For the last 10 years, Michael Cimarusti's Melrose Avenue restaurant has been one of L.A.'s most cherished places to dine. Inspired by the chef's New England upbringing, Providence is one of the few places in the city that has earned two Michelin stars, and it continues to hold a spot on our annual list of essential restaurants.
Ten years in, Providence is no less revolutionary than on the day it opened. Of course, this level of quality will cost you — up to $305 per person for the full chef's menu with wine pairings. But to celebrate its first decade, the restaurant is extending a specially priced four-course menu through July, meaning a meal at one of the country's best restaurants can be had for under $100.
The prices are a throwback to what it cost to eat at Providence in 2005. For $80 per person (instead of the usual $100), you can choose from some of Providence's simpler dishes: Santa Barbara sea urchin hiding beneath soft scrambled eggs; a scallop with sweet corn, haricot vert and lemon verbena; wild halibut topped with mussels, potatoes and herbs; or wild king salmon with favas, almond and morels. The intensely curated artisanal cheese cart — which silently whizzes past tables all night — is also available. And the optional wine pairing will set you back only $25.
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Providence's anniversary celebration continues through the end of the year with three celebrity-chef dinners, for which Cimarusti will be collaborating with Suzanne Goin, Michael Tusk and David Kinch. Tickets for August's seven-course dinner with Goin are on sale now.
Providence, 5955 Melrose Ave., Hollywood; (323) 460-4170; providencela.com