Conveniently located in trendy West Hollywood (home of the famed Sunset Strip), Laurel Hardware’s cool, speakeasy vibe belies its plain exterior, which looks like the hardware store for which it is named. It’s not currently a hardware store, although it used to be one. The playful bar and restaurant primarily attract youthful professionals, many of whom relax with expertly-crafted cocktails after a long day on the job.
The new-American menu features organic produce and free-range meat, everything you’d expect in a trendy farm-to-table restaurant in Los Angeles. Favorites include the summer pie pizza and the pan-seared branzino. In the morning and early afternoon, locals stop by for delicious quinoa bowls and squash blossom quesadillas. Drinks are the main attraction here and regulars typically opt for the house barrel aged margarita, although uniquely-named beverages such as the Juan Pablo (with rum, pineapple, and cinnamon) and the frozé (Cchâteau La Coste, ‘Bellugue’ rosé, Absolut Elyx and strawberries) are worth sampling.
Headed by Dean McKillen and Phil Howard, Laurel Hardware recently welcomed a new chef: Alison Trent, who also presides over the menu at sister establishment Ysabel and was previously the executive sous chef at Bouchon Beverly Hills.
Address: 7984 Santa Monica Blvd West Hollywood, California
Phone: (323) 656-6070