The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their moms. Share in the charades of captains of industry with today's Groupon: for $40, you get $80 worth of fine dining and drinks at Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills. Reservations are required on Fridays and Saturdays, and are recommended during the rest of the week. Be sure to mention your Groupon when making reservations.
Villa Blanca's executive chef, Francis Dimitrius, mealmelds Mediterranean and Asian influences to create an imaginative menu that casts welcome rays of sunshine on the gloomy, fog-shrouded moors of Beverly Hills. Dinner lets you wake up your lazy, unemployed palate with appetizers such as baked king crab rolls ($12) and wild-mushroom and chorizo skewers ($14), while salad selections include the irresistible temptation that is Pandora's Salad ($12) and its blend of fresh peaches, buffalo mozzarella, mint, prosciutto, and chili honey vinaigrette. Pursuers of pasta perfection may opt for spaghetti Genovese ($16) or rock shrimp and candied ginger tagliarini ($19), while explorers of enchanting entrees will find Xanadu in the guise of braised Moroccan spiced chicken ($25), spring vegetable skewers ($16), or Kurobuta pork tenderloin ($26). Along the way, seek your sumptuous supper's soulmate amid Villa Blanca's extensive wine selection of Californian, Italian, French, and Argentinean labels, or make peace with your estranged sweet tooth over a Villa Blanca sundae ($8) off the decadent dessert directory.
Conceptualized by Lisa Vanderpump-Todd, Villa Blanca's elegant décor stays true to its name by saturating its walls, chairs, flowers, and tables in the immaculate white of snowflakes falling on a polar-bear wedding in a Jacuzzi of sour cream. Villa Blanca also offers outdoor patio seating for diners wishing to wash down their Villa Blanca cheesecake ($10) with a naturally lit cup of people watching, fleeing-people watching, zombie watching, and finally, zombie fleeing.
Eric Rosen of LA.com salutes the innovative dishes at Villa Blanca, while Notes From the Napkin thinks the restaurant is still working toward its stride. With an average of four stars, the Mediterranean restaurant is an Open Table Diner's Choice Winner. Citysearchers give it 4.5 stars, and Yelpers give it three.
- All in all, Villa Blanca provides an idiosyncratic Beverly Hills dining experience. – Eric Rosen, LA.com
- Everyone who worked there was adorable and very accommodating [sic], with great suggestions for each course. I thought the food was delicious, and it is an elegant, pristine place. – bribri18, Citysearch
9601 Brighton Way
Beverly Hills, California 90210Get Directions