Looking for the 10 best tasting menus in Los Angeles? Tasting menus can have as few as four and as many as 21 courses, and are a great way to sample a restaurant’s fare.
- Cicada. Cicada is housed in a building that was constructed in 1928 and is home to the most prestigious and expensive haberdasheries in Los Angeles. Cicada’s menu features Californian and Italian cuisine and a five-course tasting menu (substitutions are allowed). Reservations required. Cicada: 617 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90014; (213) 488-9488.
- Noe Restaurant. Noe Restaurant is located in the Omni Hotel at California Plaza. Its dining room faces the Water Court, and the four-course tasting menu highlights the chef’s classical French training and changes daily. Reservations required. Noe Restaurant: 251 S. Olive St. at 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 90012; (213) 356-4100.
- Water Grill. Water Grill’s clubby interior and spiny Maine lobster tank keep the restaurant on many top ten lists, and has earned it one Michelin star. The tasting menu presents six unique dishes and changes daily. Reservations required. Water Grill: 544 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90071; (213) 891-0900.
- Aroma Restaurant. Aroma Restaurant in Silverlake is an unassuming establishment whose exterior belies the elegance within. The tasting menu features the chef’s signature Italian dishes and changes daily. Reservations required. Aroma Restaurant: 2903 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026; (323) 644-2833.
- Katsuya. Katsuya became an instant hot spot for celebrities when it opened in 2006. The tasting menu features the chef’s best dishes and changes daily. Reservations required. Katsuya: 11777 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood, CA 90025, (310) 207-8744.
- Shin Korean Barbecue. Shin’s is an authentic Korean barbecue restaurant whose menu changes with each season. The chef’s tasting menu is a sampling of every item available, including desserts. Reservations required. Shin’s: 1600 North Wilcox Ave. at Selma Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028; (323) 464-4100.
- Bar Hayama. Bar Hayama is located in Little Tokyo and is a sleek, modern Japanese pub and sushi bar. The tasting menu is available for guests sitting at the sushi bar and changes daily. Reservations required. Bar Hayama: 1803 Sawtelle Blvd. at Nebraska Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025; (310) 235-2000.
- Capo. Capo’s wine cellar stores more than 130 bottles, and the restaurant serves fine Italian cuisine in a rustic but elegant dining room. Capo has two tasting menus, one with meat and one vegetable. Reservations required. Capo: 1810 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401; (310) 394-5550.
- Dar Maghreb. Dar Maghreb is an authentic Moroccan restaurant where eating utensils are available by request. The tasting menu is the chef’s choice, and changes seasonally. Reservations required. Dar Maghreb: 7651 Sunset Blvd. at Stanley Ave., Hollywood, CA 90046; (323) 876-7651.
- XIV. XIV is a new American cuisine restaurant and the fourteenth restaurant opening for Michael Mina. There are three tasting menus: “A Light Meal,” “Something More” and “Fourteenth from XIV.” Reservations required. XIV: 8117 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90046; (323) 656-1414.
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