Flanked by two top hotels under the same management (The House and The Tamarind), this island outpost of London’s fabled Tuscan eatery offers a modern, often spicy twist on Italian dishes in a luxury beachfront setting where gauzy curtain screens between tables help create an intimate atmosphere. It’s also one of the few West Coast restaurants that, while not cheap, is actually worthy of its higher prices. Show up early for drinks (the bar opens at 5pm for Happy Hour), and stay as the sun sets over the water to dine on classic Italian dishes—risotto with porcini, prosciutto, and asparagus; spiced lamb chops with potatoes and sun-dried tomatoes; and pan-seared scallops with artichokes and grilled zucchini. If you feel like something with a dash of local flavors, try the spaghetti with lobster, or grilled catch-of-the-day, or splash out on the local spiny lobster tail with broccoli and sweet potato chips.

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