Crustacean Beverly Hills Gets New Look, Refreshed Menu After $10M Renovation

Crustacean Beverly Hills and inset of Fish-Publicity-H 2018
Courtesy of Wonho Frank Lee

The nip/tuck, eight months in the making, also includes a new entrance.

After an eight-month, $10 million renovation, Crustacean Beverly Hills (468 N. Bedford Drive), which first opened in 1997, bows anew March 13 with an airy new look and refreshed menu.

Friends-and-family dinners have hosted execs including Jim Berk, Lionsgate’s Heather Somaini, Def Jam’s Courtni Asbury and Untitled Entertainment’s Evan Hainey, and Emma Stone and Women in Film’s Cathy Schulman hosted the group’s pre-Oscars soiree there March 2 (restaurant owners the An family also announced an annual gift to support a WIF fellowship for “a female student who is a first- or second-generation immigrant,” says WIF’s Kirsten Schaffer).

While the An Family remains at the helm, they’ve tapped chef Tony Nguyen to put his spin on the modern Vietnamese fare, though the new menu is not the only change here. Reserve a spot at the newly minted chef’s table with views of the open glass kitchen, where the popular An garlic noodles — a closely guarded secret family recipe — will still be the piece de resistance on the menu.

As part of the nip/tuck, the entrance now is on Bedford Drive, the revamped first floor features an updated floor plan with a U-shaped bar, indoor-outdoor tables as well as communal and garden area seating, plus the second floor will house a different fine dining restaurant with its own entrance and menu in the coming months, and the restaurant’s signature “Walk on Water” fish pond has doubled in size and runs the length of the dining room. During renovations, the resident koi were kept at a local fish hotel, and while they were not on display during the pre-opening parties, the Ans say they’ll be ready for their close-up at the grand opening.

A version of this story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.