In Honor of the Sign’s Centennial Anniversary in December, Los Angeles Tourism Spotlights the Evolution of Hollywood

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LOS ANGELES (October 23, 2023) – As the 100th anniversary of The Hollywood Sign approaches in December, Los Angeles Tourism is pleased to continue its year-long celebration by spotlighting the ever-changing culinary landscape of Hollywood. Over the last century, the Hollywood Sign has borne witness to the evolution of Hollywood, from the glamour of its golden age to its current standing as a world-renowned dining and drinking destination. As a global culinary capital, Los Angeles is known for a wide range of epicurean delights—from street food and budget-friendly eats to fine dining and MICHELIN-Starred cuisine. Hollywood is a microcosm of what makes LA’s food scene exceptional, boasting every type of fare from historic old favorites like Musso & Frank Grill serving the classics, to hot new destination restaurants from celebrity chefs like Evan Funke’s Mother Wolf, to some of the most vibrant nightlife in LA.

 “Whether you are a first-time visitor or a lifelong Angeleno, there is a mythical appeal surrounding Hollywood – a place where dreams come true, and stories come to life,” said Adam Burke, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. “Beyond the pioneering movie studios, iconic Academy Awards ceremonies and of course the historic Hollywood Sign that have cemented Tinseltown lore, Hollywood is a place where the story of Los Angeles is told not only on-screen but also on the plate. We invite visitors and locals alike to savor the flavors of Hollywood, both old and new, in celebration of a century of our most notable landmark.”

First illuminated on December 8, 1923, the 45-foot-high white letters of the Hollywood Sign originally read “Hollywoodland” as they were introduced atop Mount Lee. Over the past century, the Hollywood Sign has stood tall above the city through its many eras and iterations, and through it all has remained a treasured landmark and a symbol of how dreams can become reality in LA. In honor of The Hollywood Sign’s centennial anniversary, Los Angeles Tourism invites visitors and locals alike to savor the flavors of the ever-evolving Hollywood culinary scene, enjoying establishments that make up the city’s epicurean ethos.

Over the past year, Los Angeles has earned coveted culinary accolades, boasting 25 restaurants awarded one or more MICHELIN Stars and receiving the highest number of recognitions by the 2023 James Beard Awards. At the heart of LA’s flourishing culinary culture, Hollywood is undoubtedly one of the hottest dining and drinking destinations in the city.


  • Musso & Frank Grill – As much of a Hollywood icon as the stars that line the boulevard, Musso & Frank Grill is a classic steakhouse that has been serving Angelenos since the heyday of silent films. Musso & Frank has long had a reputation as a haunt for stars of the silver screen and the creatives behind the movies, including Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor, Raymond Chandler, Gary Cooper and William Faulkner.
  • Pink's Famous Hot Dogs – Open since 1939, the legendary hot dog stand has sold its staple fare to generations of Angelenos. Among its many customers have been notable celebrities such as Orson Welles, Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart. There's a hot dog named after Stewart, topped with relish, onions, bacon, tomatoes, sauerkraut, and sour cream, as well as other celebrity-inspired eats include the Emeril Lagasse Bam Dog with jalapenos and bacon and the mozzarella-topped Giada de Laurentis Dog.
  • Yamashiro – Translating as “Mountain Palace” in Japanese, Yamashiro, was constructed at the Los Angeles hilltop to house the Bernheimer brothers’ priceless collection of Asian treasures. Now over 100 years old and sitting at 250 feet above Hollywood Boulevard, the Asian fusion restaurant boasts spectacular city views and stunning architecture and gardens.


