A guide to some of the finest hotels and restaurants near the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.
Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum
At the Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles
135 North Grand Avenue at Temple Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hotels | Restaurants
Kirk Douglas Theatre
in Downtown Culver City
9820 Washington Blvd @ Duquesne,
Culver City, CA 90232
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Hotel Recommendations for the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles
Hilton Checkers Hotel
Hilton Checkers Los Angeles Hotel is a historic hotel in Los Angeles that dates back to the 1920s, fully restored to its original splendor. The full service Hilton Checkers Los Angeles Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles offers extensive hotel luxuries combined with an intimate ambiance and personalized service unlike any other Los Angeles hotel.
535 S. Grand Avenue
JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE
The JW Marriott, Los Angeles hotel at L.A. LIVE serves as the focal point of L.A. LIVE, offering travelers a front-row seat to this emerging world-class entertainment, sports and dining epicenter.
900 West Olympic Blvd.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
Historic Grand Ave. landmark within walking distance from theaters features stunning Spanish-Italian Renaissance architecture, 4 bars and restaurants, and indoor pool and fitness center. Ask about our special Center Theatre Group rates!
506 S. Grand Avenue
Omni Los Angeles Hotel
at California Plaza, 251 S. Olive Street (between 1st and 4th Street.)
213.617.3300 1.800.THE.OMNI for reservations. The closest hotel to the Music Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Striking décor and lavish amenities meld together in a symphony of style and refined elegance. Complimentary courtesy car to and from the Music Center based on availability. Ask for our special Theater Packages and bring your tickets.
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles
The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE features 123 well-appointed guestrooms, including 14 suites. Guests will enjoy the best views in Los Angeles from virtually any part of the stunning L.A. luxury hotel, including the 3,400 square-foot signature Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge and the exclusive, private rooftop pool and bar on the 26th floor.
900 West Olympic Blvd.
Restaurant Recommendations for the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center in Downtown Los Angeles
700 W. 5th Street (corner of 5th & Flower) 213.239.6500 Contemporary California Cuisine. Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm;
Dinner: Mon–Tues 5–9pm; Weds–Thurs 5–9:30pm; Fri–Sat 5–10pm; Sun 4:30–9pm.
Lush greenery, tranquil fountains and a remarkable view of the downtown skyline make Cafe Pinot one of downtown LA’s favorite restaurants. Our executive chef draws inspiration from the garden setting, creating light, elegant dishes that highlight the best of each season.
California Pizza Kitchen
Wells Fargo Center at 330 S. Hope Street 213.626.2616 7+ Fig; 735 S. Figueroa Street 213-228.8500 Mon–Fri 11am–9:30pm; Sat 11:30am–9:30pm; Sun 11:30am–9pm.
Enjoy lunch or dinner at California Pizza Kitchen! From our Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and Waldorf Chicken Salad to our signature Lettuce Wraps and new Blue Crab Cakes, our menu offers something for everyone. Dine In, Take Out, and Award Winning CPKids Menu. 3 hrs. free validated parking. Gift Cards available. The most tasteful card you’ll ever give.
Checkers Restaurant Downtown
The menu at Checkers Downtown can best be described as an epicurean adventure from classic to contemporary. The menu features California cuisine rooted in fresh, market-driven ingredients and seasonal cooking. Blending an independent sensibility, a fresh perspective, and the warmth and service of a bygone era, Checkers Downtown combines the charm and depth of old Los Angeles with the vibrancy of today’s Downtown. For convenience, the hotels towncar service is also available to take guests to and from the Music Center.
612 S. Flower Street 213.622.4500 American Fare. Mon–Fri 7am–10pm, Sat & Sun 5–10pm.
Modeled after the big city grills of yesteryear, serving traditional American fare. Featuring Certified Angus steaks and chops, seafood, classic salads, signature Chicken Pot Pie and the best Martini in town.
135 N. Grand Ave. (at the Music Center) 213.972.7322 Authentic French Brasserie. Lunch: Daily 11:30am–2:30pm; Afternoon Menu: Tue–Sun 2:30–5pm; Dinner: Tue–Sun 5–10pm. Monday dinner hours are subject to performance schedule.
In a setting filled with Parisian antiques, Kendall’s serves contemporary French favorites, including French onion soup, roasted chicken, and croque monsieur, as well as an unrivaled selection of fresh seafood from the raw bar.
LA Market by Kerry Simon
LA Market by Kerry Simon "The Rock & Roll Chef" capturing Modern American cooking with a California flair. Organic fresh food and wine options directly from local growers.
Open for breakfast (6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.), lunch (11 a.m. - 2 p.m.) and dinner (5 p.m. - 10 p.m.)
900 West Olympic Blvd.
Maria’s Downtown / Maria’s Express
615 South Flower Street (Between 6th and Wilshire) 213.623.4777 Italian. Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 4pm-11pm, Happy Hour Daily 4pm-7pm.
Experience the Chic new member of the Maria’s Italian Kitchen family. From seasonal favorites and homemade sauces to authentic Neapolitan cooking and homemade desserts made from scratch, every bite is a burst of flavor and tastes like home. Just right for your pre-theatre dinner, Maria’s Downtown serves you in a contemporary, comfortable setting that’s perfect for a great meal and conversation. And if you’re in a hurry, you can take advantage of Maria’s Express. Eat and run or grab and go, Maria’s Express is great Italian food … fast.
Valet Parking and Complimentary Shuttle Service available.
Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
330 S. Hope Street (at Wells Fargo Center) 213.680.0330 Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm; Dinner: Mon–Thurs 5:30–9:30pm, Fri & Sat 5–10:30pm; Sun 4:30–8:30pm.
A contemporary variation on the traditional steakhouse, Nick & Stef’s features steaks aged in-house, complemented by an array of sides, sauces, and vegetables. Weeknights, the bar and patio are home to downtown’s favorite happy hour.
141 S. Grand Avenue (Walt Disney Concert Hall) 213.972.3331 California-French Cuisine. Lunch: Tues–Fri 11:30am–1:30pm; Sun 11:30am–1:30pm on performance days only. Dinner: Performance Evenings 5–11pm, Non-Performance Evenings 5–9:30pm.
The jewel in celebrity chef Joachim Splichal’s culinary crown, Patina offers unrivaled cuisine and impeccable service for lunch, dinner and post-performance dining, in a spectacular contemporary setting at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Pete’s Café & bar
400 S. Main Street 213.617.1000 American Bistro. Mon–Fri 11:30–2am, Sat & Sun 11–2am.
Pete’s Café & Bar, an award winning restaurant in the heart of the Old Bank District, offers earlyand late-night dining 7 days a week with stunning views of downtown Los Angeles. Conveniently located at the corners of 4th and Main, Pete’s Cafe delivers beautifully prepared Bistro style cuisine in a spectacular historic space reminiscent of cafes in Paris, New York and San Francisco. Valet parking available.
800 S. Figueroa St. Suite 100 213.488.4994 Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine. Mon–Thu 11:30am–10pm, Friday 11:30am–10:30pm, Saturday 5–10:30pm, Sunday 5–9pm.
Founded by James Beard Award winner Chef Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s is world famous for its innovative Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine – the tantalizing marriage of the freshest local ingredients, European sauces and bold Asian spices, with a focus on fresh seafood and hand cut meats.
Sai Sai Restaurant at the Millennium biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
501 S. Olive Street 213.624.1100 Modern Asian Cuisine & Sushi Bar. Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30am–2pm; Dinner: Mon–Sat 6–9:30pm.
Whether you are craving sushi, Kobe beef or grilled seafood, Sai Sai has something for everyone. Our young, creative team of chefs have blended European flavors and ingredients with Modern Asian dishes for an exciting, inventive and delicious menu and extensive sushi bar.
Smeraldi’s Restaurant at the Millennium biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
506 S. Grand Avenue (between 5th & 6th St) 213.612.1562 California Mediterranean Italian Cuisine. Open daily. Breakfast: 6:30–11am; Lunch: 11:30am–2pm; Dinner 5–10pm.
