Often the best culinary experiences start without having to make any decisions other than just showing up. At Gwen, we take that idea to heart and craft an elegant feast for you featuring the best of what’s available from our butcher shop and our California farmers.
Dinner at Gwen is more than a dining experience — it’s a visceral one, as you’re surrounded by raw meat visibly hanging in glass-enclosed dry age rooms and whole animals roasting over a fire pit. The visuals at Gwen subtly call to mind our primitive past and are meant to offer a glimpse into the meal that’s about to unfold and how it came to be. These age-old cooking techniques are presented in a beautifully composed chef’s feast featuring up to 20 dishes within the menu. The main event is meat-centric highlighting the best the butcher shop has to offer. Complementing the main event are seasonal sides that pull from the nearby Hollywood Farmers Market, just steps away from Gwen. Feel like really indulging? You can upgrade your menu with a choice from our supplement menu – think bone in dry aged rib eye Blackmore wagyu. An amazing meal is deserving of an amazing space and Gwen surrounds its diners with comfortable luxury. Marble, copper, walnut and leather combine beautifully to showcase the artistry of the kitchen and the bounty of the butcher’s case. We also offer an al a carte menu at our bar and patio where reservations are not essential.
Little slices of heaven
The first stage of the feast is a selection of “charcuterie”, which can include anything from dry cures and terrines to marinated seafood, pickles and other antipasti. Next, an elegant composed seasonal salad dish that changes frequently incorporating the freshest ingredients available to our chefs.
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Prettiest of Salads & Perfect Handmade Pasta
Beautiful salad intervenes at the perfect time before we move onto the handmade pasta dish. There are few things more comforting that handmade pasta. A refined hand-made pasta will follow the salad, with dishes like Orecchiette with pancetta, tomatoes and Fresno chiles.
Designed by HOME STUDIOS in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Gwen’s design pays homage to the building’s historic past. Walking through the butcher shop into the dining room, you step into a warm and inviting space. You’re eyes are immediately drawn to the fire roaring at the center of the room, where your dinner for that evening is roasting. Rich leather banquettes, dramatic lighting and touches of copper and pink marble create and elegant, yet comfortable environment.
Our Wine Room offers a quiet and secluded place to enjoy your dining experience at Gwen. Set on the mezzanine level of the restaurant, the Wine Room is truly a special space. With just 26 seats surrounded by Gwen’s wine collection of more the 2,000 wine bottles lining the walls, the Wine Room affords a tranquil spot for dinner or a great venue for your next event.
Gwen’s wine list will feature selections from around the globe. Local wines from Santa Barbara are offered alongside wines hailing from farther regions like Spain, Italy and Germany, among others. Because they pair perfectly with charcuterie, rosés and skin fermented white wines often known as “orange” wines will play a prominent role on the list year round.