Opened since January, Sol Cocina Playa Vista is the third Sol Cocina and fifth restaurant venture between Partners Rich Howland, Matt Baumayr, and executive chef Deborah Schneider. Inspired by the casual roadside eateries of Baja, the restaurant’s design comes from Janet Henrich Glaser of Arizona-based Henrich Designs. The interior is covered in rich wood finishes, fresco-like floral ceramic tiles, intricate roped lighting sconces meant to resemble a ship’s mast, and an open dining room floorplan that offers a view to the kitchen, with a massive roaster behind glass. A large linear patio with an intimate firepit lines the entire south side of the restaurant. The venue also has two private dining rooms, including an executive suite equipped with audio and visual capabilities and a large reception room. The main dining room holds 52 seated or 65 for receptions, private rooms hold 22 seated or 30 for receptions, and the tequila room holds 45 seated or 60 for receptions. The largest space is the patio, with room for 80 seated or 110 for receptions. Each space, with the exception of the main dining room, is equipped with a 55-inch flat-screen monitor for presentations and events. Through the website GiftRocket, people can buy a Sol Cocina Playa Vista online gift card, which works like a gift certificate but is redeemed online.
Photo: Courtesy of Sol Cocina Playa Vista