Nearly two and a half years ago, SimonLA gave way to Estérel at the Sofitel Hotel, a California-French hybrid restaurant with tall booths and a chic demeanor. At the time, Estérel became one of the swankiest places to grab dinner in that Beverly Grove enclave. But in the 30 months since, the dining scene around town has absolutely exploded, and so to keep up with the pace of change, Estérel is undergoing a full-on dining revamp, with a new-look space and updated menu.
Come July 16, guests will be able to enjoy the redone interiors, as designed by Xperiment USA, which features dark mahogany floors against mustard-colored booths. The nearly 2,800 square foot room plans to seat upwards of 275 people, with an open floor plan that will allow guests to eyeball the wood-fired oven from just about anywhere, though there is a chef's table component going in as well.
Within Estérel is an even more secluded dining experience called The Aviary, which is full of suspended bird cages and will come with its own private bar. Outside near the existing on-site Riviera 31, the hotel’s more loungey hospitality option, the patio space will also transform into Le Jardin, a leafy area full of herbs and fountains that runs all day long.
As for the menu, Estérel is bringing on chef Victor Boroda, who previously spent time working within the True Food Kitchen restaurant group. That means guests should expect a focus on organic produce and seasonal dishes, with a bit of Mediterranean flair thrown in for good measure.
The Estérel re-unveiling goes down July 16, when guests will be able to fully enjoy the new menu and space.