This Review of The Belvedere Restaurant at The Peninsula Beverly Hills is from our recent stay during a stopover in Los Angeles.
The Belvedere Location, Setting and Hours
The Belvedere is The Peninsula Beverly Hills' signature restaurant, and is located just off the lobby, on the ground floor. After entering the hotel, bear to your left and walk around the bar to reach The Belvedere. There's indoor seating, where I was seated, and also an outdoor terrace. Unfortunately, during my visit, there was a private event occupying the terrace, so no seating was available there.
The Belvedere is open for breakfast starting at 6:30am, and dinner is served in the evening until 10:30pm. I didn't make an advance reservation for my weekday visit in March, and there was ample seating, but for weekends and busy periods I'd recommend booking in advance.
The Belvedere Menu and Food
The Belvedere's menu is quite varied, including everything from oysters, classic Crab Louie, and beef tartare in the appetizers, to various pastas, seafood and steak among the main courses.
I liked the bread basket I was brought after ordering–the focaccia was especially fresh and delicious.
The highlight of my dinner was the Charred Spanish Octopus with Herb Aioli and Marcona Almonds. It was one of the best octopus dishes I've ever had.
As a main, I chose the Duck Confit Orecchiette with Sun Dried Tomatoes. It was a solid dish and tasty, but not nearly as memorable as the octopus.
I was intrigued by the Za'atar Carrots, and really liked the fresh burst of flavor added by the pomegranate along with the heirloom carrots that were used, although I could have done without the tops attached.
Water service unfortunately let down the meal. There were a couple occasions when my water glass was empty. At restaurants of this caliber I'd expect more attention to detail from the serving staff.
While the hotel part of our stay was rather disappointing, I did enjoy my dinner at The Belvedere, particularly the Charred Spanish Octopus, which I highly recommend to anyone who likes octopus. The duck confit pasta was solid, if not exciting, and the Za'atar carrots with pomegranate was delicious and a creative flavor combination. My server was friendly, but service could use improvement, since my water glass was left empty for awhile.
If you've dined recently at The Belvedere or at another of The Peninsula Beverly Hill's restaurants, what was your experience?
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