Tired of exploring Rodeo Drive or doing all that shopping, and need a little break? Well, 208 Rodeo offers the ideal spot for just that and more. Situated atop the iconic stairs with a gorgeous outside patio across from the famed Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 208 Rodeo is not only the perfect place to people watch, but also indulge in exquisite food, cocktails, and vino…and at amazing happy hour prices!
I recently got invited for a tasting and was very impressed by all the delicious happy hour options on their menu, as well as their regular menu. Starting off with some irresistible Bruschetta Bites, available on their happy hour menu for just 5 dollars, these gems were heavenly topped with burrata, onion jam, crisp sage, and pepperoncino on a grilled baguette, creating en exquisitely savory blend of flavors and textures. My palate was primed for more.
Another great choice off the happy hour menu for just 8 dollars is the Spicy Tuna Tartar, sashimi grade ahi tuna and spicy aioli. Served with crostini, it’s the perfect light fare to keep you looking your best as you strut your stuff down the famed street after. Another mouthwatering option, also available at the happy hour price of $9, are the Sesame Shrimp. Sautéed shrimp with tangerine reduction, sweet Thai chili, and sesame toasted coconut…this one is quite the tantalizing treat for your taste buds.
Want something heartier? You can choose from a selection of perfectly sized sliders off the happy hour menu. You get your choice of the Mini American Burger with Cheddar, Bacon and Caramelized Onion, the Mini California Burger with Avocado, Mushroom and Tomato, the Mini French Burger with French Brie, Caramelized Onions and Tomato, the Mini Italian Burger with Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions and Tomato, the Mini Ahi Tuna with Seared Tuna, Avocado, Wasabi Aioli and Watercress, or the Mini Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Dill Creme Fraiche, Capers, Tomato and Lemon. All fantastic choices! Prefer not to skimp? They also offer a full-sized Truffle Cheeseburger burger with truffle french fries to boot!
The happy hour menu also has other delicious deals like Crispy Calamari for $7 and Thai Mussels also for $7. You can also get well cocktails for just 6 bucks, specialty cocktails for $8, and choose from a wide selection of outstanding wine for 6-12 dollars. Beer is just 3 or 4 dollars! Want to satisfy your sweet tooth? You can enjoy dessert for just 7 dollars. And the views and scenery to all this is just priceless! You may even catch a celebrity for an added bonus.
208 Rodeo also offers full breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week. Dinner options include outstanding entrées like Pumpkin Ricotta Ravioli, Sea Bass, 208 Bolognese, and for the extra hungry, a 28oz Tomahawk rib eye steak. Some smaller options great for lunch are the Fish & Chips and Chicken & Waffle.
So why not enjoy your Oscar Sunday in the best setting and head on over? For more information, visit www.208rodeo.com or visit them on facebook and twitter. Bon appétit!