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Haute Living picks the brain of Polo Lounge’s General Manager Pepe De Anda

The Beverly Hills Hotel is a cultural landmark in the City Of Angels. To that end, the hotel’s revered Polo Lounge has long been recognized for embodying the quintessential essence of Hollywood glamour.

With The Beverly Hills Hotel celebrating its 100th year anniversary this year, Polo Lounge is resurfacing in all its glory, remaining as relevant today as ever before. The iconic destination has plans to launch new vintage menu covers, a “birthday cake” dessert and a special cocktail menu called These Walls are Talking, which will feature anecdotal potables displaying the colorful history of the hotel.

General Manager Pepe De Anda, who has been with the restaurant for some 20 years, gives Haute Living a taste of the Polo Lounge experience, from the decadent cuisine to its celebrity patrons.

Which entrée is the Polo Lounge best known for?
The McCarthy Salad, Steak Tartar and the Tortilla Soup are the most popular dishes served.

What is it that keeps patrons coming back?
The combination of recognition, service, ambiance and cuisine.

What is the most popular drink at Polo Lounge?
The Vodka Sparkling Watermelon Martini.

Who might we find at Polo Lounge?
In recent years, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Ben Affleck, Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Costner, Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez have dined at the Polo Lounge. And that’s just to name a few.

What is the Polo Lounge experience like?
The Polo Lounge offers a warm approach and genuine interest with each guest in an ambiance that embodies timeless Hollywood glamour, while serving top-quality cuisine.

Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel
9641 Sunset Boulevard
Beverly Hills, California 90210
310-887-2777

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New York February / March 2014
New York February / March 2014