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Private Los Angeles Tour Lands at Spitfire Grill
Santa Monica Airport was once Clover Field and a very large aircraft manufacturing facility (Douglas Aircraft: DC-3s, B-17s, B-47s). Today private luxury jets fly in and out of this beautiful airport by the sea. If you are there visiting the Museum of Flying and get hungry then we suggest the Spitfire Grill nearby. Terrific food and a wonderful aviation-themed restaurant to feed and entertain you.
Sitting in the patio enjoying a fine lunch with our private Los Angeles tour guests recently, we talked about the film Spitfire Grill, written by the owner of the restaurant, Lee David Zlotoff. The murals, painting and other artifacts inside and outside the cafe really speak to airplane lovers and make this a great place to go to talk about flying, food and film.
Where Do All the Actors Go for Margaritas?
We keep track of all the Best Of information that we can for places to eat, drink, dance, shop, stay and do in Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Since many of our private Los Angeles tour guests are new to Los Angeles (even new to California) they are likely to ask us, “Where’s the best margarita around here?” The answer to anyone knowing the area as well as we do, even without a Best Of list, is El Coyote. This 80+ year old restaurant that we pass regularly on our custom luxury tour between Hollywood and the Original Farmers Market is a terrific place to enjoy great Mexican food and super margaritas. Frequented by entertainment industry people (it is just up the street from CBS Studios) the restaurant is notoriously known as the last place that Sharon Tate and her friends ate on the night they were attacked by the Manson family. Anyone visiting or new to Hollywood should make it a point to get to El Coyote right away for a great time and a great margarita.
Modern Italian Dining in Four Seasons Style
Hosting Los Angeles‘ only crudo bar (crudo means raw), CULINA at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills is excellence amid elegance. The menu offers Italian food lovers a spectrum of delicious courses for as extensive a meal as the diner wishes. The “raw” seafood from the crudo bar is one way to begin the repast but the salads and antipastos are exquisite and the entrees worth revisiting the restaurant time and time again. We hear this from our private Los Angeles tour guests staying at the Four Seasons who regale us (since we always ask) mouthwatering descriptions of their dinner delights. If our guests are sightseeing around Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Hollywood, Holmby Hills and Malibu at some of the celebrity homes in the area then Culina and the Four Seasons is a great place to see favorite movie stars enjoying their meals and accommodations.
Our Private Luxury Los Angeles Tour Eats Here
Our luxury tour guests from other countries and cultures love Mel’s Drive-in as much, if not more, than our American guests who we bring here to enjoy a traditional diner experience. Sure, there are juke boxes at each table and milkshakes and soda fountain confections to die for, but this Mel’s Drive-in on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood offers a great open air patio to watch the Hollywood passersby, a fresh juice bar, and a complete menu that will feed any taste or food craving that you would want in a family restaurant. Celebrity sightings? You bet! The celebrity homes are all around in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. If you want a burger and fries or a specialty salad, a root beer float or a cup of tea, drop in to Mel’s for a real Hollywood experience.
Laurel Hardware – A Los Angeles Tour Sight to See
Don’t let the sign fool you, the fixit problem you solve here is your appetite. The tools you work with are silverware. This rollicking part of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood makes a great drive through on our private Los Angeles tours and at certain times when our guests are hungry we can make a meal break at any of the fine restaurants along the way. Laurel Hardware is one of the newest and most interesting. An eclectic brunch, lunch and dinner menu with designer cocktails and desserts, you don’t need a loose hinge to decide to join the ambience of the former hardware store in its new life as an elegant eatery in the heart of Los Angeles. Join us as we explore this neighborhood between Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Let’s do lunch!
Fresh Snacks to Stock our Private Hollywood Tour Van
Our private Los Angeles tour guests see this view all the time when we take them up to Yamashiro restaurant as we show them the best sightseeing destinations in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. However, imagine buying fresh produce from a farmers market and enjoying this magnificent view overlooking Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles at the same time? Well, beginning today, you can! The City Farm market at Yamashiro restaurant above Hollywood opens today at 5pm (through 9pm) and every Thursday afternoon thereafter until September. Nick Spano, the founder of City Farm, is pleased with new vendors that will be there and the great parking and shuttle arrangements. Take a look at the City Farm website for more information about the Yamashiro farmers market and the other City Farm locations. Fresh produce to buy, fresh cooked food to eat, and even a chance to stop into the restaurant for a drink as the sun sets. It is very romantic so take someone special with you.
The Magic Castle on a Private Hollywood Tour
The Magic Castle has been the home to the Academy of Magical Arts since 1963 when the organization formally opened its doors in this unusual 1909 Victoria mansion overlooking Hollywood. Beginning with only 150 members the Academy now has almost 5,000 members from around the world. As members ourselves (non-performing, though) we have enjoyed many a pleasant evening of fine dining and magical entertainment with our staff and friends. We strongly encourage all our private Los Angeles tour guests to make whatever mysterious arrangements they can to spend an evening at this private club where magic is celebrated and the fun begins at the front door. The decor, the design, the secret performing places — it is both a museum and a circus sometimes. You do not have to love magic to find yourself wildly entertained with illusions and prestidigitation before and after dinner. Plus, a number of Hollywood celebrities are members and likely to be enjoying the magical ambience as well.
Part of Every Los Angeles Tour
Where do you want to hang out on St. Patrick’s Day? If you are Irish, or just want to be for today, we suggest the great Fairfax bar and restaurant — Tom Bergin’s Tavern. Our tour guides love turning down Fairfax after showing our private Los Angeles tour guests The Miracle Mile and then finding themselves immediately in front of this famous L.A. landmark. It’s close to the Irish parties of Hollywood and Beverly Hills but barhopping is not the best idea on St. Paddy’s. Go early (if you want to get in) and stay late (because you are having a great time).
Anticipating warmer weather and longer days (and Daylight Savings Time) we fully expect our private Los Angeles tour guests to be getting thirsty on our excursions around Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Our custom vehicles are equipped with drinks to be certain everyone stays well hydrated in our dry climate (and snacks to go with the drinks) but we don’t carry milkshakes. For that we recommend stopping at Millions of Milkshakes on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Here our guests can design their own dairy (or non-dairy) concoction for nutrition or simply indulgence. It’s a milkshake lover’s heaven.
See Hollywood and Los Angeles from Yamashiro
It’s not quite spring but this is the time of year that visibility is best for this city by the cold Pacific Ocean. From Yamashiro, high above Hollywood, we captured this great shot of the Cinerama Dome and Los Angeles Film School and out to the downtown Los Angeles skyline. Our private Los Angeles tour visits great locations like this where absolutely amazing photographs can be taken by our guides with their professional digital SLR cameras as well as our guests (who often have even fancier cameras). We are up at the restaurant on our tours before it opens but tell our guests how amazing the food is (Asian Fusion) and how much fun it is to dine or just drop in for a cocktail overlooking the city as the sun sets and the city lights begin to twinkle.