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Diners' Choice: Californian restaurants in Westside

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Californian cuisine in Westside? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Melisse restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1972)
$50 and over
Californian
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
Chef & Owner Josiah Citrin has revived his Michelin 2-Star institution with an intimate, 14-seat restaurant with Chef/Partner Ken Takayama. In a setting that blurs the line between kitchen and dining room, Chefs and service staff guide guests through a 2.5-hour culinary experience.

Collaborating with California farmers from San Diego to Napa Valley, Chef Josiah sources the most unique and exclusive ingredients available. An 8-course tasting menu is bookended by canapés, amuse-bouches and mignardise, all of which showcase global flavors using both modern and classic techniques.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 12, 2024
Excellent experience. Food, service, music on vinyl, drinks…all outstanding.
A photo of Farmshop LA restaurant
4.8
4.8 (533)
$31 to $50
Californian
Brentwood
About the restaurant
In 2010, chef Jeff Cerciello opened Farmshop in a space that denotes rustic elegance. Located in the beautiful Brentwood Country Mart, bordering Santa Monica, the restaurant has become a dining destination featuring the very best local ingredients, simply prepared, served in casual fine dining style.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 8, 2024
We had the fried chicken on Sunday. Delicious meal and the wait staff was great. One of my favorite restaurants.
A photo of Vespertine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (64)
$50 and over
Californian
Culver City
About the restaurant
We are excited to share the return of Vespertine, an otherworldy culinary narrative by Chef Jordan Kahn. More than a restaurant, Vespertine transports diners through the twisted steel and glass structure designed by acclaimed architect Eric Owen Moss. Food, beverage, music, and art are woven throughout, creating an immersive, multi-sensory event.

Previous Awards Include
2 Stars - Michelin Guide, 2019 - 2021
Most Beautiful Restaurants - Condé Nast
World's 100 Greatest Places - Time Magazine
Atmosphere of the Year - World Restaurant Awards

Top review
Jbobvip
Dined 3 days ago
Still THE best in the world. Chef Kahn’s creations were nothing short of perfection. Service was amazing with an extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff. This is a must go if in LA.
A photo of Palma at Santa Monica Proper restaurant
4.7
4.7 (255)
$30 and under
Californian
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
Palma at Santa Monica Proper (One MICHELIN Key 2024) is located at the hotel's ground floor. An intimate, inspiring space lined with windows and original art, with thoughtfully designed spaces for a shared meal or canoodling. Settle into one of the carved-out niches, or around the monolithic bar with a mural by local artist Ben Medansky, to enjoy a meal or snack accompanied by small-batch spirit or expertly crafted cocktail.
Top review
RachelBvip
Dined on Jul 15, 2024
We had an excellent brunch experience. Food was above and beyond, as was the service. Ambiance was relaxing with upscale flare.
A photo of AOC - Brentwood restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3300)
$31 to $50
Californian
Brentwood
About the restaurant
A.O.C is a small plates restaurant driven by seasonal ingredients, locally sourced. Our California French cuisine was developed by Chef Suzanne Goin, and has some Mediterranean influences as well. We have a large selection of wines by the glass and over 150 bottles chose from, curated by Caroline Styne, all of witch are either organic, biodynamic or sustainable. Featuring a full bar with premium spirits and specialty cocktails.
Top review
DanielW
Dined 6 days ago
One of the nicest places in town and the food is tops.
A photo of Wally's Santa Monica restaurant
4.7
4.7 (83)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
Experience Santa Monica’s favorite location for fine food and wine. Wally’s Santa Monica is a hybrid concept that encapsulates the finest food, beverages, and gourmet foods to provide a one-stop shop for everything delicious. From chill afternoon apps and cocktails, to decadent caviar service—whether you’re in a tuxedo, or just coming from the office—our vibe is ideal for any occasion that calls for enjoying great food and drinks. You can explore our peerless selection of rare spirits, extraordinary seasonal menu, over 100 wines available by-the-glass, and shop the gourmet counter for specialty meats, cheeses, and artisanal chocolates.
Top review
Birthday
Dined 1 day ago
Awesome ambiance, service, food and the world’s best wine selection.
A photo of Ivy at the Shore restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3454)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
To our Ivy family,

Starting March 21st Ivy at the Shore will be open Tuesday - Sunday until the end of summer. See you soon!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We had a wonderful birthday celebration dinner. The food is excellent. The service was great.
A photo of Restaurant at the Getty Center restaurant
4.7
4.7 (4655)
$31 to $50
Californian
West Los Angeles
About the restaurant


Thank you for choosing The Restaurant at the Getty!

We have a 15 minute grace period. Please call us if you are running later than 15 minutes after your reservation time. We may contact you about this reservation, so please ensure your email and phone number are up to date. Due to high command, Requests for window seating are not guaranteed. If there are more than 4 guests in your party, please contact The Restaurant directly for reservations. Duplicate reservations are subject to cancellation.

Admission to the Getty Center now requires a free timed-entry reservation for each person in your party over the age of two. Reserve your entry time using the special access link below.

https://bit.ly/3yLiUj5



Top review
Michelevip
Dined 6 days ago
Always an enjoyable lunch. Small menu but the food is good.
A photo of Lunetta restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2064)
$30 and under
Californian
Santa Monica
About the restaurant
Chef Raphael Lunetta and Emilio Cuyuch chef driven neighborhood diner with rustic California dining room and bar. Lunetta serves great food paired with locally roasted coffee options, classic cocktails, large selection of craft beer and delicious wines that we enjoy drinking with our family & friends.We buy the freshest ingredients we can find. We cook seasonally because that’s what is fresh and best. We support local farmers and businesses whenever we can, because the best flavor naturally follows. Menus for Lunetta are locally sourced and responsibly grown, using seasonal ingredients based on the abundant product available on the California Coast. Our full bar features classic as well as craft cocktails using the finest in artisan spirits, mixers and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Our comprehensive wine list highlights small California producers and artisan winemakers from around the world.
Top review
LindaG
Dined 6 days ago
Always have a great meal here. Did the Dine LA menu. Excellent service by Adeline R.
A photo of Cast & Plow restaurant
4.6
4.6 (947)
$31 to $50
Californian
Marina del Rey
About the restaurant
Join us and enjoy an elevated dining experience with a waterfront view of the marina at The Cast and Plow Restaurant located inside The Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey. We offer a Contemporary California cuisine for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with an Ala Carte Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Our last seating for dinner is 9:30pm daily. This locals-favorite features fire-pit tables for dining and a full bar that is open until 11:30pm. Our fire-pit tables cannot be reserved are not guaranteed and based on availability. We will do our best to honor those who would like to enjoy outdoor dining.
For large parties of 15 or more planning a special event or need private space for small business breakfast, lunch or dinner, please contact our Host Team at 310-574-4333 or email sam.davenport@ritzcarlton.com.




Top review
notamunchervip
Dined 2 days ago
This was a business Meeting with clients from out of the country. They enjoyed the view of the marina and the ambiance of the restaurants.
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