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Top 4 Power Lunch Restaurants in Los Angeles Area

 

The “power lunch” is where sales are negotiated, agreements are made, and deals are struck while appetites are sated, often through expense accounts. For occasions like this, a restaurant's reputation for attracting the best of the business world is just as important as its ability to serve a stellar meal. If you're looking to impress a new client, celebrate a merger or just work out a few details away from the office, we've compiled the top 10 restaurants for power lunches in Los Angeles, presented in alphabetical order.

Cecconi's Restaurant

Far from the molecular-minded trends of today's dining scene, Cecconi's feels classic and timeless, from the setting and décor to the menu to the service orchestrated by masterful general manager Marino Monferrato.

The city's beautiful people flock here for the atmosphere, great covered patio, and, last but not least, for its Italian cuisine. There are a few varieties of carpaccio as well as salads and sophisticated pastas. A wood-burning oven bakes pizzas (such as burrata, black truffle and zucchini blossom) and prepares eggplant Parmigiana and veal osso buco. Cheeses are strictly Italian, which is not the case for the short wine list where you will also find selections from around the world. End your dinner with the molten chocolate cake with pistachio ice cream.

Guests planning events should consider reserving the very private patio or the private dining room, known as the Butterfly Room.

Craft Los Angeles Restaurant

Tom Colicchio's Los Angeles branch of Craft occupies its own one-story building off Constellation Boulevard, surrounded by Century City's high-rises but also by a four-acre park. This neighboring open space brings light into the dining room through floor-to-ceiling windows and makes the terrace, where meals are also served, a pleasant green retreat. The elegant interior is done in gold and beige tones, with a large bar area as you enter.

If you can, reserve a booth. They are spacious, comfortable, and the noise level is minimized (though excessive noise is not really a factor). John Keenan, longtime Craft sous chef, now oversees the kitchen.

Main dishes might include braised beef short rib with root vegetables, and roasted Hawaiian blue prawns with cucumber vinaigrette. All side dishes are made with fresh vegetables (flowering squash, assorted mushrooms). For dessert, try the chocolate soufflé or plum and raspberry cobbler. Lots of attention has been given to the wine list, which has a heavy emphasis on California and French wines.

DRAGO Centro Restaurant

DRAGO Centro pulls together a first-rate Italian menu, professional service and a compelling wine program anchored by rare Italian bottles balanced with a landscape of moderate, lesser-known regional delights. There are more than three dozen selections available by the glass. The restaurant's sleek Milan-inspired modern décor of broad windows, gleaming glass wine tower, black Murano lamps and bold postmodernist art conjures a lively atmosphere capturing the high energy of downtown's politico heavies, business elite and high-end arts crowd.

Modern Italian dishes are a balance of refined and rustic, beautifully presented. Handmade pastas include the signature dish of roast pheasant pappardelle with morels, and various obscure regional specialties starring seasonal items. The bone-in ribeye for two is carved tableside and accompanied fingerling potatoes, cherry tomatoes and smoked fonduta. End your meal with an order of bomboloni (Italian donuts) with lemon cream, plum jam and white chocolate gelato.

The Polo Lounge Restaurant

Since its 1941 opening, the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel has been a favorite celebrity dining destination, and is probably the only restaurant in Beverly Hills that has earned so many glamorous adjectives for so long: legendary, elegant, classic and stylish. The Pink Lady's restaurant has welcomed the very famous and powerful, the famous and less famous at the bar, in the flowered patio, or in the dining room.

There are some old timers on the menu like the tortilla soup and the Caesar salad, while mango, seaweed salad and tobiko caviar augment the standard ahi tartare. Main dishes might range from wild salmon with French lentils, roasted squash, chicory salad and pumpkin seeds to filet mignon with a potato cake, roasted root vegetables, morel mushrooms and Madeira sauce. After such a dinner, cheese is a must, served with local honey and seasonal accompaniments. The sweets, such as the soufflé of the day, are another delightful part of the experience. The New World occupies a very large part of the wine list, which features many verticals, but they are not for the cost-conscious.

With Los Angeles being such a large and vibrant city, finding an excellent restaurant is easy. Regardless of the dining establishment, you can enhance the overall experience by using the services of an LA limousine company.

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Posted on May 17 2016

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