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The menu at Circa 55 Restaurant is fresh California fare during the day and fun, Polynesian-themed cuisine at night. The Beverly Hills restaurant, located next to The Beverly Hilton’s pool, is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch and is a great option for fueling up before a long day of shopping on Rodeo Drive or celeb-watching in the Hollywood hills.
For breakfast, go big and hearty with the American breakfast, which gives you full access to the restaurant’s hot and cold buffets. Load up your plate with house-made pastries, yogurt and seasonal fruit, then mosey over to an adjacent room for scrambled eggs, French toast with skewered apricots and sausage. You can also sip a seasonal fruit smoothie — with flavors like strawberry, mango, peach and blackberry — or go for a traditional dish like eggs Benedict, a three-egg omelet or buttermilk pancakes with fresh berries.
For lunch, we highly suggest you sit poolside to enjoy the Beverly Hills sun and breeze and order up a soup, sandwich or salad from Circa 55. There’s a delicious California cobb salad made with bacon and chicken and a grilled Havarti cheese sandwich on house-made ciabatta with tomato soup that’s out of this world.
At dinner, request a table outdoors so you can sit under the illuminated palm trees and be warmed by the mobile fireplaces that dot the alfresco dining area. The adjacent Trader Vic’s Lounge and Circa 55 have similar menus after 5 p.m., when you can order some spicy island food and sip a fruity cocktail. Order the steamed lobster dumplings in a seven-spice chili sauce and you won’t be disappointed, or opt for the Thai red curry with prawns swimming in a sweet coconut-milk broth mixed with Thai chilies and Kaffir lime leaves. Circa 55 and Trader Vic’s Lounge also share a bar and cocktail menu, so you can order up the original mai tai here — Trader Vic’s lays claim to inventing the rum-filled drink — or a mocktail like the Soft Bahia made with creamy pineapple and coconut.
Kids will enjoy their time at Circa 55 with a fun children’s menu just for them. Choose from eggs, French toast, pancakes or waffles in the morning and in the afternoon or evening there’s hot dogs, grilled cheese, PB&J, chicken tenders, spaghetti, pizza or a mac and cheese made with Wisconsin cheddar.
And don’t forget to save room for dessert! We love the strawberry martini trifle made with mascarpone mousse, almond sponge cake and a hint of basil and the homemade trio of strawberry, guava and passion fruit sorbets.
The menu is classic California cuisine from the comfort-food era (circa 1955). Dinner is California cuisine fused with a medley of Pacific cuisine.