Contributor Mary Noe shares her favorite top fine dining experiences and classy casual eateries in her list of the top Westlake Village restaurants and eateries
The upscale, relaxed community of Westlake Village is home to some of the best restaurants in Southern California. From casual, local hangouts to trendy cafés and deluxe bistros, the top Westlake Village restaurants offer a variety of excellent choices in design, cuisine, and setting – whatever your style or craving.
The bounty of Southern California’s farm-fresh produce and unique local ingredients has drawn creative, world-class chefs to Westlake Village. It’s also inspired some of the hottest restaurants in the area. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite at a cozy café, a leisurely meal at an outdoor bistro, or a fine dining experience, you’ll find delicious choices at restaurants throughout Westlake Village.
To help you, here are some of our favorite restaurants in Westlake Village, one of the best places to visit in SoCal for a memorable meal.
The Top Westlake Village Restaurants & Eateries
Coin & Candor at the Four Seasons Westlake Village
Sleek, clean lined, and buzzing with modern style, this newly launched brasserie at Four Seasons Westlake Village is rimmed with wall-to-wall windows that take advantage of the hotel’s garden and mountain views. Executive Chef José Fernandez takes advantage of Southern California’s best farm-fresh produce and locally sourced ingredients to compose seasonal specialties using wood-fired cooking techniques.
The restaurant offers sumptuous pastries, unique breads, and indulgent treats created by acclaimed Four Seasons Westlake Village Executive Pastry Chef Patrick Fahy, formerly of The French Laundry.
The Westlake Village Inn is home to several of the top restaurants in Westlake Village. One of the best is Stonehaus, a popular local destination for those craving a little Mediterranean magic. Imagine a rustic Italian enoteca, complete with working vineyard, enormous stone fountains, outdoor pizza oven, bocce court, and trellised, vine-covered outdoor garden rooms bursting with colorful blooms.
The charming indoor space is home to an espresso bar, bakery, and wine bar, and offers fresh baked goods, breakfast dishes, delicious seasonal salads and paninis, and authentic wood-fired pizzas made to order.
For details, visit https://the-stonehaus.com.
The Westlake Village Inn’s Southern European design extends to Mediterraneo, the luxury hotel’s adjacent fine-dining bistro. Recently renovated, Mediterraneo is reminiscent of a Provencal or Italian estate, with lush outdoor patios fragrant with colorful blossoms. The stunning interior design is elegant and fresh, with a spacious new bar and rustic-meets-modern design details.
The menu features the best of locally sourced California inspiration paired with Mediterranean flavor. House favorites include Pan Plano flatbread, with arugula, tomatoes, caper berries, and ricotta, and the handmade Tagliatelle Bolognese. Overlooking a private lake with views of Westlake Golf Course, Mediterraneo is an ideal setting for weekend brunch, lunch, and dinner. For menu details, visit www.med-rest.com.
Adjoining the lake, and also worth checking out, Bogie’s At The Westlake Village Inn is a popular bar and live music venue that also serves an excellent Happy Hour menu.
The Grill on the Alley
The Grill on the Alley is a classic steak house with snazzy style and excellent food and service. Crisp white tablecloths, smartly dressed attentive servers, a lively bar, and outdoor patio make this restaurant a local favorite for Happy Hour, special celebrations, and late-night cocktails.
“We aspire to create the finest experience for our guests by combining the best quality steaks and seafood with excellent service in a classy, cosmopolitan atmosphere,” says General Manager Tracy Brister. “We are committed to providing incredible service that is warm and inviting and has warranted lifelong relationships between our staff and guests.”
For menu details, visit www.thegrillonthealley.com/westlake-village.
101 North Eatery and Bar
One of the more recent additions to the Westlake Village restaurant scene, 101 North Eatery and Bar is helmed by Michelin Star Chef Anthony Alaimo. Alaimo and his team have crafted a cool, hip dining experience that melds a seasonal menu of small plates, wood-fired pizzas, inspired entrees, and innovative cocktails with warm, contemporary interior design.
The Sunday brunch is excellent – shrimp avocado toast and enormous pork chili verde breakfast burritos are outstanding choices. For more information, visit www.101northeateryandbar.com.
With a bustling café and an outdoor patio tucked under huge oak trees, CiCi’s is one of the top brunch spots in Westlake Village. Sign in at the door – the wait is worth it – or grab a counter seat and settle in to peruse what’s been called ‘the largest menu in the world’.
Sip a generous mimosa or hand-crafted cappuccino and choose from an astonishing choice of breakfast, brunch, and lunch options. Over 80 colorfully extravagant variations of pancakes, waffles, crepes, and French toast – don’t miss the ‘Green Tea Tiramisu’ pancakes – along with benedicts and egg dishes, salads, burgers, pasta, and an extensive kids’ menu make CiCi’s a great family choice.
For menu details, visit www.ciciscafe.com.
Brent’s Delicatessen & Restaurant – usually simply referred to as ‘Brent’s Deli’ – is consistently rated one of the top delis in Southern California and has been serving their popular Reuben sandwiches and quintessential delicatessen comfort food since 1967. The motto of this casual family-owned hangout is ‘Brent’s Deli, where everyone who sits at our table is family’ – and this is certainly true at the Westlake Village location.
Slide into a comfy booth or grab a spot in the bar to order eggs, hand-sliced lox, sandwiches, soup, salads, and everything in between. Stop in for Happy Hour or Brent’s ‘Boozy Brunch’, and don’t miss their enormous selection of homemade desserts. Fresh meats and fish, breads, cheeses, salads and sides, holiday specialities, and desserts (of course) are all available to go, and catering and delivery are available.
For menu details, visit www.brentsdeli.com.
From Santa Barbara to Barcelona, contributor Mary Noe loves to discover local food, culture, customs, and personalities.