Spiral down to this sloped open-roof restaurant off Rodeo Drive, to a candlelit dinner surrounded by beautiful people in this 90210 attempt to bring a decades-old Baja California feel to one of the richest neighborhoods in America. The Hideaway is hidden, of course, and is the best restaurant we’ve experienced in Beverly Hills since the pandemic.
While we overheard actors discussing their career moves, Ryan Phillippe was behind us dining with his boys and Ricky Gervais or his lookalike appeared in our tomahawk steak video. The tables surrounding us were filled with uber gorgeous women sharing tantalizing generous farmer’s market fresh salads and sliced filet mignon, couples cheers-ing over romantic dates with Moscow Mules in ceramic mule mugs nonetheless, and what looked like a graduation or birthday celebration where a teen opened a new skateboard. The whole vibe was rustic gorgeous and less pretentious than most 90210 restaurants. This post-pandemic world seems to be moving towards this sense of easiness – where a rustic tile patio with salmon curtained cabanas is centered by a central open stucco fireplace, tropical foliage, and wrought iron tables and chairs with cute colorful pillows. Add in custom-made Televara stoneware pieces and Mexican ceramic plate ware and it just feels right. Doesn’t everyone want to be transported to Baja, so close to LA?
Besides the gorgeous setting and people, The Hideaway’s Baja-inspired menu is A+. Brought to you by restauranteur Jeffrey Best and celebrity investors Ryan Phillipe and Evan Ross, the restaurant brings to life the kind of food Jeffrey Best enjoyed in Rosarita, Mexico.
Chefs Alex Moreno and Viet Pham offer a market-driven menu with a variety of appetizers like ceviche, guac, crudite, aqua da chile, and crispy cauliflower. A separate section called Pequenitos includes options like Wagyu Beef Tartare, Tuna Tartare, and Alaskan King Crab; alongside large plates of hand-selected beef, pork, and whole fresh fish. The surf and turf-inspired dishes and accompaniments feature traditional Mexican and world spices. There is a lengthy delightful list of choices – from carnitas to branzino to wagyu Zabuton steak. Lobster tempura and Vegan Chile Relleno, oh my! Add a side to your main dishes like Truffle Fries, Papas Bravas (roasted fingerlings), Grilled Asparagus, or Salsa Macha Broccoli.
While there are dining areas in various rooms and alcoves, ask for a table near the open fireplace. Upon seating, two amazing dips arrived with homemade chips. We could not get enough of the spicy bean dip. We even added it to our DIY steak taco.
Here are some tips for your next venture to The Hideaway:
COCKTAILS: Handmade cocktails are imagined by Julian Cox while General Manager Bart Clemmer spearheads the wine program. The Poblano Escobar with Mezcal is a winner with pineapple and poblano spice with lemon. The House Margarita is a unique blend of both Blanco and Reposado tequilas and fresh house-blended sweet and sour juices.
MUST ORDER: The Crispy Rock Shrimp tastes like big fresh lobster chunks and arrives in a grand lettuce cup. Share the generously sized dish by placing the luscious shrimp into hard taco shells or mini tortilla shells with dots of wasabi quac puree and chipotle cream.
LIGHTER SIDE: Begin with Hamachi Tiradito, sashimi so light and fresh with soy honey vinaigrette, and pickled Fresno Chile plated like symmetrical art. The heaping Burrata Salad with heirloom tomato, peaches, Jamon Iberico, wild arugula, and tortilla chips with lemon vinaigrette would be perfect to share.
INDULGE: There are countless steak options here but the beautifully prepared 32 oz Tomahawk Steak sliced tableside with chimichurri is a showstopper. Order it the way you like it cooked and optionally pair with corn or flour steak tortillas after it’s chop chop chopped in front of you on a large wooden cart.
Add Grilled Corn with smoked cotija cheese and Roasted Wild Mushrooms as a side to accompany your meat. The Tomahawk feeds 3-4 people or consider taking home what you can’t eat. Other dishes prepared tableside include a 12 oz New York Wagyu, a 36-hour Brisket Birria, and a 2 lb grilled Maine lobster with roasted black garlic steak sauce.
DESSERT: Of course, churros! But these are freshly made hot and crispy with two dipping sauces – chocolate and strawberry. Oooooh! AH!
WHO: This is the kind of place you go with someone you love for date night or a night out with special friends. Sip the first or last drink in the luxe candlelit circular bar called the Jewel Box and make your way to your table for an evening you won’t forget.
See our video Reel on @lalascoop Instagram.
21 N RODEO DR.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90210