The Penthouse Restaurant
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Birthday celebration was amazing
The salmon and sea bass hands down the best on this side of town and the view is just as magnificent. This place never fails
Overall I was not happy with my brunch experience
It has improved since my last visit. I hope they continue to respect the diner more than themselves.
This is my second visit to The Penthouse for brunch and I made a reservation this time so I was able to be seated near a window unlike before when I walked up and was quickly seated but had a middle table, which was also great btw. I had the Short Rib Hash during my first visit and wanted to try something different so I tried the Smoked Salmon Flatbread that had great flavor but it was quite heavy. The crust was a bit thick, the cream cheese sauce was flavorful and the smoke salmon was in abundance but the potates on top was a bit much making it more of a heavier dish. I really missed the short ribs hash dish that my other guest order. That was consistently awesome.
A huge pet peeve for me is when I have to box up my food, when the restaurant does it and just dumps the food into the box and doesn't attempt to make it neat. At that point, I rather just do it myself. When I sent my flat bread in to be boxed, I got it back and I had at least 2 slices flipped upside down with its contents just spilling all over the place. Not a fan.
Both me and my guest were a bit underwhelmed with our cocktail order. I got the Bellini by the Beach and it was just ok. Nothing special or exciting. My guest got a Bloody Mary and was also not very impressed.
We would definitely go back and I will for sure be getting the Short Rib Hash again and trying the Grapefruit Starlight cocktail. (I could have gotten that name wrong). And I would prefer to box it myself.
We had a great family brunch this morning. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. The food delicious. The view spectacular. I'm sure to return.
We live nearby and we have been coming here since it was Toppers 30 years ago. However the food has gotten a lot better in the last year. I asked and found out there is a new chef. I love the Mediterranean options. Some of the dishes are amazing. Like the shrimp in tomato sauce the veges and the fish. We will try other options but I’m obsessed with the shrimp right now
The best meal I have had in a long time, even the vegetables were amazing! If in the area you must go! Service was also great and the dining area lovely. I cannot comment on the ambience as we arrived just before the kitchen was closing.
We both had the Benedict. Coffee, cappuccino, orange juice (1), and a smoothie. Food was adequate; not hot as it should be. Luke warm at best. Waiter was wonderful. Great attention to service; I forget his name...Latin guy....attentive......at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday October 27th. The view of course is why we go; we are Santa Monica locals. The price point is too elevated, by 10%.
Came here for our 5th anniversary. It was absolutely wonderful! The staff was very kind and noticed I had written about the anniversary. They seated us near the window in a quieter section that had an awesome view. Our waiter Andreas was very accommodating and gave us great service. The food was amazing and they had a great selection of sides and winea to pair. We will
definitely be coming back here!
Great spot. Excellent service. Thank you to Ryan our waiter. Stunning views. Pretty extensive wine list. The octopus was cooked perfectly. I’m not a vegetarian but ventured out and ordered the beet raviolini and it didn’t disappoint!
Both ambiance and service was exceptional. However, the food did not live up to expectations.
Great spot for lunch meeting and on a beautiful day the view is spectacular
Wonderful spot for a business lunch, or a lunch to catch up with friends. Amazing views of the ocean, great food, and wonderful service!
The breathtaking views are only a side dish to the stunning interiors and beyond delicious food and drinks. For an extraordinary brunch in Santa Monica, this is the place!
Great food and great service! Meal came out fast and great view of the ocean and Los Angeles as one of the only high buildings in Santa Monica.
Waiter was great and the manager, Brian, is SUPERB!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was an amazing expensive. Amazing food. Amazing service. And amazing. Looking forward to going back again!
Wonderful innovative food, ambiance and service was impeccable.
Despite the smell of wild fire outside and a bit of noise inside from a large Party, we loved the view! Our server was exceptional as well. We’ll definitely be coming back!
The server ignored us 85% of time. The Room has a lot echoes from some of loud guests that I can hardly hear my companion across the table.
Amazing views. Excellent wine and cocktail list. Food was good - not amazing. My biggest problem? I ordered the cheese plate and had to call the waiter over to explain the cheeses. He named them - two I had not heard of - he did not explain further and quickly walked away. It was not explained if these cheeses were goat, sheep or cow. All other high end restaurants I have been to give a little spiel on the provenance or type of their cheeses and many allow you to choose from a selection. Not here. It was just weird.
