A trip to LA isn’t complete without a celebrity spotting. The home of Hollywood, it’s only a matter of time before you’re the one telling the story about dining next to Leo or Brad. In no particular order, here is a list of LA’s sceniest restaurants where your chances of running into a celebrity are more probable than most.
This American restaurant has always drawn celebrities since its opening in 2011. When it comes to who’s been seen here, the list is endless. They say that paparazzi regularly sit outside of Craig’s hoping to get a shot of someone famous. In August 2018, Kylie Jenner rented out all of Craig’s for her 21st star-studded, Barbie themed, birthday bash.
Address: 8826 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
You don’t just make reservations at Delilah, you have to be on the ‘Guest-list’. And if you show up without being on this guest-list, you will be turned away right at the door–no mercy. UNLESS of course you know someone. This American restaurant is said to turn into a jazz club in the evenings. Among the many stars that frequent Delilah, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Michael B. Jordan have been publicized dining here.
Address: 7969 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Walking up to this restaurant on a weekend night, you will see a line up of flashy cars. You enter through a tunnel on the side of the restaurant and walk into an open, light and airy space. The main dining area is in a courtyard and makes you feel as if you’re eating somewhere in Greece or Turkey. Ysabel is known for having celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West come through; I personally had a run in with Henry Golding from Crazy Rich Asians there.
Address: 945 N Fairfax Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046
This Santa Monica spot is packed with millennials and Gen Z trying to make it in the industry. With incredible views of the beach and beautiful young people, it basically feels like a Hollister campaign came to life. Even as sceney as this spot can be, we have to admit bumping into celebs like NBA All Star Blake Griffin and his posse here can be fun.
Address: 101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
This spot is hella sceney and you will most likely be treated like shit if your last name is not Depp or Damon. But honestly, that’s kind of just how it is in the more upscale parts of LA. The food is sub-par but there is undeniably an energy at this joint that buzzes. My baby boy Drizzy Drake Rogers has dined here and if you’re interested in going, make sure to grab a reservation a week or two in advance for a weekend night out.
Address: 8715 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This refined Italian restaurant, classy and elegant, was created by the Soho House Group. They do a great job in making sure all guests are treated equally–A RARITY when it comes to the sceney restaurants in LA. The crowd is older and more sophisticated and you’ll find stars such as Ellen DeGeneres that frequent Cecconi’s.
Address: 8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This Peruvian restaurant is known for its ceviche, Latin vibe, and mezcal cocktails. It’s a smaller joint with an intimate feel. Out of the blue, I happened to spot Toby McGuire on a date here, and the surrounding energy was very low-key, making me believe it’s a safe spot for celebs taking on a slower pace in life to dine in peace.
Address: 8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
This European-influenced hotel and restaurant is not short of celebrities either. It’s known for its wild celebrity stories here from hook ups, to psychotic break downs, to ridiculous room charges. You can read more about these here.
Owned by the Tao Group, this restaurant has been frequented by stars like Selena Gomez and Kylie Jenner. Cardi B rented the place out to celebrate her star-studded birthday. You never know who you’ll run into .
Pro-tip: make sure to order their grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings.
Address: 1615 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Located right next to Beauty & Essex, this Asian fusion restaurant drips in zen and bourgie appeal. You can find this restaurant in cities like New York, Miami, and Las Vegas. Its known for stars like the Food God and Brody Jenner coming through–though one time I happened to dine here in work out clothes after a Hollywood Sign hike and nobody seemed to care. Classic LA!
Part owned by Steve Aoki, this restaurant became the Santa Monica hotspot when it opened late Summer 2018. This influencer crowd is the slightly older version of the crowd at the Bungalow. Food is average but the space itself is well put together facing Santa Monica beach. A great spot to catch a sunset aperitivo.
You have to be a member of the House–or be invited by a member–to enter this highly exclusive restaurant and lounge. And applying isn’t easy: the management is quite selective on who can become a member, choosing generally applicants with profiles in entrepreneurship or the arts. I’ve been told that if you’re a corporate worker bee, a lawyer, doctor, or engineer – the chances of you getting in are slim unless you have some entertainment industry connections. With this type of exclusivity, there are a plethora of stars with access to Soho House. Rumor has it that Leonardo DiCaprio has a particular section of the house reserved for him.
Address: 9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Have you run into celebrities dining, drinking, or enjoying the scene elsewhere in LA!? Comment below!