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Seeing Stars: A List of Celebrity-Owner LA Restaurants

Written By: Michelle Slieff, Alexa Erickson, Deirdre Michalski, TC Franklin, Joe Cannon, Jessica Gomes, Erica Leitz & Nicole Fera LA Celebrity Restaurants

Trust us. We get it; it’s hard to wean through the almost incomprehensible amount of restaurants in Los Angeles. Don’t fret, we’ve done the work for you! Traversing the Los Angeles basin—from the Santa Monica coast, to the Westside, Mid-Wilshire and the East, we have not only uncovered some of the most popular food-spots, but also the best LA celebrity restaurants that you will definitely want on your radar.  LA is a community where celebrity chefs are opening restaurants in every neighborhood, and this surge in celebrity-owned restaurants has added to the LA dining experiences, so take a look at this list to get your food (and celebrity) fix! LA Celebrity Restaurants

RED O RESTAURANT

Must Have Item: Spicy Margarita Best: Place to lock in that relationship for life

Rick Bayless has brought all of the spices from his PBS show, “Mexico, ” to the heart of LA, and lets his culinary creativity shine through with each ceviche he serves. Each dish invokes individuality with its twist on continental classics and served with plantain chips! Life is full of too many choices, so order one of the ceviches for some variety in your life. Each selection brought something new to the table, and whether it was sweet or spicy or in the textures, each one was perfection. Of the ones we tried, my favorite was the Tropical Tuna Ceviche with ahi tuna, papaya, mango, and citrus-avocado tomatillo. Try them all and see which one you like the best. And while you’re at it, you have to try their Spicy Margarita!

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MAUDE

Must Have Item: The food the way it comes Best: Place to highlight one ingredient

Every month the menu changes, featuring a specific ingredient. This highlighted ingredient is elevated in each course, all the way to dessert. This is the place where you book a reservation, prepare to let your taste buds do the talking and let Chef Curtis Stone take good care of you.

PUMP RESTAURANT

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Must Have Item: Pump-Tini Best: Place for day drinking

Pump is the newest restaurant in LA from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, ” star Lisa Vanderpump, who also owns Sur and Villa Blanca with her husband, Ken Todd. The space at Pump is enchanting with the sun peeking through the 100-year-old vine trees and a cool breeze there to remind you of how amazing it is to live in California. In the bustling city of LA, it is possible to find time to slow down. It becomes possible at Pump.

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AGO

Must Have Item: Your favorite classic Italian dish Best: Place to eat with celebrities

It seems only fitting that one of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro, would be the man behind of one of the best Italian restaurants in Los Angeles as well. He seems like a guy who knows good Tuscany- style food when he sees it and his restaurant, Ago, proves this to be true. Located on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood, Ago serves up classic Italian food that is delicious and timeless, just like its owner.

 

SPAGO

Must Have Item: Marcho Farm’s Veal Filet Mignon Tartare Best: Place to burn some cash

You work hard for your money, now indulge a little. Taste what Wolfgang has to offer and see where the standards for cuisine are made. With each bite, you can almost hear Wolfgang’s accent whispering in your ear. This is truly the art you can eat.

 

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Must Have Item: Really? Just one? Best: Place to expand your culinary vocabulary

We can all thank celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio for bringing ink. to our culinary playground. The Lollipop Kale with crème fraîche, Pig Ears and Togarashi (comes all together) is a delight for the table. Work your way down the menu and expand your mind like never before.

HUDSON HOUSE

Must Have Item: Hudson Pretzel Burger Best: Place to unwind after your 9-5

Hudson House is one of three restaurants owned by Chef Brooke Williamson and her husband, Nick Roberts. Williamson is a celebrity chef who competed and claimed the runner up position on the tough TV competition, “Top Chef.” The show has certainly helped further Williamson’s career and the amazing food and atmosphere at Hudson House is a clear reminder of her amazing talent. Stop by the hot spot in Redondo Beach to enjoy a cold micro-brew, a juicy pretzel burger and some friendly conversation from all the locals.

TAGINE

Must Have Item: Lamb Honey Sauce Tagine Best: Place to feel the love in every bite

As if we need any more reasons to love Ryan Gosling, his restaurant, Tagine, is definitely one of them. The restaurant, located in Beverly Hills, serves up classic Moroccan cuisine, which is where its name comes from. Executive Chef Abdessamad Benameur had been hired as a caterer for Gosling, and after licking his plate clean,  the two became close friends and decided to embark on this culinary journey together. Their idea was simple: create a place with great, warm and satisfying food in LA—and they’ve done just that and more. LA Celebrity Restaurants