Fresh California Mediterranean cuisine and traditional Italian dishes from chefs Franco de Dominicis and Orazio Parisi feature everything from homemade lasagna to diver scallops and even prime rib. Weekday lunch buffets and rich, traditional desserts are favorites.
WP24 Restaurant & Lounge
WP24 by Wolfgang Puck is a shining star on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles offering modern Chinese fare with panoramic views of Los Angeles.
900 West Olympic Blvd.
Make Culver City your entertainment destination!
Culver City is just south of the I-10 Freeway between the 405 Freeway and La Cienega Blvd. Enjoy restaurants, covered parking, plenty of street parking and brand new businesses in the revitalized downtown – home of the Kirk Douglas Theatre!
See a complete list of members of the Culver City Downtown Business Association.
Hotel Recommendations for the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City
The Culver Hotel
9400 Culver Blvd.
All credit cards accepted
A Culver City Landmark and listed on the National Register of History, the Culver Hotel is located in the midst of Downtown Culver City. Each of our 46 rooms is furnished uniquely with gracious French-style antique furniture, tasteful artwork and special loving care, in tribute to the stars that once called the Culver Hotel their part-time home. Choose from single or double rooms or our elegant one- and two- bedroom suites, complete with Jacuzzis. Our elegant European-style lobby is the perfect spot for receptions and parties and our bar is the perfect place to wind down after a busy day.
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Restaurant Recommendations for the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City
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3819 Main Street
Pizza, calzones, salads, garlic knots, beer, wine, soda and water. 11am until we run out of dough!
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Additional Restaurant Recommendations
9543 Culver Boulevard
AKASHA restaurant/bar/bakery features New American cuisine offering comfort food with big flavors and sustainable ingredients, for carnivores and herbivores alike.
Choppe Choppe (formerly Skratch)
3867 Hughes Avenue
Specializing in sandwiches, salads, wraps and house-baked desserts, including cookies and cupcakes.
9512 Culver Boulevard
“Gourmet Burritos and Tacos.”
Daphne’s Greek Café
9516 Culver Boulevard
“A trip to Greece… without the airfare.”
Ford’s Filling Station
9531 Culver Boulevard
A new American gastropub where acclaimed chef Ben Ford utilizes the finest local ingredients to prove that truly good food doesn’t have to be overly complicated. “An American gastropub that uses local ingredients.”
Grand Casino Bakery & Cafe
3826 Main Street
Argentine bakery and café selling muffins, cookies, cakes, empanadas and a beloved beef or chicken Milanese salad
Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken
9537 Culver Boulevard
Honey’s Kettle-Fried Chiken has recaptured the lost art of kettle-cooking and dressed it with a distinctively western flair…from golden buttermilk buiscuits and freshly prepared cole slaw, to kettle-cooked poultry and fish.
9240 Culver Boulevard
Restaurant K-ZO is Keizo’s premier venture as chef-owner and presents a true expression of his culinary vision. His knowledge of European cuisine fused with his traditional Japanese roots exalts passion straight from the kitchen to the table.
Mezza Mediterranean Grill
9901 Washington Blvd
Healthy, fresh Mediterranean food including lean meats and a wide variety of vegetarian options.
M Café de Chaya
9343 Culver Boulevard
M Café de Chaya introduces Contemporary Macrobiotic Cuisine — featuring balanced, nutritious, creative cooking which can be enjoyed daily by everyone.
Novecento Pasta & Grill
3837 Main Street
A quaint rustic Italian restaurant that offers friendly service, skilled Italian cooking, and generous portions.
S & W Country Diner
9748 Washington Boulevard
This comfort-food joint serves home-cooked favorites, with fast and friendly service and open late.
9523 Culver Boulevard
"A local gathering place where you can go for the home cooked meal you crave, great music, and a comfy spot to relax."
Please call restaurants for hours of operation.
Morgan Rusler, Brian T. Finney, Colette Kilroy, and Dan Castellaneta in "Nighthawks."
Photo by Craig Schwartz.