Chateau Marmont versus Sunset Tower: Restaurants and Bars

The famous outdoor patio at the Chateau Marmont's restaurant offers great celeb sighting.

The famous outdoor patio at the Chateau Marmont's restaurant offers great celeb sighting.

The Terrace restaurant at Sunset Tower has great views of the pool and city beyond.

The Terrace restaurant at Sunset Tower has great views of the pool and city beyond.

The Chateau Marmont: Execute chef Carolynn Spence (formerly of popular New York restaurant The Spotted Pig) heads up food at both the formal restaurant in the main chateau, and at Bar Marmont, just down the street from the main hotel entrance. The 930s Vietnam-inspired Bar Marmont, with its butterfly-covered ceiling, stuffed peacock in the corner, and plush banquettes, feels more relaxed than the significantly pricier main restaurant. But tables on the main restaurant's charming outdoor patio are some of the most sought after in the city -- and offer some of the best celebrity sighting.

Sunset Tower:The Tower Bar is a dimly lit, wood-paneled restaurant off the lobby that draws locals, guests, and the occasional A-lister with its live pianist, a continental menu, and candlelit tables. The more casual Terrace restaurant has great views of the pool and city, and you can sometimes eavesdrop on screenwriters and producers having business lunches.

Oyster's Take: There's no denying that the Marmont's restaurant and bar offer some of the best celebrity sighting in Los Angeles, so if rubbing elbows with the stars is what you're after, this is the place to do it.

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