What It’s Like to Have Brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles

Travelista contributor Fay Robson celebrated her 40th in style with a Birthday Brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. She reviews the experience exclusively for Travelista.

Updated April 2024.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Los Angeles and are looking to indulge in something pretty special; I’ve got just the thing, or place, actually…both.

I holidayed, actually I fully vacayed, in L.A with my husband and little boy back in June as we were visiting our family who lives out there. Due to various reasons, including the pandemic (of which we do not speak) we’d all missed out on so many celebrations and fun times with each other. This trip was to help top up the memories and celebrate some of the things we’d missed due to distance. Booking all the places and experiences was so much fun beforehand, but experiencing them was so much better.

Reviewing Brunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel brunch was a mega treat. There are obviously a million brilliant places to eat, and experience, in L.A. However, the BHH is somewhere super special, if you want all the old Hollywood feels and next-level hospitality. I went on the last day of our vacation, and what a way to end our fun in the Cali sun.

I booked for the Sunday brunch, which is served from 11 am every Sunday in the iconic Polo Lounge. The visit was to celebrate my lovely sister in laws belated 40th and an early 40th treat for me. We wanted it to be fancy and we definitely felt fancy; everything was so beautiful. An Instagram dream. The food, service, and setting never stopped delivering. We both agreed it was a memory we’ll treasure.

Browse the Best Rates & Book The Beverly Hills Hotel

A birthday to remember

I put a note about our birthdays on the online booking form, and we got birthday cake brought out, as the pianist played us the Happy Birthday song. Like, what? We got tearful as it was a proper ‘is this really happening?” moment. I would have paid for the people watching alone, to be honest, and they were all singing us Happy Birthday and celebrating with us. For somewhere with so much history, and full of well, wealth; the atmosphere was truly relaxed and so welcoming. There was none of the stuffiness you can sometimes sense with old establishments and all of the joy. I mean, what’s not joyful about sunshine, brunch, and cocktails?

As our birthday cake was our dessert (we were so stuffed); we could get our desserts to go. I would recommend doing this, whether you’re full or not, as we both came away with the cutest pink BHH doggy bag! Also, visit the bathroom too, as these are something to behold. Can’t lie, I was thinking I wonder whose bum has sat here, as I partook in a truly decadent call of nature. 

There is a dress code, but it’s nothing too strict; it mainly surrounds no sportswear. 

What to order

The rosé sangria was the perfect brunch drink, and it lasts (which is great as this isn’t a bottomless brunch unless your pockets are) and, it’s pretty; ideal for gorgeous photos. The tuna tartare was incredible, it’s also something lighter to start if you’re going heavier for the main. The Lobster “Rolls Royce” was my highlight food-wise. I could not fault it. If you’re offered the bread basket; say yes! For the blue cheese bread alone. Wear stretchy and loose clothes as you will not leave hungry I promise! I couldn’t finish my fries, which is just unheard of.

I only had a little of my cheesecake afterwards as I did not stop eating for a fortnight at that point, and I couldn’t fit more in, but it was excellent if you’re a cheesecake fan. The chocolate layered birthday cake was my favourite of the two desserts; there’s a chocolate-based option on the menu, and I’d go for this in hindsight.

Browse cheap flights to Los Angeles.

The Verdict on Brunch at The Beverly Hills Hotel

At $105 for a cocktail and 3 courses, I feel like we got plenty for our money, along with an experience we’ll never forget. If you’re into your old Hollywood history and want something fancy when in L.A., I’d really recommend it. Be mindful that it gets booked up pretty quickly and in advance as it’s only offered on that one day of the week, between specific times. As it’s the US, you’ll also need to account for taxes, and the gratuity in L.A. tends to be generous. However, the service was exceptional, and a lot of fun. Every time I zone out now, I’m mentally there, eating Beverly Hills Hotel branded birthday cake with my sister-in-law, as the pianist dedicates some time to help us celebrate with everyone. 

In short, if you are able; book it, go with all the expectations, and have the best time when they’re exceeded. 

Browse all hotels in Beverly Hills.

Search for the latest rates and book the Beverly Hills Hotel Los Angeles

Read more real reviews of the Beverly Hill Hotel Los Angeles via booking.com

Fay is a therapist and writer, living in Birmingham. She loves spending her evenings and weekends with her family and friends; focusing on places to eat, and fun stuff to do. She's a proud Mom to her 4-year-old son, who she's trained in the art of successful brunching, which she feels is a win for the whole family. Fay loves a family adventure and is always excited to travel somewhere, whether at home or abroad. Find her on Instagram: @heyits_fay

Leave a comment

Travelista is an online publication and community for the adventurous modern woman covering travel, style, family, home, career and wellbeing.