The Five Hot Tables in Los Angeles

Nobu Malibu

With celebs wanting to see and be seen at the latest restaurant hot spots, the Los Angeles dining scene is often described as “intense.” Here are the five tables for which even the biggest names are jostling for a seat:

  1. The Tower Bar and Restaurant

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Originally constructed during the Prohibition in the 1930s, the Sunset Tower Hotel was one of many local spots that took advantage of all of the nightlife opportunities in West Hollywood. Sunset Tower played host to the A-listers of the 1930s and 1940s, including Howard Hughes, John Wayne, Billie Burke, Marilyn Monroe, Errol Flynn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Frank Sinatra, to name a few. Under the ownership of Jeff Klein, the Tower Bar and Restaurant has a very grown-up appearance with walnut paneling, a fireplace, and classic bar. It is located in what was formerly the apartment of gangster Bugsy Siegel. George and Amal Clooney, Lily-Rose Depp, and Jeffrey Tambor are frequent diners there. Maître d’ Dimitri Dimitrov, reputedly the inspiration for the central character of Wes Anderson’s Oscar-winning movie, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” is another Tower Bar attraction. SunsetTowerHotel.com (Sunset Tower Hotel, 8358 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood)

  1. Nobu Malibu

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Nobu Malibu is known globally for its exquisite cuisine, including Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s signature dishes such as tiradito, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, and black cod miso. Every seat at this unique location offers a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, whether dining on the outdoor patio, exterior lounge, or the 14-seat bar. It’s easy to see why Nobu Malibu is popular with celebrity diners, including Patrick Dempsey, Rihanna, and Zoe Saldana. NobuRestaurants.com (22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu)

  1. Catch LA

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The latest arrival from the Big Apple brings Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum’s globally-influenced seafood menu to the great and the good of Los Angeles, including Emma Roberts, Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Kylie Jenner, and Tyga. With a rooftop location in the design district boasting an open kitchen, Catch LA can seat 340 people under its retractable roof. The menu includes Catch classics such as the catch roll, truffle sashimi, Wagyu on a rock, and Cantonese lobster. CatchRestaurants.com (8715 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood)

  1. Little Beach House Malibu

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London-based Soho House recently opened a luxe oceanfront Malibu outpost that is so exclusive that even “Every House” members have to apply for membership. Composed of a terrace, sitting room, and bar with sumptuous interiors, Little Beach House Malibu is one of the hottest places to be seen. Recent celebrity sightings include Courteney Cox, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Alessandra Ambrosio. The dining room offers ocean views and an all-day menu that’s focused on creating California-centric dishes using locally-sourced ingredients. LittleBeachHouseMalibu.com (22716 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu)

  1. Culina, Modern Italian

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Chef Denis Dello Stritto has led the brigade at Culina with the goal of capturing the spirit and vibrant atmosphere of Los Angeles. With its modern Italian fare, Culina is already garnering accolades from its notable visitors, including Nina Dobrev, Chelsea Handler, and Bill and Hillary Clinton. The restaurant features a spacious patio area, intimate lounge, contemporary dining room, two private dining rooms, and a live action Crudo bar.

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New this fall was the opening of Vinoteca, an Italian wine bar and espresso café located adjacent to the restaurant. As General Manager Michael Newcombe describes it, Vinoteca is “an extension of one’s home or office.” With a new space, powerful Wi-Fi, and top-notch culinary offerings to match, creatives are welcome to visit Vinoteca around the clock — sip a cappuccino in the morning while catching up on the news, or drop by after work to enjoy a glass of Vermentino and Montanara pizza from Naples. CulinaRestaurant.com (Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 300 South Doheny Drive)

Contributed by Norah Bradford

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