A New Semi-Private Restaurant Is Already Drawing LA’s Elite
Mason isn’t just a clubby atmosphere, it’s actually a club.
Walking into Mason is a shock to the eyes. Not because it has any outlandish décor or a strange layout. It’s just that after you’ve stood outside the restaurant’s subtly branded exterior, staring at the setting sun gleaming off the ocean on the other side of the Pacific Coast Highway, the darkness inside Mason is too much for your pupils to comprehend. Blinding light is replaced by the stark absence of it, producing a transporting effect. You’re no longer in California, but a dimly lit, clubby little space separate from the world you’re normally running in. That’s the point.
Across the country, restaurants featuring midcentury classic dishes like Mason does have proliferated. We’re in a golden era of red meat, Dover sole deboned tableside, wedge salads and creamed spinach. There’s The Grill and TAK Room in New York, Surf Club in Miami, Sara’s in Las Vegas, St Clair in Chicago, Selby’s in Silicon Valley and more. All of them offer a clubby atmosphere, but Mason is different in that there’s an actual club you can join.
Inspired by Rao’s in Harlem, John Terzian and Brian Toll have created a unique restaurant model for the City of Angels. The duo got their start in the hospitality business creating some of LA’s hottest clubs under their company H.Wood Group. Now they’re turning the volume down for something a little more intimate and definitely more exclusive. The six-seat bar and two tables are open to the public, but the rest is only for the select few. The tables in this little seaside restaurant have had standing reservations purchased. Want to make sure you have your favourite table every Wednesday? With a membership, it’s yours.
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