Happy Hour

Happy Hour: Caffé Roma in Beverly Hills

Comments (0)


Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 3:00 PM

click to enlarge Caffe Roma's house red - CELIA SOUDRY
  • Celia Soudry
  • Caffe Roma's house red

The Place: Caffé Roma, 350 North Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 274-7834‎.

The Hours: Daily, 3-8 p.m.

The Deals: 51% off all cocktails, beer and wine; $5 appetizers.

The Digs: Located across the street from the Celebrity Vault, Mulberry Pizzeria, and James Perse, this is a true Beverly Hills haunt. Expect men and women donning sunglasses well past sundown, along with designer duds and attitudes to match. A table on the sidewalk is best for people-watching on Cañon Drive. Even during its busiest happy hour, the seats are plentiful outside, but expect to wait for your drinks. On some days, the servers might offer a free, small appetizer plate, which typically consists of an array of cheesy breads laced with pork. The spot is known for attracting celebrities, most likely during lunch hours. If you'd like to catch a glimpse of Fabio, Heidi Fleiss walking nearby, or even the governor eating lunch with Jon Lovitz, be ready to camp out for a while--at least until happy hour ends at 8 p.m.

click to enlarge CELIA SOUDRY
  • Celia Soudry
The Verdict: The happy hour food menu is a pleasant surprise in comparison to other spots of its kind. For five dollars you can choose from Italian-inspired dishes such as pizza; meatballs with tomato sauce and peas; oven-baked penne with eggplant; smoked fish; a hefty serving of grilled octopus; or a salad-topped beef carpaccio. When the dishes arrive, they appear the same--relative to both presentation and portion size--as the more pricey ones on the regular menu, which makes you wonder why you ever ordered off the regular menu.

The 51% off drinks includes top-shelf alcoholic beverages, which is a good option if you're in the mood to splurge--even with the discount, some high-end drinks can still run you about 10 bucks each. And these aren't sissy drinks--just ask that guy in a fedora hat smoking a cigar on the patio. The service isn't anything to write home about. It's a task to get your waiter to replenish your drink or bring the check, but the ambiance and happy hour deals make it worth the snobbery.

Overall Grade: B+

click to enlarge Grilled octopus salad - CELIA SOUDRY
  • Celia Soudry
  • Grilled octopus salad

Related Content

Now Trending


  • The Year in L.A. Food (So Far)
    We've got so many restaurants, you could eat at a different joint every day of the year -- and probably the rest of your life -- and never go to the same place twice. It would be impossible (both physically and financially) to try them all, but luckily, you have us. Check out The Year in L.A. Food (So Far).
  • Ladies Gunboat Society at Flores
    At Ladies Gunboat Society, the new operation out of the restaurant that used to be Flores on Sawtelle Boulevard, the Hoppin’ John is served as an appetizer or a small plate rather than a side, and the price is the stuff of comedy.
  • Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar
    Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar, with chef Jason Fullilove at the helm, is in the two buildings at the pier’s entrance that used to be Beachcomber Cafe and Ruby’s Diner. Those buildings, which have been overhauled completely, reflect both the pier’s 109-year-old history and the cultural import of Malibu itself.