We parked on the street but valet parking is available. We entered the restaurant under a lush green archway into a lovely garden with marble top tables and linen napkins. It was like being welcomed into someone’s home. The inside dining room had a nice cabin feel and well as another larger patio beyond. This provided a lovely tranquil ambiance among the high rises of Sunset Boulevard.
The food was good too. The Dungeness crab pasta was delicious, listed on the menu as spaghetti rustica, green onion, tomato, lemon, chili pangrattato. This was a fancy way of saying that these ingredients work very well together and bring out the sweetness of the crab. The local halibut served with roasted summer squash, thyme, caper, tomato, sorrel sauce ravigote as well as the burrata salad and the blistered summer corn were all quite tasty.
The one low note was the harissa-roasted broccoli. It was seasoned well but the leaves were slightly burnt making the stems inedible. The overall dining experience was enjoyable. I ordered an aperol spritzer and it was very refreshing, bringing back memories of my last trip to Italy.
The other thing that I need to mention is that this lush, lovely garden patio is dog friendly. I found a place to enjoy a nice dinner in a lovely setting that welcomed my dog.