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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Espelette, the newest upscale restaurant in Beverly Hills, will open inside the iconic Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills on May 12 featuring coastal Mediterranean flavors accented by European influences. Created by acclaimed chef Steve Benjamin, who also serves as the five-star hotel’s culinary director, Espelette is named after the Espelette pepper. Cultivated in Southwest France, the pepper is delicately infused to complement the simplicity of fresh ingredients and enhance the complexity of flavors, scents, and spices to stimulate the palate with each dish.
"Inspired by my travels and work in restaurants around the Mediterranean, these dishes were meticulously curated to bring a global perspective to the table."
“We are thrilled to unveil Espelette, a vision that has been a long time in the making,” said chef Steve Benjamin, culinary director, Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. “Inspired by my travels and work in restaurants around the Mediterranean, these dishes were meticulously curated to bring a global perspective to the table. The farm-to-table menu is an exploration of different regions, cultures, and ingredients, transporting tastebuds a world away while in the comfort of Beverly Hills.”
Drawing inspiration from neighboring regions to the South of France including Italy, Spain, and Greece, the artfully crafted menu is an exquisite ode to the European coast. Made to share, the seasonally driven menu features locally sourced ingredients, highlighting contemporary California flavors and classic techniques for a tableside experience meant to inspire conviviality.
Signature menu highlights include caviar scrambled eggs with bordier butter, chives, Espelette, and Crème Fraiche, salmon tartar, brussels sprouts & kale salad with an avocado yuzu-kosho vinaigrette, and a specialty wood grilled section with options ranging from John Dory fish (imported from the Mediterranean), Branzino, chicken, Wagyu options and much more.
The craft cocktail program playfully invokes the spirit of the Mediterranean, drawing on flavors, aromas, and nodes meant to transport one’s senses to the European Coast while highlighting local ingredients offering a refreshing taste. The extensive wine list highlights Spanish and French selections from the Biscay Bay coastal regions.
Espelette is located on the lobby level at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and will open daily for breakfast from 7:00am to 11:00am and for dinner Tuesday through Saturday evenings from 5:30pm to 10:00pm.
Perfect for guests and locals alike, Espelette complements Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills’ other culinary offerings including The Rooftop by JG from acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten featuring seasonal California cuisine with robust new offerings.
Reservations can be made via OpenTable.
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is located at 9850 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. For more information or to make a reservation at the award-winning property, please visit Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills or call (310) 860-6666.
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About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to elegant service, one-of-a-kind experiences and culinary expertise in landmark destinations around the world. Inspired by their timeless environments and sincerely elegant service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver an effortless experience seamlessly, creating a true sense of place for guests through stunning architecture, Peacock Alley, refined art collections, Michelin-starred dining concepts and elevated in-room amenities. In addition to the brand’s world-class hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a global residential portfolio that provides the comfort of a private home combined with unsurpassed amenities and high-touch service. Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience an unforgettable stay at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts by booking at waldorfastoria.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at stories.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow the brand on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills
Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts' first new build on the West Coast joining the legendary Waldorf Astoria portfolio of over 30 hotels and resorts. The hotel's 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites are part of a world-class, Art Deco-influenced design created by renowned interior design firm Pierre-Yves Rochon, Inc. (PYR). World-class dining can be discovered at the hotel with three venues: the elegant Espelette signature dining experience, The Rooftop by JG by award-winning Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and the Lobby Lounge. Helmed by a top-notch team of culinary experts hand-picked by Vongerichten and including Culinary Director Steve Benjamin of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon fame, the chefs are committed to sourcing foods locally whenever possible and a cornerstone of the menus in all the food and beverage offerings at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. The hotel also features 6,300 square feet of meeting spaces, perfect for social events, corporate meetings or gala celebrations, and the only La Prairie Spa in Southern California.
The property has won the Forbes Five-Star Award for six consecutive years, is consistently ranked in the Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards as a Top Hotel in Los Angeles and has also been named best new hotel on the Travel + Leisure It List, 2018-2022 Travel + Leisure “World’s Best'' Awards, and as a top hotel by U.S. News and World Report. For more information, visit waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com.