Chef CJ Jacobson has worked in the kitchens at Axe, Campanile, Mercantile and restaurant Noma in Copenhagen but is best known for his appearances on Top Chef Season 3 and Top Chef All Stars….until now! This past summer, Chef Jacobson has been putting his professional melting pot of experiences in his own restaurant in Studio City, Girasol.

Girasol, meaning sunflower in Spanish, is the inspiration behind the design of the restaurant’s aesthetics (which, from the tables to the ceiling, looks like a giant sunflower) and is consistent with the influence of environmentally sustainable dishes.


The chef’s mission was to create something organic that allowed the restaurant and farmer to come together in showcasing the freshness of seasons and local ingredients. In fact, Chef Jacobson has a forager, Pascal Baudar, on his team who regularly combs through nearby Angeles National Forest for seasonal ingredients. The result is a colorful menu full of flavor. 

Beets and Berries – Whipped Soledad Goat Cheese, Fig, Leafy Herbs, Hazelnuts

Hamachi – Finger Lime, Sea Beans, Verbena, White Fir and Wild Sorrel Broth

Sautéed Greens – Sherry, Chili, Honey, Hazelnut

Wagyu Flat Iron Steak Grilled in Pine Needles – Black Chanterelle Pure, Horseradish Cream, Herbs

Roasted Acorn Panna Cotta 

11334 Moorpark Street
Studio City, California
(818) 924-2323