Guests don’t have to walk the few steps to the House of Blues, The Comedy Store, the Viper Room, or the Whisky a Go-Go to see some of the biggest names in Rock-N-Roll; they simply need to walk the halls at the Sunset Marquis and gaze at the autographed photos from previous hotel guests. The hotel is also home to one of the best recording studios in the area, NightBird, where Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, Slash, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, and Jeff Beck have all spent time recording.
Someone must have been very good this year, because Cavatina, located at the iconic Sunset Marquis in West Hollywood, is ready to spread the holiday cheer with a rather decadent seasonal tasting menu this Christmas holiday. Hours before Santa checks his naughty / nice list, Cavatina is featuring Yuletide-inspired dishes to feast on such as an heirloom cauliflower and parsnip soup to start, followed by a chicory and pear salad. For the main course, choose between a roasted ocean trout, a delicious braised beef short rib with sweet and sour cippolini onion, brussels sprouts, herbed polenta, and veal jus, or a wild mushroom risotto. Dessert calls for an utterly scrumptious carmalized apple brown butter cake that you won’t want to miss out on!
From its inception in 1963, when the hotel opened to give entertainers and guests of the nearby Playboy Club somewhere to stay, the Sunset Marquis has been the favorite destination for rockers, writers, and actors visiting LA (hence the underground recording studio). Stay in one of their Mediterranean-style villas which were recently given an overhaul as part of the hotel’s $25 million facelift. It’s the perfect place to crash after a wild night at Bar 1200 next door.
This West Hollywood stunner is tucked away off the Sunset Strip at the legendary Sunset Marquis Hotel. In a garden-like oasis complete with lush greenery and a waterfall, the outdoor patio adorned with string lights makes an idyllic setting for a date. Executive chef Chris Turano has crafted a new seasonal menu that highlights California’s finest produce; along with James Beard Award–winning chef Michael Schlow, Turano creates dishes that look and taste divine. With their special four-course Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus, Cavatina is a great place to celebrate the holidays, so treat your friends.
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Nestled inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel, Cavatina Restaurant is a beautifully situated eatery, tucked in amongst the greenery with a pretty patio that’s perfectly suited for a romantic tryst far from prying eyes. It certainly helps that the James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow is at the helm, offering up sensual crudos like his Hamachi (yellowtail) with aji amarillo, pickled mushroom and black rice; delicious appetizers including Avocado Toast with burgundy truffle and pistachio; and main courses ranging from Mediterranean Sea Bass to perfectly prepared Beef Tenderloin. Be sure to look away from your lover’s eyes now and then, too, as the Sunset Marquis Hotel is famous as a favorite haunt of world-renowned rock stars. You never know who might be sitting next to you here!
The enchanting Sunset Marquis restaurant, Cavatina, will be serving a four-course meal filled with delectable offerings like Roasted Kobosha Squash Soup to traditional favorites like Mary’s Organic Turkey. Guests can feast on all their fall favorites as well as holiday baked delights for dessert. Menus are prepared by James Beard award-winning Michael Schlow and newly appointed executive chef Chris Turano. $65 per person, $25 for children 11 and under, and toddlers free of charge.
Sunset Marquis has been selected for the 2016 Best of West Hollywood Award in the Hotels category by the West Hollywood Award Program.
Each year, the West Hollywood Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the West Hollywood area a great place to live, work and play.
The first review I wrote in 2016 was about my memorable dinner at Cavatina at the Sunset Marquis Hotel. The hotel sits in a 3.5-acre oasis of gardens and is a home-away-from-home to rock legends, filmmakers, writers, actors and discerning guests from around the world.
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