Servers hoisting skewers circulate continuously through Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, pausing tableside to carve mesquite-grilled morsels of brazilian sausage, bacon-wrapped chicken, and sirloin steak. Clusters of mod white couches stand out against glowing orange walls, which contain plenty of nooks for groups to squeeze into. Brunch hours offer a consortium of all-you-can-eat meats such as marinated beef and pork. The main course is complemented by unlimited trips to the salad- and Brazilian side dish-buffet, as well as your choice of mimosa, champagne, and sangria. At night, a chorus of smooth-limbed showgirls catalyzes the party with a slight assist from the caipirinha bar's more than 20 versions of Brazil's national cocktail.
Infusion Lounge's menu of savory appetizers fuels energetic bouts of dancing on two distinct dance floors, each featuring the sound stylings of a rotating cast of DJs. The hoisin mayo of Hawaiian rolls disguises seasoned pork from overly flirtatious taste buds in the Pan-Asian sliders ($7), and wasabi-infused spinach dip adds zing to wonton strips ($5). Meanwhile, slow-cooked short ribs marinated in a Thai dry rub ($21) combine to form a house-specialty plate that pairs well with a glass of wine. Before stepping out on the dance floor or wandering into the sunset, sip one of Infusion Lounge's nine specialty cocktails, such as the refreshing ginger lemon drop ($12) or the Veev-Acai-accented Fountain of Youth ($11).
Soak up the solid surroundings before perusing the equally solid menu. Start the feastivities with three mini sirloin sliders ($8), house-cut garlic and parsley fries ($5 for small), and a fighting pint of Stone Brewing Co.'s Arrogant Bastard ($5). Those with an itching appetite can dive straight into larger bites. Equip yourself with a house sirloin burger ($11) or order of chicken and biscuits ($16).
Lola’s bartenders are happy to whip together any one of their more than 50 different martinis, but they smile a bit bigger when they’re asked to make the concoction they invented: the apple martini. Their pride has caught the attention of various press outlets—including LA Weekly and Vogue— and spills over onto the menu, where martini-pairing suggestions accompany each plate of pasta, seafood, and signature mac ‘n’ cheese. Once encore chants finally subside, eaters can settle on the kitchen’s cocoa-centric desserts, such as flourless chocolate cake and chocolate bread pudding.
The chefs at Pi on Sunset aren't the master of just one cuisine, but nearly everything in the Mediterranean realm. They blend together classic Lebanese dishes alongside Italian favorites and update them with modern pizazz. Starting at lunch, they fuse the flavors and sauces of Mediterranean cuisines to make meals such as beef shawarma pizza, beef kafta wraps, and falafel with hummus. Their dishes can be eaten in the restaurant or delivered to houses and groups camping out for Rod Stewart tickets.
Located on Sunset Boulevard, The Den is outfitted with a peaked roof, fireplace, and other cozy touches furthering its lodge aesthetic. The warm interior resembles a transplanted Aspen abode complete with a laid-back attitude. Lay your skis and ski-goggle tan lines at the door and warm up with a selection from the menu's preamble such as bacon-wrapped blue cheese–stuffed dates ($8) or angry mac, which is punched and ornery with chorizo, chipotle, and pepper jack ($8). Visit a green scene with a market tossed salad of pomegranate, butternut squash, goat cheese, and candied walnuts ($11), or spring for the fan-favorite TV dinner with boneless crispy chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, and a slab o' brownie ($13).