Belvedere Restaurant, Peninsula Hotel: Way, way overrated!
Travel & Leisure Magazine reported this was the best hotel restaurant in the country. If that's true, then woe to hotel restaurants.
We dined at Belvedere last Saturday night. The restaurant is elegant and understated. Most importantly, it's quiet. And, the service is good. So, the restaurant would be a nice choice if the food were outstanding.
It's not. There were six in our party. All agreed: The food was average, at best. All of us had different dishes, so we sampled a pretty broad selection. Yet, everything was tasteless.
Even worse, the meal was exhorbitantly expensive.
If you're looking for a Los Angeles restaurant, you can do way better than Belvedere---and, at a much lower price.
Don't hurry to this establishment.
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Around these parts, I suspect the consensus would be that the restaurant at the Huntington Langham (formerly Ritz Carlton) would take the honors as best hotel restaurant, at least until Craig Strong left a week or two ago. Honestly, I've never even heard of the Belvedere being a top restaurant. Heck, Bel Air Hotel is more lauded.
Conclusion: ignore the recommendations of non-local publications.
re: Jack Flash
A few years back (actually, probably around 10 years ago now...how time flies!), they had an incredible Sunday Brunch...for either $40 or 50/pp, they gave you food (not a buffet), and UNLIMITED Dom Perignon 1990! And they were constantly topping off your Champagne glass! Easily the best brunch deal I've ever hand - even though the food was average at best.
The few times I've returned since (business meals) have always been pleasant, but the food is standard overpriced hotel fare.