu to the elegant French restaurant.28 California Max in Sherman Oaks gets retooled and soaks up good vibes Chef André Guerrero smartly transforms his restaurant and puts everyday appeal squarely on the menu.29 Orange County Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza Sorry, Charlie, but your Costa Mesa restaurant needs help.30 Lifestyle Gjelina in Venice: a high-energy Mediterranean restaurant The new restaurant has a smart seasonal menu, great atmosphere and delicious food.31 Lifestyle Restaurant review: the Wine Cask in Santa Barbara The Wine Cask’s ambitious menu reflects the new regime at the restaurant and wine shop. The results? Mixed, but promising.32 Lifestyle Restaurant review: Alain Giraud’s Anisette in Santa Monica Chef Alain Giraud, late of Bastide and before that Citrus, is back in town with a brasserie.33Lifestyle Rustic Canyon a neighborhood favorite in Santa Monica The low-key bistro packs in the locals with its fresh, seasonal menu and its killer desserts.34 Lifestyle Review: Gordon Ramsay restaurant at the London hotel, West Hollywood The ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ chef offers sophisticated fare in a glamorous setting.35 California Review: Animal restaurant in Los Angeles Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo from Food Network’s ‘Two Dudes Catering’ show open a restaurant that focuses on meat dishes. They don’t hold back on the sugar and salt.36 California The Review: Palate Food + Wine Octavio Becerra’s new Glendale bistro-wine bar is just revving up. Its fresh and polished food celebrates California’s great bounty of local ingredients.37 Lifestyle Restaurant review: The Park in Echo Park Chef Joshua Siegel took a DIY approach to open his neighborhood place, then built a menu with integrity and charm.38 California Review: Ammo in Los Angeles New chef Julia Wolfson has recharged the original menu with inspiring seasonal dishes in a conversation-friendly setting.39 Orange County Review: Blanca in Newport Beach Chef Nicholas Weber has a way with crudo -- Italian-style raw fish -- and plenty of other smart ideas besides.40 Lifestyle Review: Vincenti Ristorante With chef and co-owner Nicola Mastronardi, the queen of the Brentwood Italians offers an authentic dining experience with fresh ideas and classics.41 Lifestyle Review: Taking the bait at Gladstone’s Malibu The beachy restaurant’s scene, an L.A. institution, is home to surf, scene and sunsets. But it may leave you dining adrift.42 Lifestyle Review: Brix@1601 in Hermosa Beach gives contemporary American a well-executed twist The wine-centric restaurant on PCH puts chef Michael McDonald’s kitchen center stage.43Lifestyle Review: Taverna Tony in Malibu, where Greek has a family feel A little ouzo, a lot of mezes, the ocean breeze. You could be vacationing in Greece -- but it’s Malibu.44 Lifestyle One Pico at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica: Relaxed and redone The dining room by designer Michael S. Smith and the Cal-Ital menu by executive chef Michael Reardon both emphasize casual simplicity.45Lifestyle Gus’s Barbecue in South Pasadena serves up classic dishes in revamped surroundings New owners of the Fair Oaks institution have beefed up the menu with comfort food at affordable prices, including more barbecue.46 Lifestyle Restaurant Review: Beso -- ready for its close-up? Beso in Hollywood has the sexy allure of its owner, Eva Longoria Parker. Diners watch and wait for a star sighting.47Lifestyle Restaurant Review: BLT Steak Laurent Tourondel’s West Hollywood steakhouse knows the drill: expertly cooked meats and a menu to accommodate all tastes.48Lifestyle Restaurant Review: Nobu West Hollywood is the latest landing place for Nobu Matsuhisa’s global brand of restaurants49Lifestyle Restaurant review: Michael’s on Naples Ristorante in Long Beach Chef Marco Cavuoto offers classic Italian cooking at his sleek, contemporary-designed restaurant in Long Beach’s Naples area.50 Review: Akasha restaurant Akasha proves that a green restaurant can offer healthful comfort food and an appealing urban vibe.51Lifestyle Restaurant review: LA Mill Coffee Boutique in Silver Lake A chic newcomer to bohemian Silver Lake, LA Mill is outshining every other cafe in town.52 Lifestyle Restaurant review: Bond Street in Beverly Hills It’s the newest sushi bar on the block. But you’re better off looking beyond the raw fish to Bond Street’s salads, vegetables and main course seafood and meat dishes.53 Food [Closed] It’s Citrus season again in Hollywood Chef Michel Richard stages a virtual return, bringing artful cuisine to the menu at Social Hollywood.54 Lifestyle Away from the crowd at the Hall at Palihouse Holloway At this French brassiere in West Hollywood, it’s actually quiet enough to talk in.55 Food Little Dom’s: Part of the family Dominick’s offspring in Los Feliz has a warm, welcoming vibe. But Little Dom’s is still finding its way.56 Food [Chef Change] Wilshire: Taking it all in, out on the patio With a new chef at the helm and the