After driving around two weeks in a caravan, between Los Angeles and San Francisco, we’ve decided to end our trip to the United States with a dinner in Beverly Hills.
We had returned to the starting point and the next day we would fly back to Portugal, so we wanted to go to a nice restaurant.
We took our faithful companion Lonely Planet and saw that there was a restaurant in Beverly Hills, whose prices didn’t seemed nothing extraordinary (between 8 and 20 dollars) and decoration from Philippe Starck — The Bazaar by José Andrés.
Now, as the Portuguese proverb says when the almsgiving is too much the poor suspects, but it was our last night and we had to go there and check it out.
When we arrived, the restaurant was inside a hotel … bad omen.
We came to the receptionist who told us it was “Dine LA night” (???) and had no table for us. Unless we wanted to dinner at 9 pm. Perfect! We were more than filled up with dining at 5 pm and missed the typical late meals in Portugal, so we said that it wouldn’t be a problem.
We went to the bar to wait for our table. The space is super sophisticated, with an amazing decor and when we took the bar menu up we’ve noticed that there were in fact prices in the 8-20 dollars range… for snacks… at the bar…
“Ouch… I think we have to prepare ourselves to pay one of the most expensive dinners of our lives”, we commented. Well, lost by 100, lost by 1000. Too late to turn back.
We were called to our table and in the dining room we realized the entire Spanish-inspired restaurant, which crosses the traditional flavors of Spain with top cooking techniques.
The employee who accompanied us began the introduction: “They’ve explained to you that today’s Dine LA, right…?”
“But, what the hell is Dine LA???”
So (drum roll please!): Dine LA is neither more nor less, than the night of the restaurants (the same as in Lisbon), where top restaurants do special menus at extraordinary prices! JACKPOT!
So I had the opportunity to experience one of the best Los Angeles restaurants – in fact, The Bazaar by José Andrés was considered in 2015 as one of the top 10 best hotel restaurants in the United States — for only $44!
HOW TO GET THERE
The Bazaar by José Andrés is in the SBE Hotel in the middle of Beverly Hills – 5900 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, California.
The Philippe Starck decor and the food (for those who enjoy signature cuisine).
The prices. If you’re traveling in a controlled budget, it’s worth checking out online when is the Dine LA night 😉
Brianna Simmons7 years ago
Jose Andres is one of my favorite Spanish chefs in the US. Score for you guys for getting in on DineLA night!
Arzo Travels7 years ago
I did not make it to Beverly Hills when I was in Cal but I regret it. Looks like an interesting place to eat and would have been surprised to learn that dining there would have been cheap 🙂
Marlene Marques7 years ago AUTHOR
Hi Arzo. It’s cheaper but only if you go in a Dine LA night. Check out their site for more information.
Nisha7 years ago
I am happy for you guys that you could get a great meal at such prices. Lucky! I agree better to check out some of these food sites before committing in. All is well that ends well!
Wandering Carol7 years ago
Philippe Starck always has the best decor, and this looks like a fabulous restaurant – even if you had to wait for your meal. You totally lucked out with the $44 dinner special, but I’d be willing to pay more. Absolutely.
melody pittman7 years ago
That is so cool! The travel gods were smiling on you that night. I’ve heard about this but have never been in LA during that time. Coolness!
Hannah Finch7 years ago
Nice, so you ended up hitting the jackpot! Love it when that happens. 🙂
Holly7 years ago
Never heard of this. Sounds and looks interesting and like a good time. Will have to keep this on the radar.
Karla7 years ago
Wow that’s a lot of good finds. It’s definitely worth the visit. If I am there in time for the bazaar,I will definitely visit.