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108Melvyn's

Address: 200 West Ramon Road, Palm Springs, CA  92264   Make a Reservation
Melvyn's
Stepping into Melvyn's Restaurant in Palm Springs is like stepping back in time. Known as an A-list celebrity hot spot during the 1940’s and 1950’s, Melvyn's Restaurant at the legendary Ingleside Inn has the feel of old Hollywood glamour. Entrees pay homage to classic American meals: Oysters Rockefeller, Steak Diane, Bananas Foster, Strawberries Romanoff, and many more. The walls are adorned in giant portraits of the beloved classic stars of yesteryear. Melvyn’s Restaurant offers an extensive wine list with a variety of local and international selections. The adjoining piano bar features the melodic sounds of classics like Frank Sinatra and … Learn More »

107Xiomara on Melrose

Address: 6101 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90036   Make a Reservation
Xiomara on Melrose
At Xiomara Melrose, Executive Chef and owner Xiomara Ardolina masterfully crafts exotic, Cuban-influenced dishes that pay homage to the home cooking she grew up with. A hint of fine dining mingles with authentic and flavorful Cuban traditions, resulting in such diverse dishes as Nicaraguan Skirt Steak with huitlacoche and blue cheese mashed potatoes, and Chino Latino Pan Seared Duck Breast atop a sautéed plantain and portobello mushroom with soy ginger cilantro sauce. Almost everything is house made, right down to the fresh squeezed cane juice in the famous mojitos. While situated in a prime location in the middle of Melrose … Learn More »

108Cafe Del Rey

Address: 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA  90292   Make a Reservation
Cafe Del Rey
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Gaze out over the marina and allow your mind to drift lazily like the boats against the docks as you savor the fresh and tantalizing fare Executive Chef Niederkorn serves up daily. Only twenty minutes from the harried rush of LAX, Café Del Rey transports diners from the bustle of humanity to the calm oasis of a foreign seaside town. Chef Niederkorn presents elegantly prepared and simply adorned seafood dishes that shine by their own freshness and flavor. The Black Spaghetti is made with prawns, calamari, lobster, and bay scallops; and the Mediterranean Meatloaf is taken to another level by … Learn More »

108Joe's

Address: 1023 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA  90291   Make a Reservation
Joe's
Editor's Pick
Joe’s is an intimate, neighborhood spot in Venice Beach serving delectable French-California cuisine. The restaurant’s namesake and Chef, Joe Miller, offers and innovative, seasonal menu with dishes such as Kurobuta Pork Loin & Red Roasted Pork Belly with autumn shell beans, roasted onion, and tamarind mustard jus, and Porcini Mushroom Ravioli with wild mushrooms, reggiano parmesan broth, and white truffles. The restaurant’s wine list offers a collection of quality vintages from small boutique wineries, housed in the newly renovated 2,000 bottle wine cellar. The dining room offers a comfortable yet upscale setting, while the outdoor patio, complete with a calming … Learn More »

108Cafe Pinot

Address: 700 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA  90071   Make a Reservation
Cafe Pinot
Dining on the patio of Café Pinot gives guests a grand view of the urban skyline and the lush romantic Central Library garden located in Downtown LA. Enjoy warm afternoons and summer nights out on the terrace, while eating Café Pinot’s French-California cuisine. This restaurant is perfect for dining before an event at the Staples Center or the Music Center because of its close location. A delicious Café Pinot dish to try is the Three Mustard- Crusted Farm-Raised Rotisserie Chicken with crispy Pinot fries. If guests decide to have lunch at Café Pinot, then get the Pan-Seared Prime Hanger Steak … Learn More »

109Lucques

Address: 8474 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90069   Make a Reservation
Lucques
Top 10RecommendedEditor's Pick
On Melrose, along a popular strip of hip West Hollywood restaurants, Lucques retains its standing as an ideal spot for lunch, dinner, and drinks. In its eighth year, the restaurant excels with its short-list of savory French-Mediterranean cuisine combining subtle, yet distinct, flavors with fish, poultry, and meat. Executive Chef Suzanne Goin uses seasonal ingredients to create dishes that are inventive, fresh, and flavorful. While not extensive, the selections are sufficiently unique to appease finicky Angelenos and most likely tantalize them to return. The wine list is extensive and hand selected by co-owner Caroline Styne. Learn More »

109Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro

Address: 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90036   Make a Reservation
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro
Recommended
Morels French Steakhouse & Bistro is synonymous with a fun and fulfilling dining experience at The Grove in the heart of Los Angeles. With a diverse seasonal menu ranging from cheese and charcuterie to fresh seafood, prime cuts of steak, and even fondue, this successful L.A. establishment caters to the palates of all who walk through the doors. Enjoy a glass of wine and wonderful views of The Grove's lively fountain while you dine. Morels French Steakhouse offers more than 60 wines by the glass, and for those who truly enjoy a superb pairing of wine and cheese, Morels provides … Learn More »

107Church & State

Address: 1850 East Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA  90021   Make a Reservation
Church & State
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This French bistro only opened in September 2008, but has become an instant classic in downtown LA. The menu is concise but runs the gamut from simple rustic dishes like the Braised Beef to more elevated fare like the Terrine de Foie Gras, which is creatively served with a port wine gelee and brioche. Customers often rave about the housemade charcuterie as well. The dining room borders on industrial, with exposed piping in the ceiling and brick walls, but the soft lighting, close tables and warm service make it a cozy scene. For the real Paris experience, diners can also … Learn More »

105The Little Door

Address: 8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA  90048   Make a Reservation
The Little Door
Step-out of the modern world and into the old country style of Europe. Chef Nicolas T. Peter strives to incorporate local and organic ingredients, ensuring that his menu is healthy, seasonal, and ripe with flavor. The menu consists of French-Mediterranean fusion cuisine. Start off with the “Little Door Mezze Royale” Assorted Mediterranean Appetizers which includes tuna tartare, goat cheese, merguez sausage and grilled scallops. Also try such entrees as the Grilled Filet Mignon with a Tarragon and Green Goat Cheese, Merguez Sausage and Grilled Scallops. With healthy tasty options, you can’t go wrong with eating here. Learn More »

108Maison Akira

Address: 713 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA  91101   Make a Reservation
Maison Akira
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Near the Playhouse, in one of the quaintest districts in Pasadena, a rare jewel sparkles in the Crown City—Maison Akira. Step off the bustling Green Street into the foyer door and find yourself halfway around the world in an elegant restaurant just off Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence, France. Though distinctly French, a peaceful Zen-like esthetic pervades the atmosphere. That is because Maison Akira is home of the world-renowned chef Hirose Akira. His menu is like a symphony of truly beautiful French classics, made modern and dazzling with subtle Japanese influences, like his signature Miso-infused Chilean Sea Bass, which has made … Learn More »

108Christine

Address: 24530 Hawthorne Blvd, Torrance, CA  90505   Make a Reservation
Christine
For delectable fusion cuisine, blending flavors of the Pacific Rim, Provence, and Tuscany, travel no further than Restaurant Christine. Chef and Owner Christine Brown created an eclectic menu that is both unique and flavorful, incorporating Asian, Mediterranean and French influences to offer a wide variety of tastes. Located in Torrance near the foot of Rolling Hills, Restaurant Christine feels like a cozy Mediterranean villa, and provides a relaxed setting to enjoy a meal with friends and family or perhaps celebrate a special occasion. A reasonably priced wine list, friendly service, and excellent fare make Restaurant Christine an experience worth repeating. Learn More »

108Whist at the Viceroy

Address: 1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90401   Make a Reservation
Whist at the Viceroy
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Classy meets comfortable at Whist, located at the Viceroy Santa Monica, a restaurant offering elegant Coastal Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. Not only do menu items offer variety, but in order to ensure individual levels of comfort guests are offered several choices in seating locations including the traditional formal dining room, casual poolside tables as well as private chef cabanas for a more intimate experience. Whist is an eatery known for its significantly stylish décor which fuses vintage and modern furnishings. The restaurant excitedly welcomes new Executive Chef, Tony DiSalvo to the team, who uses his vast … Learn More »

