From the outside, Laurel Hardware still looks like the worn-down old store that occupied the space years ago. But this disguised eatery is likely to be your go-to hangout in West Hollywood (if it isn’t already), because they’re masters at setting a mood.
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Once you walk inside, you’re immediately welcomed to an industrial-sleek interior that’s perfectly hidden from the public eye. Yet, the restaurant is filled with just the right amount of buzz for an evening out or Sunday morning brunch. There’s an 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 lush greenery and fairy lights create a romantic atmosphere.
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On the menu of this speakeasy-style restaurant, you’ll find 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, you can opt for one of their house favorite artisan pizzas, plates of pasta, or tossed salads. Although, while you may have come for the delicious fare, you’re definitely going to stay for the mouthwatering cocktails.
Frozen, hot, shaken, or stirred their drinks exude seasonal flavors with a playful twist. There are plenty of experimental infusions to satisfy just about every craving, so your biggest challenge will be choosing one—or sticking to just one. Amongst the top contenders, is the Frozen Lavender Margarita with cazadores reposado, Cointreau, lavender & lemon and the optional swirl of Malbec wine. Then there’s also the delicious So Long Moscow with a refreshing mix of Stoli Elit, ginger, coconut water & lime.
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.