  • Gwen – From the creative mind of Australian Chef Curtis Stone, a fixture of the small screen from numerous reality TV competitions, the Michelin-starred Gwen Butcher Shop & Restaurant is a collaboration between Chef Stone and his brother Luke. The celebratory restaurant is very personal to the brothers, named for their maternal grandmother and reflecting the brothers' early years working in a butcher shop.
  • Shirley Brasserie – Newly opened at The Hollywood Roosevelt, Shirley Brasserie is a vibrant new restaurant celebrating authentic French-Californian flavors. Helmed by Chef Craig Hopson, Shirley offers a comprehensive menu of classic hors d’oeuvres, raw bar selections, charcuterie boards, butcher cuts, and more, all complemented by a world-class wine and spirits program, focusing heavily on French influences.
  • Mother Wolf – Mother Wolf is Chef and pasta master Evan Funke’s homage to the city of Rome, serving rich, soulful dishes as a mosaic of the ancient, pastoral and urban culinary heritage of la cucina Romana. The menu at Mother Wolf echoes themes of shepherds, popes, farmers and artisans through wafer-thin wood fired pizzas, hyper-seasonal antipasti and the traditional handmade pastas for which Funke is renowned.
  • Petit Trois – A classic Parisian-style neighborhood bistro, Petit Trois from celebrated Chef Ludo Lefebvre is a Hollywood staple. Nestled in a non-descript strip mall, Chef Lefebvre serves up classic French dishes and bistro favorites, such as garlicky escargots de Bourgogne, steak frites with mustard sauce and his widely beloved French omelet.
  • Ka’teen – Located in the new tommie Hollywood, Ka’teen is a lush outdoor restaurant presented by star chef and icon of the Los Angeles food scene, Chef Wes Avila. Known for his nuanced blend of regional California and Mexican cuisine, Avila serves a menu of flavors from the Mayan Riviera and Yucatan Peninsula with elements including plants, palm fronds, tostadas, ceviches and tacos.
  • Pizzeria Mozza – Nancy Silverton, an LA hometown hero and two James Beard Award-winning chef who rose to fame with her La Brea Bakery, is the brilliant mind behind the immense Pizzeria Mozza.
  • Providence – Providence showcases a true and unwavering commitment to all aspects of sustainability in every shape and way possible. Pushing the boundaries of sustainable seafood practices by committing to only use wild-caught, sustainable products, growing an on-site rooftop garden, and a zero-waste bean-to-dessert chocolate program.


  • Grandmaster Recorders – In the heart of Hollywood’s Vinyl District, Grandmaster Recorders is in what was once an eponymous recording studio, hosting the likes of Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and Foo Fighters. Inside is a stunning restaurant, lounge, and rooftop bar with some of the best views of the Hollywood Hills and Capitol Records Building. The restaurant features bold flavors like scallop carpaccio and swordfish puttanesca. 71 Studio Bar is a dedicated cocktail lounge and live music venue, while the Rooftop’s cultured food and beverage program compliments views of the Hollywood Sign and Capitol Records Building.
  • Desert 5 SpotPerched on the rooftop of the tommie Hollywood, Desert 5 Spot is an ode to the vintage vibes of Palm Springs and Pioneertown. Inspired by desert hideouts, throwback roadside motels and cosmic Americana, Desert 5 Spot serves up famous margaritas and ice-cold beers for an upbeat night of live music, weekend DJs and old-fashioned jukeboxes playing a blend of country hits and classic rock.
  • Bar LisHigh above the heart of Hollywood sits Bar Lis, the crown jewel of the new Thompson Hollywood. This chic rooftop lounge captures the iconic spirit and style of the French Riviera and immerses patrons in a sophisticated mix of classic South of France culture and modern Southern California ease, serving up a selection of drinks, snacks and small plates.
  • Mama Shelter – Few spots offer unobstructed view of the iconic Hollywood sign like rooftop Mama Shelter, serving up drinks and snacks in addition to its striking vista. Mama Shelter is known for its inventive cocktail menu, generous hospitality, and vibrant environment.
  • Tramp Stamp Granny’sThe self-proclaimed spot for “drinks, dancing and upscale debauchery,” Tramp Stamp Granny’s is owned by Broadway and “Glee” star Darren Criss. This energetic retro piano bar is host to upbeat nights featuring a chic Art Deco interior mixed with funky vintage furniture, a thoughtful cocktail menu and live music.
  • Hemingway’s Lounge – One of the most stylish lounges on Hollywood Boulevard, with chic décor, books floor to ceiling, and soft sofas, Hemingway’s Lounge provides the perfect atmosphere to sip cocktails named for literary classics, and dance while the DJ plays an eclectic mix of rock favorites.
  • The Highlight Room – Up on the roof of the Dream Hollywood, The Highlight Room Grill is a luxe, 11,000 square foot outdoor lounge inviting guests to enjoy fresh California cuisine in the lush poolside space. With views of the Hollywood sign and L.A. skyline, the Grill is a chic sundeck spot serving signature drinks and handcrafted dishes perfect for a sun-kissed lunch.

Los Angeles Tourism invites visitors from all walks of life and locations to explore, experience and enjoy all that’s “Now Playing” in the City of Angels. To learn more, visit DiscoverLosAngeles.com for guidance  on how to celebrate The Hollywood Sign’s 100th anniversary, including the best studio tours, live tapings and more. @discoverla on X, Instagram or TikTok. Visitors are encouraged to #TravelResponsibly and follow all guidance from Los Angeles County Public Health.