Opened by chef Joachim Splichal, Patina has downtown's most striking address: inside the Frank Gehry–designed Walt Disney Concert Hall. The contemporary space, surrounded by a rippled "curtain" of rich walnut, is an elegant, dramatic stage for the acclaimed restaurant's contemporary French cuisine. Seasonally changing specialties include copious amounts of foie gras, butter-poached lobster, and medallions of venison served with lady apples. Finish with a hard-to-match
cheese tray (orchestrated by a genuine maître fromager) and the elegant fromage blanc soufflé served with house-made bourbon ice cream.