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by Joyce Chen [19 Jan 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
A Sexy SURprise

Step through the billowing curtains that lead into SUR, and it’s almost as though you’ve escaped into a sanctuary of luxury and romance right in the heart of Hollywood. White linen-covered tables topped with wine goblets and flickering candles line the sidewalk patio, and a melt-in-your-seat banquette with silk throw pillows line the left wall, setting off a luxe-boho vibe that keeps patrons feeling good long after the alcohol has set in. The dinner crowd is trendy without being pretentious; intellectual post-young Hollywood types out for a night of steady conversation or intimate whispers over dessert. Meg Ryan, Penelope Cruz and Ashley Olson frequent this sexy Mediterranean-Californian hub, and the exclusiveness of the restaurant means patrons are simultaneously privy to both privacy and people-watching.