Westside Restaurant From Culinary Legends Alice Waters and David Tanis Now Open

Lulu now open in the Hammer Museum

By Sam Catanzaro

Culinary legends Alice Waters and David Tanis’ new restaurant now open on the Westside. 

LULU, the new restaurant helmed by acclaimed chef and writer David Tanis, is now open in Los Angeles in the courtyard of UCLA’s celebrated Hammer Museum in Westwood on 10899 Wilshire Blvd. The project was conceived by chef, author and food activist Alice Waters and Hammer director Ann Philbin. 

“Like the Hammer itself, whose purpose is to contribute to a more just world through art, LULU is built around a set of universal human values. The restaurant aims to support the immediate community through committed sourcing from local regenerative farms and collaboration with L.A. artists and designers,” reads a press release on the opening. 

The team behind LULU leverages decades of experience. The project was conceived by Waters,The kitchen is helmed by Tanis, the chef and writer who worked with Waters at Chez Panisse for more than 25 years. He has also written cookbooks and a weekly column for the New York Times. Tanis is joined by Director of Operations, Jesse McBride, the former head of Food and Beverage at Chateau Marmont and The Standard hotel group.

Chef Tanis, now fully established in Los Angeles, has spent significant time forging relationships with local organic farmers and producers, visiting more than a dozen farms around Southern California. 

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to come to LA and lead the kitchen team in realizing Alice and Annie’s vision of a new neighborhood restaurant that highlights locally sourced food and regenerative farming practices. The connections we have made with local farmers have been quite inspiring. And being able to do this at the Hammer Museum means we can reach a real cross section of the surrounding community,” Tanis said. 

Open for lunch to start, LULU offers a three-course prix fixe menu, as well as an a la carte menu. Staying true to Tanis’s ethos of “market cooking,” the menus change daily depending on on the season. Examples of dishes on the menu might include: appetizers such as Baked Sonoma Goat Cheese with garden lettuces and golden beets, and California Halibut Carpaccio with Meyer lemon; main dishes like Mediterranean Fish and Shellfish Stew with local rock cod and Dungeness crab, and North African Lamb Tagine with Saffron Couscous; and desserts such as Lemon Tart with Créme Chantilly, and Olive Oil Walnut Cake with pomegranate. LULU’s a la carte offerings include focaccia sandwiches like Mozzarella and Arugula with Casella’s Prosciutto and a vegetarian Eggplant Banh Mi.

LULU’s wine list focuses on biodynamic wines, particularly small production wineries and female winemakers. The cocktail menu, designed by Rosemary West, is driven by fresh market produce and herbs, and features spirits from small, family-owned producers. Cocktails include Granada Salvia, with Arette Blanco Tequila (made with 100% Blue Agave distilled by a fifth generation distiller in Tequila, Jalisco) pomegranate and sage; and LULU Daiquiri featuring San Zanj Haitian Rum (a new label from one of the oldest family-owned operating rum distilleries in Haiti), lime juice and Demerara syrup; to share a few examples. 

LULU is open for lunch Tuesday through Sunday from 11am – 6pm.

in Dining
Related Posts

(Video) See Inside Santa Monica’s New Plant-Based Deli

April 5, 2024

April 5, 2024

B&T’s Deli is One of Many New Eateries on Montana Avenue @bandtsdeli @palisadesnews B & T is now open in...

Tropical Bar & Grille Opening Soon in Venice’s Washington Square

April 4, 2024

April 4, 2024

The President of Venice Duck Brewery and CEO of Casa Rica Tequila Have Teamed up to Take the Place of...

“Enlightened Donut” Shop Coming to Montana Ave

April 3, 2024

April 3, 2024

It Is One of Several Promising Dining Spots Setting up Shop Along Montana By Zach Armstrong In the latest addition...

(Video) Starbird Chicken Opens First West L.A. Location

March 19, 2024

March 19, 2024

The California chicken franchise has two other spots in L.A. County. @palisadesnews Starbird is now open on the Westside #chicken...

(Video) Public Safety Concerns Lead Popular Santa Monica Restaurant to Close

March 7, 2024

March 7, 2024

Cult, Once Located on Third Street Promenade, Said Recent Developments in the Neighborhood Made it Hard to Continue @palisadesnews Public...

Upcoming Ice Cream Shop on Montana Ave. Will Serve Multitude of Vegan Flavors

February 29, 2024

February 29, 2024

The Company Has Come a Long Way Since Its Humble Beginnings as a New York City Food Truck By Zach...

This is Warehouse Restaurant’s Happy Hour Menu

February 29, 2024

February 29, 2024

Its Outdoor Happy Hour Takes Place on the “Pond” By Zach Armstrong Since 1969, the Warehouse Restaurant in Marina del...

“St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance” Coming to American Legion Palisades Post

February 28, 2024

February 28, 2024

Registration Runs Through March 6 By Zach Armstrong American Legion Palisades Post 283 invites those of all ages to celebrate...

Popular Coffee & Tea Franchise Opens Another Santa Monica Spot

February 22, 2024

February 22, 2024

The News Comes Four Months After the Announcement of Its Third Santa Monica Outpost By Zach Armstrong Coffee Bean &...

(Video) Graffiti Now Covers Former Ben & Jerry’s Storefront

February 21, 2024

February 21, 2024

The “Peace”, “Love”, and “Ice Cream” Signs Outside the Former Boardwalk Storefront are now Hidden by Yellow Spray Paint @palisadesnews...

Culinary Bliss Awaits: Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival Debuts in Santa Monica

February 21, 2024

February 21, 2024

Santa Monica Pier Welcomes the Inaugural Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival Santa Monica is set to become the birthplace...

Want to Be a Vendor at the Topanga Farmers Market? These Are the Requirements and Fees

February 21, 2024

February 21, 2024

The Market Is Open Every Friday From 9 a.m. To 1 p.m.. At the Topanga Community Center In the heart...

Global Açaí Bowl & Smoothie Brand to Open Second Santa Monica Shop

February 15, 2024

February 15, 2024

News of the Opening Comes One Month After the Brand Raised $67 Million By Zach Armstrong Amid ambitious U.S. growth,...

Plant-Based Deli Opens on Montana Ave

February 15, 2024

February 15, 2024

Many Ingredients are Sourced From the Santa Monica Farmers Market By Zach Armstrong A new deli, one which describes itself...

(Video) Guy Fieri Stops by West L.A. to Promote Tequila Co-Founded with Sammy Hagar

February 14, 2024

February 14, 2024

Fieri Used to Sell the Van Halen Singer’s Former Tequila Brand, Before They Joined Forces to Launch Santo Tequila @palisadesnews...