Lobby Court at Hyatt Regency
The fabulous new Lobby Court is akin to a magnificent outside living room, with fabulous cushioned couches; some circular and all are stylized. Every piece of furniture is woven, and there are heaters under the most unusual drop lamps I've ever seen. The tables are glass topped, and although it's outside, there are black framed windows with a peek-a-boo look of the pool and landscaped grounds. There's also a permanent canopy to create a room-like atmosphere. At 12,500 square feet, Century Plaza's Lobby Court is the largest of it's kind in Los Angeles. With textured gold metallic paint, mirrored wall, mother-of-pearl accents, shimmering glass beaded frescoes and furnishings in a rich gold, silver, red, black and grey leather, the scene is set.
The fun part is that it's adjacent to their X-Bar, an Urban Oasis, with a combination of water, fire, earth and exotic plant life. I was trying to split my time between the two areas. Both makes one think of Hollywood glamour.
Chef Manfred Lassahn, the popular senior Executive Chef has come up with a menu to delight and charm the most finicky of daters, diners, and deal makers to side with their cocktails.
However, no matter which side you are on, don't miss the warm spinach-crab-artichoke dip served with house-made parmesan bagel chips. The menu suggests a particular wine with each item.
We checked out the X-Bar's fire pits, and either side is without a doubt an ideal stop for the diverse crowd of entertainment professionals. They're practically next door to Fox Studio.
Before I get back to the Lobby Court, I want to mention Breeze, the more formal restaurant on the other side of the hotel. It's surrounded in lushly simple friendly décor, spaciously comfortable, with large booths and beautifully upholstered banquettes. Because it's more formal, and by the attire of the guests, one might be dressing up a bit more for the dining room. The hotel is made for comfort, and one can order snacks, appetizers, and small plates anywhere, from the lobby to the Breeze, Lobby Court, and X-Bar. But the eye's always light up when one sees the gorgeous Sushi Bar at Breeze with Master Sushi Chef Tanaka ruling the afternoons, while Master Sushi Chef Bill Huang rules the evenings. However, one can still enjoy an entrée of Pecan crusted Halibut, grilled Atlantic Salmon or Sea bass from any area. Those are some of my favorite entrée's
But getting back to my fabulous evening at the Lobby Court.
The food was wonderful and each item suggested a pairing of wine. In addition the spirited selections included a list of cocktails made with Vodka, Gin, Rum, Tequila, Whisky, Bourbon, Scotch Cognac & Brandy, also cordials, and a long list of cigars priced from $13 to $27.
We began our dinner at the lobby Court with an eight-piece grilled Shrimp Cocktail paired to a Bloody Mary dip, followed with a generous portion of Tandoori Chicken. We also chose Sushi Rolls which gave us a choice of two out of three rolls listed. Our selection was the very popular California roll, and the "Vegetarian." The third was a spicy tuna roll.
Other items were "Quesadilla's," Mediterranean meatballs, along with "mini steak sandwiches on baguette's, plus baked "Waygu Franks in a Blanket," also Bacon-Cheddar Potato Skins. Classic French onion dip was served with bread sticks, and there was Pizza Margherita with choice toppings. Of course we had our favorite thick dip, (like a meal) of the mentioned above Spinach-Crab-Artichoke dip! The prices ran from $12 to $19.
The food was delicious, and it doesn't matter what area you might be in. Breeze has the longer list of items such as steaks and Lamb dishes, from $39-$43. I would go back to taste the Goat Cheese Basil Ravioli; half portions are $15. Fish, chicken and shell fish were $28-$32.
If you wish to have something as a "starter," there are the chef's signature pan seared scallops, lobster ravioli, salads, or Jumbo Lump Crab, with a range from $8-$18.
Take a romantic date to the Lobby Lounge and show off your "savoir vivre," then toast in something romantically Italian, like "a la salute. Salute. Chin cin," It was a great evening!
2025 Ave of the Stars, Los Angeles CA; (310) 228-1234 or (310) 551-3334. Validated parking is $5. For more information, visit centuryplaza.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/lounges/