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An institution in the Los Angeles dining scene, the Four-Star Belvedere at the Peninsula Beverly Hills has long served as a deal-sealing destination serving a menu of exceptional modern American food. Chef James Overbaugh combines a penchant for ethnic spices and ingredients with a passion for farm-fresh produce, taking cues for his creative, refined menu from his various kitchen experiences. You'll find everything from New Orleans-inspired oysters Overbaugh to California dishes such as smoked salmon with scallion pancakes and caviar. Dedicated to preserving the style of the hotel and restaurant, chef Overbaugh re-created an entree from its original 1991 menu to celebrate the Peninsula's 20th anniversary; enjoy the truffle-marinated Chateaubriand of veal today as you might have 20 years ago. Or, if you'd like to leave your meal completely in the chef's hands, a daily six-course tasting menu ($95) provides a sampling of vegetables, meats, fish and a dessert; an additional wine pairing ($60) only heightens the epicurean experience. The sweet side of the Belvedere is taken care of by pastry chef Romain Lenoir, a French-born-and-trained chef who creates classic French desserts with a modern twist.