C California Style

The Rose Cafe-restaurant. PHOTO: Pascal Shirley.
Chef Jason Neroni’s lamb shawarma pizza.
Inside TANGATA. PHOTO: Douglas Hill.
Herb-crusted hen breast at VIVIANE. PHOTO: Courtesy Viviane restaurant.

Inside Scoop

by C California Style

Smart design steals the show at four new California locales.

Venice Beach classic The Rose Cafe-Restaurant has emerged from a makeover by L.A.’s own Studio UNLTD as the neighborhood’s latest see-and-be-seen spot. Chef and partner Jason Neroni (Superba Snack Bar, Catch & Release) helms the stoves in the indoor/outdoor space, complete with a 40-foot bar, full market and bakery. rosecafevenice.com. Freshly reimagined interiors by HD Buttercup Creative Director Heather Ashton at Tangata Restaurant echo the modern look of its home inside Orange County’s Bowers Museum. patinagroup.com. • Kelly Wearstler’s signature midcentury aesthetic sets the stage for chef Michael Hung’s (Faith & Flower) refined Continental cuisine at Viviane, the new poolside dining experience at Beverly Hills’ Avalon Hotel. vivianerestaurant.com. • At Sunset Strip’s Estrella, L.A. design darlings at Studio Collective have channeled a cozy Laurel Canyon vibe (including a romantic landscaped terrace), serving as the backdrop for tasty seasonal meals by Top Chef alum Dakota Weiss. estrellasunset.com.

Written by Lesley McKenzie and Danielle Dimeglio.