The two founders and once co-chief executives of California Pizza Kitchen have launched a new seafood concept in Los Angeles described as “elevated but approachable.”
Dubbed Bottlefish, the 88-seat restaurant in the Brentwood Gardens neighborhood is backed by Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax, two former attorneys who founded CPK in 1985 and built that brand to more than 260 units before they retired in 2011 after the chain was sold to private-equity firm Golden Gate Capital for $470 million.
Here’s a look at the new Bottlefish.
Rosenfield and Flax developed Bottlefish because they saw a need for more seafood-centric concepts in Los Angeles. “Our vision is to offer an elevated dining experience in a polished, exciting environment with high-quality, responsibly sourced seafood, while remaining an approachable and comfortable neighborhood restaurant.”
A “small bites” section includes shareable plates like Hamachi sashimi, pictured here, as well as smoked trout dip with pickled red onion, chives and housemade “everything” crackers; black cod meatballs with slightly spicy tomato sauce; and smoked barbecued oysters.
Sauteed branzino is served on curried lentils and topped with cucumber labneh. A separate “simply prepared” section offers guests the option of grilled or seared seafood with the choice of salsa rojo, Sicilian herb sauce or lemon-caper butter.
Naked and famous drink
In addition to the extensive wine list, the restaurant has a full bar with handcrafted cocktails, craft beers and rotating seasonal draft cider.
Main dining room
Bottlefish has 88 seats in the main dining room, a 36-seat covered patio and a 16-seat bar area that overlooks the restaurant.
The exhibition kitchen and raw bar is enclosed in glass but still gives guests a view of the action.
A 450-bottle floor-to-ceiling wine display is adjacent to the bar.