Los Angeles, CA
While it's sister location on Robertson has won the paparazzi 's attention, this location caters much more to affluent locals in santa monica and brentwood who come to the place for a semi-intimate setting and classic american dishes. The decor represents a 30s american restaurant by the sea shore... very comforting. The staff is gracious and the prices are reasonable.
this isn't someplace I can eat very often, but when I do, it is memorable. The service is great and the food is delightful. The chef is really creative so I recommend the chef's tasting menu with the wine pairings.
Make reservations or you may face up to 30 minutes of wait time.
way too expensive (i paid 175/month for the basic membership). The amenities are few and not worth the hype or price. Here is my two cents:
- you have to pay $5 for valet or $3 for parking EVERY TIME you work out- unless you find parking on the street which can be difficult.
- the club is clean
- there is a sauna, steam room, showers, and jacuzzi in the women locker rooms, but every gym i've been to has that-- even the student gym at ucla, when i went to school there.
- large cardio and free weight workout space and equipment, i've never waited to get on a machine
- large basketball room, which i've observed to be highly popular among the men
- i've never felt welcomed or appreciated as a member when I signed up or needed to speak to the folks in membership.
- the cafe is ok, nothing special.
- in the women's locker room there are the staple spa items like: shampoo, conditioner, lotion, blow dryers, hair sprays, razors and towels. I don't use any of it because the shampoo and conditioner are awful for my hair and the lotion and the rest of the beauty items are just run of the mill cheap things.
- i haven't been to enough classes to give a valuable observation, but the ones i've been to haven't been way better than ones i've been to at other gyms. In other words, I could go to a class at LA Fitness or Ballys with very high motivation and energy and work really hard- and that could be 100X better than a class at SCLA. The class doesn't make that much of a difference.
- The crowd:
the men: the older ones have eyes that uncomfortably stare at considerably younger women. the younger men are usually on the basketball court and not many other places. the older women are classy, but most don't come to work out, they see it as an opportunity to socialize --which can sometimes be distracting. Most of them don't need to work out, they all look much younger and in shape than others their age (prob. because of the "work" done on them?). The younger women are there mostly to meet a sugaraddy or a celebrity. They are usually working out with full face of makeup and with the plastic breasts peaking out of their tops.
...Why am I still there? ... I'm not. I'm just running on San Vincente and doing cardio at home. Watching what I eat and trying to stay active is good enough for me.