Contemporary French elegance in Los Angeles
There are those who still mourn the late, great neighborhood vibe of Patina in its former life on Melrose Avenue. But while it now has fancy digs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the haute cuisine here is still exquisite. So go ahead and let the detractors complain — that just means you’ll have more room to admire the undulating interior walls and seamless service. You can’t go wrong with executive chef Tony Esnault’s daily or seasonal tasting menus, and don’t pass up the delicious desserts from pastry chef Sarah Koechling. Add to that a show at the Frank Gehry-designed concert venue, and your evening couldn’t be more magical than if, well, you were a 6-year-old at Disneyland.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Chef Esnault plucks organically grown herbs and edible flowers like rosemary, fennel, lemon balm and Okinawa spinach straight from the restaurant’s Blue Ribbon Garden and incorporates them into his dishes.
  • For dinner with a view, we recommend requesting the Chef’s Table. This secluded spot features a large glass window that faces the kitchen. It’s a prime spot to view all of the action.
  • A stylish late-night cocktail bar and an award-winning wine list complement Patina’s contemporary French cuisine.
Things to Know
  • Patina is open for dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • On nights when the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs, Patina offer post-theater dining with the last seating occurring 30 minutes after the performance ends. 
  • Patina calls for an upscale, business casual dress code. Many of Patina’s clientele are dining pre- or post-show and are dressed for the theatre. Follow suit with a more dressed up look, and you’ll fit right in.
The Food
  • Farm-fresh tasting menus, gourmet cheeses, caviar service and an award-winning wine list are just the beginning here. At Patina you can indulge in duck foie gras with black mission figs, decadent butter poached Maine lobster and artistic displays of fresh, seasonal vegetables.
  • There are three different menus: a three-course tasting, six-course tasting, and vegetarian menu.
  • For the three-course menu, diners choose from a variety of options for each course. The six-course menu offers some options, but not nearly as many and in some courses none. There are five unique dishes on the vegetarian menu and diners can choose their three favorite to make up the meal.
The Look
  • The clean lines and earth tones in the main dining area give Patina a refined yet comfortable ambience.
  • Guests also have the option of dining al fresco on the gorgeous outdoor patio.
Getting There
141 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90012
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