11720 Ventura Boulevard

Michelin-starred chef Paul Shoemaker has definitely raised the bar of Valley dining after moving into this dimly lit alfresco enclave (previously known mainly as a place for drinking too many margaritas on the patio). Now you can sample his tasting menu by the fire pit—which might feature bone marrow ravioli with a Bordelaise sauce, or charred Spanish octopus with eggplant and black olives—while soaking in the romantic Moroccan-themed atmosphere. If you do find yourself out late, you can order everything from burgers to bouchot mussels until 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday.

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