The Yard 119 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA90401 The Yard is a Santa Monica bar that's as serious about their food as they are about their drinks, if not more so. The…More Yard offers American-style tapas cuisine with seasonal specials. The executive chef here is Chris "CJ" Jacobson who is best known as a contestant on TV's "Top Chef."
Stefan's at L.A. Farm 3000 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA90404 Stefan's at L.A. Farm is the flagship restaurant of chef Stefan Richter of Top Chef fame. Dishes at the casual bistro…More boast creative and inventive pairings of food such as pork cheek with caraway sausage and sauerkraut and duck breast with chocolate sauce. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and features soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, risottos and main entrees of chicken, fish, steak, lamb and veal. Guests can also relax at the full bar and enjoy cocktails, American beer and wine. Private parties are welcome and tasting menus are also offered. Valet parking is available during lunch hours Monday through Friday, otherwise guests may park in the lot and the restaurant will validate the ticket.
Melisse Restaurant 1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA90401 After studying in Paris and working with top chefs in Los Angeles, Santa Monica native Josiah Citrin opened Melisse with…More his wife Diane in 1999. The fine-dining restaurant has won many prestigious awards from Michelin Guide, Zagat Guide, Gayot, Mobile Travel Guide, <i>Wine Spectator</i> and DiRoNA Guide. The menu is based on classical French technique, using natural herbs and ingredients from local farms. The menu is comprised of a <i>prix fixe</i> tasting menu, a vegetarian tasting menu, appetizers and entrées. Special truffle dishes are available, along with the chef's <i>carte blanche</i> menu. The extensive wine menu is drawn mostly from France and California, with a smaller selection of other imports. The elegant restaurant is done in simple blacks and whites, with private rooms available. Private parties can also be arranged during lunchtime or on Sundays and Mondays.
Caprice Pastries 3213 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA90405 Let's face it: Sometimes, some things are better left to professionals. Like fine French pastries, wedding and birthday…More cakes. Next time you need one in a pinch, hit up Chef Jean Louis at Caprice Pastries for a chocolate raspberry ganache gateau: three layers of chocolate genoise brushed with liquor, topped with raspberry or orange marmalade and filled and covered with a rich, velvety chocolate ganache -- always a elegant crowd-pleaser. Caprice is both the wholesale and retail bakery, specializing in unique desserts and wedding cakes, since 1985. Call ahead to order, and while you're there, pick up a palmier for the ride home. Please feel free to call chef Jean Louis for a private consultation and tasting, or drop by to see photographs of many cakes.