Hollywood, California 90028
Anne Fishbein Charcuterie platter
- Restaurant: Tue.-Sat., coffee and sweet treats, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; lunch, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; dinner, 5 p.m.-mid. Butcher shop: Mon., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Lunch, Dinner
- Full bar
Gwen, the Hollywood restaurant from chef Curtis Stone and his brother, Luke Stone, is striving for greatness in so many ways that it's a little head-spinning. It's a meat importer, a butcher shop, a cocktail bar, a chop house of sorts and a return to serious, glitzy Hollywood dining the likes of which we haven't seen in decades. Unlike Stone's other restaurant, the exceedingly intimate Maude, Gwen is large and brash, with one of the most breathtaking dining rooms in the city. Where Maude trades in delicate luxury, Stone's rallying cry here is "primitive elegance." The 10-course prix fixe, for those who prefer to leave it all up to the chef, is more like an insanely over-the-top picnic than a formal meal. Courses come in great flurries of dishes, all served on little plates that spread across your table like puzzle pieces, and many of those dishes are stunning. Otherwise, take your pick from the à la carte menu, which ranges from salumi and crudo to the Blackmore Wagyu beef cooked in the asador (fire pit). Whichever way you go, it's incredibly fun to take part in this monument to one guy's glorious, meaty Hollywood dream. —Besha Rodell
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