It seems like celebs are always out and about in Los Angeles, and they often get the best tables at the hottest restaurants in town. Want to wine and dine like a star? Here are some of the most popular restaurants – both casual and chi-chi – where you can usually spot celebs chowing down in L.A.
1. The Nice Guy
The Nice Guy in West Hollywood is frequented by celebs day in and day out, thanks to its intimate vibe and strict door policy. No one can get in without a reservation or an in, even just to grab a drink at the bar. Celebs who are spotted there regularly include Justin Bieber, Gigi Hadid, the former members of One Direction and the Kardashian clan.
Craig’s is an old school gem with upscale American style food, and there are guaranteed to be paparazzi staked outside from the time the restaurant opens for dinner until the bar closes. Dine there (if you can get a reservation), and you might spot anyone from mogul stylist Rachel Zoe, to your favorite TV star, to former president Bill Clinton.
3. Urth Caffe
Urth Caffe is popular with the celeb set thanks to its healthy fare and proximity to shopping in the Robertson area. At any time day or night the patio is sure to be packed with people eating sandwiches, sipping on specialty coffees or green juices, and most likely getting a glimpse of a Hollywood hottie of the moment. Stars who frequent the spot include Jessica Alba, the Kardashian and Jenners, Jake Gyllenhaal and Katie Holmes.
4. Château Marmont
The restaurant at the historic Château Marmont hotel is still a very popular spot for the L.A. elite. The hotel basically looks the same as it always has, which is very quintessentially Hollywood glamour, and being tucked away it still offers up more than enough privacy from onlookers. Recent celeb spottings include James Franco, Lady Gaga, Kit Harington, Lana Del Rey, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.
5. Malibu Country Mart
The Malibu Country Mart is a casual outdoor dining center that is a mixture of tourists, local beach goers, and celebrities roaming around. The cafes are casual and the market also has a playground which makes it a popular spot for celebs with families. Star sightings include Justin Bieber, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Cindy Crawford, Pink, Simon Cowell, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, Pamela Anderson, and the Kardashians and the Jenners (do they ever eat at home?).
The Italian restaurant Cecconi’s is a hotspot in West Hollywood. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and has a ton of chic outdoor seating that’s perfect for seeing and being seen. You might spy anyone there from Bono to Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff, Kylie Jenner, Chloe Moretz, Kim Kardashian or Bella Thorne. Keep your eyes open as you never know who’ll be seated at the next table.
7. Alfred Coffee
Never underestimate the coffee shops for celebrity sightings. Alfred Coffee on Melrose is often brimming over with celebs getting their brew or small fare food. Famous visitors include Vanessa Hudgens, Joe Jonas, Nina Dobrev, Emma Roberts, Jaime King, Jesse Metcalfe, the ubiquitous Kardashian and Jenner family, Jenna Elfman, Dianna Agron and Julianne Hough.
8. Nobu Malibu
Any of the Nobu restaurants are a good spot for celeb sightings thanks to its exclusive vibe and upscale sushi menu, but the Malibu restaurant has unbeatable beauty with ocean views from every seat. Drake has literally rapped about the spot, and recent celebs dining there include Halle Berry, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Orlando Bloom.
9. The Ivy
The Ivy has been one of the most popular spots to see and be seen for Hollywood’s movers and shakers for quite some time, as it’s a popular meeting spot and always surrounded by paparazzi. With the Ivy, the question is more like who hasn’t been spotted there, but if we have to name-drop, sightings include Alessandra Ambrosio, Paris Hilton, Sofia Vergara, the Kardashians, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Maria Menounos.
10. Joan’s On Third
Joan’s On Third is extremely popular during the midday or brunch rush thanks to its casual, order-at-the-register style with extremely tasty eats and coffee. No visit is complete without trying the Chinese chicken salad that’s served in a giant metal bowl. Celebs who visit the spot for it’s mellow street side dining include Mischa Barton, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard, Brooklyn Decker, Joe Jonas, Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez.
11. Il Pastaio
Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills is an upscale Italian spot that is very popular with celebrities out and about in the area. It has authentic food and street side patio seating that is perfect for people watching. While dining there you might spot Kim Kardashian, Alexander Skarsgaard, Gigi Hadid, Sofia Vergara, Lana Del Rey, Malin Akerman, Hilary Duff or Justin Bieber.
12. Gracias Madre
Gracias Madre is a Mexican restaurant that’s all vegan, so you can be sure to find some delicious faux cheese alternative for your enchiladas as well as some health conscious celebs dining in. Famous faces who love Gracias Madre include Selena Gomez, Ashlee Simpson and her husband Evan Ross, Lily Aldridge, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Kat Graham, Nick Jonas, Dianna Agron, Kourtney Kardashian, Liam Hemsworth and Beyonce.
Katsuya is one of SBE’s hotspot restaurants that serves sushi and other Japanese food. The upscale atmosphere and signature cocktails make it a favorite spot for celebrities like Taylor Swift, Tori Spelling, Jessica Alba, Mario Lopez, Miley Cyrus, Alessandra Ambrosio, Krysten Ritter, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ciara and Drake. Sometimes they hang out in the private salon, just to avoid onlookers, though.
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