Viviane might be the most beautifully designed place to open in Beverly Hills this year, with Michael Hung at the stoves and design star Kelly Wearstler revamping the interiors ahead of an October 25 debut. Nestled inside the stylish Avalon Hotel, the inside-outside eatery will serve from morning to evening, catering to both guests and locals with a classic American and Continental bent on the menu.
In the mornings, expect egg white frittatas and sunnyside up eggs with corned shortrib. Lunchtime offers some yellowfin tuna tartare or little gem lettuces with Spanish anchovies. Dinnertime expands on the lunch menu with roasted Mary's chicken, handmade linguine with marinated geoduck, and a grilled Piedmontese ribeye steak. Managing partner and wine maestro Francois Renaud puts together a tight list of Californian and French bottles while barman Ryan Wainwright assembles new riffs on classics, like a reformed Cosmopolitan that's worth ordering. Stephane Bombet (Terrine, Hanjip) is the conductor that pulls all of this together.
A final bit on design. Wearstler keeps much of the mid-century bones of the former Oliverio space but focuses more on new hues of turquoise. Handcrafted oak tables, wood-brass dining chairs, and gilded lounge chairs are all part of the suave new look. And those cabanas boast a terrific new palette of colors to complement that pool courtyard. Hours run 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily, with happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. and weekend brunch running morning to 3 p.m.
9400 West Olympic Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA