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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
Sunday 11AM–3PM, 5–11PM