Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica, formerly the Sheraton Delfina on
the corner of Pico and 5th up until mid-September, has flipped its two
dining venues as part of the hotel’s rebranding efforts.
Zest Kitchen & Restaurant on the mezzanine level serves breakfast
daily from 6-11 am featuring eclectic coffees by Illy and locally
produced pastries, breads, tarts and breakfast cakes.
This is on top of a regular menu that has create your own omelet, waffles, pancakes, crepes, and eggs benedict, among others.
Meanwhile Longitude Bar + Restaurant located on the lobby level
serves up French-inspired lunch and dinner dishes seven days a week.
Longitude is located near the Le Méridien Hub, offering different
atmospheres during the day defined by music, lighting, and service.
Owned by Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and managed by Viceroy Hotel Group
under the umbrella of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the rebranding of
Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica has seen a transformation of the
hotel’s 310 guestrooms, public spaces, and meeting rooms.
Executive Chef Thomas Ryan joined the hotel just eight weeks to help overhaul the hotel’s previous dining concepts.
“This hotel has a certain brand,” Ryan said. “Viceroy and its
ownership have looked at the location and rebranded it appropriately to
be competitive and to bring the building and its food and beverage
operations into a new arena.”
As part of the Viceroy Group’s lifestyle brand, Ryan said its restaurant offerings reflect European simplicity.
“The operation here has a great lounge common area,” he said. “It
doesn’t have a built restaurant per say – it’s much more of a casual
meeting base. It’s smaller, simpler, and seasonal – all of the buzz
words that go around.”
He said Zest Kitchen offers a light bright European café style breakfast arena.
“Since Le Méridien is part of the Starwood Brand, (Michelin-starred
chef) Jean Georges Vongerichten has a presence here in the breakfast
menu,” he said. “There’s a spiced oatmeal soufflé and spinach and herb
buckwheat crepes, which are two signature items that come through the
relationship with Jean Georges and the Starwood Brand.”
Ryan said Longitude Restaurant + Bar had been warmly received since opening.
“From a local’s standpoint, the versatility of a smaller, more
intimate dining venue is much more susceptible to a regular restaurant
where we can change the menu regularly,” he said.
Among the most popular dinner entrees is the Crispy Salmon (with
eggplant caponata, cippolini onion, and citrus sauce), Filet Mignon
(with Jerusalem artichoke puree, mushroom ravioli, and Madeira sauce),
Parmesan Crusted Chicken “Under The Brick” (with ancient farro, swiss
chard, roasted garlic, and natural jus).
Lunch is served daily from 11 am to 5 pm; dinner is served from 5 pm to midnight daily.
The Le Méridien Delfina Santa Monica is located at 530 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica.
For more information, visit www.lemeridiendelfina.com.
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