The 5 Most VIP Ways to Wine and Dine

BY Kelsi Maree Borland | August 1, 2016 | Feature Features

At our most coveted restaurants, the best table in the house isn't the most prominent but the most secluded, with special menus devoured only by the most elite diners. Declare yourself a foodie insider at these unforgettable private dining experiences.

1. Esters Wine Shop & Bar
A seat at the marble bartop of this wine bar and retail shop will get you great pours from ultraknowledgeable oenophiles, but the best wine experience at Esters is the private wine tasting. The culinary team and the house sommelier will curate a seasonal food and wine pairing tasting menu for up to 10 people. It’s an extra reason to say cheers. From $2,000, 1314 7th St., Santa Monica; 310.899.6900

2. Hinoki & the Bird
The tasting menu at the Wednesday weekly dinner series ICHIBA is inspired by the culinary team’s morning excursion to the Santa Monica farmers market. Executive chef Brandon Kida invites 10 to 20 guests to a private space on the patio—where he will personally walk you through the menu—for a five-course meal conceived earlier in the day. $59 per person, 10 Century Drive, L.A., 310.552.1200

3. Patina
The chef’s table inside the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Walt Disney Concert Hall is in a room all to its own with a view into the bustling kitchen. The nine-person table will get to mingle with chef Paul Lee between seven divine courses. We’re sure he accepts compliments. 141 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 213.972.3331

4. Providence
The chef’s table at this beloved Michelin-starred restaurant has the best view in the house: the kitchen. The six guests lucky enough to snag a seat at the secluded dining table (equipped with a private sound system) will see chef Michael Cimarusti prepare and artfully plate each exquisite dish. Don’t get too attached though; Cimarusti customizes the menu for each group in advance—and he takes special requests. Available upon request, 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170

5. Redbird
Appropriately called The Nest, the rooftop perch at the top of Redbird in Downtown Los Angeles is perfect for a Neal Fraser-curated dinner party. The space has indoor and outdoor seating, with a bird’s-eye view of Vibiana down below and an open-kitchen concept, which means that you and your approved guest list will see the culinary team in action. 114 E. 2nd St., L.A., 213.788.1191

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