Celebrities are part of the Los Angeles scenery. And tourists go around town hoping to catch a glimpse of one or two Hollywood stars. The question is: Where can you spot them? One safe bet—restaurants. Yes, visit restaurants for celebrity sightings because even if they do have personal chefs, many celebrities enjoy eating out just as much as we do.
So which are the top places to see and be seen? Here’s a tip sheet on the restaurants that stars love to dine at.
Top Restaurants for Celebrity Sightings
Cecconi’s is a classic Italian restaurant in West Hollywood. Its celebrity clientele includes Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry. Stars such as Eva Longoria and Emily Blunt have also held their birthday parties here.
According to General Manager Marino Monferrato, Cecconi’s has become popular among celebrities because it is a “safe haven where they can come in any time of day for a great, relaxing meal,” whether at the refined dining area, on the patio or at the bar. The specialties include pastas like the plin agnolotti with black truffles, wood-oven-baked pizzas, veal osso buco, eggplant Parmigiana and cicchetti, the Italian version of tapas.
Chateau Marmont Restaurant
The iconic Chateau Marmont once served upscale pub food to Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, Bono and other rock-and-roll legends. Today, celebrities such as Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and John Mayer go to the Chateau Marmont Restaurant for a pleasant al fresco dining experience. The classical California menu features
calamari, crab cakes with pickled red onion and an avocado puree, and goat cheese bruschetta with pistachios and beets.
Wolfgang Puck knows all about California cuisine so it’s no surprise that CUT restaurant at the Regent Beverly Wilshire has drawn in stars like Cindy Crawford, Anjelica Huston and Mary J. Blige. While the food (USDA Prime Kobe beef and 100% Wagyu beef from Kagoshima, Japan) is its main attraction, the steakhouse is also lauded for its chic, contemporary and lustrous interiors.
An old-school Italian restaurant, Dan Tana’s (along with its red leather booths) has been a favorite hangout of celebrities since the 1960s. Among its early fans were Karl Malden, Sumner Redstone and Elton John plus Glenn Frey and Don Henley of the Eagles. Today the restaurant counts Paris Hilton, John Mayer, Channing Tatum, Seth MacFarlane, Jon Hamm and Bill Maher among its patrons. Its best-sellers besides the traditional spaghetti and meatballs? Shrimp Scampi a la Jerry Buss and Chicken Parmigiana a la Ted Demme.
By bringing a touch of innovation to American comfort food, The Ivy has enticed the likes of Justin Bieber, Kim Kardashian and Reese Witherspoon. The restaurant is also a refreshing sight in Beverly Hills, with its white picket fence, rose-lined patio and rustic décor creating a homey and quaint ambiance.
The Polo Lounge
The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel is a power-lunch destination for stars such as Michael Douglas, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Mark Wahlberg, Jack Black, Zac Efron, and Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. Their top picks? The crab cakes, veal Oscar, Maine lobster salad and McCarthy salad—a twist on the Cobb salad featuring finely chopped beets.
Scarpetta’s guest list has gotten pretty impressive, having catered to Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones, Neil Patrick Harris, Ryan Phillippe, Ashley Greene, Emma Roberts and David Burtka. Located at Montage Beverly Hills, the Italian restaurant offers a flexible vegetarian menu that pleases even the pickiest of eaters in Hollywood.
Spago Beverly Hills
Spago is Wolfgang Puck’s flagship fine-dining restaurant. It specializes in California cuisine and has served many high-profile personalities in its airy courtyard, from Sidney Poitier to Jane Fonda, Hilary Swank, Jane Seymour, Dennis Quaid and Larry King.
If you’re hoping to spot and meet celebrities, or would just like to get a taste of their favorite cuisine, try to stop by one of these star-studded restaurants when you visit Los Angeles.
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