SANTA MONICA—Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey’s Herringbone will open its doors in Santa Monica on Saturday, August 1. The popular seafood restaurant will be moved from its current location at the Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Boulevard to the plaza of The Seychelle at Ocean Avenue South in Santa Monica.
Malarkey owns seven successful restaurants across the United States, all of which were opened in only four years. He works under the management of Hakkasan Group, an entertainment and hospitality company, and has restaurants in San Diego, Los Angeles, and is planning on opening in Las Vegas. Malarkey has also been a “Top Chef” finalist in Season 3, and the winning judge on ABC’s “The Taste” Season 1. He studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Portland and has worked at several marquee restaurants in Los Angeles.
The first of the Herringbone restaurants opened back in 2012 in La Jolla, with another one following in West Hollywood. As Herringbone opens in Santa Monica, the one in WeHo will be renovated to encompass another Malarkey concept. The Santa Monica restaurant will have both Malarkey and Chef Aaron Mitrano in the kitchen. Mitrano has worked as the executive chef at The Horn in West Hollywood and has also served as Gordon Ramsey’s sous chef.
The 7,400 square foot space, designed by Thomas Shoos Design, will feature two outdoor patios, rustic wood designs and weathered wood planter boxes. The restaurant will have a raw bar of oysters, lobster, and king crab, among others. Happy hour runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 5 p.m. Herringbone Santa Monica is opening with dinner to start off and it will then incorporate brunch and lunch.
Malarkey is excited to introduce the new location to the Santa Monica community, an area where he once lived. “Herringbone Santa Monica is aimed at providing guests with the freshets resources the community offers from the Farmer’s Market in Heritage Square to the shoreline’s catch of the day,” he said in a press release. “Our goal is to highlight al fresco dining at the beach while still conveying the charm and California coastal menu to new visitors who have yet to experience the space.” The restaurant will feature unique dishes that are not found in any other Malarkey locations.