If living in a hotel is a luxury, then eating in a hotel is a luxury for the belly. Today's Groupon gets your stomach $60 worth of dishes and drinks at West Restaurant and Lounge on the top floor (17 stories up) of LA's Hotel Angeleno for $30. Treat yourself to a combination of panoramic dining and aged Italian steaks that might serve as a reminder of your Sicilian cattle-herding days.
As the hotel restaurant that hotels prefer to eat at, West Restaurant and Lounge champions above-single-storied restaurants with its visual prowess as an expansive city-watcher. West's sophisticated and elegant interior makes for picturesque sites and a fancy table for any date night. Along with breakfast and lunch menus, carry your supper cravings through an Italian-inspired menu that draws from the freshness of both land and sea. Pique your appetite's ears with a starting round of Pacific Ahi tuna tartar with hass avocado gremolata, coriander, blood orange, and herbs ($14), or indulge in the Lilliputian small-plate wonder of eggplant parmesan, homemade meatballs, and crispy calamari ($7 each or $18 for three, with eight items to mix and match from).
As the big supper bells ring, chime back with a hearty plate of pappardelle pasta with farm-raised mushrooms ($18), or feast on the thyme- and rosemary-crusted New Zealand lamb loin with tomato-artichoke ragu and caramelized shallots ($34). Kings and queens of the castle will enjoy supple slices into the chateau filet, an 8-ounce Omaha cut with your choice of a truffled demi glace, fresh gremolata, or Point Reyes blue butter sauce ($32). The international wine list offers half-bottle options if a full bottle is just too much liquid for your drink tank or if you want to switch the swig with each course (half bottles and full bottles both start at $40).
Instead of stapling a series of skyline photographs to your kitchen walls on steak night, get the legitimate city-dining experience high up in the air. Enjoy a delicious night out and then return to your own home so you can don a bathrobe and clean towel like a jolly hotelite.
Remember to make your reservations in advance.
- Nice first date spot with great space in the view of the 405 from 17 floors up. Will go back for more dates – OpenTable user who dined on 12/30/09
- they have a super friendly staff and to be at this place at sunset is just incredible. the views and colors that come through are the best for any setting – casualcat, Citysearch
- Its hard to put into words how much I enjoy eating at West. The food and service is spectacular, the maitre de even manages to memorize your name – Shopnmoka, Citysearch