Top Chef in Town

Award winning chef Jonathan Waxman will open his first L.A. restaurant in Century City’s revamped mall.

Jonathan Waxman has been lauded as one of the greatest chefs in New York, and he is now his bringing his cuisine to the West Coast.


Waxman will open his as yet unnamed restaurant in the Spring of 2018 at Westfield’s Century City Mall.

Together with NYCA Restaurant Group, Waxman will open the self-described “neighborhood restaurant” alongside the mall’s front façade on Santa Monica Boulevard.

“I have been looking for the right venue for my return to L.A.,” Waxman said in a statement. “The location at Westfield Century City is the perfect spot and has everything – great street access, instantaneous valet parking and some of the best shopping in the world coupled with AMC Theatres and exciting new offerings like Nordstrom, Eataly, Shake Shack and Equinox. Our location is steps from Santa Monica Blvd and in close proximity to Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Culver City, Westwood and Santa Monica. All in all, this makes for a stellar location where I’m greatly looking forward to feeding folks in LA again.”

Westfield’s Chief Operating Officer William Hecht, added, “This is going to change the very nature of the food landscape on the westside of Los Angeles. Jonathan Waxman is widely credited with bringing California cuisine to the world and – in the process – reinventing the way America eats, cooks, and seeks out farm-fresh ingredients. He is a native of California – he first made his mark here – and we’re excited to welcome him back home.”

Waxman first gained fame by pioneering and then popularizing California cuisine together with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley – and then subsequently made his mark at such prestigious kitchens as Michael’s in Santa Monica and Jams in New York City. Today, he is the chef and owner of Manhattan’s illustrious Barbuto restaurant, where his ability to make “sophistication seem simple” earned him the 2016 James Beard Award as Best Chef – New York City.