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Check Out the Weird and Beautiful Food at Dialogue in Santa Monica


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Dialogue, the new, experimental, ticketed-only restaurant from Grant Achatz collaborator Dave Beran, feels like a discovery, a plush jewel box accessible only with a code, tucked in next to a fish sandwich shop on the second floor of the Gallery Food Hall. Eight of the 18 seats are at the walnut counter of the open kitchen, where Beran and his cooks not only plate dishes but find time to chitchat with guests. Given the Rustic Canyon–esque minimalism — there's really not much to look at except the kitchen — it almost feels as if you're hanging at a friend's. That is, if your friend casually ferments rhubarb for a year and has won a James Beard Award. Read our full review.

Photos by Anne Fishbein