In Los Angeles it never hurts to have a theme. And if that theme is mafia-based you’re usually golden. So goes the thinking with the new Italian restaurant and lounge The Nice Guy in West Hollywood, designed by LA firm Built Inc.
The moody location on La Cienega Boulevard exudes the atmosphere of an old Italian social club. The dimly lit room, with its black walnut floors, is clad in over 12,000 linear feet of cedar, stained extra dark, contrasted with a few white cedar walls. Large booths, lined with vintage floral fabrics, flank the edges of the room, while in the center vintage tables, chairs, and sofas are complemented by a small performance area and a large black and white marble and hammered brass bar. Outside the awning is inspired by the Cocoanut Grove, a fixture of old Hollywood, and the two patios echo the interior with cedar walls and marble floors.
Make sure to call ahead because The Nice Guy is reservation only.