Hollywood: The NICE GUY is OPEN!


What is The NICE GUY? The latest bar lounge hybrid experience from John Tezian, Brian Toll, Markus Molinari and Adam Koral of The h.wood Group.

John Terzian says, “This is [The h.wood group’s] first venture into a restaurant/lounge concept, it was an organic step for our brand, we created a fun and upscale lounge atmosphere that has been lacking in Los Angeles.”

And guess what this time —  NICE GUYs will #FinishFirst!



The press preview dinner Thursday night was fantastic and the grand opening is tonight Friday, August 22, 2014.

The NICE GUY is a cozy Italian-inspired lounge that is a reservation-only destination.



Benjamin Russo and I showing off The Punch Bowl at The NICE GUY.

Christopher and Cameron, our top-notch friendly bartenders, suggested that it can serve up to 15! Perfect for your next party.



We tasted two of the pizzas, the DUCK BAHN MI with Duck Confit, Fontina, Pickled Carrots, Thai Basil, Sriracha and the 
FIGS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, GORGONZOLA, BASALMIC GLAZE,THYME. I am ready for another Fig and Gorgozola pizza right now! I also loved the meatballs with spicy tomato sauce and crispy basil.



Nicole, John, Katie and I took suggestions from our wonderful server, Codi, and tasted three of the tempting dessert creations. The fresh baked chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven, the Affogato with hazelnut ice cream and the made to order donuts with chocolate and hazelnut glaze. Who can resist fresh chocolate chip cookies? They were great but definitely go with the donuts! (in photo: Katie, Lisa, Ben and Diane)



Katie sat in the flower-patterned comfy booth to enjoy the sultry sounds of live piano playing and singing. Come here to swoon with the 50’s inspired décor and discover new friends at the traditional Chef’s table. We made many new friends and cannot wait to return for the savory taste sensations!


The 411: The NICE GUY

Reservations Required 310.360.9500

Hours: 6pm-2am. Late Night Menu begins at 11pm. Open everyday but Monday.

Address: 401 N La Cienega, between Melrose and Beverly, 90048

Valet Parking: $10

Chef John Carlos Kuramoto (formerly of Michaels in Santa Monica) says “guests will enjoy a full menu ranging from healthy to the unexpected!”

Mixologist: Brian Stewart (formerly of Soho House LA)

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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