The Penthouse Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary European
THE PENTHOUSE at The Huntley Hotel, a breathtaking restaurant and ultra lounge, with beach cabanas, open skies, silver bars, and open flames. Famed designer Thomas Schoos (best known for his work on restaurants such as Koi and TAO New York/Las Vegas) has teamed up with executive chef Alex Manos, to manifest a new visual celebration of the senses. The Penthouse features a Meditarrenean menu with Greek influences. Chef Manos who draws inspiration from Greece and the Mediterranean Islands presents a menu utilizing seasonal ingredients sourced from the Santa Monica farmers markets combined with unique ingredients from across the globe. This innovative menu includes dishes such as Shrimp Saganaki, Hokkaido Scallops, Dover Sole, Baked Feta, and Premium Angus Beef. Available for private events.
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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Birthday celebration was amazing

C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overall I was not happy with my brunch experience

RA
Los Angeles
130 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It has improved since my last visit. I hope they continue to respect the diner more than themselves.

FD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience5

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.

DG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

D
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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%.

KM
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

GE
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

AV
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Both ambiance and service was exceptional. However, the food did not live up to expectations.

JD
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot for lunch meeting and on a beautiful day the view is spectacular

AA
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot for a business lunch, or a lunch to catch up with friends. Amazing views of the ocean, great food, and wonderful service!

J
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waiter was great and the manager, Brian, is SUPERB!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing expensive. Amazing food. Amazing service. And amazing. Looking forward to going back again!

s
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful innovative food, ambiance and service was impeccable.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

G
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

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.

JD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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.

k
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous ambiance, incredible food, beautiful presentation for the food as well

OF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed great dishes and a great scenery from the top floor of the hotel.

AP
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

NM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

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.

LG
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

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.

BA
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience5

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.

s
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch spot. Great menu, stunning view, excellent service.

Y
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

J
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a very unique setting. STRONGLY recommend it!

VA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

KC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting and great food!

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing. Spectacular view of the sunset. Perfect evening!

c
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience5

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.

DH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Penthouse service had radically improved, and we had a great experience. Thank you to the staff.