N/Naka – At N/Naka, kaiseki chef Niki Nakayama's 13-course prix fixe menu ($185 per person) features a stunning procession of seasonal creations almost too beautiful to wreck with silverware.
N/Naka – Dishes, paired with wine or sake, might include a traditional unagi (eel) with daikon and foie gras or (a house favorite) spaghettini with abalone, truffles and ponzu.
Ink. – Ink., helmed by "Top Chef" champion Michael Voltaggio, serves modern Californian cuisine. The six-seat counter offers the best views of the open-kitchen crew at work.
Tempura Endo – At Tempura Endo, guests experience haute Kyoto-style tempura cooking close-up by taking a seat at the omakase bar. Three tasting menus are on offer.
Tempura Endo – Tempura Endo is tucked in a quiet space on the edge of downtown Beverly Hills and is the first US outpost of Kyoto-based tempura restaurateur Koichi Endo.
Le Comptoir – The 10-seat counter restaurant Le Comptoir is located in Koreatown's Hotel Normandie. The menu features French California cooking with a focus on seasonal vegetables sourced from the chef's own organic urban garden.
Bestia – Bestia serves Cal-Italian comfort food and is housed inside a repurposed warehouse on the outskirts of L.A.'s Downtown Arts District. There are counter seats available by the pizza oven.
Bestia – Bestia is busy, boisterous and bustling with chefs turning out burrata pizzas, housemade pastas and addictive ricotta dumplings with pork sausage and black truffle.
Trois Mec – Hidden in an unassuming location, Ludovic Lefebvre's Trois Mec -- tapped repeatedly in its three years as one of L.A.'s best restaurants -- is easy to drive right past.
Trois Mec – Revolving five-course tasting menus are unpretentiously served in an open-kitchen setting, if you're lucky enough to snag an online prepaid dining ticket.
Maude – At Curtis Stone's Maude, prix fixe menus inspired by a single seasonal ingredient revolve monthly, featuring a lineup of nine thematic dishes you'll never have anywhere else.