Welcome in to (what will soon become) Relais de Paris, situated inside of the former Carson House space on Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Down and around the corner from Restaurant Row and more than a stone’s throw away from the heavily touristed areas of Beverly Hills, the inbound French bistro sees few competitors and a chance at turning up something worthwhile.
It seems that the Osman family, franchisees of the international Relais brand (they also own and operate a sister restaurant up in Santa Barbara), have put together a plan for an all-day eatery that actually looks promising.
The idea is to make Relais de Paris a casual stop for everyone from neighborhood families to business moguls to late night drinkers, by offering a multi-functional space and proper French fare for any occasion. In the mornings, guests will be able to order at the bar for their pastries, coffees, and more, while lunch looks for a more upscale casual crowd that’s willing to bite into moules frites and hache burgers. Business meetings for a few dozen people can also happen on site as needed, thanks to a a couple of functional doors that can parcel off the dining areas.
For dinner, there’s sidewalk seating and table service, as guests dine on the signature steak frites and entrees cooked in the pizza oven, which is a relic from at least the Carson House days.
Adjacent to the bar is a small lounge area, separate from the rest, which opens in the evenings for cocktails and late night bites.
The dust has almost settled on construction inside, which means Relais de Paris should be up and running by mid-April at the latest.