Big changes are coming to Crustacean in Beverly Hills, as the long-running restaurant is going down for a massive remodel. When all is said and done, the An family (who have been running Crustacean since 1997) will reopen the corner location with a pair of concepts spread across both floors of the property.
At street level will be a completely overhauled Crustacean. The restaurant has long been a hideaway of sorts for celebrities looking to duck into private dining spaces and enjoy a collection of modern Vietnamese fusion eats, but soon will reemerge as a multi-functional space with movable walls that can help to section off the primary dining areas for large parties or smaller private events. There will also be an open U-shaped bar and increased patio space along Bedford Drive, along with a more open kitchen and a tight chef’s counter seating arrangement.
Reps for the House of An restaurant group aren’t saying yet what the second-floor concept will be, though details released to Eater indicate it could be a more personalized An family experience. Crustacean has long had a so-called Secret Kitchen inside their existing usual restaurant kitchen setup, which is part marketing talking point, part actual hideaway for the family’s most treasured recipes. There’s a chance Crustacean’s second concept upstairs could play on that theme, but without a name or menu to know about yet, it’s hard to say.
The last day of Crustacean’s current iteration comes on June 22, with a months-long remodel to follow. Ideally both Jh2 Architects-designed projects will reopen sometime in the fall, each with their own entrances from the street and unique take on the family’s popular Vietnamese flavors.
Crustacean Beverly Hills
9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA