1910 Ocean Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405
The thought of Santa Monica beach might conjure up images of a crowded pier or of trendy shoppers strolling down Third Street Promenade. But the Casa del Mar Hotel’s restaurant Catch paints a drastically different picture of this beachside community. Walking up the hotel’s strikingly beautiful staircase then through its decadent lobby with a roaring fireplace and finally entering the Veranda Lounge, you’re suddenly transported to a softer side of Santa Monica—a serenely tranquil Santa Monica. The lounge’s breathtaking views of infinite stretches of water, comfy oversized seating and peaceful background music set the tone for a much-needed relaxing environment after a grueling day at the office.
It’s also the perfect place to take a date to indulge in the 5 –7 p.m. Sunset Happy Hour. There’s something timelessly romantic about sharing a sushi platter and sipping a glass of Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc with a special someone, all while watching the sun dip into the Pacific Ocean. As soon as night settles outside of the 20-foot-high windows, candles are lit to prolong the intimate ambiance.
Top off the night by sharing the chocolate soufflé. It’s not included in the Sunset Happy Hour, but it’s certainly worth the extra dollars and calories.