The vintage hardware signage does an excellent job at disguising the upscale restaurant behind its doors.
Though from the outside it still looks like the worn-down hardware store that preoccupied the space years ago, Laurel Hardware is likely to be your new go-to hang out space in West Hollywood because they sure do know how to set a mood.
Once you walk inside, you’re immediately welcomed to a space that screams Young Hollywood — its fashionable, industrial-sleek interior is perfectly hidden from the public eye, yet the restaurant is filled with the perfect amount of buzz you had your heart set on for an evening out or Sunday morning brunch. There’s ample amount of bar seating, a selection of booths, and even a lounging area to chill with friends while catching up over cocktails and truffle fries. If you’re looking for a space that feels more intimate and romantic, make your way to the backyard garden where luscious trees and fairy lights create the perfect setting.
The speakeasy restaurant’s menu has a little bit of everything. From sharable small plates like spicy salmon tartare to burrata bruschetta to larger plates like duck fried rice and pan-seared scallops, there’s surely plenty to choose from. If you’re in the mood for something more casual, be sure to opt-in for one of their house favorite artisan pizzas, plates of pasta, or tossed salads. And though you may have come to eat, you’re definitely going to stay a bit longer to indulge in their killer cocktails.
Frozen, hot, shaken, stirred — oh my! The cocktail variety here is definitely fun and tasteful. The restaurant’s site mentions that their specialty cocktails incorporate exciting, seasonal flavors with experimental infusions sure to satisfy every craving. A few contenders that stick out are the frozen lavender margarita and warm spiced apple ciders.
If you’re not one to have the patience to stand in line, then be sure to make a reservation before heading over. Laurel Hardware is open daily for dinner, happy hour, and Sunday brunch.
Location: 7984 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046. See it on Google maps.
Also published on Medium.