Oliverio: Beverly Hills' Happiest Happy Hour

HAPPY HOUR: Two words that get my attention almost anytime or anywhere, but mostly between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m. It's a delicious, discounted hybrid of restaurant food meeting bar prices, all served early enough for you to get home and watch Primetime TV (or TiVo'd cable). While I have a list nearly a mile -- or an 8 1/2" by 11" sheet of paper -- long detailing my favorite L.A. happy hours, I'm excited to focus on the addition of a killer new happy hour at Oliverio, a chic restaurant inside Beverly Hills' Avalon Hotel.

Drive too fast along Olympic Boulevard and you'll risk missing the 61-year-old hotel, built in 1949 and once-frequented by the likes of Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, and used as a retro Miami set in the movie Dreamgirls. The interior of Oliverio has been completely remodeled yet does a wonderful job making guests feel as though they have been transported to a tucked away, 50's poolside lounge.

Poolside Dining at Night
Find your seat in a poolside cabana, or saddle up to the bar, and check out the amazing happy hour deal: Every M-F from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m., nine of Oliverio's most popular menu items are $3/each. Yes, THREE DOLLARS. Wine is $4/glass, and cocktails are $5 each. From personal experience, I can tell you the Mac & Cheese (homemade noodles and parmesano sauce), Fritto Misto (gigantic prawns, tender calamari and sage leaves), Oliverio burger (served with zucchini fries), and the Pizzetta Napoletana (burrata cheese, tomato and basil) are fantastic, if not dangerous when you literally live down the street. Even if you don't live down the street, you need to check this place out.

Pizzetta Napoletana

Mac & Cheese

Here's Oliverio's full happy hour menu:

FOOD - All items $3/each
Arugula Salad
Grilled Vegetable Skewers
Chicken Skewers
Fritto Misto
Mac & Cheese
Oliverio Burger & Fries
Pizzetta Calabrese
Pizzetta Napoletana
Spaghetti Piccante

WINE - $4/glass
Pinot Grigio, Bogo Boschetto
Sauvignon Blanc, Pelligrini
Chardonnay, Farnese
Chiant, Vecchia Cantina
Cabernet Sauvignon, Clos La Chance

COCKTAILS - $5/each
Blue Avalon
Berries & Basil
Bartender's Daily Special

Oliverio in the Avalon Hotel: 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills. (310) 277-5221.


  1. As usual you make me want to fly to LA, adding it to my next time list.

  2. Thanks, Tracy! Definitely worth the trip. Just think about how much money you'll save once you get here. :)

  3. My office is a stone's throw from the Avalon, and this HH menu is very vegan-friendly. I think we have our next date! xoxo

  4. Ahh, this place looks very swanky and chic! What a great place to hang out. I think I would order the spaghetti piccante!

  5. I do live down the street, so this could be mighty dangerous. But it's a risk I'm willing to take. It all sounds so good!

  6. If we compare the location, price, items and the occasion, we would definitely find Beverly hills certainly placed above everything else. I am glad to read about the details.

  7. It would great to be there at Beverly Hills' happiest happy hour and taste all that is offered. It is a must visit place. It is an exciting information.

  8. When we consider the food items, place and the atmosphere, we would be very much convinced why Beverly Hills is famous for. Certainly everyone would like to be there for the happiest happy hour.


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