Restaurant Review: Baltaire, Pizzeria Mozza, The Honor Bar, Ocean Prime

Midday or after work meet ups benefit from the bold, bright flavors of fall

November 18, 2016

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BALTAIRE

Brentwood

The Vibe Executive Chef Travis Strickland reimagines this upscale steakhouse, infusing creatively presented dishes with farm-fresh flavor at happy hour and all day long. From the bright, airy dining room to the lavish lounge to the expansive outdoor terrace, this contemporary classic offers a casual yet elegant atmosphere.

The Bite A variety of scrumptious options await the refined palate, from ahi tuna poke with yuzu, macadamia, and taro root chips to grilled artichokes with meyer lemon aioli and smoked sea salt to lollipop lamb chops with romesco and shishito peppers and much more.

The Sip Take the Silk Road (Martin Miller gin, grapefruit, ginger, St. Germain, lime, grapefruit bitters, and champagne) or sip the Sophia Loren’s fruity combination of blood orange amara, cognac, lemon, and grapefruit peel. A well-balanced wine list, curated by the certified sommelier, will not fail to satisfy your thirst.
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Outdoor Seating? Yes

Private Meeting Space? Yes. The Sequoia Room accommodates 48 and can be split into the smaller rooms; the outdoor terrace can also be made available. For more information, contact hello@baltaire.com or 424/273.1660.

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PIZZERIA MOZZA
Hollywood

The Vibe The casual-chic Italian eatery devised by Nancy Silverton and Mario Batali continues to set the world on (wood-fired oven) fire with locations in Newport Beach and Singapore. The original location, however, is still hot after all these years.

The Bite Anything you can share, from succulent antipasti (eggplant caponata; crispy goat cheese with Umbrian lentils, marinated baby peppers with tuna), to bruschetta (Labneh crostone with English peas and asparagus) to those famous made-to-order pizzas.

The Sip A robust Italian Barbera or Sangiovese red from the nicely curated wine list.

Outdoor Seating? No

Private Meeting Space? Yes. The Jack Warner Room holds 30 people, while the restaurant in its entirety can also be rented for private events. For more information, contact events@mozza-la.com or at 323/866.5290
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THE HONOR BAR

Beverly Hills

Happy Hours 4-7pm weeknights

The Vibe Cozy, clubby, and always welcoming, it’s the perfect escape from the maddening crowds of the Beverly Hills north of Wilshire Boulevard.

The Bite In addition to the spirited fries served in a mint julep cup, Honor Bar has earned additional buzz from its Ding’s Crispy Chicken sandwich with kale coleslaw and imaginative sushi.

The Sip Boulevardier, with Larceny Bourbon, Campari, and Antica Carpano vermouth; or the Smoke & Spice with Alipus Mezcal, Green Chartreuse, and Orgeat.

Outdoor Seating? Yes, but for drinks only.

Private Meeting Space? No
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OCEAN PRIME
Beverly Hills

The Vibe Ocean Prime perfectly splices together Beverly Hills elegance (a formal dining room anchored with a towering bar surrounded by its impressive, glass-encased wine selections) and beachy Malibu nonchalance (an indoor-outdoor area with cabana-like seating and live music by night).

The Bite In addition to a superb menu of classic sushi rolls and a raw bar, timeless picks perfect for fall include a lunch-sized filet mignon, teriyaki salmon, and seafood cioppino with salmon, sea bass, and mussels.

The Sip The sexy Black Orchid, with Belvedere Vodka, St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and white cranberry juice; or the Blood Orange Old Fashioned with Woodford Reserve bourbon, blood orange puree, and whiskey barrel-aged bitters.

Outdoor Seating?  Yes

Private Meeting Space?  Yes. To custom plan your meeting or event, fill out the online form or contact Alizabeth Weisberg, Event Manager, at 310/859.4818.

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