bar scene toned down, Wilshire restaurant has reinvented itself.57 Lifestyle Rustlin’ up steaks at the Range The nostalgic restaurant near San Luis Obispo takes pride in homey favorites with a sophisticated flourish.58 Food Bar Pintxo: Near the beach, a bit of Spain With Bar Pintxo, Joe Miller of Joe’s in Venice gives the Westside its closest thing to a true tapas bar: great Spanish wines, ham and fun.59 Food Paperfish: By the water in Beverly Hills Flat, round, shell. On the menu at Paperfish, the latest restaurant from the owners of Patina and Cafe Pinot, no fish is safe.60 Lifestyle Melograno is a delicious step up Former Piccolo chef Alberto Lazzarino’s Hollywood ristorante features Piedmont’s distinctive cuisine.61 Orange County Little bites of sophistication at Izakaya Zero In Huntington Beach, chef Takashi Abe ups the ante on Japanese pub-style dining.62 Lifestyle Restaurant Omakase: A citrus twist in Riverside Deft young chef Brien Clements brightens his creative tasting menus with garden-inspired flourishes.63 Lifestyle Every night is a big night at Terroni Co-owned by club entrepreneur Shereen Arazm, it has a scene as hot and heavy as its affordable southern Italian food.64 Axe in Venice is a fresh old-timer This twentysomething local favorite has a casual vibe and a healthy heart.65 Lifestyle Comme Ça: Just ‘like that,’ it’s a hit Chef David Myers’ West Hollywood brasserie is fashionably French and bursting with life. Reservations are a must.66Food Your mission: Find Mesa’s front door I heard about it from an O.C. friend: a new restaurant and lounge just opened in Costa Mesa. 67Lifestyle Sky’s the limit at high-flying Kumo The prime location, vast sushi-fusion menu and white-on-white décor up the ante.68 Food Count on Lucques to get it right Time for that important holiday dinner out? As always, Suzanne Goin’s got your back. Nine years in, this chef’s chef continues to delight.69 Lifestyle Bread and beauty at Tanzore Alive with vibrant colors, this Restaurant Row newcomer packages Indian cooking with a bit of panache.70 Lifestyle Hidden: three kitchens too many? A $250 pizza, black ‘muscles’ in spicy red sauce and an outdoor sushi bar. Honey, we’re not at Schatzi anymore.71Food Bastide, in a class of its own Service is as good as it gets in Los Angeles: From amuses to chocolates, the experience at Bastide is seamless.72Food A little pasta, a lot of whirl Chef Antonio Mure rides again -- as chef and owner of the casual Il Carpaccio in hungry Pacific Palisades.73 Lifestyle At Melrose Bar & Grill, a savvy new approach The former Doug Arango’s wakes up and goes casual, with down-to-earth prices and a terrific wine list.74 Lifestyle Three Forks Chop House: It’s prime territory In Claremont, a passionate chef goes beyond the expected.75 Lifestyle Osteria Mozza: Be very hungry Grab a seat at the bar and jump right in at Silverton and Batali’s lively, high-spirited new spot.76Lifestyle Hotel Bel-Air Restaurant: Date with a grande dame The landmark terrace restaurant promises a glimpse of the good life.77 Lifestyle Terra: a perfect fit in Malibu Tucked into a graceful converted cottage is a new neighbor worth getting to know.78 Lifestyle Craft is a scene, but the food is the star Tom Colicchio brings his gutsy, mature cooking and New York style to L.A.79 Lifestyle At Angelini Osteria, an ongoing <i>festa</i> The party continues six years later. The wine flows, the oven roars, the gang’s all here.80 Lifestyle Tracht’s translates Jar in Long Beach The crowd is different, but the food at Suzanne Tracht’s new chophouse-under-the-stars hits her same serious marks.81 Lifestyle Looking for love at Abode At the Santa Monica restaurant where Dominique Crenn is chef, you might find mustard frost or merguez foam. Isn’t that romantic?82 Lifestyle Ca’ Brea reopens, tries to revive its allure Chef-owner Antonio Tommasi, who helped introduce L.A. to northern Italian cuisine, is back in the house.83 Lifestyle Hungry Cat: Downtown, with fishnets flying The restaurant hits Santa Barbara with a fresh attitude and a Hollywood reputation. Is it ready to settle in?84 Lifestyle Artisan offers sharp urban style in homey Paso Robles Its young chef is reeling in Central Coast locals and wine tourists alike.85Food Traxx: It’s got a cosmopolitan outlook Part of the cityscape for 10 years now, Traxx is a soothing oasis in a splendid architectural setting86 Lifestyle At Catch, an endless summer Santa Monica spot has an elegant vibe with an imaginative menu.87 Lifestyle Bar Marmont, back in the game With a new chef and former management back on the scene, the Chateau Marmont’s namesake scorese with lusty pub fare.88 Lifestyle Tower Bar: Glamour under the stars At the poolside terrace, a new chef’s updated chophouse menu brings a grown-up liveliness to the classic Sunset Strip setting.89 Food There’s a clever kitchen and a casual scene at the new Foundry on Melrose Eric Greenspan’s small but changing menu delivers polished California-French, including some especially yummy appetizers.