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My Favorite Hollywood
Hotspots to See & Be Seen

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There’s a reason all your favorite A-listers flock to certain restaurants: they’re in the know, and they choose the best for themselves. If you haven’t already given yourself permission to do the same, then I suggest we all make this the year we go for it!

Whenever I’m in LA, I love to dive right into the fabulousness of what Tinsel Town has to offer. What better way to enjoy a night out and get in on the conversation then to sip and dine among people who are up to big things in the world?

Stepping into your star power means that yes, you too get to dine at the most glamorous and happening establishments in the world. There is no more distinction or exclusivity, today we all have the opportunity to live as grandly as we desire.

My Beverly Hills IT List features classic old Hollywood haunts and chic newcomers that have quickly earned a celeb following. Some are a bit more exclusive, but all are accessible—you just have to be in the know. And now you are! Welcome to the A-list, ladies.

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LA is chic—but it’s not NYC or Paris. You don’t want to be overdressed. Keep it casual and allow one or two key elements to do the talking. Gina’s go-to look is dark skinny jeans and a black blouse, elevated with killer stilettos and a statement bag. And know that in LA, it doesn’t have to be cold to throw on a jacket that completes the outfit.

 

1 Cecconi’s
8764 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 432-2000
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This prime West Hollywood location has long been one of the top venues for award season parties, even back when it was known as Morton’s. The iconic venue reopened as Cecconi’s in 2009, introducing delicious Italian food and a homey-chic vibe that puts celebs at ease. It’s always fab to dine at the beautiful marble bar, or to snag a table outside in the atrium.

 

2 Craig’s
8826 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 276-1900
CRAIG’S

Opened in 2011 by the long-time Manager of legendary Hollywood haunt Dan Tana’s,  Craig Susser’s debut became an instant hit among LA’s elite. The vibe is classic American with a modern twist, featuring an of-the-moment menu and an elegant atmosphere. With the approval of Craig’s celebrity following and a feature in the New York Times, the restaurant has taken up where Dan Tana’s left off—but with even better food. 

 

3 Tower Bar
8358 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 848-6677
Tower Bar

This chic and hidden spot inside the Sunset Tower Hotel is one of my favorite places ever! It feels very boutique and quaint, and yet it’s in the middle of the Sunset Strip. You’ll love getting a warm welcome from Maitre’D Dimitri Dimitrov, whose amazing career in some of Hollywood’s best hotels has earned him a devoted celebrity clientele. On any given night atTower Bar, you will find at least a few of them here. On my last visit during a meeting with a TV producer, John Mayer was sitting right behind us. #notmad

 

4 Madeo
8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 859-4903
Madeo

Nearing its 30th anniversary as one of the entertainment industry’s favorite haunts, this Beverly Hills restaurant is old school at its finest. Serving delicious Tuscan cuisine in a throwback dining room, the crowd is a fun mix of celebs, excecs, older regulars and families. Once you’re past the paparazzi and down the steps, you’ll feel right at home.

 

5 The Polo Lounge
9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 887-2777
The Polo Lounge

No matter how many times I do it, I’m never bored to pull up in front of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel. With its bright, airy dining room done in the hotel’s signature pink and green, the Polo Lounge is a fun place for lunch and brunch, but can be equally fabulous for dinner. Any time of day, remember to channel your star power as you arrive on the lobby’s famous red carpet.

 

6 Soho House
9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 432-9200
Soho House

Elite co-working space by day, celebrity playground by night, there are few scenes more lively than Soho House. It is a member’s only club, so either join or find a friend who has—it’s worth it. The gorgeous, sprawling space boasts sweeping views of Los Angeles and plenty of famous faces to run into on your way to powder your nose.

 

7 Chateau Marmont
8221 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 656-1010
Chateau Marmont

The Chateau is Hollywood’s undisputed, ultimate A-list hotspot. It’s been popular since the 1930s and has inspired countless books, films, and albums. There’s just a certain magic to sitting out on the restaurant patio under the twinkling lights, peaking through the trees and catching sight of one of your favorite actors. I don’t think the chic factor will ever wear off.

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