As usual, it’s all about the patios right now in Los Angeles. But just because everyone is currently eating al fresco as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, doesn’t mean that every outdoor space is created equal. Enter Cara, a stunning and sleek new secretive hotel restaurant in Los Feliz, just above Thai Town.
Cara quietly opened last month as part of a massive renovation at 1730 N. Western Avenue. The new tan-toned hotel (also called Cara) opened there last month, and offers patio dining throughout the property. So far Cara is only doing dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., but there are future plans to keep a bar area open until 2 a.m. once appropriate to do so, and also to extend into lunch for hotel guests and the neighborhood. There’s also a coffee bar set up inside, with seats situated around a narrow pool in the middle of the open-air building, not unlike the setup just down the way at Marco Polo in Silver Lake.
The California-casual space features lots of off-white colors and sandstone, and is shaded by 100-year-old olive trees throughout. The menu offers a similarly timeless bent, with Cal-Italian nods like buffalo mozzarella and heirloom tomato starters, ceviches, lots of roasted fish, and other mains like charcoal-roasted chicken with crispy potatoes. Chef Michael Patria, formerly of the Four Seasons Biltmore resort in Santa Barbara, is on to oversee the menu, shown below.
Cara is now open in Los Feliz, keeping daily hours from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.