Catalina Bar & Grill (Fine Dining)
6725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Catalina Bar & Grill is one of Los Angeles’ top jazz clubs, even if it’s housed in a decidedly non-glamorous red-brick edifice that looks like a generic Hollywood office building. Once you’re inside, though, after entering through the garage in back, the spacious room is much more inviting, with tables decked out in elegant white tablecloths pressed up against a low stage in front of a red velvet curtain. The walls are tastefully decorated with paintings and photos of legendary jazz musicians, and the landmark venue has hosted some of the biggest names in traditional, mainstream jazz, including Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Scott, Pharoah Saunders, Jane Monheit, Roy Hargrove, Carmen McRae, Joe Zawinul, Joshua Redman, the Marsalis brothers, and an impressive variety of stellar Carters (Ron, Betty, Benny and even Wonder Woman’s Lynda). It’s a great place to hear music, although the drinks, admission, valet parking and cover minimums can be quite pricey. The kitchen serves similarly expensive entrees, including trout almondine and shrimp scampi pasta, but most visitors come for the live music instead of the food. All ages. Full bar.

Intimate music venue features the biggest names in jazz & serves drinks, plus Italian-American fare.

Monday 7–11PM
Tuesday 7–11PM
Wednesday 7–11PM
Thursday 7–11PM
Friday 7–11PM
Saturday 7–11PM
Sunday 6–10PM

Katana Robata (Fine Dining)
8439 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

“Beautiful people” dig the “see-and-be-seen” “scene” at this Sunset Strip Japanese where you can “grab a seat on the patio and watch the action” while nibbling on “fab”, “diverse” sushi and yakitori that “never disappoint”; sure, it’s “getting up in years”, but service from the “actor/model” staff is solid and “it’s still a reliable option to wow out-of-town guests.”

Hip destination for Japanese grilled meats & sushi in a contemporary setting with patio seats.

Monday 6–11PM
Tuesday 6–11PM
Wednesday 6–11PM
Thursday 6PM–12AM
Friday 6PM–12:30AM
Saturday 6PM–12:30AM
Sunday 6–11PM

Katsuya (Fine Dining)
6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

“Cool” crowds flock to these “fashionable”, “fast-paced” Japanese trendsters that combine “upscale” “innovative” sushi, some “not-so-authentic” “fan favorites” (like baked crab hand rolls and tuna on crispy rice) and “lively”, “clubby” atmospherics; “slammin’” cocktails poured by a mostly “attentive” crew help power the “come-to-be-seen” “scene” and take the edge off the “pricey” tabs.

Review By: Zagat

Upscale signature sushi & Japanese eats plus creative drinks in chic Philippe Starck–designed space.

Tuesday 11AM–11PM
Wednesday 11AM–11PM
Thursday 11AM–11PM
Friday 11AM–11PM
Saturday 11AM–11PM
Sunday 11AM–11PM
Monday 11AM–11PM

Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles (Hollywood
1514 N Gower St, Los Angeles, CA

“Tender, succulent, crispy, crunchy, perfectly salted morsels” of fried chicken and “light, fluffy”, “buttery” waffles “just go together” at this “deservedly famous” “old-school soul-food” chain that’s inspired a comfort-food “cult following”; service is “helpful” if “a little slow”, so most just settle into the “nondescript” digs, savor a “sweet cup of sunset” (the signature lemonade) and enjoy the “laid-back” vibe; P.S. “weekdays are the best” bet to avoid “long lines.”

Review By: Zagat

Local soul-food chain serving signature chicken & waffles, Southern sides & more in a casual space.

Monday 8:30AM–12AM
Tuesday 8:30AM–12AM
Wednesday 8:30AM–12AM
Thursday 8:30AM–12AM
Friday 8:30AM–4AM
Saturday 8AM–4AM
Sunday 8AM–12AM

Soul Hollywood Restaurant & Bar
7046 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Soul Hollywood redefines traditional southern cuisine by embracing the flavors of the South, while combining them with contemporary elements. Executive Chef Giulian Jones takes an inventive approach to the menu using seasonal ingredients, unique spices and flavor profiles from international influences. With Southern spirits and cocktails, craft beers and a carefully curated wine selection, Soul embodies the warmth of true southern hospitality while offering a modern and inviting environment.

Monday 11AM–2AM
Tuesday 11AM–2AM
Wednesday 11AM–2AM
Thursday 11AM–2AM
Friday 11AM–2AM
Saturday 11AM–2AM
Sunday 11AM–2AM

Yamashiro – Japanese Mountain Village (Fine Dining)
1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA

“Views forever” from its perch atop the Hollywood Hills plus a “beautiful” secluded pagoda setting and “spectacular” gardens primed for “romantic” evenings send “trendy” folks to this “venerable” Cal-Asian “icon” to “celebrate”; the “typical” menu presented by a “professional” staff includes sushi standards and some “delicate” entrees but requires a “big wallet”, so “drinks and an appetizer” may be the “best bet.”

Review By: Zagat

Sushi & Cal-Asian fare served amid gardens & a koi pond in the Hollywood Hills overlooking the city.

Tuesday 5–11PM
Wednesday 5–11PM
Thursday 5–11PM
Friday 5PM–12AM
Saturday 5PM–12AM
Sunday 11AM–3PM, 5–11PM
Monday 5–11PM