This was the second private opening night for the restaurant and it was filled with special friends of the hotel, including a handful of production members from the "Dr. Phil" show (who apparently put up some of their guests here) along with older society and Hollywood-esque folks. We also had word that Larry Flynt was in the house but alas, we did not see him ourselves.
As far as cuisine, we sampled selections from Culina's modern Italian menu, created by Chef Victor Casanova and which features antipasti, formaggi, salumi, pizzas and but of course, pasta. However, mixing it up a bit is crudo bar with selections such as ahi tuna, cappesante and yellowtail. And from what we saw of the desserts (cannolis, tiramisu and delicious bomboloni filled with honey ricotta and tinged with citrus marmalade), you should definitely plan on staying for some dolci.
The prices seem rather reasonable, especially for a hotel restaurant, ranging from $12 for burrata, to $14 for a basic pasta dish and $25 for the pesce spada (California swordfish.)
Overall, Culina is a much-needed, modern, breath of fresh air for the Four Seasons. This hotel will always do well with A-list celebrities and swells of Beverly Hills but it's nice to see them keeping up with the Jones up on Sunset.
The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner starting today and reservations can be made online via the Culina website at Opentable.