Start a romantic evening with a Dungeness crab cake with aioli, caper, lemon, and coleslaw ($15) and a bowl of the soup of the day ($10). Eye entrees like the soft and succulent roasted half chicken with fingerling potatoes, haricots verts, mixed wild mushrooms, and pearl onions ($24) and the braised short ribs with polenta, Swiss chard, and salsa verde ($25). Complete the circle of life by burying your fork in a slice of key lime pie with guava puree and mango sorbet ($10) or the chocolate chocolate chocolate trio ($16), whose richness is so deadly it was, until recently, banned by nonproliferation treaties. If you've recently cycled through Fraiche and think you've tasted it all, try the new lunch menu. The chopped salad with Italian cured meats, tomato, provolone, and chick peas ($13) and the Moroccan lamb sausage sandwich with harissa aioli ($13) offer just the right noontime spice-kick to erase your morning malaise.
Mixologist Vincenzo Marianella scours the Santa Monica Farmers Market for fresh and local produce. Then he lets his customers decide how to use them. With Copa D’Ora’s make-your-own cocktail program, guests choose from a long list of spirits (Plymouth gin, Buffalo Trace bourbon, Hardy’s V.S. cognac), fresh herbs (basil, mint, sage), jams, organic juices, and vegetables. Then Vincenzo, who studied his craft in Sydney, New York, and London, takes care of the rest, blending it all and filling tumblers, martini glasses, and highballs full of a libation wholly personalized to each patron. He also offers an extensive list of pre-designed cocktails that also bear the mixologist’s distinct liquid signature.
The farmers market doesn't only play a part in the cocktail menu—Copa D'Oro's food is also prepared with the local ingredients. Panini sandwiches on LaBrea Bakery’s sourdough bread and platters brimming with artisanal cheese and Nostrano salami mirror the sophistication of the space. As the LA Times notes, there are no “shrill sorority sisters or high-fivin' sports fans…no DJs, no television.” Rather, plush leather banquettes and lounge chairs gather regally amid soft lighting, exposed brick walls with tasteful works of art, and exposed beams that zigzag above the dining room.
Less than a block from the Santa Monica Pier, Chez Jay Restaurant is a refreshing change of pace from its busy stretch of Ocean Avenue. The friendly regulars come here for the potent cocktails and delicious seafood, surely, but they're also drawn to the cozy environment. Throughout its 55 years, the charming lounge has appeared in several feature films and also served as a hideaway for locals, celebrities, and extras from Cheers.
Extract Juice Bar resounds with buzzing blenders that liquefy fruits and vegetables into an array of juice and smoothie concoctions. Past vintage motorcycle and gas pump, the kitchen staff whips limes, apples, ginger, and spinach leaves into The Leaf and combines cucumber, pineapple, and jalape?o to yield The Flash's smoothie froth. They also assemble vegetarian sandwiches and vegan dishes during breakfast and lunch hours.
A stay at The Culver Hotel places you in the heart of Culver City, minutes from Sony Pictures Animation and close to Sony Pictures Studios. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of 20th Century Fox Studio and Museum of Tolerance.
Make yourself at home in one of the 46 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Your bed comes with down comforters and Egyptian cotton sheets. Windows open to city and mountain views. 32-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature rainfall showerheads and makeup/shaving mirrors.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a 24-hour fitness facility, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and a concierge desk.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar and a garden view. You can also stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Culver City? This hotel has 2000 square feet (186 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
If you’re not sure how to categorize Blind Barber—(Is it a barbershop? Cocktail lounge? Restaurant?)—just call it a men’s clubhouse. That description's just dandy with Adam Kirsch, who sat down with his partners Jeff Laub and Josh Boyd for a May 2012 LA Times interview. "We wanted to create a spot where we could just hang out any time of day," said Kirsch, "whether you’re partying, relaxing, getting your hair cut, or on your computer just doing work." And so they have. The concept was inspired by the Roaring Twenties, when going for a haircut meant socializing, discussing women, dealing cards, and playing Six Degrees of Jay Gatsby. Every cut, trim, and shave in the shop comes with a complimentary beverage and good conversation. With four barber stations arranged in an airy storefront space, and a bar in the back kicking out seasonal and specialty cocktails, beers, and sliders, Blind Barber has revived the art of looking dapper and the sanctity of feeling like you belong.