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With crystal-clear, wall-to-wall windows, a romantic all-white interior scheme and sweeping views of the Malibu Mountains, the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica’s umbrella-lined shores, The Penthouse restaurant and lounge at The Huntley Hotel is one of the area’s most fashionable eateries for good reason. The airy space emanates beach glam. Sleek furnishings strategically arranged in intimate vignettes make the space good for dining, lounging and taking in the scenery. At the beautiful bar in the center of the room, bartenders craft delicious, beachy cocktails like the serrano-chili-infused Spicy Hot Margarita and the refreshing Mello Mojito, made with fresh watermelon and cucumber.
Dishing up a farm-to-table menu created by buzz-worthy executive chef Seth Greenberg, the hotel’s one and only restaurant is a standout. Greenberg prefers to keep the menu diverse, with seasonal ingredients from the local farmers markets. He takes delight in creating custom menus for guests.
Surrounded by windows, the hotel has an outside-in vibe that makes it a hip, eclectic scene. In the morning, eat breakfast in serene environs. The afternoon brings on the power lunch, as the dining room becomes a hot spot for locals and business travelers. After a brilliant sunset, the lights are dimmed and The Penthouse becomes an intimate, candlelit experience. During the weekend, the lounge often features DJs or live music; it’s a fun place for cocktails. The main attraction, however, is the Santa Monica restaurant’s renowned weekend brunch, which makes The Penthouse a classic dining destination for such dishes as the black truffle omelet stuffed with truffle cream, wild mushrooms, ricotta and black truffles.