9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA | Directions 9021034.066964 -118.413405
Neighborhoods: Century City, West LA
While the decor might be an ode to mid century modern, the menu at this Beverly Hills hotel restaurant keeps it simple with seared salmon, beef tenderloin and tuna tartare.
Unexpected Find – You'd never really guess this was in a Hilton. It is a little bit corporate looking but also very upscale and servers are professional. The steak I had was good, and the appetizers were as well. I like that it's next to the poolside Trader Vic's. Full bar. Decent wine list. In place if you are staying at the hotel or live in the area and want something more quiet and laidback than the more trendy steakhouses around.
Breakfast at Circa 55... I had the Huevos Rancheros.. this is one of my favorite meals for breakfast, I was all excited. What a let down!!! I thought the portion was perfect, but the taste was bland and soggy..for the price I expected so much more! The Atmosphere is what makes this place, the food comes in second at best. Our host and server were very nice, but overall - Don't believe the hype!!
The Place Not to Impress – I can no longer entertain clients at the Beverly Hilton's Circa 55.
I should have known things had taken a turn for the worst when I was offered crackers and peanut butter instead of a traditional bread plate. This would be a great concept if I was hosting a birthday party for my children, but this is not what grown-ups expect when dining.
But much, much worse was the entree that reminded me of something I might find at a Sizzler type establishment. The steak was a poor cut and flavorless, as were the inspirationless sides of dry french fries and overcooked asparagus. I would have appreciated a chance to let my server know, but he never checked in on our table after dropping the entrees. When I asked for a manager to come over she had nothing to offer except this is the direction they are going because of Trader Vic's. There was a definite state of complete detachment by the staff.
If you want to impress a client or a mate, steer clear of the Beverly Hilton. I cannot imagine a worse impression than bringing a guest here.
Not bad for a hotel restaurant – The evening service was horrible. A waiter with a superiority complex ignored us most of the evening. Instead of coming over to the table to ask if we were okay, he'd mouth it from a distance. When we wanted to ask for something, he would take his time making his way over to us. It wasn't just us; he did it to others in the restaurant. I know; I know; it's a hotel restaurant, what do I expect? Service--good, attentive, respectful and courteous service. The food was fine, as was the wine selection. It's a shame they don't have the same wonderful wait staff that covers breakfast working in the evenings. Better to get room service!
Just not getting it right – Went there with 5 girlfriends for Restaurant Week. Firstly, the menu they advertised for dineLA had totally changed and they had taken off the foie gras option and replaced all the other options with much cheaper dishes - we were told that because the Golden Globes was cancelled, it was a huge loss to the Hotel and so they were taking budget cuts everywhere - DEFINITELY not something you want to tell someone - basically telling us that we were getting cheaper food for the same price. Most of chose the sirloin option which came with an inedible attempt at risotto and terrible sauce on the steak - we actually had to ask for additional steak sauce and ended up with A1 as our preferred option. Drinks were weak. When asked if everything was ok, we gave several listed items of constructive criticism and yet, other than a "I'm sorry" nothing was comped - we didn't even get a free drink. Waiter was good.. but the whole experience left a terrible taste in our mouths. The food was very mediocre and the atmostphere was definitely lacking. Would not go back or recommend to anyone.
One Word- WOW!! – My husband and I heard about the new Circa 55 many times from our friends but never had the chance to get down there. Finally we were kid free and made it. OMG! the food was delicious and the services was wonderful. We started with the Dim-Sum (so tasty I wanted to order another one) and the Lobster Tempura was yummy! I had the Halibut for my entree and I like spices in my food this was to die for, just the right taste. My husband had the Seafood Fried Rice, he told me that he will never order any other Fried rice but there's, the seafood was very fresh and the shrimps were HUGE! The drinks!! We order some from the Trader Vic's Lounge and they were very tasty with just the right amount of alcohol in them. The DJ was pretty good as well. Over all the whole night was wonderful the atmosphere was great with the pool view so relaxing and enjoyable. My husband and I can't wait for another night out at Circa, were actually thinking of staying in a room this time the hotel looks amazing!
Nice Pool View – We had dinner at there last week with some friends and had a great time. We had some great appetizers, I recommend the crab cake. We also tried the Halibut and the Thai noodles; both were great accompanied with friendly service. We loved the retro decor.
Good Food, Drinks & Music Poolside! – We had dinner and drinks on a Thursday night and had an amazing time! We started off with sushi for appetizers, the Lobster Ceviche roll was divine, tangy ceviche layered on top of a delicious lobster roll and split the sashimi for 2, which had a good mix of fish and was a decent portion for each of us. They have a new menu they are starting to roll out, which was terrific, more of a pan-asian flair. I had the halibut as my entree, it was excellent. My friend had the Mahi Mahi which was okay, my halibut was much better. Throughout dinner there was music playing somewhere near the pool, as we were heading out we noticed a DJ playing in Trader Vic's lounge, we ended up heading over there and finished our night lounging poolside, listening to an awesome DJ, sipping Mai Tai's! I definitely will be going back!
Beautiful setting – Co-workers and I went to Circa 55 after work. Very good experience with the appetizers, drinks and ambiance. We were able to sit both inside and near the pool and enjoyed ourselves with conversation. In the evening they had a DJ on the roof who played fun music while displaying videos on the hotel wall.
Hip, Unique poolside spot! – I went here for a work happy hour and was very pleased. The ambiance is so relaxing. The food and drinks are very unique and fun, very different from your typical bar fare . You really feel like you are a Californian when you are sitting poolside with your martini and the lights hitting the palms. The service was on top of everything. A very nice place to go in Beverly Hills.
Beverly Hills 90210 5 STAR World class taste in SPIRITS, FOOD, and SERVICE!!!!, Sit by the Pool and ENJOY the EYE CANDY!! – WOW!!! What a cool spot!!! I had the Mojito and it was done up with sparkling water that added an even extra flair to the drink. All of a sudden both of the big V.P.'s of my company decided to order it as well after seeing how much I was bragging about it. It is a very elegant and even hip spot to have a happy hour with friends and or coworkers. Your parking is validated for FREE for 4 hours in BEVERLY HILLS..That alone makes having one drink seem like it is on the house. The outdoor patio by the pool is perfect for big groups that want to be loud and jovial and or just chill out and take in some meditation as you look at the eye candy all about you. I had a taste of the Spicy Tuna and California Rolls and they were impeccable. Above all, the service was first class as all the servers went the extra mile attaining to our big groups needs. One server was even carrying a coffee mug giving refills to people that thought they had one too many..If you are in Beverly Hills..Check it out the CIRCA MARTINI with a splash of Pomegranite and Orange was defintetly delicious as well..
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