Best Places to Spot a Celebrity
Equally startling and exciting, you’ll also find it ordinary in WeHo to rub shoulders with the famous, infamous and reality faces of big and little screens. See your beloveds in their natural urban habitats. Be nice! Remember, A-listers need space too—and they can ditch unwanted attention via private entrances.
$$ Sandwiches, Coffee/Tea, Dessert
Always buzzing with a trendy Melrose Avenue crowd, Urth Caffe offers casual indoor/outdoor dining and some of the best organic coffees and teas in all of LA. Claiming to become the first exclusively organic coffee company in America, Urth was established in 1989 and 5 years later opened their first location on Melrose. The menu features fresh, healthy salads, soups and sandwiches.
Tapas/Small Plates, Mediterranean The vibe is totally California; the ingredients, market-fresh. The main dining room exudes casual elegance, but hey, this is LA so sit outside and enjoy the stars both above and around you.
Desserts Showbiz types have been having dinner at this little yellow bungalow just south of The Sunset Strip since 1964. With red leather booths and checkered tablecloths, Dan Tana’s oozes family-style Italian charm with an added helping of Hollywood glamour.
Owner Craig Susser spent 23 years at Dan Tana’s and then ventured out on his own with with this classic American eatery that’s one part Old Hollywood charm and two parts upscale with a friendly vibe. Their menu is American-Italian with seafoods, meats, pizzas, and vegan options. The famous and infamous that have dined here include George Clooney, Ozzy Osbourne, John Legend & Chrissy Teigen and the cast of Game of Thrones.
$$$ Italian 8764 Melrose Ave (310) 432-2000
Venetian roots, established in London and now in West Hollywood, Cecconi’s features a chic crowd, upscale Italian-inspired fare and an elegant yet relaxed dining room. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We won’t be surprised if you’re there all day long.
$$$ American, Mediterranean 8948 Santa Monica Blvd (310) 657-7867
PUMP, a restaurant and lounge opened by Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump, is as subtle as a Bravo reality show. The decor is a Mediterranean-inspired rococo explosion, featuring marble countertops, giant wrought-iron lanterns, carved wooden bars, an olive grove, and (of course) the Vanderpump coat of arms. The often eponymous menu (including the Pump-tini, the Vanderpump, etc.) features French-Italian inspired cuisine. PUMP is as outsized and outrageous as the wildest of West Hollywood dreams—the perfect place to go when you want to see and be seen.