Gorgeous ambiance, incredible food, beautiful presentation for the food as well
We enjoyed great dishes and a great scenery from the top floor of the hotel.
The restaurant was able to seat us a bit early and we were seated with an amazing view of the water. The food was excellent and we could not be happier with our experience.
Waiter and service was horrible - could not bring a wine cooler or leave the bottle at the table. Delivered appetizer salads after the main. Charged us for complimentary deserts verbally provided by the manager when she asked us how it was going.
The food and wine were so good! At the beginning the wine was not cold enough for a rosé. The waitress tried to pressure us to choose the most expensive wines, foods and champagnes. At the end, I needed to ask him if we still had wine because he did not ask if we wanted more. We paid with cash and he asked us in a rude way if we included the tip. Unfortunately, I cannot remember his name, but he told us that he was from Colombia but he had a Mexican accent in Spanish. The rest of the staff were so kind and gentle. I loved the restaurant but I did not want to be served for that person again. At the valet parking, there was a line and they left us until the end when we were in the third place. That was unpleasant too. My friends invited me for dinner as farewell because they were visiting me from Argentina.
The ambience was just fabulous, loved the decoration... and the view was breathtaking. The breakfast variety was ok. Our waiter was awful she kept banging our plates and food on the table. But overall the plates where nicely presented and the flavor of our meal was good.
Ambiance is lovely. The service is top notch . The food delicious . However, the noise level was extremely loud and we did not enjoy that. Don’t know if I will come back if it’s always like that.
Lovely lunch spot. Great menu, stunning view, excellent service.
Another great experience at The Penthouse! Many thanks to Brian, for making our visit feels like coming home.
Special thanks To the amazing Lisa for the personal touch and great care.
The food and the ambiance is always top notch.
Excellent food and service in a very unique setting. STRONGLY recommend it!
The view of the beach was gorgeous and the food was simply amazing. Every dish we ordered was excellent. The host was very attentive and the ambiance was just beautiful. It's a great place to just hang out at the bar too if you don't want to order food.
Food was amazing, and service was great by Ryan. Made it a memorable night for my first time here. Thank you, definitely recommend for anyone who wants to have a dinner with a view and near the beach
My wife and enjoyed it being our first time and food was very delicious and the view of Santa Monica was amazing and the server was always checking up and very helpful with the menu
My wife and I are always looking to eat at great restaurants with great food and location. This was a great restaurant for all around. I asked for a table with a view, and that is exactly what we got. However, pretty much all the tables have great views in this place. We had a great server who recommended alcoholic drinks for us and they were all great. What I liked about her and this place was that they offered to change anything we did not want. Like if you wanted a drink with vodka instead of tequila, they would gladly just change it for you. The food was great from the starter to the meals. We will go back to this place again for sure.
Beautiful setting and great food!
The food and service was amazing. Spectacular view of the sunset. Perfect evening!
I have been a frequent guest at the Penthouse for years. Whenever I have family in town, want to do a special romantic evening, etc. it is a go to for me. I was so disappointed after taking a friend for her birthday I don't know what to do. When we arrived, even though I had requested a booth with a view several days prior to the day of the event, I arrived early to find only a small table in the middle of the room that I politely declined. After waiting for a while, I asked the hostess, Danielle, if I could sit in one of the booths near the bar since it had been vacant for some time. I was told that the booth could only be used for parties of 4 or more. Within 5 minutes, a couple who arrived literally 15 - 20 minutes after I did, was seated in that booth. When I inquired with Danielle, she indicated that it had been in error and she had reported it to the restaurant manager. She graciously assisted us with finding a very nice table with a view but the service was sorely lacking. There was a tall bald gentleman who was, I guess, monitoring the dining room and checking in with guests to see if they were happy with their meals, etc. He passed our table at least 5 times and never did inquire about how we were doing. The table next to us, however, he popped into every 5 to 10 minutes or so. Our harried waitress, never did check in with us unless we flagged her down. The only thing I can assume is that the service in the area in which we were seated is not the ideal place to sit. The service has always been outstanding, but perhaps it is because I have always come in a group. The smaller party experience was an extreme disappointment.
The Penthouse service had radically improved, and we had a great experience. Thank you to the staff.