Located at the base of the Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood is less than 2 square miles but home to incredible eats and fun things to do.
The food scene in West Hollywood has something for everyone whether you want Vegetarian, Mexican, Seafood, Italian and tried and true favorites. An advantage of staying in West Hollywood is that the hotels are less pricey than LA and Santa Monica counterparts. You can and should Uber everywhere. Most rides were under $10 and far less than any cab would be. Hotel parking costs around $40 per day so this was an added benefit of not having to pay that expense or pay for any restaurant valets.
Wondering where you should stay when you visit West Hollywood? The Grafton on Sunset
This boutique hotel is situated in the middle of West Hollywood. With reasonable pricing, it has views of LA and is in walking distance to many of the best West Hollywood restaurants. Several of the nights we stayed there we returned to our hotel from dinner to have a very talented vocalist belting out great tunes. I wish we’d known about this free entertainment ahead of time so we could have taken better advantage of this intimate performance at our West Hollywood hotel.
This vegan restaurant, serves up fantastic cocktails in a beautiful, bright and airy restaurant. Get the salsa trio with tastings of pineapple, mango and pico de gallo. Although the table salsas (a green verde salsa made with zucchini is quite delicious too. They’ve got a terrific drink list and the Purista margarita with a slight kick is the perfect cocktail to pair with your meal.
While the restaurant is cozy and welcoming with its three rooms: a patio, main dining room or back “rope room” with a lovely huge rope display hanging above it, it is hard to decide if the staff is full or more warmth or the food. Sidestep the traditional margarita in favor of the Cucumber Lavender made with tequila, Fresh Agave Lime, House Made Lavender Syrup and Muddled Cucumber. Happy hour is really 3-7 pm most days with incredible specials. Don’t miss the Ceviche with chunks of Swordfish and shrimp or the Huarache (flatbread) with mushrooms and truffle oil. For mains, duck confit enchiladas and or Ancho Salmon hit the spot. The herb infused rice and spicy habanero carrot sauce.
If it is classic Beverly Hills you want to experience, then head to The Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel. You can dine the main dining room and you can wander around the hotel viewing that classic banana leaf signature everywhere. Order the classic Waldorf salad. Insider tip: there’s a classic diner downstairs serving up amazing food as well.
This modern Italian restaurant hails from Venice. Although pastas are standouts, Cecconi’s fresh seafood dishes like Octopus give it a mix of Mediterranean and Italian flair. Cocktails are refreshing and the perfect way to pass the time if waiting at the bar for your table. The roasted broccoli is a delicious and healthy start to the meal.
A second appetizer, is the light and lemony Octopus. The portion is just right for a couple to share, especially if you plan on getting a heavier dish like pasta for your main. I followed this up with the lamb ragù cavatelli, though I’m dying to go back again and have the lobster spaghetti with chili, saffron, basil.
Connie and Ted’s (we saw Gordon Ramsey at this WeHo hot spot)
This classic restaurant has been around since 1940. They have a wide selection of oysters as well as fresh seafood like Bluefish, Halibut and Salmon. If they have the special Sea Urchin make sure to order it before it sells out as it does on many evenings. The restaurant has a large craft beer list as well as excellent cocktails like the Born in East LA, made with tamarind lime and mole bitters. Lobster is a specialty here as well either the whole lobster or a lobster roll. While we were too full for an entire lobster, the lobster roll was quite delicious. We even spotted Gordon Ramsey dining there.
Top things to do in West Hollywood
By far, one of the coolest things I did when I visited WeHo was take a drive out to Greystone Mansion. Did you know? Lots of famous movies have been filmed at Greystone Mansion. The home itself has quite a sordid and sad past. You should know that if you want to visit Greystone Mansion, you’ll need to be part of tour (at least that was the rule at the time of this post. Even so, the outside gardens are often open to the public and would liken the beautiful outdoor space to a mini Versailles. Check out my visit to Greystone Mansion here.
Another thing you should absolutely put on your list when you are visiting LA or WeHo is a visit to the Getty Museum. I’ll be the first to tell you I am not a huge museum person, but I can tell you that this is absolutely stunning on the inside.
Santa Monica Pier
While you’re in WeHo you are not that far from the Santa Monica Pier. There are plenty of good instagrammable spots you won’t want to miss, so make sure you go there. We took a bus and it was easy enough to get there. You don’t want to try and drive as parking can be hard to find. While you are there, take a ride on the ferris wheel.
Visit the witch house
Sure you just happen to walking around in Los Angeles dreaming of what it would be like to own one of the homes in this city or one of the neighborhoods like WeHo and you stumble upon this house! What would it be like to live here and have this house on your street? Maybe it wouldn’t be the ideal choice, but if you are visiting definitely snap a picture outside.