8474 Melrose Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Best Of
Lucques +

Anne Fishbein Morel and spring onion tart


  • Dinner: Mon.-Tue., 6-9:30 p.m.; Wed.-Thu., 6-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 6-10:30 p.m.; Sun., three-course prix fixe dinner, 5-9:30 p.m.; lunch: Tue.-Sat., noon-2:30.
  • $$$
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • Catering, Fireplace, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Prix Fixe
  • Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
From the comforting fireplace that greets you upon arrival to the back patio with its vine-covered walls, everything about Lucques oozes calm and refinement. Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s original restaurant hasn’t changed much in the 18 years since opening, and it’s a good place to come if you miss civilized dining, the kind that includes proper wine service, tablecloths and appetizers and entrees rather than small plates. Dishes are classics spun on their heads to become something that seems even more classic than the original. There are occasional international flavors, as in a hangar steak that comes topped with root vegetable fattoush and tahini, but most of the food sticks to the lightly Mediterranean and decidedly Californian style that Goin helped invent. Here is a restaurant for special occasions and romance, for quiet conversation and a fine bottle of wine — it’s a dying breed but no less thrilling for being so. —Besha Rodell

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