Spago Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck's legendary, flagship restaurant, continues to set the standard for cuisine, service and style, and is consistently ... More
Spago - Beverly Hills
Spago Beverly Hills, Wolfgang Puck's legendary, flagship restaurant, continues to set the standard for cuisine, service and style, and is consistently recognized as the ultimate in fine dining. Spago presents a completely new menu and design. The master chef has re-invented the entire menu with his signature farm to table philosophy. Puck, along with Managing Partner and James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Lee Hefter, creates imaginative seasonal menus showcasing the best of California's produce and products. Spago's new design from Waldo Fernandez complements the food with its clean and simple aesthetic, incorporating natural elements to add an organic feel. Spago is the recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award and received two stars in The Michelin Guide-Los Angeles edition, one of only three restaurants in the city to win this coveted distinction. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, the restaurant earned the prestigious Wine Spectator Grand Award, the publication's highest honors.
Just average. Having so many great reviews and being a Los Angeles restaurant staple so many years, I expected the food to be exceptional. It wasn't; it was nothing special. Wolfgang Puck is riding on his 'brand' name. The portions are small too. I don't mind the prices if the food is exceptional, or the portions are reasonable, but these were ridiculous. The entrees come with about 10ml of sauce, no starch. And the meats and fish are no better than some other places. Go to Little Tokyo for better sashimi (4 pieces wrapped around a ricecake).
The staff are the best thing about this place, extremely attentive and discrete. The other diners are well-mannered and civilized so it adds to the experience.
But I wonder if the reviewers just eat out on special occasions so they see this place as a bigger deal than it is. Check yahoo, google, zagots or gayot for for some other restaurants with less hype, and you'll leave gastronomically, and economically satisfied. Once at Spago's is more than enough.
I've eaten at this restaurant on several occations. Wolfgang knows how to create fine dining cusine. Had a fabulous culinary experience. Most of the foods are great but Shanghai noodle was disappointing.
There wasn't a hint of the snobbery I might have expected. There's an open bar where drinks are served with a smile. The bar area is humming. I sat on a high stool and smiled as I surveyed all around me. There's a rather infamous open patio dining area just off the bar, with trees hung with fairy lights that sparkled magically in the dark. I had heard that this was where the very best guests are seated and although we weren't sitting there I saw more famous faces inside.
The menu was wonderful and I wanted to order everything. To me that's always a sign of a great menu. It was imaginative coooking, with inventive combinations of taste and texture. I love that in food. I love to read a menu that makes me salivate just in the reading, and Spagos menu is one such carte.
My sis and I have started a new tradition of taking one of our daughters at a time to Beverly Hills for the day, and this year, I thought I'd see if I could get a reservation at Spago's. I called on Friday for a Saturday lunch reservation... and GOT it! I was pleased. But even more pleased once we got there.
Lovely place, and wonderful service. The adults both ordered the Summer Tasting Menu for $38 and it was amazing. We started with a cold fennel soup with lobster and nectarines (brought out separately, which is a nice touch) and basil oil. Really good, even though I'm not a fan of fennel!
Then we had wild salmon with Indian flavors, on a bed of eggplant puree and lentil puree. Oh, so good. Unbelievable!! And the salmon... perfect! Not red, not fishy, just nice light flesh with a bit of crispy skin. Yum, yum, yum.
Oh, but wait... we ended with plum strudel. WOW. WOW... with toasted almond ice cream and a little meringue cookie!! Unforgettable! And the portions were wonderful... enough to enjoy, but not stuffed at all, and yet, we were full for the rest of the day! I was soooo pleased.
My niece ordered a green salad, which was lovely, and served with a toast with probably goat cheese and olive spread. It looked great. Then she had the half chicken with wild mushrooms, I think it was, and boy was that gorgeous! The sauce was perfect. Really reminded us of great restaurants in Paris from our childhood! She shared our strudels for dessert, and we had coffee.
Oh, we also had a glass of Loire Valley Pinot Noir with our meal, and it was great, too. And our waiter was more than attentive, and helpful with camera malfunctions! Oh, and don't forget the bread... the lavash is heavenly, too!!
Overall, I can't say enough about this. I have been soooo disappointed with service and food quality lately in almost all restaurants, that my joy was hard to hide! And I didn't mind plopping down a big bill for my half at all!
The best resturaunt I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. I started with the tomato soup, which was brought to the table in a separate container, and then poured into the bowl with ricotta cheese and real baby tomatoes. For the main course I had the roasted chicken with morel mushrooms. I paid over $200 for two people, including food and drinks, but went again several days later for the exact same meal...cost be damned. If you ever have a chance to visit LA, this is a must try for fine dining.
My definite fav! Whenever we go to So Cal to visit my parents, we always eat here. It can be busy but the food is top notch and the service is unbeatable. Yum, Yum, Yum!!
The desserts are just out of this world!!