Here are the best tasting menus in Los Angeles for all your culinary desires!
After 17 years, two Michelin stars and a constantly sold-out menu, Providence has truly taken sustainable seafood dining to a new level. With constantly changing chef’s tasting menus, including a new vegetarian option, this restaurant is consistently serving up an experience that is raising the bar for modern American seafood restaurants—thanks to chef and owner, Michael Cimarusti and co-owners, Donato Poto and Crisi Echiverr. From oysters and caviar to Tai sashimi and black cod, chef Cimarusti says it best: “We only use wild-caught, sustainable products, mostly from American waters and look to highlight their finest qualities.”
The unique dining experience at n/naka is its own interpretation of kaiseki—a traditional Japanese culinary art form that reflects the changing rhythms of the earth by taking the most fresh, seasonal ingredients and then presenting them in their natural states. Here, the menu offers vegetable choices harvested from n/naka's very own organic garden, which is both built and maintained by Farmscape Gardens. Beautifully curated plates by chef Niki Nakayama and sous chef Carole IIda-Nakayama make up the Modern Kaiseki 13-course menu, as well as the Vegetarian Tasting, which also offers a 13-course dining experience. Additionally, all guests are invited to enjoy the wine and sake pairing.
Peer through the lense created by chef Jordan Khan and watch his vision come to life in an experience that melds food, architecture, art, sculpture and music. Vespertine is a project that came together through a collaboration with architect Eric Owen Moss to create a dining experience that’s both immersive and multi-sensory. With a tasting menu as curated as the Vespertine At-Home package, this eclectic spot is one you won’t want to miss.
At The Tasting Kitchen, the experience really is all in the name. With chef Travis Passerotti heading the cuisine options, The Tasting Kitchen’s Italian Mediterranean and California inspired menu is eloquently expressed in the TTK Dinner. In a classic four-course layout, the menu is customized based on the freshest ingredients in the kitchen and will have you hooked from the first bite until the last. Options during a TTK Dinner may include charcuterie, cheese and wine pairings, house-cured fishes, herb and veggie salads, best in-class cuts of pork chops and steaks, oysters and mussels and of course, hand-made pastas.
It’s true, the best Japanese cuisine starts with perfect rice. At Morihiro, chef Mori guarantees that the most important ingredient in his sushi is the kome. Using a milling machine to polish the imported Japanese rice, chef Mori performs constant quality control to ensure the grain reaches his high level of standards. With a foundation of perfectly cooked rice, the tasting menu at Morihiro offers Omakase At Table, Omakase At Sushi Bar and a four-course prix fixe. The beverage menu offers non-alcoholic drinks and beer options, as well as various sake choices.
At PHENAKITE, a modern L.A. restaurant, chef Minh Phan of porridge + puffs is churning out a tasting menu as delicious as it is aesthetically pleasing. The menu takes a journey of the land, air and sea to ensure your flavor needs are properly met. Located in the award-winning Second Home campus in Hollywood, PHENAKITE promises the most unique dining experience. PHENAKITE, a rare mineral that turns into gems when put under extreme conditions and pressure, reminds the team that food is beyond animal and plant resources—rather, it’s taking into account the minerals, terroir and exchange of energy between the atmosphere and earth.
Photo of Maude by Ray Kachatorian
Set to reopen its doors in Beverly Hills on February 14, Maude is back with a fresh perspective as owner Curtis Stone leads the way. With a pivot from a quarterly menu inspired by the greatest wine regions of the world, Maude will be serving up a nine-course tasting menu of refined SoCal cuisine that Curtis is viewing as a homecoming reflecting old times and welcoming guests back into the renowned 24-seat Michelin-starred restaurant.