Chef-owner Mark Peel has mastered the mix of robust Mediterranean flavors with homey Americana. The 1926 building (which once housed the offices of Charlie Chaplin) exudes a lovely Renaissance charm, and Campanile is one of L.A.'s most acclaimed and beloved restaurants. Appetizers may include duck meatballs or a pretty bibb lettuce and herb salad, while wild striped sea bass with cherry tomatoes and grilled pork chop with wild mushrooms are likely to appear as entrées.
Thursday night, grilled cheese sandwiches are a huge draw, as the beloved five-and-dime classic is morphed into exotic creations. For an ultimate L.A. experience, come for weekend brunch on the enclosed patio.