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5 Places to Toast Award Show Season

BY Betty Ann Graham | January 12, 2017 | Feature Features

Award show season is in full swing and you don't want to miss a moment of the star-studded action. Here, five restaurants that provide the celeb treatment from pre-show to after-party.
Terrazza at Hotel Casa Del Mar boasts beautiful views and award-worthy cocktails.

1. The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel
Feel like an A-Lister while watching all of your favorites on the big screen at The Polo Lounge at the glamorous Beverly Hills Hotel. Dine alfresco during the iconic establishment’s jazz brunch (3pm) or get there right as the show is starting for appetizers and a craft cocktail in the main dining room. The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310.887.2777

2. Now Boarding
This swanky aviation-themed concept delights with its cheeky “in-flight” cocktail and dining menu. For its annual Oscar viewing party, test out the vodka-spiked Mile High Mule ($13) or the bubbly Destination Unknown ($13) while enjoying a rotating menu of snacks ($12). Make a reservation ahead of time—frequent flyers keep this hot spot booked from wheels up to touch down. 7746 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.8447

3. Ocean Prime
A stone’s throw away from glitzy Rodeo Drive, this modern American restaurant and lounge pleases with elevated seafood, steaks and cocktails. Sunday’s Surf & Turf menu ($60 per person) provides the perfect award show warmup. Opt for french onion soup or caesar salad to start before diving in to an 8 oz. filet paired with your choice of shrimp scampi, crab cake or sea scallops. Wash it all down with a glass from the Wine Spector-honored vino list. 9595 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, 310.859.4818

4. Terrazza at Hotel Casa Del Mar
For a slightly different take on how to enjoy award season, head to this seaside escape for 180-degree views of the Pacific. Pick your red carpet winners while enjoying coastal Italian fare—think prosciutto pizza ($22), steamed mussels ($19) and chicken and Tuscan kale salad ($23). Happy hour standouts include the sweet caramel appletini ($12) and fruity sangria ($9). 1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, 310.581.5533

5. Cecconi’s
In the heart of WeHo, this Italian staple may not help you achieve celeb-status abs but you’ll feel like a winner when you dig in to its dreamy fare. Handmade pasta, pizza bursting with fresh ingredients and a bevy of wine options will have you singing “That’s Amore” in its secluded dining room in no time. Private Oscars viewing party, anyone? 8764 Melrose Ave., L.A., 310.432.2000

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