Celebrities are as much a part of Los Angeles as four-day cleanses, palm trees and bizarre street performers. To city-dwellers, it’s commonplace to see Zac Efron on a Runyon Canyon hike or Cameron Diaz grabbing her morning java, but celebrity sightings are on the to-do list of every visitor. For those who want a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous, the following LA restaurants are celebrity hot spots—just don’t disturb them during their dinner. (Last Updated May 26, 2015)
8221 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
Not much has changed at Chateau Marmont since it opened in 1927 as a remake of the Chateau d’Amboise in France. Even after a renovation by Andre Balazs, the character, charm and beauty of the hotel remain intact. And the place is as bustling with celebrities as it ever was. Chateau Marmont is a Los Angeles landmark and Hollywood icon that’s starred in films (like Sophia Coppola’s “Somewhere”) and even art exhibits (James Franco made a grand scale replica of the hotel for his 2012 MOCA exhibit, Rebel Without a Cause). The on-site restaurant and bar are great for grabbing a bite or sip while rubbing elbows with A-list celebs.
Four Seasons Beverly Hills
300 S. Doheny Dr, Los Angeles
According to E! News Correspondent Ken Baker, the best place (other than the Chateau Marmont) for celebrity sightings is the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. Celebrities regularly hold press junkets at the Four Seasons to promote the releases of their new films. The hotel’s on-site Culina Modern Italian restaurant, headed by chef Mette Williams, offers LA’s only crudo bar and other traditional Italian dishes in an updated, elegant space. Since celebrities are spending so much time working at the Four Seasons, it’s only natural that they should stay a while for a meal.
7984 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
A favorite among young Hollywood, Laurel Hardware is frequented by Katherine Schwarzenegger, Bravo’s Katie Maloney and other 20-something celebrities. From the outside, one wouldn’t suspect that this converted hardware store houses one of the hottest nightclubs in LA, but that’s why celebrities love it. Laurel Hardware is an inconspicuous restaurant and bar that’s easy for stars to slip in and out without getting noticed. Plus, it offers an impressive brunch with romantic outdoor patio seating.
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
Gjelina is as popular with international royalty and local celebrities as it is among LA commoners. It’s not a surprise considering their thin crust pizzas with unique topping combinations are some of the best in the city. Celebrities like Prince Harry, Jessica Simpson, Julia Roberts, and Natalie Portman have been spotted at Gjelina. Their expansive menu of seasonal vegetables, artisanal pizza and small plates are designed for sharing and leisurely dining with a bottle of wine.
225 26th St, Brentwood
Located inside the celebrity hotspot that is the Brentwood Country Mart, Farmshop is a favorite for brunch and dinner. Between shopping at boutiques and getting a scoop at the Sweet Rose Creamery, stars often stop for a bite at Farmshop. They’re known for their incredible baked goods like croissants, cookies and muffins and for their fried chicken dinners on Sunday nights. The mart is often bustling with stars, including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Christina Aguilera and Patrick Dempsey.
9200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
As one of the most exclusive restaurants in LA, the Soho House is a hangout for A-list celebrities. Those lucky enough to get invited to this members-only club can enjoy their drinks and dinner alongside stars like Amy Adams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson and other creative types, like writer-producer-director Paul Haggis, Empire co-creator Danny Strong and Girls producer Jennifer Konner. The eclectic space is a home (and office) away from home for many celebs, with an unrivaled view of LA and a high-stakes industry meeting around the corner.
La Poubelle Bistro
5907 Franklin Ave, Los Angeles
A favorite of Ashton Kutcher who celebrated his 36th birthday here with wife Mila Kunis, La Poubelle Bistro is a romantic French-inspired restaurant in the less-frequented part of Hollywood. Their menu is full of organic, locally-sourced salads, meats and pastas. Because it’s off the beaten path, celebrities love to eat here when they want to avoid the paparazzi.
Ivy at The Shore
1535 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica
When it was discovered that celebrities frequent The Ivy on Robertson Boulevard and the restaurant became flooded with paparazzi and tourists eager to get a closer look, the stars moved to her sister location, Ivy at The Shore. Located near Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade and the Pier, Ivy at the Shore is a secluded spot fully shaded with trees, perfect for celebrities who don’t want to be caught on film.
6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
For many celebrities, like Christina Aguilera and Joaquin Phoenix, Osteria Mozza is their “Mozza” of choice. But for stars who want to go under the radar, Pizzeria Mozza around the corner is easier to visit without getting noticed. Both locations have an ample amount of Batali-quality pies, Italian cheeses and celebrities.
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles
From Joe Jonas to January Jones, the list of celebrities who eat at Little Dom’s is endless. The spot became popular after appearing on Food Network’s “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” for its speck breakfast pizza. It also made its big screen debut in “We Bought a Zoo” with Matt Damon.
13301 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks
Because of Casa Vega’s dark and intimate atmosphere and owner Christina Vega Fowler’s secrecy, celebrities can slip in and out of this family-owned Mexican restaurant undisturbed. The staff does such a great job at maintaining the stars’ privacy that guests might enjoy a whole meal next to Jennifer Aniston and may not even realize it. But those who keep their eyes peeled can spot a star while indulging in the restaurant’s free-range chicken enchiladas.
The Little Door
8164 W 3rd St, Los Angeles
Considered one of LA’s most romantic restaurants, it’s no surprise that the city’s A-listers take their dates to The Little Door. The space is divided into the patio, winter garden, piano room and blue room, each channeling the charm and glamor of the Mediterranean. In recent Hollywood gossip, Robert Pattinson and a “mystery blonde” visited The Little Door and dined on the patio for hours.
Fig and Olive
8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood
Small plates and tapas are popular among the celebrity crowd. That could explain why they dine at Fig and Olive. Serving up shareable portions of crostini, truffle croquettes and olive oil tastings, Fig and Olive has perfected the art of meze. Among the huge number of A-listers that stop by for a bite are Johnny Depp, Elizabeth Banks, Paul McCartney, Halle Berry and Ryan Gosling.
17300 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades
On any given night, Gladstones in Malibu is buzzing with celebrity diners. Alyson Hannigan, Henry Cavill and Adam Sandler have been known to visit this beach-side eatery specializing in seasonal oysters and every other fish, crustacean and mollusk in the sea.
Originally published on LosAngeles.com.