5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003834.083594 -118.330074
Monday - Friday: 6pm - 10pm
Friday: 12pm - 2:30pm
Saturday: 5:30pm - 10pm
Sunday: 5:30pm - 9pm
Neighborhoods: Hollywood, Central LA
Like seafood? Celebrating something special or just willing to splurge? This upscale Melrose restaurant fits that bill.
Arguably one of the best restaurant in Los Angeles. Flawless service, food that's impeccable and a pretty steep price tag to match. A really great place to go for celebrations or for the occasional splurge.
The five course tasting menu seems like a good bet, but I like the prix fixe menu where you get a first and second course with a dessert. The lobster appetizer is delish as is the sea bass if you like a heartier fish.
A place for special occasions because the food is spectacular and super pricey!
FANTASTIC – They have the most creative food and best ingredients in town.Professional, friendly and well organized service.Hands down the best service in L.A.
This restaurant is constantely improving.
I'm very impressed.Bravo!!!
where's the flavor? – Recently had date night at providence. Servers not recommending dishes because they say our palates may be different and there for there opinion is irrelevant is seriously annoying. other than that the food is all beautiful but completely lacking in depth of flavor. If you were to eat dinner with your eyes closed I think more people would be dissapointed. Also desserts while stunning were kind of gross.
#1 Restaurant in LA, NYC, Chicago, London - pick any city... – This is my favorite restaurant in the world. I travel to NYC, Chicago, London, Paris and am lucky to get to eat at many top fine dining restaurants. Providence is #1. Cirramusti (sp?) is a true artist and this is our only special occasion restaurant in LA. On a recent visit, my favorite was an oyster chowder so foamy and light, with hot crunchy buckwheat on top --- how to describe the incredible feel of every bite, the amazing flavor. Also, the mixologist is awesome (I am sadly allergic to wine, so finding great specialy cocktails is a real treat for me). Some people try to compare Sona to Providence, but there is no competition. Also, the service at Providence is some of the best you will get in LA, helpful and not at all stuffy help make the food even more enjoyable.
Excellent Food / Exquisite Service – Searching for decent fine dining in Los Angeles has been hard lately - until now. Providence was one of the best dinner experiences I have had in years - since back in New York more than 5 years ago. Every course tasted was delicious and plated with such artful care. My two dining companions had glowing comments after dining here - and they usually have only negative remarks for reataurants. I highly recommend Providence for anyone who wants a truly high class and 5 star experience.
If you like crappy service, and food with no soul, you will love this restaurant. – The food was generally good, not outstanding but not awful either, and it certainly was not worth the price. A lot of foams, molecular gastronomy, sous-vide, and at over $100 per person (we did the 5-course tasting menu and two of us had the wine pairing), we still left the restaurant hungry.
I ate at Gordon Ramsay at The London in West Hollywood. The food was perfectly cooked, perfectly executed, and presented beautifully. It was too prefect. It had no soul, there was no passion. That was exactly what the food at Providence was like.
Unless you're someone important, the service is very "snooty", slow and not very welcoming. We were made to feel like second-class citizens, like we should be honored to eat there.
Then to top off the evening, chef Michael Cimarusti decided to grace us with his presence. He asked how everything was, we lied and said it was wonderful, then I said I had met him briefly when I went to his kitchen with a colleague of mine, while I was working as a sales rep for one of his food suppliers. I told him I didn't do that anymore, he asked what I was doing now, I told him I was a private chef. He gave me a look of disdain, and promptly left our table without even saying "goodbye", "good luck", "enjoy the rest of your evening", "nice meeting you" or anything. Just walked away without a word.
I don't get it. This is supposed to be the number three restaurant in Los Angeles??? Maybe L.A. restaurant goers like being treated badly, and eating very expensive, fairly ordinary, under-seasoned food.
At least the dear friend who treated my wife and I to dinner that evening is an absolute delight, and helped to make up for an otherwise lackluster evening.
There is no better place to eat.... – If you are a foodie, so to speak, you have to eat here, and eat here often. There is not a better restaurant than Providence. Easily the best restaurant I've ever been to. Service is impeccable, the food is absolutely devine, the decor is extraordinary. Even the bar is staffed by real mixologist and they make absolutely delicious cocktails on request. Just ask for a surprise and you will be pleased. I recommend the tasting menu, which I think should always be ordered any time you go into a place like this. The chef builds the house when it comes to fine dining, so you should always eat an entire lineup of their self-crafted menu items. I was blown away by the service complimenting my meal. This is a true dining experience, something beyond just good food. This was truly an experience. Yes the prices are high, but this is the cream of the crop. It's worth every penny you will spend.
nice but pricey! – try GYENARI! i liked it better than providence
Where's The Heat? – Fantastic service, great apps and dessert but the main course was way off. I had the cod and it was severely undercooked. I was there for a special occasion so didn't tell the waiter. Funny enough, the last time I had something that was so undercooked was at another well established and reviewed restaurant here in LA. I can't catch a break!
Bacon is always better! – Many have talked about the great food overall, including the seafood -- which is all true. Even the bread is good (especially the bacon roll). But don't forget to have the "chowda"!! There are pieces of bacon throughout, and the bacon taste is also infused throughout the chowda. It is amazing!
As an aside, Chef Cimarusti asked us how we enjoyed the meal as we were leaving and even opened and held the door open for us as we were leaving!! That was a treat!
A Special Treat – We were treated like Royalty as we watched a parade of waiters (we were a party of 10) bring each course of the 9 course tasting in unison..... not missing a beat or a course. The sommelier was warm and very unpretentious and gave excellent recommendations including a sake that surprise me.... but was perfect.. At the end they let us back in the kitchen which alone was worth the trip. Spotless!
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