The Eat Sheet: Where to Dine Before Catching a Showing of 'The Artist'
Classic-style restaurants pair well with the just-released neo-classic film.
With its swooning lovers, glamorous 1927-set L.A. scenery and charming score, the Oscar-buzzed silent film The Artist, now in theatres, is the quintessential date movie. To make a full throwback night of it in appropriate style, secure a reservation at one of these Deco-minded restaurants boasting retro fare.
The filmmakers made use of the grand Art Deco dining room downtown for a crucial scene in which the Douglas Fairbanks-esque George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) overhears blossoming talkie starlet Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) at the next table dismissing the over-acting of silent stars. In real life, expect Northern Italian standards. 617 S. Olive St., L.A., 213.488.9488, cicadarestaurant.com
Also downtown, in the historic, romantic Union Station—where Deco combines with Spanish Colonial Revival architecture—sits this nearly 15-year-old New American restaurant where the classic plates include a Waldorf salad and a hangar steak with whiskey peppercorn sauce. 800 N. Alameda St., L.A., 213.625.1999, traxxrestaurant.com
The Tar Pit
Campanile’s Mark Peel opened this contempo-Deco fantasia, replete with palm-fronded grating between booths, a few years ago in mid-city. But it feels, as it should, like it’s been around forever. Which, of course, is precisely the idea, advanced by presenting stuck-in-time dishes that run from fried oyster appetizers to desserts like bananas foster. 609 N. La Brea Ave., L.A., 323.965.1300, tarpitbar.com
The Tower Bar
This wood-paneled clubhouse for today’s Hollywood heavies (Johnny Depp, Sherry Lansing) on the lobby level of the Deco-styled Sunset Tower hotel is drawn longingly out of the past. Exhibit A: Items like chicken paillard on the menu. Exhibit B: The solicitous old-world ministrations of beloved maitre d’ Dmitri Dmitrov. 8358 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, 323.848.6677, sunsettowerhotel.com
FOR AN EQUALLY ELEGANT POST-SCREENING DRINK
Bar Chloe 1449 2nd St., Santa Monica, 310.899.6999, barchloe.com
The Spare Room 7000 Hollywood Blvd., L.A., 323.769.7296, spareroomhollywood.com
Cameo Bar 1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, 310.260.7500, viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/santamonica
The Edison 108 W. 2nd St., L.A., 213.613.0000, edisondowntown.com