Experiencing a Classic Hollywood Restaurant: The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel

When you hear the name Beverly Hills Hotel, most people immediately think of one thing: celebrities. While I wasn’t lucky enough to run into a celebrity while I lunched (because, really, you can’t just “eat” at the Beverly Hills Hotel!) at the Polo Lounge, the whole experience felt quintessentially Old Hollywood.

My California-based grandma joined me for this glamorous lunch during my long weekend in L.A., and we both agreed that this classic Hollywood landmark really lives up to its name. Here are my thoughts!

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What kind of restaurant is it? What’s the price point? 

The Polo Lounge offers classic American fare at sky high prices. Save this spot for special occasions!

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How’s it look? Describe the restaurant’s aesthetic, any notable features, first impressions.

It’s a classic beauty. The hotel is famous for its green and pink motif, and that doesn’t stop at the Polo Lounge. Green is much more prominent, with large circular forest green booths in the indoor seating area and plenty of matching cushions and umbrellas outdoors. We ate on the patio, which was beautiful. The umbrellas and trees overhead provided the perfect amount of shade. The entire area could have easily felt outdated, but it’s managed to hang on to an elegant and classic image. DSCN1398

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The wait staff was great. All my boxes were checked: kind, funny, fast. No complaints here—not that I’m surprised!

Entree: how’s it taste? If meat, is your meat cooked the way you wanted?
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A Brief Visit to Los Angeles: Santa Monica, the Getty, and Beverly Hills

I just got back from my first-ever trip to Los Angeles and I can easily say I’m in love. Between the beautiful scenery at the Getty, the great little shops in Santa Monica, and, of course, the amazing food everywhere, LA didn’t disappoint. Being an East Coast city girl, the constant driving was the only thing that made me feel out of my element, although it did allow ample time for staring at gorgeous landscapes and some of LA’s famous spots!

Hope you enjoy some of the photos from the trip that I couldn’t resist sharing. Check back soon for more detailed reviews (and more photos!) of the hotels and restaurants I visited.

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The Weekly Favorites: Sicily, luxury train rides, and cheesecake (7/27–8/3)

Photo of the Week: The amazing tomato salad at Restaurant Eve

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There was a ton of great content to share this week, but we managed to narrow it down for you!

Travel

4 Seasons Sydney Review (Travelling King)
The Four Seasons hotels never fail to impress, and this Sydney hotel is no exception. Check out that stunning view!

Faith of Ages in Taormina, Sicily (Hole in the Donut)
Barbara over at Hole in the Donut consistently posts some of the most beautiful pictures of her travels. Here, she describes a Good Friday procession in Sicily coupled with some photos that you just have to see.

5 Dutch Cities that are not Amsterdam (Go! Girl Guides)
Amsterdam looks beautiful and like it would be a lot of fun, but these smaller cities definitely have a more charming appeal that I’m dying to see in person.

‘The Dinner’ onboard the Belmond British Pullman (Mrs. O Around the World)
Train rides just aren’t what they used to be, but Mrs. O shows us her experience having dinner on a luxury train which she describes as a “5 hour fine dining experience.” Sign me up!

Food

Mini Mascarpone Cheesecakes with Strawberry Balsamic Topping (Boulder Locavore)
Even though these are mini, I still don’t think I could be trusted around an entire batch of these…

Caramelized Peach Pancakes (Food 52)
The sweets continue with these gorgeous pancakes. I’ve never heard of peach pancakes before, let alone caramelized peach pancakes, but it looks phenomenal.

Lifestyle

Five Things (Cupcakes and Cashmere)
Just a simple post with some colorful pictures. What really caught my eye, though, was the photo of the iconic wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel. We’ll have a post up about the hotel soon and this just got us even more excited to visit!

Lately (Atlantic-Pacific)
I’m obsessed with the Kate Spade sun hat in the first photo.