Hollywood's 25 Top Power Lunch Restaurants
With a preposterously rich Hollywood legacy -- Billy Wilder slept there! John Belushi died there! Lindsay Lohan got banned for skipping a $46,000 bill! -- eating in the faux-Norman castle splendor of this snug dining room or serene outdoor terrace can impart a sense of the iconic to lunch.
Agents, managers and boldfaces (including Lohan, her ban lifted for now) bask in its simulacrum of classic Hollywood, as meticulously rendered as chef Carolynn Spence's bourguignonne adorning her aged strip steak and fries. The menu tends toward friendly -- the crispy bass sandwich, hangar steak salad or charred branzino with sweet corn relish -- and the overscheduled tend to linger over an espresso under white umbrellas.
"The go-to spot for clients who avoid paparazzi," says Brad Schenck, a Paradigm agent. Regulars include Jennifer Aniston, Alexander Skarsgard and Carey Mulligan.