Nightlife Impresario Scott Sartiano’s Insider’s Guide to LA

Scott Sartiano
Scott Sartiano

After making his move to New York City less than 20 years ago, Scott Sartiano has since established himself as one of the foremost authorities in hospitality by building a brand that both his peers and clients could respect and trust. A graduate from Columbia University in 1997 with a degree in political science. In 2000, Sartiano partnered with friend and fellow industry up-and-comer, Richie Akiva, to form The Butter Group and eventually opened their first venture, Butter Restaurant, two years later. With this initial undertaking, the hospitality duo began introducing revolutionary concepts to the restaurant world, including the first-ever DJ booth to appear in a New York City dining room. Together, they helped pioneer the concept of a “one-stop night out”, combining an upscale restaurant with a late-night lounge. Today, Sartiano is the man behind 1 OAK locations in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Southampton and Mexico City, as well as pop-ups at Coachella, the Super Bowl, Cannes, Ibiza and Art Basel.  Here is this nightlife impresario’s secrets to the City of Angels.  


Where were you born: Pittsburgh, PA

How long in LA: 1 year

Neighborhood: West Hollywood

Occupation: Hospitality

Favorite Restaurant: Craig’s

Best Sushi: Sugarfish

Best Italian: Madeo

Best dessert: The key lime pie at Blue Plate Oysterette

Best place for a romantic date: The Little Door

Best Sunday brunch: Watching football at Goal

Best place for a power business meeting: The Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Mr. C Hotel

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Fred Segal

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches: I don’t wear watches…there are already enough clocks

Best Spa: Haven’t had time for a spa day

Favorite Charity Event: Anything that helps rescue dogs

Favorite Cultural Event:  Art Walk

Favorite Cultural Institution: LACMA

Best Steakhouse: BOA

Best Pizza: Mulberry Street Pizzeria

Best Lunch: Cecconi’s

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Runyon

Best Massage:  See spa answer

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Uber

Best Museum/Exhibit: LACMA

Describe your city in two words:  82’ and sunny

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: The Santa Monica Pier

All-around favorite spot in Los Angeles:  1 OAK!

Best Aspect of Los Angeles: Weather