Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels

41 Ocean: Santa Monica’s Best Secret

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels

Tucked behind Red O and steps from Ivy at the Shore is a smart private club with a sophisticated crowd, live music, some really great food and cocktails. If you haven’t yet scored your first tech millions on Silicon Beach or sold that screenplay, you can still party and did we mention the food?

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels

41 Ocean’s multiple lounge-y and bar areas are now open to the public, with an extended food program, save some private club-only spaces. Members also have first-look access to new cocktail and menu items, as well  exclusive social events and access to a personal chef.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels

This place has a Moorish meets old Hollywood ambiance, with so many intimate areas perfect for relaxing over a sublime artisan cocktail, some inventive and fun small plates, or what may be among the best steak dishes in LA. 41 Ocean is also a chameleon, changing throughout the evening. There’s a lively after work crowd, a dining crowd with a sprinkling of out of town tourists, and oh, the late night! The Ultra-Lounge is open till 2 am. Who said Santa Monica was a sleepy beach town?

There’s live music nightly Wednesday through Saturday and a DJ spins dance music on Saturday nights. This spring and summer, the restaurant will host an Ocean Brunch Sundays from 12-6pm because any earlier is just sacrilege.

When 41 Ocean opened up to the public, they also kicked up the food program. 41 Ocean’s Chef Patrick Florendo is a Culinary Institute of America grad and trained under rockstars like Jean George of Jean Georges of NYC, Mark Lorusa of Botero/Tableau Las Vegas, and Parke Ulrich of Farallon in San Francisco. Florendo helped open Drai’s Hollywood Restaurant at the W and was appointed Exec Chef at Rare Steakhouse before bringing his game to Ocean 41.

Photo Credit: Aliza J. Sokolov

Photo Credit: Aliza J. Sokolov

41 Ocean’s cocktail program includes a sparkling Sangria with berries and Pina y Fuego, tequila with pineapple and jalapeno. The menu also has a pair of Mule-inspired cocktails that would be refreshing on a warm beach-breezy evening.

Photo Credit: Aliza J. Sokolov

Photo Credit: Aliza J. Sokolov

And the food. Florendo adds a playful touch and taps into the best of seasonal ingredients. We love his savory take on strawberry shortcake, which pairs burrata and rhubarb. Yum. His take on Spicy Tuna Tartare is served in crunchy mini-tacos. The crudites are visually appealing, accompanied with tasty dipping sauces.

Photo Credit: Aliza J. Sokolov

Photo Credit: Aliza J. Sokolov

A newly hired pastry chef also prepares housemade pasta. We kinda wish we could get the Cavatelli with Pesto delivered when we were jonesing for some comfort food. The nightly menu includes a steak of the day, which was tender, flavorful, and accompanied by flash sauteed farmers market vegetables. The branzino we had was spot-on, clean, crisp, and perfectly seasoned, served with heirloom and baby carrots. Burger lovers can order Wagyu cheeseburger sliders or the Classic 41 Ocean cheeseburger. The menu also includes a few salads, Southern Fried Chicken, and Seasonal Market Vegetables.

Photo Credit: Aliza J. Sokolov

Photo Credit: Aliza J. Sokolov

The Something Sweet part of the menu features a Warm Lemon Butter Cake, House Spiced Churros, and House Spun Gelatos and Sorbets, as well as other seasonal desserts.

Don’t wait till you’ve ponied up enough cash to be a full-fledged member!

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Daniels

 

41 Ocean

1541 Ocean Boulevard #150

Santa Monica, California 90403

310.566.3870

 

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