The first big reveal of the next Beverly Center era is here, as Cal Mare swims ashore at the Beverly Grove property tomorrow. The upscale modern California-Italian restaurant sports a predictable seafood focus, but is being anything but subtle about its interior design.
Filled with moody uplighting, deep, round booths, a wide-open kitchen and patio seating (complete with fireplace), Cal Mare may just be the most dramatic restaurant to land in this part of town in some time. The tall barreled ceiling, inside greenery, and angular bar certainly help to keep everyone’s attention, while chef Adam Sobel focuses on the food. The space was designed by Bishop Pass.
Sobel is a longtime Michael Mina disciple, having worked for the expansive Mina Group for six years both in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. Now he’s relocated to Los Angeles to open and oversee Cal Mare, a personal representation of Sobel’s trips and time spent in places like the Amalfi Coast.
Like all good modern restaurants, Sobel will be sourcing his food from local purveyors both on the protein and produce side (though they won’t have an executive farmer on hand), as much as possible. Expect a high bar for quality seafood as well as housemade pastas and pizzas, plus cocktails and wine from sommelier Rajat Parr. The opening menu is below.
Cal Mare opens for dinner tomorrow, keeping hours from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. or later every night. There will also be a happy hour starting at 4 p.m. daily. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.
8500 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA