Enter into Providence and find its signature under-lit white onyx counter, the restaurant’s chic, cosmopolitan bar provides an inviting sanctuary hidden from dining room guests. But don’t just stop there, venture into the dining room that echoes the cuisine: polished and sophisticated. With reverence for world-class fish cookery that reinforces the principles of sustainability and seasonality, Providence has set the standard for seafood fine dining on a national level since its debut in Hollywood in 2005. Under the culinary leadership of Executive Chef/Co-Owner Michael Cimarusti, Providence quickly became the most acclaimed and influential seafood restaurant in the United States. “First and foremost, what guides us here is sustainability,” Cimarusti says. “We use only wild-caught, sustainable products, mostly from American waters, and look to highlight their finest qualities.” As a down-to-earth New Jersey native, Cimarusti has a passion for fresh, local ingredients and affinity for seafood that first emerged during childhood fishing expeditions with his grandfather.
Cimarusti, along with his kitchen team including Chef de Cuisine Tristan Aitchison and Sous Chef Amy Wolf, change the menus nightly to emphasize seasonality, melding the classic and the contemporary. A meal may begin with a choice of oysters or farm-raised caviar before moving on to Alaskan King Crab Risotto with sea urchin and yuzu, a dish that blends Cimarusti’s Italian heritage with his penchant for world flavors; or Nantucket Bay Scallop Crudo with satsuma tangerine, mint, pistachio, and pickled red onion. A meal at Providence concludes as elegantly as it begins, with Consulting Pastry Chef Adrian Vasquez’s desserts designed to accompany Chef Cimarusti’s delicate courses. Among the selections are Granny Smith Apple Sorbet with grilled pineapple and Darjeeling; Banana with tamarind, cilantro, and serrano; and “These Pretzels Are Making Me Thirsty” with chocolate, peanut butter, and stout.
The accolades for Providence include multiple James Beard Award nominations; “Top 50 Restaurants in the United States” by Gourmet magazine; “Best Seafood Restaurant” by Los Angeles magazine; the #1 ranking in “Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants” in the Los Angeles Times; and two highly coveted Michelin stars.
Luxe Tip: Two private rooms at Providence regularly accommodate multicourse meals for both leisure and business gatherings. The Sonoma Room comfortably seats 16 and can be closed off for complete privacy; and the Cellar Room, offering a view of the wine cellar and all its treasures, seats up to 22 and is wired with state-of-the-art AV technology. The restaurant is also equipped to handle off-site catering events that demand a meal of great distinction, whether an intimate dinner party in a private home or grand gala.