All of chef Jordan Kahn’s artistic mood-boarding has come to this: Vespertine will open to the public on July 6 at Hayden Tract in Culver City, says Food & Wine. The multi-story, space-time-irrelevant restaurant is finally ready to begin its first slew of service nights, and in anticipation of the launch on Tock, Kahn has put together a teaser trailer to give diners a sense of what’s to come (or maybe just what to wear). Find the full video below, along with a bunch of other details gleaned from the Tock reservations page.
There will be at least at least eighteen courses, and tickets are $250. That’s right, all-in prices for Vespertine will hit $250, and be spread across an hours-long dinner that comprises multiple different spaces (more on that in a moment) and experiences. What’s more, that price apparently is not inclusive of a mandatory 20% service charge, or tax. They also won’t accept cash, so credit cards only. After tax and tip, that’s $323 for dinner for one not including any alcoholic beverages.
The valet matters. According to the FAQ, the valet for the restaurant will be complimentary. Which is great, except for anyone who wants to take public transportation, walk, or use a rideshare app. Those diners will still have to interface with the restaurant’s valet and host, as they are “integral to your overall experience.”
It’s indoor/outdoor. A dress code policy asks for no t-shirts, no shorts, and no flip flops, among other things, but also notes that the entire experience weaves both indoors and out, so a jacket is recommended for colder nights. Also, wheelchair access is reportedly available for the dining room, but may not be open for the whole experience.
Reservations are needed. Guests apparently can’t just walk into Vespertine, but perhaps even more interesting is the table size. According to the Tock page, the largest group table only seats four, and anyone looking to meet up beforehand with fellow diners will be disappointed to know there is no bar. Also, no children under the age of 12, and they have to get the full tasting menu and “refrain from using electronics at the table.”
So, set those experimental fine dining sights to July 6, the first evening of available service at Vespertine. If one can’t get in right away, the restaurant is staggering seatings (and the whole thing is only 22 seats big) so things could get popular very, very quickly.
3599 Hayden Ave.
Culver City, CA