Eat with your Entourage
Fans of Entourage probably know that they use a lot of “real” LA spots to shoot the show. If you’re from LA and a fan of the show, you might recognize a lot of the places they frequent. But in case you’re having trouble, check out this consisive list of LA restaurants, bars, clubs and shops compiled by HollywoodLife.net.
KOI 730 N. La Cienega Blvd. This scene-y sushi place is the site of choice for Eric’s verbal sparring with Vince’s agent, Ari (Jeremy Piven) (see episodes 1, 9 and 22). So many hot young actresses (Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, Paris Hilton among them) regularly pack the joint that exec producer Larry Charles dubs it “flesh and fish” on the season one DVD commentary. In fact, Amanda Peet drops by Eric’s table in episode 9 saying she wants to do a movie with Vince.
URTH CAFFE 8565 Melrose Ave. This uber-trendy organic coffeehouse is where Jessica Alba runs into the guys in episode 2 and invites them to a party at her Malibu house. On another day, they might have run into other Young Hollywooders like Amanda Bynes, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel Bilson–or perhaps a producer or two. “That’s a place [producer] Steve Levinson and I live for,” says Ellin. “We go there all the time.”
COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF 8793 Beverly Blvd. The guys meet up here with Ari (who’s mistakenly waiting at the Starbucks across the street) in episode 7, but this celeb-frequented coffeehouse is most notable for becoming Ari’s makeshift office after he’s drummed out of the agency at the end of season 2. He meets with client Richard Schiff at one of the indoor tables; trusty assistant Lloyd offers up tokens for the restroom.
JERRY’S FAMOUS DELI 8701 Beverly Blvd. A regular hang for the Entourage quartet, who make room in their booth for Mandy Moore (who plays herself throughout the second half of season 2) in episode 19, even though Vince and Mandy are supposed to be avoiding PDAs after an item about their rekindled romance appears in Page Six. In real-life, you might run into Johnny Knoxville, Evangeline Lilly or Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake at this delicatessen decorated with theater posters and boasting a menu of over 600 items.
PINK’S 709 N. La Brea Ave. Iconic L.A. hot dog stand which invariably has a line of patrons down the block. Queued up with the guys, Eric gets a call on his cell here from Ari here in episode 6. Nicole Kidman and Tom Hanks are among those who love the famed chili dogs; it’s even said that Bruce Willis proposed to Demi Moore here.
REAL FOOD DAILY 414 N. La Cienega Blvd. Popular organic vegan restaurant–Alicia Silverstone and Tobey Maguire are fans–to which Vince’s health-conscious fling Fiona drags him and his buds in episode 5, plus a predictably irritated Ari: “I’m on Atkins. I need protein…real protein, like man protein, from the flesh of slaughtered animals.”
THE IVY 113 N. Robertson Blvd. Well-known Industry power-lunch spot and paparazzi hotbed where stars like Tom Cruise and Jessica Simpson go when they want their photos taken. In Entourage’s first episode, Ari is briefly shown talking on his cell phone in front of the restaurant. “We didn’t have permission for that,” Ellin says. “Literally, Jeremy and I were in the back of a car. He jumped out and ran across the street. There were no permits. Cars were honking. And Jeremy almost got run over, actually.”
TOAST 8221 W. 3rd St. Over a cup of coffee outside this cozy bakery/cafe where you might spot Nicky Hilton or Jared Leto, the guys discuss decamping for NYC to shoot Queens Boulevard in episode 8. It’s also where they try to tell Vince that Mandy Moore is cheating on him with her ex-fiance in episode 21, but he won’t hear it.
TABLE 8 7661 Melrose Ave. Vince and Eric have a blowout argument in this restaurant at the end of season 1 when Eric insists on full compensation for being Vince’s manager. The eatery–discreetly tucked underneath a tattoo parlor on Melrose–counts funnyman Jamie Kennedy among its investors, and Jennifer Aniston, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart among its patrons.
PANE E VINO 8265 Beverly Blvd. At this celeb-favored Italian trattoria where the guys have lunch on the garden patio in episode 13, Drama runs into his bud Anthony Anderson, who hooked him up with a role in Barbershop (left on the cutting-room floor, of course), and Turtle’s “sure thing” blind date scurries off after getting a cross-patio glimpse of him (awww).
LUCQUES 8474 Melrose Ave. Eric and Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui), daughter of the owner of Ari’s agency, Terrence (Malcolm McDowell), share a romantic dinner in episode 19 at this restaurant renowned for its French-Mediterranean cuisine.
THE LITTLE DOOR 8164 W. 3rd St. Lunching in the courtyard of this enchanting, Industry-frequented eatery, Sloan offers to help Eric get a job with her father in episode 22.
HAMBURGER HAMLET 9201 W. Sunset Blvd. In episode 21, Ari, locked in a power struggle with his boss Terrence, activates his emergency secession plan at the agency with two code words–”tsetse fly”–that signal a secret meeting is being held at this casual dining chain. Why here? “Because nobody who works in this business would ever be caught dead eating there,” says Ari.
ALMOR WINE AND SPIRITS 7855 W. Sunset Blvd. The boys drop by this elegant, well-stocked liquor outpost on the edge of the Sunset Strip to pick up a bottle on the way to Jessica Alba’s bash in episode 2.
MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE 246 N. Canon Dr. Opulent (and pricey) eatery favored by old-school Industry players. It’s where Vince charms the initially hesitant, middle-aged producer into casting him in Queens Boulevard by discussing L.A.’s “weed drought” over beluga caviar in episode 5.
MULBERRY STREET PIZZERIA 240 S. Beverly Dr. In episode 19, the group enjoys what’s often called the best pizza in L.A. at this New York-style joint opened by Raging Bull star Cathy Moriarty.
GEISHA HOUSE 6633 Hollywood Blvd. Mandy Moore celebrates her birthday with Vince and his buds in episode 19 at this hip, bold, two-level Japanese restaurant/lounge whose backers include–dontcha know?–Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderrama, Danny Masterson and Jamie Kennedy.
101 COFFEE SHOP 6145 Franklin Ave. Late-night Hollywood clubgoers flock to this funky, retro eatery just off the 101 freeway to sober up with delish diner fare. Entourage’s foursome chows down here in episode 4.
CRAZY GIRLS 1433 N. La Brea Ave. Strip joint where the guys meet with Walsh in episode 7 to discuss the Queens Boulevard script–at noon. “Crazy Girls has got a great buffet,” says Drama. (”I’ve been there a couple of times,” Ellin admits.)
THE PALM 1100 S. Flower St. After the boxing match in episode 3, the guys kick back with Luke Wilson and Jimmy Kimmel (who invites Vince to be a guest on his show) at this downtown branch of the upscale steakhouse chain, known for its caricatures of celebs, politicians and loyal customers adorning the walls. Filming took place during a real post-fight party that night.
I CUGINI 1501 Ocean Ave. Italian seafood restaurant where, in episode 11, Vince’s lawyer breaks the news to the quartet over an alfresco lunch that, due to a dwindling bank account, the most Vince can spend on a new house is a paltry $1 million–unless, of course, he agrees to star in Aquaman.
URTH CAFFE 2327 Main St. In episode 20, a lovestruck Vince is late for breakfast with his buds at this recently opened branch of the WeHo organic coffeehouse–so late that Drama has scarfed down Vince’s egg-white frittata.
DRAGO 2628 Wilshire Blvd. Mandy Moore meets with Vince in episode 16 to make sure working together won’t be awkward for the former lovebirds in this resplendent Italian restaurant from noted chef Celestino Drago.
Excerpted from the May/June 2006 issue of Hollywood Life. Photo from the New York Times.