8358 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9006934.095273 -118.372253
Neighborhoods: Central LA, West Hollywood
The Terrace – 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.
WOW! – 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.
Elegance on The Strip?! – 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.
The Tower Bar is one of the best kept secrets in Los Angeles. Do not expect to "roll up" with your "crew" for drinks and grub. For god's sake, make a reservation.
Classy, dark and quiet, great food, white jackets on the waiters, beautiful views, and a conservative but strong wine list. Expensive, but you can't ask for surroundings, service and atmosphere like this place, and expect it to be cheap.
If you don't mind spending some cash, and want to know what it feels like to live like the A-list clientele this place attracts, you won't be dissapointed.
beautiful classic California – 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.
Old Hollywood Lives! – 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.
A wonderful two-piece Jazz combo tinkled away in the corner beside the hostess stand. We were greeted by a lovely young hostess, who introduced us to the Maitre'd and seated us inside at the bar for a drink while our table was prepared. I ordered a belvedere martini, which came icy cold with three jumbo olives. delicious. My sweetie had a glass of Viogner, which she quite enjoyed.
We were seated in a beautiful dark wood paneled alcove.
Our waiter promptly appeared, and took our order for a bottle of sparkling water. The menu is classic "Old Hollywood" all the way. A simply elegant and well thought out selection of dishes. We began with the Seafood Tower appetizer (recommended fort two or more - $42), which was magnificently presented on stacked silver platters, filled with ice, and overflowing with shrimp. mussels, oysters, lobster and (my favorite) king crab legs.
I ordered my entree from the night's additions. A magnificent Cote de Beouf ($65), described by our waiter as dry aged for 48 days. A truly magnificent 14 oz. cut of meat similar to a rib eye, served sliced over grilled romaine with house made blue cheese stuffed Gnocci. I was in heaven. My date had the Chicken Paillard ($26), a thin-pounded breast herb marinated and grilled, served with greens. light and delicious!
The the food was great, service was gracious and quiet, and the classic old school Maitre'd was just perfect. Worth every penny.
Great everything! – 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!
Check your bill before you leave! – 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.
A friend and I were having drinks and ordered the cheese plate, which was listed on the menu for $12.
When we got the bill, we had been charged $18 for the cheese plate. After the waiter corrected the error, he came back with a bill that had had almost $15 added onto it for no reason (bill should have been about $48, and was $64 with no reason). We called him over again, and he corrected the second error but set the price of the cheese plate back to $18.
At this point, we decided to just give up and pay the extra money rather than argue and keep sending the bill back, but from what other patrons at the bar told us, this is something this establishment does regularly.
I guess a lot of the guests don't bother to double-check the bill and the Tower Bar has decided to take advantage of this.
Should you go there, enjoy the food, beautiful room and stunning view, but be VERY certain your bill is accurate before you pay.
simply amazing – 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.
RIP OFF ALERT! – 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.
what a mess – 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.
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