Get your neighborhood posh nosh at these bastions of local luxe.
For a tasteful staycation in the heart of super-wired WeHo, indulge in a stay at The London West Hollywood—and put yourself in the capable hands of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. He’s put together a 24-hour in-room dining menu that includes his sinful beef Wellington, plus fine wines and microbrews. Or venture down to his Michelin-starred eponymous restaurant for the risotto and lamb loin, filet with bone marrow, and world-famous sticky toffee pudding… followed by a nightcap at the award-winning London Bar, of course. 1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-854-1111
Want your gourmet retreat with a side of Old-Hollywood glamour? Dorchester Collection’s Beverly Hills Hotel is famous for its celeb-packed Polo Lounge, and the daytime extravagance of the romantic Cabana Café, weekend afternoon tea, and Sunday brunch (9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-276-2251). For dinner, head to L’Ermitage and check out Livello (9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-278-3344). This new Italian restaurant (top Executive Chef Mirko Paderno hails from Milan) offers romantic patio dining year round, plus a to-die-for menu of pasta and meat classics, including lobster risotto, crab gnocchi, and melt-in-your-mouth homemade meatballs. La bella vita, BH-style!
Nothing piques the appetite like a fresh ocean breeze. Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes boasts views of Catalina Island and offers an eclectic variety of dining options (100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, 310-265-2800). The Asian fare at Bashi earns rave reviews for favorful garlic noodles, duck salad, and sushi rolls, while Mar’sel is popular for its lobster and Pacifc Ocean views (hint: dine al fresco). Terranea’s neighbor up north, Fairmont Miramar, brings casual luxury to Santa Monica via the madly popular Fig restaurant, which builds its menu around what’s on offer at the Westside’s most famous farmers market (101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-576-777). Or head farther up the coast for the chill beachy vibe at Malibu Beach Inn (22878 Pacifc Coast Hwy., Malibu, 310-456-6444). Dine on-property at the stunning oceanfront Carbon Club… and save time to hit up some quirky local spots, like Sip Malibu for wine tasting and Conejo Valley’s Rabbit Hole Café and Public School 805.
photography Courtesy of fairmont miramar hotel (miramar); the DorChester ColleCtion (Beverly hills hotel)