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Spago: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013

PHOTO BY ANNE FISHBEIN

With Spago's recent overhaul of both menu and decor, everything has changed and nothing has changed. Everything: The dining room is sleek, white, modern, open, inviting. The patio has a retractable roof, there are cocktail tables for nibbles and drinks, and the entire enterprise feels more festive and less stodgy. The menu has eschewed signature dishes for a more Asian-leaning, meticulous, international array of options. Nothing: If anything, the redo has revitalized Wolfgang Puck's legendary restaurant, restoring it to its former glory. The wine list is still one of the best in town, and the service is still old-school in its accommodation of your every whim and its adherence to the grand old ways of fine dining. There are still celebrities and women dripping in diamonds to gawk at; it still feels like the vital, beating heart of Beverly Hills. 176 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 385-0880, wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants. Lunch: Tues.-Thurs. & Sat., noon-2:15 p.m.; Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Dinner: Sun.-Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 5:30-10:30 p.m. Entrees $29-$90. Full bar, extensive wine list.

 

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The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

A-Frame
Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
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Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
Zam Zam Market

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