The iconic West Hollywood steak-and-lobster joint, Palm Restaurant, is making its Beverly Hills debut after closing earlier this year. The new location on Canon Drive is now open, located just down the street from Bouchon.
Whereas the old Palm Restaurant had low ceilings and a dim dining room, the new location has a large, open room with high ceilings, exposed beams and lots of natural light. Raised, plush leather booths line the main dining room, and instead of walls covered in celebrity cartoons, a single wall showcases a massive Los Angeles mural by artist Zack Bird, meant to pay homage to the city.
"In this room, everyone sees everyone," said Bruce Bozzi Jr., the great-grandson of Pio Bozzi, who along with John Ganzi co-founded the original Palm in New York. "We wanted to update the look and feel, but still stay true to our speakeasy roots in New York City."
The menu at the Beverly Hills location is a mix of the steaks and seafood the restaurant is known for, along with kale salad, chicken paillard and more.
To sip, there's a cocktail menu with signature drinks including the Texas Kicker made with Avion Silver, Solerno blood orange liqueur, fresh raspberries, cilantro, serrano peppers and hand-squeezed orange and lime juice.
Bozzi said he wanted to keep what he called the "old jointy" feel in the Beverly Hills restaurant with the James Dean room, a 10-seat private dining room near the front of the restaurant, and the Regal Beagle, a private room in the back named after the pub in "Three's Company." The James Dean room features a painting of the actor that Bozzi found on a trip in Miami; the Regal Beagle has a sliding door for privacy, and framed sections of caricatures from the West Hollywood Palm Restaurant. Among the caricatures: Henry Winkler, Sammy Davis Jr., Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner and more.
In the bar area, there's a sleek, black, marble-top bar and room to seat about 40.
If you head toward the restrooms, you'll see a wall of Bozzi's personal photographs, including a shot of Sarah Jessica Parker, who he refers to as "SJP," after a Billy Joel concert in New York City earlier this year.
"I literally got down on the ground for that one," Bozzi said. "She's a dear friend of mine."
There's also a shot of Daniel Craig in a car side mirror. "I was in the back, he was in the front," Bozzi explained. And there's a photo of his daughter, Ava, along with some shots of Los Angeles. In the woman's restroom is a photo he took of Marilyn Monroe in a swimming pool.
"These are moments in my life that I wanted to share," Bozzi said. "I wanted to start by telling my store here."
And because he is such a "Charlie's Angels" fan, he decided to portray his own take on the three female characters. A drawing in the back depicts Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount Pictures; Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures; and the late Sue Mengers, who was a prominent talent agent, all posing as Bozzi's angels.
The restaurant is open for lunch Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., dinner Monday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
267 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, (310) 278-5334, www.thepalm.com/Beverly-Hills.