But even if you don’t see a star, you won’t be disappointed by these delicious restaurants.
Spotting a celebrity in Los Angeles is more than just a casual coincidence or a happy accident — it’s an all-out spectator sport. And there are many ways to get in the game.
Many a tourist has opted for the tried-and-true celebrity bus tour, which guarantees a decent view of well-manicured shrubs, or perhaps a peek-a-boo of freshly polished steel gates. Not so glamorous, eh?
We say, save the double deckers for London and instead make a reservation at one of these five restaurants favored by Hollywood’s A-list. That way even if you happen to miss Brad or Angelina, you’ll still go home with a full stomach.
Where: 8826 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Who: George Clooney, Elton John, Melanie Griffith, Larry King, Caitlyn Jenner and Nick Jonas
Why: Craig Susser left his longtime post as the manager of Dan Tana’s, a well-known celebrity hotspot, in 2011 to open his own cozy enclave — and many of his famous friends followed. The stars keep coming back (despite the ever-present paparazzi staked out front) because well-liked Susser always takes great care of his pals. Well, that, and the food, which is described as classic American meets upscale comfort, is actually very, very good. The only downside: If your face isn’t recognizable, expect an extra-long wait.
Where: 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Who: Beyoncé, Jay Z, Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Selena Gomez and Jessica Alba
Why: This all-organic, vegan Mexican restaurant opened in January 2014 and has been a celebrity staple ever since. Animal-loving stars enjoy the plant-based menu and the chic outdoor patio (make sure to request an al fresco table). Everyone loves the modern twist on favorites like Quesadillas de Calabaza, Coconut Ceviche Tostadas and Flautas de Papas.
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Where: 22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu
Who: Pick a Kardashian (Kim, Kourtney or Khloe) or a Jenner (Kris, Kendall or Kylie), Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, David and Victoria Beckham, and Kate Hudson
Why: There are 33 Nobu locations worldwide, so the brand is well-known and well-loved by foodies everywhere. But nowhere is it as well supported by bold-faced names as it is in this stunning seaside location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You won’t be disappointed in any of the options, but must-try items include the Japanese Wagyu, rock shrimp tempura, black cod with miso and the soft-shell crab roll.
Where: 114 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica
Who: Rihanna, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Taylor Swift, Michael Keaton and Naomi Watts
Why: This Italian classic is about as classy as it gets. There may be paparazzi outside from time to time (hello, Rihanna!), but if you’re lucky enough to grab a seat at this exclusive by-the-sea restaurant, you’ll wish the flashbulbs were focused on the food instead. It’s that good. Don’t leave without checking out the risotto, the dover sole and, of course, the wine.
Where: 401 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles
Who: Drake, Harry Styles, Gigi Hadid, Zayn Malik, Chris Brown, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom
Why: If you don’t feel like driving all the way out to Malibu during your L.A. stay, you’ll be just as likely to spot a Kardashian or Jenner by posting up here for the night (Kylie Jenner recently celebrated her 19th birthday here with a blowout bash). It’s part restaurant, part club and all hotspot. And the drink menu is just as diverse as the food menu, which mixes Italian classics with new-American flair. Think everything from pizza and pasta to oysters and Hamachi crudo.