Clarion Inn at Universal Studios Hollywood
3241 Cahuenga Blvd W
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone: (323) 845-1600
Fax: (323) 845-0771
Bars & Cafes
Don't let the name fool you. The Gourmet Magazine has classified Minibar as one of America's Best Restaurants. The modern interiors and the glow of the globe lights lend a mysterious ambiance. This place offers an eclectic range of small plates under headings like 'this', 'that' and 'the other'. The braised baby back ribs come along with a smoky-n-spicy chipotle-molasses barbeque sauce. If you feel like trying out something Asian, dig into the Thai-snapper ceviche, which comes with sushi grade red snapper with watermelon, mint and basil served with crispy plantain chips. There is also a great wine selection. You can groove to some contemporary music on DJ nights, which are Fridays and Saturdays.
This micro-brewery is well known for food and beer. Patrons can be seated on the patio and watch the world go by, whilst sipping on some great brews. Service can get slow at times, but when you have beer for company, not many complain. The place gets crowded on weekends, so arrive accordingly. It serves food that complements the different beers. Karl Strauss Brewing Company is a perfect place to hang around with friends. Check website for further details.
(Howl Hollywood) Howl at The Moon was founded in 1990 with the concept of a bar centered around dueling pianos. The stage has two baby grand pianos that are played by the best regional talent available. The show features two pianists ("ringmasters") at a time that play for an hour, then are joined by two more pianists for a couple "four-way" songs. The new pianists then take over for the next hour and the cycle of sing-along fun begins again. They also feature "showtime" that includes all Howl employees and patrons in choreographed routines to well-known songs and jingles.
Of all the movies that have ever been shown on the big screen, there are few that would easily translate into a theme restaurant. The restaurant takes its name from the well-repeated scene where Forest's friend Bubba gives a litany of possible dishes you can create with shrimp. Though the restaurant may not serve all of the 30 plus varieties, it makes up for it by serving succulent dishes like the authentic New Orleans shrimp or the fried-fish-stuffed sandwich. Along with the grub they also have a wide array of specialty mixed drinks, like the Medal Margarita or the cuervo gold based delta sunset. Head down to Bubba Gump Shrimp Company for some authentic southern seafood served with relevant kitsch. Open everyday from 11am onwards.
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse is a upbeat and friendly place that serves delicious steaks that has Brazilian influence in the flavors. Their 'All You Can Eat' offer is very reasonably priced and allows you to have multiple trips and refills from the Salad Bar which has sumptuous salads, Brazilian sides and seafood. Their irresistible Champagne Brunch on weekends is also a very reasonable deal which offers Churrasco, egg preps and more with unlimited Sangria and Champagne. Choose from a variety of tapas from their bar a la carte menu. Enjoy your meal while watching the Samba dance or have them organize your next event in their private room. Call ahead to know more.
Saddle Ranch Chop House is one of those eateries where you can celebrate a culinary fare. Binge on delicious steaks for lunch or dinner and start an upbeat day with the Ranch Brunch that serves egg preparations and muffins. The menu also features some small plates and appetizers that are served all day like Grilled Salmon Salad, Fish Tacos, Jalapeno Mac and Cheese and Nachos among others. Pair your meal with their specialty drinks like Ranch Mai Tai and Bull Fighter. Give a sweet ending to your meal with a dessert like The Cotton Candy Tower or the Roast Your Own S'mores Platter in which you get marshmellows to be roasted at the table with sweet accompaniments. Have a great time!
Prosecco Trattoria is a quaint dining destination for authentic Italian delicacies. The restaurant is brightly lit by the beautiful chandeliers that add elegance to the ambiance. They serve delicious Italian dishes like Bruschetta and more antipasti, risotto, pasta and desserts like Espresso Brownie, Gelato and more. Pair your meal with a glass of wine or any other drink from the bar menu. Prosecco Trattoria are equipped with private dining areas that can be hired for any occasion. They also undertake catering orders. Get in touch with the management for more information.
Without a peer in the immediate area, this comfortable, two-story bar-cum-restaurant is like your own Cheers. The main possible difference is that this place has more regulars. Well-situated TVs showcase the latest sporting events while loud rock 'n' roll music blares overhead. The food's good, as are the appetizers. If you really came for dinner you may want to try the upstairs room—it's quieter and more suited for conversation.
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Cafe Valentino is the place to go for moderate prices and a nice selection sandwiches and salads. You you can enjoy a nice lunch on their patio or take it to go. The cafe is only open on weekdays and a lot of Warner Brothers Studio workers come here for a lunch, but the service is very fast so you won't have to wait.
Dimples claims to be the first Karaoke Bar outside of Japan and whether it deserves that fame or not, it is still very impressive. The Karaoke Bar has around 30,000 songs and multiple screens to show the singer. While you're waiting for your turn to be a star, have a cocktail and choose from several different dishes, including Pasta al Arrabiata, Chicken Cordon Bleu or a cheeseburger. Celebrities such as Kurt Russell, Jessica Simpson and Tori Spelling have all shown up to sing their favorite songs.
Entering the "h.wood" is a nice respite from the ever bustling streets of the Hollywood area. h.wood is a cozy eatery and a lounge that gives you a delectable dinning experience with its varied menu offering some very exquisite French delicacies. The ambiance by their own admission is very chic and demure, finely lit with an ornate chandelier. The staff is very friendly and ready to take some special requests should you ask them. It is a good idea to take a patio seat during summers, and soak in the delightful sunlight with your meal. If you do not want a full fledged meal, try out the lounge area that has a nice assortment of drinks and a small dance floor. All in all, you are sure to have some nice memories to take with you after a meal here.