In this long, sleek restaurant, which features different menus for different rooms, chef John Sedlar explores Latin culture with exacting, beautiful dishes that touch on his current obsessions. Rivera is a place for grown-up drinks and nibbles in the lounge with one of Julian Cox's fantastic cocktails, or a blow-out special occasion in the hushed room beyond.Hatfield's
There are myriad beautiful things about Hatfield's, Quinn and Karen Hatfield's comfortably large Melrose Avenue restaurant. The enormous, open kitchen that occupies the center like a performance space; the pretty hanging pots; the rows of lowered heat lamps almost like lanterns; the Michel Richard-designed pastry station; the small battalion of toque-wearing chefs working in the kind of unison that would have made Escoffier proud.Spago
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.Providence
There is a particular kind of alchemy that takes place (casually, nightly) at Providence, Michael Cimarusti's Melrose Avenue seafood palace. Because amid the white tablecloths and the relative peace and quiet, the nicely dressed patrons and the faint purr of the German-engineered cheese cart, there is the kind of exquisitely executed food that can make you gasp with astonishment.