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USD 107 - USD 225
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Seafood

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Hollywood
2.0 km from Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Little has changed at this longtime forefront of LA’s fine-dining scene, and that is a beautiful thing indeed. The dining room is as formal as the suit...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
Very comfortable restaurant
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Reviewed 6 October 2021 via mobile

Providence is my absolute favourite: food, service and atmosphere are exceptionally top notch. It's *the* restaurant I think about when asked, "where do you want to go" or "where do you recommend." So to celebrate a special occasion, we chose Providence for our first dinner...*inside* a restaurant since COVID (okay, first dinner *with*the*hubby*, dined once before elsewhere with the sis). There's only one tasting menu they're serving at this time: the eight-course (+ amuse bouche and a post dinner sweets), Chef's Tasting. As usual, Providence is hard to get into on weekends, as they're often booked two months out. And with limited dining capacity (current COVID tier mandates a max of 50% capacity indoors), getting your preferred date becomes harder. As we entered, to our surprise, we were lead to the Chef's Table. Pre-COVID, the only way to reserve this table was to have a 4-person, Chef’s tasting menu and even then, it wasn't guaranteed. So as we were shown the table, I cried; I was just overwhelmed. It's so nice to be moving forward to some semblance of pre-COVID and to be offered this prized seating without request. The service was reserved, polite, yet friendly. They anticipated our needs and fulfilled a few small requests. So, again, this is the Chef’s tasting (as the smaller 4-course tasting is on hold. The dinner started with a trio of amuse bouche and then with an additional off-menu starter. Providence is a seafood-focused restaurant; with a Japanese mother, I truly appreciate the Japanese aesthetic to preparation and presentation. Everything was phenomenal, delicious and meticulously prepared. We also added an uni egg which was delightfully umami-filled; at once, delicately earthy and perfectly briny. The dessert was both bright and palate-cleansing; dinner was finished with additional chocolates served four ways. And as usual, they provided a gift bag of next-day breakfast sweets. We've been dining at Providence for a dozen years now and it was wonderful to chat w Mr Poto; hopefully, they will remain busy and remain a staple of the LA dining scene for many years to come. Always a memorable evening.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 22 September 2021

I had the chefs tasting menu, it was really good, the black cod was outstanding! staff was really friendly and nice

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 22 June 2021

This is the surprise Father Day Dinner that my daughters planned for me it is a great dinner , food, staff, service are great.The special menu every dishes are great Carlos and other staff are very professional and pleasant My daughters flew from Seattle to...plan this surprise party. I am travelling the world and this is one one the best dinner we ever had Thank you staff for helping us celebrate best father day dinner. Dr Vo M>DMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 3 August 2020 via mobile

I ate here with a group of friends back in 2019. We got lucky and were given the chef's table which made the dinner feel extra special. Every course of the Tasting Menu was extremely creative and equally delicious, and the service was impressive. It...is probably the best meal I've ever had.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 22 April 2020

Providence is hands down the most interesting of all culinary experiences I’ve ever experienced. We did the full-blown 9 course meal, $300+ per person plus the wine pairing with each course. Although the plates are teeny tiny, trust me, you will get full, especially with...all that wine. I loved experiencing all their different and unique offerings like baked salmon skin and uni egg. I especially enjoyed the Greyhound Shot with was grapefruit and vodka in a jelly like sphere that made you feel like you were eating an egg yolk, except the taste was exceptional. Its not just food, this is science people. Not just science in their food, but in the way they provide service. I sat their watching the servers walk around the room like clockwork. Refilling glasses, fixing people’s napkins while they were away, checking in on tables. It was fascinating to watch. So why should you go here? Well, if you are a big time foodie and are ok with dropping some serious cash to enjoy an out of this world experience, then I’d say this is for you. Oh, and a little advance warning, be sure to arrive on time and expect to spend a good 3 hours!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 22 March 2020

Very limited menu, virtually all prix fixe. I informed the waiter that I was allergic to shrimp. The first thing they brought me was shrimp. They replaced it with a dish for me and my wife, with shrimp on the same plate for her. I...told them I was on a low carbohydrate diet. Three different times they brought me a very high carbohydrate dish, "specially" prepared by the chef. They are supposedly in the restaurant business but cannot abide by food allergy concerns. And they have no concept of what a carbohydrate is. We chose the wine tasting. The wines were very poorly paired and of mundane quality and character, with limited pours. The service was poor to non existent. The portions were small to miniscule. We left hungry and so disappointed. The prices for all this were outrageous.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 9 March 2020 via mobile

I found out about Providence from a 2018 article about the best Chef'S tasting menus in LA. I am so happy that I had this experience. Each dish was like a piece of art... Because it was. I got the Chef's Tasting Menu. I was...worried about being able to eat everything but each course was just the right size and was so delicious. Ambiance and service was spectacular. I sat at the bar and the bartender was so cool, helpful and made a great cocktail. Im sure dining like this is a weekly thing for some people, but if you are a regular person like me - save up some cash and check out Providence. Treat yourself to something amazing. I would post some pictures but the site is broken or something so I can't Stop reading now and make a reservation!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 24 February 2020 via mobile

This is my second time and still surprising me the creativity and flavor of each dish. Every bite is totally unexpected and in most of the dishes you can taste layers of flavors. It’s outstanding. Also the presentation of each of the 12 courses was...unique and well thought. The service is impecable, even the sommelier remember us from our last visit a year ago. So crazy amazing. We literally spent 3 hours of nonstop service. My favorite dishes: KANPACHI with black truffle, burdock gelée, meyer lemon, SANTA BARBARA SPOT PRAWN with sweet pea and mint, the delicious NANCY'S DOWN EAST SEA SCALLOP with morel and hazelnut, finally the A5 WAGYU with pommes anna and crème de sesame was out of this world. All the staff was fantastic. What a treat!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 16 February 2020 via mobile

James and his team of servers were amazing! Of course the food was the best thing I’ve ever tasted. Highly recommend this restaurant. And thank you to Sarah for the xtra love at the end.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 16 February 2020 via mobile

Each dish was so creative and amazing decoration. And of course, it tasts so great. And my server was so nice, too:)) Thank you for the special night

Date of visit: February 2020
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applebananaf
11 April 2019|
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Response from Natasha Z | Reviewed this property |
I think you could look it up online. They have 3 or 5 courses I think, do not remember. Our bill for 2 people was a little over $500
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drbgeverly
11 March 2018|
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Response from LATraveller77 | Reviewed this property |
Ditto everyone else's comments. Children are not "prohibited," which would probably be illegal anyway, but only bring children who are very well-behaved and even then, why? Do you really have children who would enjoy... More
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Response from Andamy18 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure what the question is American or seafood there is actually both with an extensive menu and the food is delicious service impeccable staff very friendly
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Providence is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4