Bar Cecil is a love letter to Cecil Beaton’s vision of life and art: a celebration of what’s good and in the process creating memories through food, drink and hospitality. Bar Cecil is for those who follow the beat to their own drum, horn or whatever inspires them to create, to be individuals, and to embrace diversity. The bistro menu honors local provisioners and the finest seasonal produce with a nod to the great American and European bistro experiences. Entrees include steak + frites, roasted Gonestraw Farms chicken, pan seared halibut, smoked bone-in pork chop, and a classic pasta. In the perfect Beaton style, the menu’s “Why Not?” choices include Thomas Keller’s Regiis Ova caviar service, oysters on the half shell, a dry aged tomahawk steak, and the Beaton Martini, a Beluga vodka cocktail served with a deviled egg topped with Regiis Ova caviar and a house pickled cocktail onion. For special occasions, a bespoke menu called the Beaton Experience can be arranged with an assortment of specialty dishes on a table set with china from Luke Edward Hall and other creative design elements. Bar Cecil also offers a full bar serving classic and inventive cocktails.
The jewel box dining room and bar is a modern take on English wallpapers, warm woods and brass finishes, and the restaurant’s 75 seats also include chic and intimate patio dining. Signed prints from Alexander Calder, Ellsworth Kelly, Damien Hirst, Sam Francis, Donald Sultan line the walls, and of course, include timeless photographs from Beaton’s portfolio. Murals and painted details from local artist Tysen Knight and the restaurant’s partners complete the collection. Bar Cecil’s culinary team is led by partner-Executive Chef Gabriel Woo, former executive chef of Sparrow’s Lodge and Holiday House in Palm Springs, and a 2019 guest chef at James Beard House in New York City. The dining room is managed by partner-General Manager Nate VanDeventer, who joins the team from Lightning Bar Collective in Portland, OR, and who was a consultant for Villa Royale and Del Rey in Palm Springs in 2018.
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