5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, United States Phone: (323) 460-4170 Cuisines: Seafood, European, American, French


Chef Michael Cimarusti and his quadrilingual Italian compatriot, Donato Poto, fulfilled their dream to create the city's preeminent seafood experience. It's a pleasure to just relax at this sleek, modern space and converse with Donato at the bar, so be sure to arrive a bit early. Because Cimarusti visits the fish market daily for the choicest seafood available, I recommend asking the waiter which are the evening's best dishes or, better yet, inquire if Michael has time to make a brief visit to your table and offer his advice (he's a wonderful guy). Because his philosophy is to let the divine flavors of wild fish prevail, sauces are never overpowering -- striped sea bass in a pea tendril broth, wild king salmon with a truffle vinaigrette, kelp-marinated fluke. Lastly, be sure to order anything Cimarusti makes with sea urchin, especially if you don't like sea urchin. Trust me, he'll convert you.

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