107JiRaffe

Address: 502 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA  90401   Make a Reservation
JiRaffe
Opened in 1996 by Raphael Lunetta, JiRaffe quickly became a favorite in Santa Monica. Well over ten years later, this restaurant still remains one of the hottest restaurants in town. JiRaffe serves nightly specials using only the freshest produce, seafood, and meats, and maintains high standards in all aspects of its service. The menu changes constantly with the whims of Chef Lunetta’s creativity and the seasons, and straddles the line between traditional American cuisine and classic French fare. Bright spaces and large windows give JiRaffe a welcoming elegance reminiscent of Europe. Learn More »

108Gemmell's

Address: 34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA  92629   Make a Reservation
Gemmell's
Gemell’s Restaurant has been serving the citizens of Dana Point fine French cuisine for over a decade. Owner and Executive Chef Byron Gemmell is one of Orange Counties culinary elite, and his namesake restaurant reflects his depth of experience and knowledge with the dishes the serves that keep guests returning time and again. Patrons rave about the Lobster Bisque, Lamb, and Chocolate Soufflé, but with a full lunch menu, and Sunday Brunch as well, the dinner menu is not the only star in Gemell’s sky. The cozy dining room is the perfect venue for a meal with that special someone, … Learn More »

108Cézanne

Address: 1740 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90401   Make a Reservation
Cézanne
Whether you’re staying at the Le Merigot Hotel and Spa or are simply searching out a fabulous dining experience, Cezanne is the restaurant to visit. Parisian charm and elegance is served up in abundance here, along with a captivating menu of fine French fare. Massive glass-molded chandeliers, plush upholstered bench seats, and impressive architectural features all make for a subtly dramatic atmosphere complemented by similarly stunning cuisine. Come for breakfast, lunch, or dinner any day of the week and savor your very own bite of French goodness at Cezanne, in Santa Monica. Learn More »

107Bistro du Soleil

Address: 6805 Vista Del Mar Lane, Los Angeles, CA  90293   Make a Reservation
Bistro du Soleil
Top 10Recommended
The mere sight of Bistro du Soleil’s exterior peaks the appetite. A slight wedge of a building splashed in country yellow and blue, Bistro du Soleil evokes the comfort of a French cottage in the easygoing beach community of Playa Del Rey. The menu features a number of French Classics, splashed with some So-Cal twists. Patrons can choose between French Onion Soup or Black Bean with lime and sour cream. Brie cheese is nestled atop juicy bistro burgers or slipped into pear quesadillas. Bistro du Soleil provides a touch of Europe in a comfortable beach setting. The food teeters between … Learn More »

108The Golden Truffle

Address: 1767 Newport Boulevard, Costa Mesa, CA  92627   Make a Reservation
The Golden Truffle
The Golden Truffle is a unique bistro known for its innovative fusion menu, which includes a mixture of Asian, French, Spanish, and Caribbean-influenced dishes from Chef Alan Greeley. The menu changes daily with whatever the freshest ingredients available are, but favorite items include Jamaican Jerk Chicken Salad and Rosemary Roasted Spring Lamb Loin with Vegetable Soufflé and Mushroom Meat Juices. With such a wide array of dishes to choose from, The Golden Truffle keeps its clientele curious. An extensive and award winning wine list featuring French and Californian selections to compliment the exciting menu. Learn More »

107Canelé

Address: 3219 Glendale Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90039   Make a Reservation
Canelé
Canelé’s pedigree will impress those on both the east coast and the west, with Chef Corina Weibel hailing from Campanile and Lucques, and General Manager Jane Choi hailing from Balthazar and Pastis in New York City. Together, they have created a charming and intimate space, where simple, unfussy bistro food and a reasonable and carefully selected wine list team up to offer guests a flavorful respite. Think comforting dishes such as roast chicken with sweet corn, potatoes, and summer squash; seared beef tenderloin with bordelaise sauce, pommes frites, and creamed spinach; and salt-roasted branzino with parsley, celery salad, and capers. … Learn More »

107Pinot Provence

Address: 686 Anton Boulevard Costa Mesa, Los Angeles, CA  92626   Make a Reservation
Pinot Provence is a comfortable setting for fine dining French cuisine. Warm, chic, and reminiscent of the South of France, Pinot Provence offers Breakfast, lunch, dinner and a mouthwatering dessert menu. Chef Joseph Petrie showcases such desserts like the Burnt Sugar Pot de Crème and a selection of dessert cocktails for any occasion. Learn More »

1010Estérel

Address: 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA  90048   Make a Reservation