5955 Melrose Ave.
Hollywood, CA 90038
Critics' Pick
Best Of
Providence +

Anne Fishbein Spot prawn jewels

  • Adrienne L./Yelp Uni egg, Champagne beurre blanc, broiche croutons"> Providence


  • Mon.-Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 5:30-10 p.m.; Sun., 5:30-9 p.m.; lunch, Fri., noon-2 p.m.
  • $$$$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Catering, Delivery, Private Party, Prix Fixe
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
There are only a handful of restaurants in Los Angeles that aim for the same heights as Providence does, and perhaps none that achieves those lofty aims quite so well. Michael Cimarusti's seafood-focused, fine-dining standard-bearer excels at the formal service that much of the restaurant world has abandoned. There's a lot of joy to be found on the plate as well. No kitchen does the flurry of amuse-bouches as well as Cimarusti and crew, from a darling taco made with a nasturtium leaf to cigars made from Wagyu beef that come presented in a cigar box. Ultra-fresh (and always sustainable) seafood, such as Santa Barbara spot prawns or Dungeness crab, is presented elegantly and simply. During the winter, you can get perfectly cooked soft eggs (or risotto, or pasta — we prefer the eggs) showered in an obscene amount of black truffle. You could come here for all kinds of reasons — for the cheese cart, for the wine list, for the opulence of the room. The pleasures of this type of beauty and professionalism will have you wishing it wasn't so very rare. —Besha Rodell

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