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Tower Bar - 40 Reviews - 8358 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA - Quiet Reviews - Phone (323) 848-6677

Tower Bar

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8358 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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(323) 848-6677
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Tower Bar - West Hollywood, CA

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I recently had the privilege of having lunch at the Terrace Restaurant at the Sunset Tower Hotel. It was a perfect sunny, breezy southern California day...the kind that can ONLY ...

Worst

What a disorganized place. The host called me a few hours before the reservation telling me he cannot accommodate of party of eight at our reservation time. We made a reservatio...

BAD - WASTE OF YOUR TIME AND MONEY 5/6/2012

THIS STAFF KNOWINGLY AWARE OF BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AND STILL FAILED. *FIRST RESERVATION OF EVE AND STILL WAITED 30 MIN TO BE SEATED *SERVICE TERRIBLE, FORGETFUL, LACKS ATTENTION TO DETAIL *MEAL HORRIBLE, PASTA SAUCE TASTE LIKE KETCHUP *PERSONALITY SMUG, ARROGANT *THEY SHOULD RESTART WITH NEW PROFESSIONAL STAFF more

WORST SERVICE EVER 4/13/2010

I will never give the Tower Bar my service again. The food was horrible & the service was embarrassing. Don't waste your time or $$. Pros: Decor Cons: Everything else more

Old school Hollywood 1/13/2010

One word- Dimitri. Dimitri Dimitrov is the maitre d' at the Tower Bar, and he makes this restaurant what it is. Forget agents, producers and so forth- this is the man who really knows EVERYONE in Hollywood. The Tower Bar is also a great neighborhood spot because, while high profile, it is relaxed and inviting. The food is delicious and the drinks potent. You can have a business meeting here, a romantic date or even meet friends at the bar. Pros: Great service and a posh experience Cons: Pricey more

Want a perfect evening out? HERE IT IS! 3/22/2009

I recently had the privilege of having lunch at the Terrace Restaurant at the Sunset Tower Hotel. It was a perfect sunny, breezy southern California day...the kind that can ONLY be enjoyed outdoors. I sat there under the awning...captivated by the view...eating the freshest Lobster Cobb Salad EVER...thinking ""Does it get any better than this?"" Well....it does. Before I left I took a look around at the Tower Bar Restuarant and the Argyle Spa. I filed the sneak peak away in my mind on the ""LA To Do List"" and waited for the next ""special occasion."" The occasion arrived...my partner's birthday. We started with the Hammam Steam Bath (we had just been in Istanbul...and had no idea that there was even anything like this in LA). Then we had a phenominal couples massage in the couples suite. The soothing, warm, elegant decor and the expert touch of the therapists...makes the best we've had in LA...and one of if not THE best we've had anywhere in the world. We dressed....left the spa and walked upstairs to The Tower Bar Restuarant . The timing of all this was seamless...and flowed so easily...it was amazing. All relaxed, we were greated by the most hospitable maitre de and staff. The sun was just setting outside and the amber glow of the room agaist the paneled walls set the mood for a very romantic and intimate dinner...and I must confesss a little celebrity watching. The classic Hollywood deco feel and a jazz duo playing at just the right volume...made for a perfect evening. And that is even before the food came out. Everything we had for dinner was prepared to perfection...grilled artichokes...bacon wrapped dates (exotic and decadent) were starters. My partner raved about the Mediterranean Sea bass served with spinach and mushrooms...it looked amazing. I choose something a little more in the comfort food catagory...a very thick cut porkchop with apples and root vegitables. I was comforted. It was awsome. And yes after all of that we even made room for hot molten chocolate cake and ice cream to celebrate my partner's birthday and it came with the very sincere birthday wishes of our server, maitre de and manager. It was the perfect end to the perfect birthday. I say go make a night of it at The Sunset Tower and The Tower Bar Restaurant...oh yes...but don't forget to visit the Terrace for lunch sometime too. Enjoy! Pros: Abience and Service Beyond Compare Cons: Absolutely NONE! more

Best views and service in West Hollywood 3/20/2009

This was our first visit to the Tower Bar. Both my wife and I were thrilled with the choice we had made. The service and attention to detail was spot on. Our meals were made to perfection. The wine list could not have been better. (They have a great cocktail menu too) After reading all the articles on this restaurant we now know why it?s getting so much press? I would highly recommend the Tower Bar for a special evening because this is what you will get? We can not wait to return. Pros: The grilled organic porkchop more

