Ivy-covered Lucques (pronounced “loox”) brings understated continental elegance to LA. Owner Suzanne Goin has been thrilling diners since 1998 with her Pan-Mediterranean comfort food composed of the freshest ingredients available. Those in the know head towards the covered garden in the back, where as they dine al fresco they can imagine they’re uncorking a heralded vintage in a European villa.
Goin’s Sunday Supper menus are a big hit – favorite dishes include her Braised Beef Shortribs with Potato Puree and Horseradish Cream and her Green Garlic and Stinging Nettle Soup with Crème Fraîche. While you wait for a table you can order a cocktail and bask in the warmth of a wood-burning fireplace. Try the “Three Two Three” cocktail devised of Buddha’s Hand ginger-chili infused vodka with kumquat and red pepper.
Little-known fact: Lucques is housed in the former carriage house of silent-era comedian Harold Lloyd.