Beyond Disneyland: Where Hollywood VIPs (Really) Take Their Out-of-Town Guests (Map)

Illustration by: Zoe More O'Ferrall

Studio heads, showrunners and producers on favorite spots, whether it's drinking at Hotel Bel-Air, smoking at Grand Havana Room or gorging on meat at Chosun Galbe.

This story first appeared in the July 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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A. "Inevitably, I’ll take my guests to one of the two Greek restaurants: Petros in Manhattan Beach, my best-kept secret, and Taverna Tony in Malibu. I usually order off the menu. Tony always finds me a fresh piece of fish." — Jim Gianopulos, Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman and CEO

B. "If my guests have kids: paddleboarding in Malibu." — Steve Levitan, Modern Family co-creator

C. "Out-of-towners always want to go to the beach. For the more adventurous, Neptune's Net in Malibu is a great collision of biker and surfer culture. You pick out your lobster, sit down and eat it with a plastic fork with a bunch of bikers." — Gianopulos

D. "Rent bikes in Venice and ride up to Patrick's Roadhouse in Santa Monica for banana cream pie, with a stop near Santa Monica Pier at the kids’ park in the sand with gym bars at kid height." — Liesl Copland, WME agent

E. For a drink, Hotel Bel-Air: "I live down the block. It’s the watering hole!" — Jon Feltheimer, Lionsgate co-chairman and CEO

F. "I take visitors to Chateau Marmont. It’s a throwback to the glamour days of Hollywood. It has character, an edge and it must be haunted." — Chris McGurk, Cinedigm chairman and CEO

G. "The Georgian Hotel in downtown Santa Monica has a great mix of friendliness and old-school charm." — Ron Yerxa, The Leftovers and Nebraska producer

H. "Montage Hotel is great for kids, but nothing beats the Hotel Bel-Air for couples." — Wyck Godfrey, producer

I. "Soho House for the view and the celebrity spotting that out-of-town visitors love. Also: LACMA and Getty Museum." — Levitan

J. "When people come from a smoking culture and are looking for a late-night smoke: Grand Havana Room in Beverly Hills. Or take them on a boat and go 3 miles offshore." — Gianopulos

K. "I like to send people to Musso & Frank for the Hollywood Boulevard scene." — Yerxa

L. "We drive out-of-town guests down Mulholland for spectacular views of Hollywood and downtown and then wind up under the Hollywood sign. Then we drive along the Universal backlot where you have a view of Norman Bates’ house and the War of the Worlds plane crash. And Universal Studios, of course." — Bela Bejaria, Universal Television president

M. "Griffith Observatory is an obvious L.A. gem that combines hiking, culture and a museum." — Brian Medavoy, talent manager at More/Medavoy

N. "I take older kids to Indian Alley [on Werdin Place], a mural-bedecked mecca for street artists, including Shepard Fairey. It used to be where Native Americans could find refuge and detox help. L.A. had a big Native American population, so we can talk about that and the art. It’s the L.A. nobody ever sees." — Daniela Amavia, director of A Beautiful Now, premiering at the L.A. Film Fest

O. "Either Bistro 45 or Union." — Mark Pedowitz, The CW president

P. "Huntington Gardens [south of Pasadena] has a water area, which my kids really liked when they were younger, and it serves a wonderful tea there." — Alix Madigan, Anonymous Content producer

R. "For guests, Petit Ermitage Hotel or San Vicente Bungalows. I take kids to the Sunset Tower Hotel terrace for awesome sundaes; it’s not kid obvious." — Peter Goldwyn, Samuel Goldwyn Films head (his brother-in-law is Jeff Klein, who owns the Bungalows and Sunset Tower)

S. "Chosun Galbee in Koreatown for Korean BBQ." — April Lim, Global Artists agent

T. "An oldie but goodie: Taylor's Steak House in Koreatown for a funky L.A. old-school place. Get the Kansas City Sirloin medium rare with creamed spinach and a baked potato." — Godfrey

U. "Redbird" in the restored old St. Vibiana rectory and the revitalized "Grand Central Market" with its dozens of eateries (including Tacos Tumbras a Tomas and food truck Eggslut). — Marsha Oglesby, Indigenous Media executive vp development

V. "The Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica is free but with a private-club feel." — Amy Berg, director of the upcoming documentary Janis: Little Girl Blue

W. "Hotel Casa Del Mar is a great spot for putting people up; there is just energy there. There’s the most amazing lobby and a piano bar and restaurant nestled at the back. And the rooms on the fifth floor adjoin the pool area, so it feels right in your backyard." — Medavoy

X. "A post-Gjelina-brunch stroll down Abbot Kinney." — Adam Stotsky, Esquire Network president and E! Entertainment GM

Y. "The Lobster, a seafood restaurant at Santa Monica Pier, because the food is great and one look out the window puts you firmly in Southern California." — Nancy Utley, Fox Searchlight president

Z. "For an offbeat side trip, Medieval Times in Buena Park. It has great performances and horses — the crowds are really into it. I love taking people there. My husband is mortified that I recommend it, as it’s super-kitschy, but my kids and I always have fun there." — Madigan

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