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Welcome to the DiningGuide overview for Metropolitan Los Angeles, California. For a complete list of dining options, please visit our main Los Angeles DiningGuide page.

From traditional California cuisine to the newer fusion style, we hope your Los Angeles dining experience will be unique and memorable. Here is a list of favorites frequented by discerning locals and visitors alike.

Bistro 45, at 45 South Mentor Avenue, Pasadena (626-795-2478) has a more nouvelle and California approach to fine French dining. The menu features many exotic and creative dishes, complemented by one of the city's better wine cellars.

Cafe del Rey, at 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey (310-823-6395) offers an amazing view along with its enormous ever-changing seasonal menu. Enjoy excellent seafood as well as meat choices.

Diaghilev, at 1020 North San Vincente Boulevard (310-854-1111) features classic entrees and appetizers such as borscht, caviar and whipped eggs, smoked salmon and a variety of vodkas served by a professional and knowledgeable staff in the richly furnished style of pre-revolutionary Russia.

Granita, at 23725 West Malibu Road, Malibu (310-456-0488) serves a changing seasonal variety of seafood, as well as a few standard dishes including duck prepared in either a Cantonese or Mediterranean style. The overall genre is Mediterranean, but you will see some Italian and California entrees on the menu, as well.

Lucques, at 8474 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood (323-655-6277) also features a Mediterranean menu, but with more of a French influence. The restaurant occupies a renovated carriage house once owned by Harold Lloyd. All of the ingredients are seasonal and fresh, and the menu changes throughout the year.

Matsuhisa, at 129 North La Cienega Boulevard, Beverly Hills (310-659-9639) serves gourmet Japanese cuisine with South American seasoning and accompaniments. The crab toss with chilies and cream is representative, and the sushi is imaginatively assembled.

Michael's, at 1147 3rd Street, Santa Monica (310-451-0843) is where California and Fusion cuisine were born. Each dish borrows from a variety of genres, from Pacific Rim to French to American, and only the freshest in-season ingredients are used.

Spago, at 176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills (310-385-0880) is Wolfgang Puck's masterpiece, serving a variety of California and international entrees, all using the freshest seasonal ingredients in an ever-changing menu, as well as his own signature Austrian beef goulash and veal schnitzel presentations.

Water Grill, at 544 South Grand Avenue, Downtown (213-891-0900) is located near the Music Center, and is a great place to dine when already dressed up to attend a concert. The selection of shellfish and international entrees is the best in town.

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