Part of the self-styled “Golden Triangle,” which includes equally trendy locales Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, the Bel-Air community was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo E. Bell, Sr. The fashionable district is located about 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles and is situated between the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains and the north side of the nearby UCLA campus.
There are two main entrances into Bel-Air, which are located along Sunset Blvd.
Bel-Air is fraught with beautiful estates with many covering large portions of land. However the general consensus is that the higher up the mountain, the smaller the home. Still, the stellar views from up higher include the Los Angeles basin and Catalina Island.
The Restaurant at Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Rd. (at Sunset Blvd.). +1 310-472-1211. Open daily 7AM-10PM. Afternoon tea seatings M-Fr 3PM-4PM, Sa 3:30PM-4PM. . Ideal for celebrations, special occasions or anything even remotely romantic, The Restaurant at Hotel Bel-Air is the archetype of elegant dining, replete with innovative, 'French-California' style cuisine care of chef Douglas Dodd. There are two beautiful dining areas; a more formal dining room or outside in the relaxed bougainvillea-draped Terrace. The roast rack of lamb is considered a favored entrée.
Vibrato, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle (at Beverly Glen). +1 310-474-9400. . Dynamic fusion of steakhouse and jazz club from music legend Herb Alpert makes for a night of great cuisine and musical entertainment. The expansive supper club-like dining room is intimate and bold in design and color with beautiful paintings adorning the walls. The menu is impressive, with an array of modern American fare. The bar draws an eclectic gathering of jazz lovers, socialites and trendy nighthawks. This is Bel-Air after all. Situated almost out of sight in a classy strip mall at the top of Beverly Glen, Vibratto retains a certain, "in-the-know" status. But it’s well worth the discovery.
Sushi House Unico, 2932 1/2 Beverly Glen Circle (at Beverly Glen). +1 310-474-2740. . Right off Beverly Glen Blvd., tucked away in a small, though fashionable strip mall in the canyons of Bel Air, is Sushi House Unico (shu), a restaurant that boasts an eclectic menu best described as a fusion of Japanese, Latin and Italian flavors and cuisines. The space is contemporary and refined, but not too overbearing. Shu’s owner, Giacomino Drago, is also the familiar restaurateur and chef of several restaurants including Il Pastaio and Piccolo Paradiso in Beverly Hills. Signature dishes included halibut carpaccio with sun-dried tomato, Kobe Beef sashimi and albacore sashimi with shaved truffles.