Proper Hotel Calabra
- By Arlene Winnick
Everyone asks me “What’s the best place in Santa Monica for great food and drink with an ocean view?” Top of my list is Calabra on the rooftop of the uber hot Proper Hotel. And I’m not alone – Forbes named Calabra on of the “Best Outdoor Hotel Restaurant Patios in Southern California.”
The atmosphere is simply vibrant and refreshing – cool and chic with killer views of the ocean and mountains. Seating is available on the sundeck, in the indoor lounge or around the circular bar. The crowd is cool, chic… and welcoming – the right mix of tourists and locals.
The food and drinks are equally inviting – I knew it would be with Executive Chef Kaleo Adams in charge (formerly of the Maybourne Beverly Hills). Picture an elevated mix of Mediterranean and Californian cuisine – everything bright and fresh and plated to the extreme so it’s a delight for the eye as well as the palate. I love my Aperol and their Mambo Italiano is a winner! Be sure to start with their “Dips” all served with warm Laffa breads (the hummus is amazing) and a selection of Mezes like the crisped Halloumi or Tuna Tartare followed by a Steak Kebab with a side of za’tar fries. The Sushi Roll menu (Wed-Sun) offers the freshest fish combinations and aged Sake. Calabra is ideal for Sunday Brunch, too. This place is hot so be sure to make a reservation!
For reservations and menu, click here.