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

Dean C./Yelp Warm squid salad


  • Lunch: Tue.-Sat., noon-2:30 p.m.; 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.
  • $$$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Local Ingredients, Catering, Fireplace, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Prix Fixe
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Full bar
  • 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 19 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. Here dishes are classics spun on their heads to become something that seems even more classic than the original. Most of the food sticks to the lightly Mediterranean and decidedly Californian style that Goin helped invent: Portuguese stuffed chicken with linguiça, tomato rice and pickled golden raisins; hanger steak with grilled chicories, garlic toast and lemon-anchovy butter. Here is a restaurant for special occasions and romance, for quiet conversation and a fine bottle of wine — it’s a dying breed, but none the less thrilling for being so. —Besha Rodell

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