Most Stylish Restaurants in LA

True style
March 6, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

Here are some of LA's finest eateries, where the decor is as stunning as the people inside.

Bestia
Italian · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

"Adventurous" eaters will be "pushed out of their comfort zones" by the "transcendent pastas" and "innovative" nose-to-tail Italiana from husband-and-wife "star chefs" Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, who oversee an "energetic" staff at this "buzzy" , "industrial-chic" "warehouse" in DTLA's Arts District; everything is "off the charts" , including the "jet-engine noise" , but word is it's still "the hottest ticket in town" so reservations (and deep pockets) "are a must."
Republique
French · Hancock Park · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

Evoking endless enthusiasm ( "divine" , "incredible" , "c'est magnifique!" ), Walter and Margarita Manzke's "big, bustling brasserie" in Hancock Park is "excellent in every way" , from its "bold, inventive" French menu with "extensive" charcuterie and oyster offerings and "outstanding" baked goods to its "beautiful" setting with "mile-high ceilings" and "attentive" service; naturally, it all comes at "splurge" -worthy prices that are "worth it."
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."
Hinoki & the Bird
Asian · Century City · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

Exuding “understated drama” , this “elegant” Century City destination rolls out “innovative” Asian dishes – each “more enticing and delicious” than the one before – and “memorable” cocktails, all in a “gorgeous space” scented with hinoki wood; considering the "refined" vibe bolstered by "unobtrusive service" and "expensive" bills, the dining room is "louder than you'd expect" , but most insist it’s still a “lovely, lovely” place to return to “again and again.”
71Above
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.
Paley.
American · Hollywood · $$$

Named for William S. Paley, the visionary for CBS studios (which once stood here), this midcentury-modern throwback brings sexy dining back to the heart of Hollywood. The open kitchen, swanky curved bar and spacious dining room set the stage for New American dishes like hamachi crudo with watermelon radish and white soy, and beef tartare with gochujang and grapefruit; seasonal cocktails follow suit.
Gwen
Hollywood · $$$

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone and brother Luke are at the helm of this high-end, full-service restaurant and butcher shop in the heart of Hollywood. The retail side features glass cases full of chops, sausages, fowl, cured meats and more; the polished dining room, with its corner bar, chandeliers and views into the fiery kitchen grills, is a grand setting for the tasting menu or à la carte – plus cocktails and an eclectic wine program.
Norah
New American · $$

Full of luxe textures — white marble, leather, bubble-light chandeliers, dark woods, leafy trees and black and white contrasts — this stylish eatery and bar offers communal tables with mismatched stools and custom-made chairs, plus low-slung sofas for a loungey vibe. The eclectic contemporary American menu trends toward seasonal, wood-grilled fare, plus oysters and charcuterie — mostly small plates with a few choice entrees to pair with cocktails.