The Viceroy, Luxury Hotel and A Gem in Santa Monica


There’s a gem on Ocean Ave, only steps from the beach.

As the website says (and we agree): “Find an exceptional luxury hotel in the Viceroy Santa Monica, the finest California beach hotel offering exceptional accommodations & an ideal location.”

Our outdoors evening event, held at the Viceroy, was tasty and enjoyable. Chef Justin explained to us his crostini creations. My own favorite was the burrata crostini with pesto and tomato. All the dishes are featured at their restaurant on the Spring Plates menu.  Justin, the resident Mixologist plus food and beverage manager, shared secrets of the Viceroy’s special libations with us. Their four barrel-aged recipes are unique and include the 1970’s creation: The Last Word. George enjoyed especially a drink, the Ration, made originally by Justin’s grandfather.

The outdoor patio’s great décor and ambiance were well complimented by scintillating conversation, delicious drinks, and tasty food. My table’s favorite salad was the roasted beets with ricotta, grapes, endive and pistachios. Gary liked the torcho with rabbit ragu and swiss chard. Our favorite entrée was the broiled halibut with the smoked potato-miso puree, asparagus and ginger. The fried chicken in chili glaze was another crowd pleaser.
Taste them all and let us know which you prefer! If you are looking for an evening in Los Angeles that will make you feel as if you’re “on vacation,” this is the spot!  Don’t miss out on this wonderful eatery and lodging.
WHERE: 1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Dining: “Whist restaurant at Viceroy Santa Monica trumps all expectations of pleasurable dining. Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo’s culinary savvy is on full display as he creates a globally-influenced menu sourced from local markets and farms.”
The Sizzling Cameo Bar in Santa Monica: “Located just off the Viceroy Lobby and extending poolside, Cameo Bar is a mid-twentieth-century take on a classic lounge. Relax poolside by day, sip signature cocktails by night and let yourself unwind with renowned local DJs on Fridays and Saturday nights.”

Video: At the Viceroy

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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