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Viceroy Santa Monica relaunched its onsite restaurant, formerly called Whist, as Cast in July 2013 with chef Tony DiSalvo at the helm. As the hotel’s only dining venue, the eatery multitasks by serving local market-driven fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner and special events in a variety of hotel hot spots — from poolside to room service. The new space carries through the lobby and main-floor lounge’s Hollywood Regency style, but updates the look with modern flair. The airy open floor plan at the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended allows diners to see the room and the patio. Long communal dining tables and booths make the space eclectic. Chic sliding walls enhance intimacy and enable the staff to create private dining spaces for parties and groups who request it. The palette of black, white and gray keeps the backdrop playful, but makes the food the star.
Inspired by global cuisine, chef DiSalvo’s inventive menu remixes locally sourced, seasonal ingredients into a culinary mash-up of cultural flavors in popular dishes such as chili-fried chicken with spring vegetable kimchee and lamb kefta meatballs.
Next to Cast, the hotel’s Cameo Bar thrives as one of Santa Monica most exclusive lounges serving classic cocktails.