The concept of dinner and a show has been around for centuries. Now, 91 years after opening its doors as the Follies, The Belasco Theater Complex has added a fine dining concept with the restaurant/lounge Les Coulisses.
Les Coulisses, meaning “backstage” in French, replaced the former Vintage 10 Fifty Wine Bar located directly off the main lobby of the Belasco Theatre. Guests enter through a private entrance located on the corner of South Hill Street and 11th Avenue, and are offered a variety of seating options.
The remodeled space, from Marc Sittenfield of The Belasco Theater Hospitality Group and TINI Vintage Interior Design, includes overstuffed sectionals covered in plush fabric, remixed with antiques and over the top Hollywood Regency Style reminisce of the area’s golden age.
The first-floor parlor room features an eclectic mix of styles, with one overarching, luxurious theme. A giant gold chair looms over the second story bar. Cozy banquettes line the upstairs mezzanine, which can be booked for private parties of up to 50 people. In total, the two-story 3,500 square foot space can accommodate 150 guests.
“Dining at Les Coulisses is about enjoying the food, enjoying the people, and enjoying the time,” says Marc Sittenfield, Director of Hospitality at The Belasco Theater Group.
The modern take on classic French cuisine is inspired by the coastal regions around the Mediterranean Sea, with a menu crafted by Executive Chef Frances Li. Guests can enjoy tasting dishes from the produce-driven menu that are both seasonal and locally sourced.
“In Los Angeles, you can get anything, and this is important with French food being ingredient-driven,” says Chef Li.
In addition to a full bar and extensive wine list, Les Coulisses is pouring its selection of specialty, ultra chic cocktails. Start by cleaning up, courtesy of a French Maid, a refreshing drink made with vodka, citrus, mint and cucumber. The Smoke and Grapes is a popular order created with mezcal, moscato, mint and muddled grapes for a smokey and subtlety sweet taste. For the cooler months, warm up with the Lustre, made with bourbon, Ancho Reyes, honey
For the cooler months, warm up with the Lustre, made with bourbon, Ancho Reyes, honey and lemon. Other signature cocktails include the Slow Ride with rye, whiskey, Nonino Amaro and orange bitters, the Barandi with gin, aperol, St. Germain and grapefruit and the Les Coulisses Sour with bourbon, rye citrus and full herb simple syrup.
Dinner service begins at 5 p.m. daily, and the lounge space will remain open until midnight seven days a week.
Les Coulisses details
1050 S. Hill St., Los Angeles
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