I recently dined at the Penthouse in Santa Monica for a birthday celebration and even though I have been coming here for years, I am always blown away by the scenery. This beautiful rooftop restaurant located in the Huntley Hotel has 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean from every possible angle.
The vibe is chic and hip with white on white decor, beach cabanas with flowing white curtains and elegant chandeliers. The beach vibe is relaxing and the setting is gorgeous. The food offerings are global and tasty and one of my favorites was the truffle grilled cheese and truffle macaroni and cheese. Two great excuses to cheat on your diet.
This is the gorgeous bar area, which has quite a bit of action after 6:00
This gorgeous lounge is perfect for sipping a refreshing libation before you are seated for dinner
We started off with this fried calamari. It looks better than it actually was. But things got much better as the evening progressed. The rest of the tasty tidbits more than made up for this calamari disappointment
Thyme and Cucumber Amnesia is a signature cocktail at the Penthouse. I was surprised at how delicious this was. The drink has muddled cucumber and Thyme, Aviation Gin, White Cranberry Juice and Lemon. This was a very refreshing drink and tasted like a very grown up lemonade. The hint of cucumber added a great flavor dimension.
The truffle grilled cheese was a delicious appetizer and so good that I almost wanted to have another one for dinner. Crispy buttery bread with cheese scented with truffle flavor oozing out. Yes Please!
I just can't tell you how good this was
The Penthouse is light bright and full of sunlight. I had to take this shot by the window:-)
These pre dinner watermelon lime agua frescas were compliments of the chef and absolutely sweet and delicious
A delicious Arnold Palmer to have with dinner
There is nothing like celebrating another birthday because each one is a blessing:-)
Crispy Salmon with Saffron Aioli
Amazing presentation and just as good as it looks
Truffle mac n cheese. We lost our minds when they brought this out
Nothing like mac n cheese. the ultimate comfort food
And this was our view from the dinner table. So Beautiful! I love California:-) And I love anything by the beach:-)
It is just as stunning in person
No matter what part of the restaurant you are in. You will have a gorgeous view
Just when we thought things could not get better out comes the profiteroles, Hot fudge sauce. And the homemade vanilla bean ice cream sandwiched between the profiteroles was perfection. Yum!
And they were even better drenched in fudge
Creme Brulee with a medley of seasonal fruit. Scrumptious!
This gorgeous fireplace really caught my attention
Sun streaming through the windows. I could come here just for the view.
I love the atmosphere at the Penthouse and I think you will too. They have a great Sunday Brunch and if you just want to take in the view. Have a drink and a snack and enjoy the gorgeous setting:-)
1111 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403