Within the W Hollywood, beneath massive flanked ceiling fans, on muted blue Mediterranean tiled flooring, sits Delphine. A marble bar, a trio of tufted booths, a library on one wall, a wall of libations on another. Visual welcome varies from the blond arches above to the Provencal pervasiveness throughout, in the heap of Hollywood hustle, Delphine Eatery & Bar delivers a decadent destination, delightful to duck into.
A room with a view is maybe only bettered by a room that is the view. At street level, Hollywood Boulevard blurs with the chic sleek that is iconic W, making Delphine an intersect of sidewalk cinema and contemporary American cuisine.
It’s a place to have a cocktail, so definitely start there. The hand-crafted fusions are full of fun – I spearheaded my adventure with the Grapefruit Shandy. To my friends who enjoy citrus with a bit of bite, this will delight you. Spring into Negroni with the botanist gin, Campari and Lillete will woo those who enjoy a Negroni base. A nice selection of wines available by the glass, and even sangria if you’re so inclined.
The dinner menu fits on one page yet leaves no palate unpleased. With its heart of Hollywood locale, they may play up the Pantages experience with an extension of thematic menu options. The night we visited a Frozen motif accompanied the regular menu, complete with a beverage so blue you’d want to swim in it.
Appetizers appeal with flavors of black sea salt and yuzu avocado puree atop the ahi crudo, or the wedged heirloom tomato that couples so well with the silken burrata. The halibut ceviche is light and lemony and accented with a nice jalapeno tang. Entrees vary vastly from the Salmon and Cabbage Farro (love the Korean spin, with the kimchi fried rice farro) to the Lobster Artichoke Melt (brie and lobster between a croissant, with some Arugula for a peppery punch) to the Short Rib Pappardelle to the Seasonal Chef Risotto. I couldn’t resist trying the Maine lobster and ricotta ravioli, which was pleasantly spicy, and vibrant by way of those heirlooms. All of this set to the scene outside – where the colourful visuals are matched by the diverse delectables coming out of the kitchen.
Finding fabulous cuisine in Hollywood is harder than it should be. Delphine Eatery & Bar delivers on all fronts – the food is fantastic; the eye candy is tinsel town at its costumed kookiest. This is a slam dunk destination for your visiting friends who want to experience Hollywood, where you don’t have to sacrifice a meal to make it happen. Pre or post-Pantages, it’s a no brainer.
Delphine Eatery & Bar, W Hollywood Hotel, 6250 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA.
Tel: +1(323) 798-1355
Delphine is located in the W Hollywood Hotel on Hollywood Boulevard. It is open Monday to Thursday from 7:00am to 3:00pm and from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. Friday from 7:00am to 3:00pm and from 5:00pm to 11:00pm. Saturday from 7:00am to 11:00pm and Sunday from 7:00am to 10:00pm.
Type of Restaurant: North American Indoor-Outdoor Bistro
Price Band: Medium to high
Insider Tip: Try and enter from inside the W rather than the street. The scenics are worth it. It’s also such a great way to enhance a theatre experience, with dinner and or drinks here beforehand.
Reviewer’s Rating: 7.5/10
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.
Photographs courtesy of Delphine Eatery & Bar