Weekend brunch in Los Angeles is not just a meal, but rather an activity that can anchor your whole weekend. In my opinion, the perfect Sunday activity. It gives you something look forward to. A chance to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a while, or maybe just rehashing shenanigans with the usual suspects from the night before. Relaxing with a magazine and a latte (or mimosa) for some much needed ‘me’ time. Or maybe simply relive your childhood with a large Sunday family meal.
With Easter being just around the corner, C and I decided to scope out venues to host our family brunch this year. We searched for a place where we could be immersed in lively chatter and laughter of those around us while creating happy memories of our own. Nowadays, memories also take multiple forms such as Instax photos or a social media post. So the search for brunch often includes the perfect setting and lighting to capture these moments.
The ending of winter and beginning of Spring marks the start of al fresco dining season. Set atop the famous Rodeo stairway in Beverly Hills you’ll find 208 Rodeo. We sat nestled into the corner of the outdoor balcony overlooking the courtyard and Rodeo Drive. Tourists came and went just below, stopping to pose for a photo or two.
Brunch is typically served until 11:30 am but will be served all day on Easter Sunday. When perusing the menu, the first thing that caught my eye was the farmer’s market burrata. The preparation varies seasonally, but on this particular day was served with beets, hazelnuts, microgreens and basil oil. Yes, it tasted as delicious as it looks.
To follow, we shared a seafood salad, one of their most popular dishes. This salad was packed full of protein including: Maine lobster, diver scallops, wild shrimp and chunks of blue crab. To avoid any fighting over lobster, the restaurant was nice enough to split our salad in advance.
One of my rules when dining out is to always seriously consider ordering a special rather than my standard go-tos. I’m a creature of habit, so deviating from my norm calls for something extra tasty. The fish of the day was a seared halibut served on top of cauliflower prepared two ways. I’m a stickler for caulifower so this was a no-brainer. The fish was seared perfectly with a crispy crust and moist throughout.
C decided on the penne arrabiata. This was prepared with a spicy tomato sauce, capers, kalamata olives, goat cheese, basil and added shrimp. What’s nice about 208 Rodeo is that they offer an option to make any of the pasta dishes gluten-free.
At the end of our meal our waitress brought out a tray of desserts to choose from. I wasn’t planning to have dessert but could not resist the caramel mille-feuille, also known as a napoleon. The perfect treat to accompany our Americano and cortados. Flaky pastry layered with whipped cream and topped with a caramel layer.
By the end of the meal we were stuffed. Call me an old lady, but I enjoy a nice walk after a meal to help digest. The area where the restaurant is located is packed with shops so we spent the rest of the afternoon shopping and just enjoying the weather. What a perfect way to end the weekend! In case you’re still making Easter brunch plans, their holiday menu is below. Act fast, Easter is less than a week away!
208 RODEO BEVERLY HILLS
208 N Rodeo Drive
Beverly Hills CA 90210
Entrance on Dayton Way in the two rodeo Parking.
2 HOURS FREE VALET PARKING 10:00 am 6:00pm
Valet parking $5 with validation from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm