Best Swanky Decor in LA

October 31, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Add a little sparkle to your New Year's celebrations at these shimmering L.A. hot spots.

The Bazaar by José Andrés
Spanish · Beverly Grove · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.4

A "life-altering food experience" awaits at José Andrés' "exciting" temple of molecular gastronomy in Beverly Hills' SLS Hotel, where an "incredible mix" of traditional Spanish tapas and modern "experiments" are rolled out by "engaging" staffers in a "fabulous" Philippe Starck–designed setting that's equal parts "Dalí" and "Alice in Wonderland" ; it all comes at a "steep" cost, but most agree it's a small price to pay for an "evening to remember forever" ; P.S. "do not skip" the "crazy" , "one-of-a-kind" cocktails.
Faith & Flower
Californian · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

A "hip crowd" creates a "buzzy" vibe at this Downtown New American, "one of the hottest tickets in town" whose "adventurous" , "flavor-packed" shared plates, "exquisite cocktails" poured by "talented" bartenders (yes, "you can smoke absinthe!" ) and "sumptuous" vintage decor are all "high" on the "wow factor" ; if you've got the "expense account" for such "understated coolness" , it's a "new standard bearer."
Toca Madera West Hollywood
Mexican · Beverly Grove · $$$

Atmosphere is king at this "clublike" cantina in Beverly Grove where organic Mexican "sharing" plates (including some vegan options) are nearly overwhelmed by the "interesting" decor featuring a sleek patio, sugar skulls and a crystal quartz bar stocked with tequila; factor in scantily clad waitresses and no wonder amigos say it's "fun" for drinks, even considering the "high" price tag.
New American · Downtown · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.7 · Service 4.5

"Dining is a religious experience" at this New American "hot spot" from Neal Fraser, where the "progressive" , "artful" menu highlighting "refined versions of familiar dishes" is almost as revelatory as the setting in the "gorgeous" open-air rectory of the "incredible" Vibiana Cathedral Downtown; add in "inventive cocktails" served by a "warm and wonderful" staff and fans "can hear the choir" (never mind the "pricey" fee for their "lip-smacking sins" ).
Baltaire Restaurant
Steakhouse · Brentwood · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.6 · Service 4.3

Filling a "need" on the "Brentwood scene" for a "sexy" steakhouse, this high-end sibling of the adjacent Coral Tree Café delivers "wonderful" "prime" cuts amid "beautiful" , "airy" surroundings that include a "big" bar area and "gorgeous" patio; the bills are "steep" for some, but such is the price for such a "polished" , "professional" experience.
New American · Downtown · $$$

Towering above Downtown on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower building, this stunning venue offers sky-high dining, drinking and lounging amid geometric-chic design and panoramic city views (through the wraparound electronically tinted windows). With modern American tasting menus from chef Vartan Abgaryan (ex Cliff's Edge) and expertly crafted cocktails, it’s a tough ticket; a cool interactive reservation system adds style to the process.