I live in San Francisco and spend a lot of time in and around West Hollywood, Downtown LA, etc. and usually when I'm in town with my wife and/or friends, we stick to the old mid century time warps and restaurants from the Hollywood Glamour era. From M&F and Taylor's to Original Micelli's, Pacific Dining Car, Clifton's, Pann's, Phillipe and on and on...
This time however, my family (from Montreal!) are flying down to spend time with us and we're staying in Beverly Hills!
I'm completely unfamiliar with anything current on LA's food scene and would appreciate some suggestions.
I need one very special restaurant for a Monday night dinner for 6 people. Perhaps somewhere with outdoor garden seating or in a beautiful inviting space with excellent food! I'm open to any and all suggestions. It's for a special birthday and marriage celebration, so it should be somewhere really nice and with great food!
Other than that, do you have any recommendations for at least 1-2 other days for excellent dinner and lunch options?
We'll all have cars and I plan on sneaking off to some of our "Old Hollywood" favorites for at least a handful of nights, but for my mom, stepdad, grandmother and two sisters, I'd greatly appreciate some really good restaurant options that are not Michelin-starred pricing (nothing too stuffy/formal) but really delicious and seasonal. My mom is a vegetarian and one of my sisters has a gluten intollerance/allergy. Everyone else are carnivores and will eat just about anything, but don't necessarily have the most refined palette so without scratching off any of the "foodie-friendly" options, I just want to take into consideration the fact that my younger sister is a bit of a picky eater and nobody is especially interested in very unique or unfamiliar sounding menus.
That said, I'm not asking for "family-friendly" suggestions either! We're all adults and everyone enjoys eating well.
Of the recommendations, I would greatly appreciate if one could be sushi - preferably a place where I could enjoy a really fantastic kaiseki experience while others order a la carte; if such a thing exists in LA!
The best sushi in the Bay Area is undoubtedly Wakuriya in San Mateo and I would like something that rivals or betters this - since I've long heard that LA has some of the best sushi restaurants on the West Coast!
Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Modern Seasonal California Cuisine is a safe bet... but I'd also like some "not-to-miss" places that you might recommend any visitor to try in the great Hollywood, Downtown and Beverly Hills areas.
Thanks so much for any help offered!