La Boheme is a well-known and beloved restaurant deep in the middle of West Hollywood, CA, contributing to its success as an independent community within metropolitan LA. With an 8’ wall along busy Santa Monica Boulevard, the patio remains unseen from direct view. So, while well-known, its muted street presence makes it a secret revealed, one of the city’s most exquisite outdoor experience is literally just 3 steps away. Once inside the patio, having almost instantaneously left the urban din; you see a large fireplace, with exquisitely detailed Victorian-era fountains on either side, with seating casually but carefully arranged. The sound of the water and color of the flames deepen the perceptual and acoustical separation. The careful placement and varying sizes of terra cotta pots, filled with dwarf olive trees, fresh seasonal vegetables, herbs, and flowers, create intimacy and privacy whether it be 45 guests seated dinner or 80 guests standing cocktail party.
The entry to the restaurant is directly from SM Boulevard. Upon being graciously welcomed, you realize you are now part of a two-story space made even larger by its gabled roof and massive triangular wood trusses. The restaurant is attentive, reflective, and respectful of its Hollywood heritage. Composed of dark woods with walls/ceiling/fixture dressed in a variety of rich and vivid red materials (leather, fabric, paint), the Room is strong and assertive. Majestic chandeliers and large kinetic sculptures effectively embellish the large scale of the room. A beautiful large wood-burning fireplace, seen from almost from any place in the restaurant, provides a central and intimate point of focus.
As a single open room, la Boheme provides great flexibility for varying layouts as needed by different event types. The Main Dining Room seats a total of 120 for inside dining or 250 for stand-up/cocktails. It can accommodate large parties, intimate gatherings, rehearsal dinners or wedding parties, business dinners or drinks, Happy Hours, etc. The bar, with an expansive, mirrored back bar is often a “locals” watering hole, at La Boheme, we have been very careful to ensure our guests have a broad range of seating options from very private or formal to casual and communal. The first floor has a variety of seating options; a 4- and 6- person table, banquette, a communal table for larger parties, intimate booths, and flexibility in seating charts are our strong points.