The ""Leaning"" (Falling?) Tower on Sunset 3/12/2009

When you arrive, it's a nice entrance. The hotel looks private and the dining area feels luxurious. That's about the end of the good stuff. Our waiter was a stuck up, unsmiling, UNFRIENDLY actor wannabe, who was often gone from service for protracted lengths of time. We had to help the wait staff remove appetizer dishes when entrees arrived. There was no timing to the service at all. We even moved our own plates off the table just to get them out of the way. The salmon was NOT fresh and the chicken dish was ridiculously boring. Dessert was nothing exciting. I would never go back. You can get better food for the same price or less in many other places. Save your money and dine elsewhere. Pros: Nice decor, pleasant hostess Cons: Terrible service and mediocre food more

HORRENDOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2/14/2009

SO GONE DOWN HILL!!!! Most HORRIBLE TREATMENT, SERVICE- AND QUITE FRANKLY OVERPRICED- NOT THAT GREAT FOOD EVER!!!! You'd be better off eating across the street at the Saddleranch Lodge!!!!! From the moment you park-until the moment you leave-it is unpleasant. Had it not been for the fact that the three of us were starving...and TOWER WAS THE ONLY PLACE IN TOWN WITH EMPTY TABLES - our first, second and third choices were not available, we settled. Who knew it would turn out to be such a disaster. AWFUL....NEVER TO RETURN!!!!! Funny that after reading other reviews I too had a similar experience with the valet. Clearly they are pocketing the money and we were greatly overcharged and mistreated after spending $400 on a meal. Please be wary of the valets, their management and all of their hidden signs and rules!!!! Not too mention-they are pompous and rude! Pros: THUMBS DOWN more

great place to bring grandpa 11/3/2008

We were the youngest people in there by about 40 years. It seemed more like a geriatric convention than a hip Sunset restaurant. The only thing that took longer then dinner service was our elevator ride back up to our room. Pros: not crowded Cons: mothballs more

Second time around! 8/4/2008

It is sometimes difficult for a restaurant to deliver the goods the second time around. That is usually the test after having a great first experience. Well, the Tower Bar delivers. After raving about the place I decided it was time to go back. My girlfreind and I were greated at the host desk by a lovely hostess who remembered us and actually called us by name. You don't get that kind of attention that often in LA. Then we were ushered in by the Maitre'd to a cozy alcove that had beautiful views of the City. I felt as if we were members of a private club. The server was gracious and attentive and the food, again, was spot on. I had the oysters (repeat from my first visit) and then a risotto with seafood. My girlfriend had the salmon which she said was the best in the City. After we finished we decided to have our coffee on the Terrace so we slipped out the side door. We sat for a while under heaters and enjoyed the fantastic view of the City. A plate of warm chocolate chip cookies came to the table as a treat. I don't know about these other reviews, but I will definitely be going back again. And soon!!! more

I was dissatisfied start to finish 7/5/2008

After hearing great reviews of the restaurant, I decided to see for myself. The restaurant was completely empty when we arrived for our 7:30pm reservation on a Saturday night. I found that odd. The food and service were only so-so. After a $350+ dinner, we left the hotel for 30 minutes and returned to get our cars. The valet parker asked for $20, even though my ticket was validated by the restaurant. When asked why, they said that the validation is void when you leave the hotel (he insisted that it says so in the fine print on the ticket). We had a little bit of back and forth about this and I ended up giving him the $20 so I could just go home (even though it should have been $8). It also made me think...did he pocket the $12 difference? It just seemed fishy to me since the ticket was stamped by the restaurant. It was a very bad way to end an expensive night of mediocre food and left a very terrible impression of the dining experience in my mind. I will not return. I really expected a better experience start to finish. more

The Terrace 5/5/2008

I didn't even recognize this hotel when my wife and I went for a couples massage at the Argyle Spa. Really elegant. After an amazing spa experience we had drinks and food on the Terrace. If you were familiar with the Argyle hotel, it was the same space as the Fenix. I promise you won't recognize it now. It's quiet, tasteful, and the view is exquisite. Plus, it's warmer outside than the quiet chilly Tower Bar. We had a very good experience in the spa and the restaurant. A very pleasant and tranquil evening. Pros: amazing view Cons: traffic on sunset more

WOW! 4/6/2008

This bar is truly classy, and has a great staff. The drink specials at the bar are awesome, they are worth trying if you want to find yourself a new drink. The pours are great, and the crowd (so to speak) is upscale. This bar is great, and it accesses an amazing poolside area with an amazing view. I love Sunset Towers. I've had great bday party experiences as well as simple night out with a drink at the bar experiences here. If you feel like dropping some cash for a night that will be plush, comfortable, chill and pleasant, go to Sunset Towers. more

