Esquire Names the Bazaar at SLS Restaurant of the Year

By Alesandra Dubin October 6, 2009, 2:57 PM EDT

The Bazaar by José Andrés in the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills continues to amass accolades, with the latest big acknowledgment coming from Esquire magazine, which selected the venue as its restaurant of the year.

“That Esquire would give this award to the Bazaar demonstrates that Spanish cooking, both modern and traditional, really has a place in America. This kind of restaurant could only have succeeded in a city like Los Angeles, one of the most creative places on earth,” said chef José Andrés in an announcement. “It is an amazing honor for everyone on the team that worked so hard to realize this project.”

“My vision for SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills would not have been complete without the cutting-edge cuisine of chef José Andrés and Philippe Starck’s witty design,” said SBE founder and C.E.O. Sam Nazarian, whose company recently split with partner Brent Bolthouse. “The combination of creativity and international flair has led to these well-earned accolades.”

Rivera made the magazine's “Best New Restaurants of 2009” list, and RH at the Andaz West Hollywood and Westside Tavern adjacent to the Landmark theater on Pico Boulevard are included on the magazine's “Another 15 Places Not to Miss" list, according to an advance report from

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