In the culinary world, there are a handful of ingredients that embody luxury—truffles, lobster, foie gras—but none more than caviar. For the sophisticated L.A. palate, some the city’s most decadent restaurants offer special services highlighting the briny delicacy. Here, five of the best.
The premier steakhouse in Brentwood, Baltaire is best-known for its beef tallow-basted cuts of beef; however, the meat-focused hot spot also has an incredible raw bar. In addition to the standard oysters and crab claws, Petrossian caviar (market price) is on offer, served atop a buckwheat blini and crème fraiche. 11647 San Vincente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660
2. The Lobster
Located on the Santa Monica Pier, the local favorite serves up some of the city’s freshest seafood with picture-perfect Pacific views. Upgrade your dinner with caviar service featuring two varieties: firm, earthy Siberian Ossetra from France ($100) or buttery Golden Imperial Ossetra from Russia ($160), both served with brioche toast points, crème fraiche, egg, parsley and shallots. 1602 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.458.9654
You can’t talk caviar without mentioning Petrossian—the Parisian brand known for its world-class selection of the salt-cured fish eggs. A boutique and restaurant in one, the West Hollywood outpost offers both caviar to take home and full service dining. A vast variety is always available, but the signature three-course brunch ($60) featuring Transmontanus caviar and classic accoutrements is a must try. 321 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.271.6300
Michael Cimarusti’s acclaimed fine-dining restaurant has made a name for itself with impeccable service and inventive tasting menus. Caviar oftentimes makes an appearance in some of the dishes—the Australian Spanner crab with Royal Ossetra from the chef’s menu ($220 per person) is mouthwatering—but opt for a full service of either Tsar Imperial Ossetra (from $225) or Tsar Imperial Kaluga (from $400) to get a complete over-the-top experience. 5955 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.460.4170
The Beverly Hills staple recently reimagined its menu, focusing on high-quality, seasonal ingredients from the restaurant’s own garden and nearby farmer’s markets. Indulge in Keluga caviar with egg yolk jam, crème fraiche “snow” and lemon-herb blinis ($59) as a first course from the regular menu; or go for the California Tasting Menu (from $95 per person) featuring white Sturgeon caviar from the Golden State’s own Sterling Farm. 176 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880