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Be a V.I.P. Lesson #1: Know Where The Celebs Hang

Of course the Beverly Hills V.I.P.'s know of the following establishments. However, for those new to Beverly Hills, here are some of the best places to eat, and also, spot celebrities. Out-of-towners often fall prey to the old fable of the nightclubs being where everyone is at. True, you'll find quasi-celeb "reality stars" at these nightclubs, but if you want to see real celebrities like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, then you need to forgo the club scene and head towards the more low-profile establishments.

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie at The Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie at The Golden Globe Awards in Beverly HillsCreative Endeavors, LLC

A favorite low-profile activity of all V.I.P.'s is venturing out to an upscale restaurant to not only eat, but also, to be seen. Here are five (5) lesser known Beverly Hills restaurants:

1. Scarpetta at Montage Beverly Hills

In New York City and other select locales, Scarpetta was selected as one of the "Best New Restaurants in America" by Esquire magazine. At the helm of this upscale sanctuary is Chef Scott Conant, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. Many may recognize Chef Conant, because he has appeared all over TV, including on Bravo's Top Chef. Additionally, Chef Conant is the host of the Food Network's "24 Hour Restaurant Battle." Scarpetta offers bold Italian cuisine, which is still modern. Scarpetta's is adjacent to the Beverly Canon Gardens, which is the perfect backdrop to the Mediterranean-inspired dining experience. For a special treat, attend the Sunday brunch, which features snow crab legs, prime rib, and much more. 310.860.7970

2. The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Open from 7:00 AM to 1:30 AM daily, The Polo Lounge is one of the few late night upscale establishments. The closer your are to the off hours, the more celebrities you will see. Whether it be Steven Spielberg at an early breakfast, or Mario Lopez ending a night of painting the town red; The Polo Lounge is a place equally besieged by both Hollywood stars and Hollywood deal-makers. There is indoor and outdoor seating, evening music, and even jazz at night. On Sunday, there is a Jazz music brunch and there are always The Polo Lounge's signature cocktail drinks, which are legendary. 310.887.2777

3. The Roof Garden at The Peninsula Hotel

Right alongside The Peninsula rooftop pool and adjacent to The Peninsula Spa, is a beautiful garden restaurant serving delicious healthy food and imaginative drinks. If you want to eat healthy and upscale at the same time, this is the place to be. The Peninsula features local organic produce, and the latest health technology supplements, including protein powders and Herbal Boost to fortify our fresh juices. In the evening, the rooftop fire-pit keeps one warm under the stars. 310.551.2888

4. Bouchon

Bouchon in Beverly Hills has a bakery, and also, a restaurant. Chef Thomas Keller offers authentic French country fare and exceptional service. A special treat is Bouchon's price-fix menu, where for $28.00 one will receive a three course L'Express menu at lunch. "Express" being the key word, when one is looking for a delectable quick treat. On the garden level is Bar Bouchon, which serves small plates of French classics from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily. The Bouchon Bakery is located at the entrance to the bistro and is open 7 days a week from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. 310.271.9910

5. Caulfield's at Thompson

Caulfield’s is named after the literary rebel, and lives up to that bold stance with a lot of surprises, including its trademark homemade steak sauce. This restaurant pays homage to the American culinary experience with classic renditions, as well as, more unique dishes. The healthy use of farmers' market small plates and homemade desserts, add to Claufield's excitement. For cocktails, there are a variety of handcrafted cocktails; artisan wines; and craft beers. Some of the most popular items at Caulfield's include: the classic prime aged steak for two; whole grilled branzino; smoked trout on top of an egg in a brioche pillow; and blueberry-lemon ricotta pancakes with homemade bourbon maple syrup. 310.388.6860

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