C & O's Trattoria    

Cuisine: Italian
Price: $10-$18
Location: Marina del Rey
Address: 31 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: (310) 823-9491       Website
Description: Excellent food in a friendly, energetic setting. With an extensive pasta menu, the portions are very large and satisfying

Kate Mantilini    

Cuisine: American
Price: $15-$25
Location: Beverly Hills
Address: 9101 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 278-3699      Website
Description: With everything from breakfast to steaks, they say their specialty is American comfort foods. A Beverly Hills mainstay, its chic atmosphere is not cheap. But, open early to late, Kate's is a great choice at any hour.

El Cholo    

Cuisine: Mexican
Price: $10-$18
Location: Santa Monica
Address: 1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 899-1106      Website
Description: A festive setting, great for both big and small groups. A pitcher of their margaritas goes great with their wide variety of Mexican dishes.

Damon and Pythias    

Cuisine: American
Price: $7-15
Location: Westwood
Address: 1061 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 824-8777      Website
Description: Great sandwiches, salads, and dinners for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. If visit the UCLA campus around lunch or dinner, be sure to stop by.

Cheesecake Factory    

Cuisine: Variety
Price: $10-$20
Location: Marina del Rey
Address: 4142 Via Marina, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Phone: (310) 306-3344     Website
Description: With over 200 selections, there is something for everyone. Always impressive in presentation and size, the entrees are best followed by one of their 50 famous cheesecakes. Indoor, outdoor, and waterfront dining, located at Mother's Beach.

Ruth's Chris Steak House    

Cuisine: American
Price: $15-$25
Location: Beverly Hills
Address: 224 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310) 859-8744     Website
Description: Known for their fine steaks and comfortable, luxurious atmosphere, Ruth's Chris is well known in LA for a great meal. Just a few blocks from the famous Rodeo drive, Ruth's Chris is expensive yet cozy.

Diddy Riese    

Cuisine: Dessert
Price: $1
Location: Westwood
Address: 926 Broxton Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 208-0448     Website
Description: Famous for its fresh baked cookies, Diddy Riese is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Open late and always busy, the prices are great: $1 for either three cookies or two cookies with ice cream in between.

P.F. Chang's    

Cuisine: Chinese
Price: $12-$22
Location: Santa Monica
Address: 326 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 395-1912      Website
Description: A contemporary take on classic Chinese, P.F. Chang's boasts a stylish interior and comfortable ambience. Though a bit Americanized, the dishes are artfully presented and made with quality ingredients.


Cuisine: Japanese (Teppanyaki)
Price: $20-30
Location: Beverly Hills
Address: 38 N. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, California 90211
Phone: (323) 655-7311     Website
Description: As much an entertaining experience as it is a great dinner, the meals at Benihana are prepared and served right at your table by a performing chef. Choose your type of meat and watch as your chef tosses ingredients and knives in the air while he cooks.


Venice Beach    

Location: Venice
Address: 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291
Phone: (310) 399-2775       Website
Description: The Venice Beach boardwalk is a unique tourist attraction, complete with street performers, shopping, the famous "Muscle Beach," and beach scenery.

3rd Street Promenade    

Location: Santa Monica
Address: 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 393-7593       Website
Description: The area of 3rd Street between Broadway and Wilshire is known as the Promenade. Lined with top-notch shops, restaurants, bars, a movie theater, and street performers, there is also a shopping mall (Santa Monica Place) at the intersection of 3rd Street and Broadway.

The Getty Center    

Location: West LA
Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 440-7300       Website
Description: Just north of UCLA, the Getty displays breathtaking modern architecture and gardens. In addition, it hosts an extensive museum with European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and European and American photographs -- all with free admission.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre    

Location: Hollywood
Address: 6925 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 464-8111       Website
Description: Also a modern cineplex, the Chinese Theatre is famous for its forecourt, where hundreds of the top movie stars have left their handprints, footprints, and signatures in the concrete courtyard. In the heart of Hollywood, the theatre is a must-see for movie buffs.


Location: Westwood
Address: Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 825-4321      Website
Description: The UCLA campus is known for its scenic grounds and architecture. 419 acres in size, it is a thriving community, including two museums, ten libraries, four hospitals, and a sculpture garden.

Santa Monica Pier    

Location: Santa Monica
Address: 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (310) 458-8900      Website
Description: The Santa Monica Pier is LA's only admission-free amusement park. The Pier is easily recognizable by its giant ferris wheel overlooking the ocean. There are also midway games, a roller coaster, carnival rides, and a carousel that was built in 1922 and is a National Historic Landmark.

Griffith Park    

Location: Northeast LA
Address: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 913-4688       Website
Description: Covering more than 4,107 acres of natural terrain, Griffith Park is the largest municipal park and urban wilderness area in the United States. The Park offers attractions such as the Griffith Observatory (planetarium), the Museum of the American West, and the LA Zoo, and activities such as hiking and horseback riding.

LA Music Center    

Location: Downtown LA
Address: 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 972-4399       Website
Description: In the heart of Downtown LA, the Music Center complex contains the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and several other famous performance halls. Check online for schedules of the Center's four renowned performing arts companies, or just visit and tour during the day.