Elegance on The Strip?! 4/5/2008

I usually avoid the Sunset Strip for what to me, are obvious reasons: tacky, loud clubs and restaurants full of drunken Paris Hilton Wannabes and the horndogs who chase them. So, I was a little skeptical about finding an oasis of grown-up sophistication in the middle of the Strip. Alas, I was wrong to doubt this place. more

beautiful classic California 4/5/2008

I usually eat inside at the Tower Bar, the fantastic dining room at the Sunset Tower Hotel but when the hostess mentioned their outdoor option--and it was such a beautiful night--I went for it. It's the same menu as the Tower, but they also had a small plates menu with little snacks. The lobster short stack stood out. There's a beautiful view of the city and plenty of heat lamps. Pros: beautiful outdoor space Cons: probably not ideal on a cold night more

Old Hollywood Lives! 4/3/2008

After repeated raves raves from a trusted restaurant-enthused friend, I decided to visit the Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel myself. I had the good fortune to be accommodated with a reservation last night. As my date and I rolled up to the valet at the front of the hotel, we were warmly greeted by the valet, and whisked inside. The restaurant is through the left side of the lobby, past a glowing fireplace and a tidy lounge filled with both traditional booth seating and more casual coffee tables surrounded by banquettes and armchairs. Pros: service, ambiance, food Cons: valet parking only more

Great everything! 4/3/2008

The Tower Bar lived up to all of it's hype. Enjoyed a signature cocktail in the lounge before being seated in the restaurant. The duet (pianist & basist) and beautiful room really set the mood. Service was very attentive and spot on. The recommended orange-balsamic glazed lamb was fabulous. For great food, great service and the prettiest room in LA this is the place! Pros: service, ambience, live music more

Check your bill before you leave! 4/2/2008

The room is nice, the staff are friendly, and it's got a wonderful view, but my main advice to anyone dining or drinking here is to scrutinize your bill before you pay it. Pros: Lovely room, stunning city views Cons: Expensive, and bill can be inaccurate. Check bill carefully. more

simply amazing 3/21/2008

the tower bar is the greatest place in la and by far my favorite restaurant. i eat her 3 times a week. it is chic fun and yummy. it is sophisticated without being stuffy. the tower bar is just truly amazing. i recomend going on a non-weekend night (it gets a little too busy on weekends). the food is always fresh and delicious, the service is always perfect and the feeling of the room is just the best in la. it is old hollywood meets ny with the food and service to match. its one of the greatest experiences one can have in la. more

RIP OFF ALERT! 3/14/2008

We ate at the Tower Bar on Saturday (3/8/08) and were extremely disappointed. It had been a year or two since we last went there, after service was terrible on two different occasions. We'd hoped things had changed, but alas no. Despite being told it was a special occasion during the reservation process, we ended up at an ""added"" table that was clearly not part of the floor plan. Had anyone in our party been the slightest bit overweight, we wouldn't have even fit into the cramped (and weird) space. Things got worse as we waited 20 minutes for someone (anyone!) to come by and take a drink order. Our waiter (who finally made an appearance around minute 30) was clearly flustered and not on top of his game. We had to ask for several things twice and never had simple things like refilling of water glasses or pouring of wine taken care of. Add to that, the food was less than pedestrian and quite salty. The crab lump's special ingredient was Dijon mustard, which clearly didn't enhance anything. The steak salad entree had stale ""sugar coated walnuts"" and the short ribs were overcooked and (tasted like they'd been) soaked in salt. All at prices that are ridiculous given the quality (or lack thereof) of the food. The room itself? Beautiful. The pianist and guitarist? Grand. The service, food and rest of the bunch? Horrific. Run, don't walk, as fast as you can from this wallet/tourist trap on the Sunset Strip. What a waste of time, energy, money and special occasion. more

what a mess 2/24/2008

What a disorganized place. The host called me a few hours before the reservation telling me he cannot accommodate of party of eight at our reservation time. We made a reservation three weeks in advance and already got a confirmation call from the restaurant. After going back and forth he agreed to seat us at our schedule time. But when we got there we had to wait over an hour and he (Dementri) made no apologizes or accommodation like good services or comps, Not much of a birthday celebration. Pros: Nice place Cons: poorly run more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    Located on the pool and spa deck of the Sunset Tower Hotel, this glamorous cafe offers an airy cabana-style dining room and poolside terrace overlooking some of L.A.'s best skyline--and tan-line--views. White wicker-like rattan chairs surround slated woden tabletops, which are finished with fresh flowers and accented by potted tropical trees and canvas umbrellas. The crowd varies between well-heeled travelers and Angeleno's cargo-shorts-clad, effortlessly cool hipsters. Dressed-up beachy cuisine like King Crab salad, grilled langoustines and fish tacos comprise the menu.

  • 10/25/2006 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Central LA, West Hollywood
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