Hollywood: The NICE GUY is OPEN!


What is The NICE GUY? The latest bar lounge hybrid experience from John Tezian, Brian Toll, Markus Molinari and Adam Koral of The h.wood Group.

John Terzian says, “This is [The h.wood group’s] first venture into a restaurant/lounge concept, it was an organic step for our brand, we created a fun and upscale lounge atmosphere that has been lacking in Los Angeles.”

And guess what this time —  NICE GUYs will #FinishFirst!



The press preview dinner Thursday night was fantastic and the grand opening is tonight Friday, August 22, 2014.

The NICE GUY is a cozy Italian-inspired lounge that is a reservation-only destination.



Benjamin Russo and I showing off The Punch Bowl at The NICE GUY.

Christopher and Cameron, our top-notch friendly bartenders, suggested that it can serve up to 15! Perfect for your next party.



We tasted two of the pizzas, the DUCK BAHN MI with Duck Confit, Fontina, Pickled Carrots, Thai Basil, Sriracha and the 
FIGS, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, GORGONZOLA, BASALMIC GLAZE,THYME. I am ready for another Fig and Gorgozola pizza right now! I also loved the meatballs with spicy tomato sauce and crispy basil.



Nicole, John, Katie and I took suggestions from our wonderful server, Codi, and tasted three of the tempting dessert creations. The fresh baked chocolate chip cookies still warm from the oven, the Affogato with hazelnut ice cream and the made to order donuts with chocolate and hazelnut glaze. Who can resist fresh chocolate chip cookies? They were great but definitely go with the donuts! (in photo: Katie, Lisa, Ben and Diane)



Katie sat in the flower-patterned comfy booth to enjoy the sultry sounds of live piano playing and singing. Come here to swoon with the 50’s inspired décor and discover new friends at the traditional Chef’s table. We made many new friends and cannot wait to return for the savory taste sensations!


The 411: The NICE GUY

Reservations Required 310.360.9500

Hours: 6pm-2am. Late Night Menu begins at 11pm. Open everyday but Monday.

Address: 401 N La Cienega, between Melrose and Beverly, 90048

Valet Parking: $10

Chef John Carlos Kuramoto (formerly of Michaels in Santa Monica) says “guests will enjoy a full menu ranging from healthy to the unexpected!”

Mixologist: Brian Stewart (formerly of Soho House LA)

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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