There’s something comforting about the consistency of Casa del Mar. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where blue waves crash under nearby Santa Monica Pier and the amusement park’s rides cast a captivating neon glow, the hotel’s classic brick exterior feels as enduring as its surroundings. Walk through its doors, past the mosaic-tiled lobby and its imperial staircase, to experience the luxury of this landmark – without ever checking in.
The hotel’s restaurant, Catch, provides panoramic views of this idyllic setting and serves up a menu that reflects the flavors of this locale. Take a seat when the day is through, and taste from a selection that understands the beauty of timeless appeal. Start with the tuna tartare from the raw bar, which is served alongside fresh herbs and crispy wontons, or opt for a half-dozen oysters. Cocktails can arrive at the same time, and the bourbon and grapefruit citrus of the “arbor” should make its way to the table. When it’s time for the main course, the day-boat scallops served atop a creamy lemon mascarpone risotto or a slow-braised short rib paired with roasted carrots and polenta, can round out the meal. Fill in the table with sides of grilled asparagus and lobster mac and cheese, or save room for a seasonal fruit cobbler at dessert. Every taste will be reassuring and decadently familiar, like the pink sunsets that occur just out of reach.
Photo courtesy of Lisa Romerein.