Hollywood’s newest restaurant name is actually a rather old one, as Soul Restaurant & Bar finally debuted this week after many, many years of hopeful rumors. Now Soul is up and running, working through some soft opening nights into a full reveal in just a few weeks.
The casual-dining Soul has basically been in a constant state of flux since renderings were first revealed back in 2007. Then it was known that Yealang Smith was to be running the show, with chef Giulian Jones coming on down the line to solidify Soul’s Southern-inflected menu of fried catfish, buttermilk cornbread, and burger with rhubarb ketchup. Now those dishes and a slew of others are being turned out basically across the street from the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Inside, the restaurant is an open, bright space with tall tables and a long bar that nearly runs the length of the place. The full alcohol lineup means drinks until 2 a.m., from peach tea-infused whiskey punch to margaritas and more. Hours for Soul run 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner most nights, with an extension to midnight on weekends. The bar stays open until 2 a.m. daily.
Soul Restaurant & Bar
7046 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA