Miracle Mile is known as the site of LA’s Museum Row, where four of the city’s most important museums are found. But this historic business district has even more to offer.
In addition to its collection of excellent museums, shops, and offices, Miracle Mile is also home to some of the city’s finest restaurants offering residents and guests a wide range of dining experiences. In many of these establishments, you get more than just good food and good wine. You also get a taste of LA’s history and artistic sensibilities.
Here are some of the restaurants in Miracle Mile that you simply can’t miss.
Tom Bergin’s Public House
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Opened in 1936, Tom Bergin’s Public House has the distinction of having the second oldest liquor license in Los Angeles County. This well-loved neighborhood gathering place has been graced by Hollywood legends like Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, and John Wayne, and in modern times, Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts. Everyone comes here to enjoy its famed Irish coffee and nostalgic Irish pub spirit, which have lived on despite the updates on the menu and interiors. In addition to the Irish coffee, must-try menu items are the wood-fired pork chops, beer-battered fish and chips, as well as 19 beers on tap and a first rate whiskey selection.
624 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA
République is one the latest dining destinations in Miracle Mile, opening its doors to the public in November 2016. This French bistro-style restaurant is fast earning a following for its freshly baked breads. Its French cuisine is prepared along the principles of “bistronomie,” featuring changing menus that highlight fresh seasonal ingredients while showcasing the chef’s creativity. Owned and operated by celebrated chefs Walter and Margarita Menzke, République is housed in an illustrious building that served as Charlie Chaplin’s office in the early 1900s, and later as the site of the beloved restaurants, Campanile and La Brea Bakery.
La Brea Bakery and Café
468 S La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA
This award-winning and widely popular bakery and café has won the hearts – and taste buds – not only of Angelenos but people around the world as well. It is here in their native LA, though, that they remain most loved, and their new, much bigger home on the corner of La Brea Avenue and 16th Street shows just how much they have grown since they opened in the 1980s. Famous for their chocolate chip cookies, freshly baked breads, and turkey avocado sandwiches, among many others, La Brea Bakery is a not-to-be-missed gastronomical destination in Miracle Mile.
Ray’s and Stark Bar
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Located at LACMA’s BP Grand Entrance, Ray’s restaurant and adjacent Stark Bar offer visitors a great place to dine and unwind after taking in the museum’s many wonders. Named after film producer Ray Stark, the bar and restaurant feature a chic, 1960s-inspired design with an outdoor patio that provides a sweeping view of the architecturally rich Resnick Exhibition Pavilion. Ray’s and Stark Bar serves Mediterranean-style food and in-house seasonal cocktails. It counts not only museum visitors but also business professionals and LA tourists among its guests. There’s no need to pay the museum’s admission fee to get to the restaurant.