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 Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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