There are many dramatic spaces and dramatic places in a city like Los Angeles. There is the unmoving splendor of the La Brea Tar Pits, there is the pomp and circumstance of Rodeo Drive, there is the majesty of the Hollywood sign, and there are the twists, turns, and swooping views from Mulholland. However there is one spot where the booze flows freely, the reservation line waits nonchalantly, and the atmosphere is very dramatic. I’m talking of course about Cliffs Edge Cafe. Cliff’s Edge is located on Sunset in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles; the restaurant is quite literally built into the side of a cliff. This fact reminded this child of the relative age of things; the fact is that Cliff’s Edge is here now, but everything else; the rock in the wall, the tree in the dining room, and the 11AM drunk at the bar have all been here much longer.
Cliff’s Edge has a lovely dining room, bar with a brisk turnover, and a huge tree. Yes, that’s right; I said that there is a large tree in the dining area outside at Cliff’s Edge. The wait for this place typically isn’t for the inside (at least not the two times I’ve been there) People stand for quite a period of time so that they are able to sit beneath, around or near the wonderful canopy of this epic tree.
When last we were there, my friend John, my wife and I all met up to go to Sunday brunch. We showed up later’ish for brunch; while we were waiting for a table our friend Mike joined us and we all sat beneath the draping canopy of the outside. Cliff’s Edge is open for brunch only on Saturdays and Sundays; they don’t open until six PM for dinner and on the weekends they close between the close of brunch and the opening of dinner. The restricted time allowed at Cliff’s Edge Cafe inherently adds to the mystique of this place.
…And they have a huge tree.
The food at Cliff’s Edge may either be really good or the food may just be average and the fact that the ambiance is so totally heightened may make the diner that much more aware and allow them to enjoy themselves. When we were there we got a mixed bag of food; I was able to enjoy one of their specials; their crab and shrimp omelet (which I thought was quite good; though it could have just been the spirits and the ambiance). My wife got eggs and I’m not even really sure what Mike and John got.
I was too taken with the ambiance at Cliff’s Edge.
If you’re visiting Los Angeles and you have friends from the area, they will no doubt take you to a place like Cliff’s Edge; it’s certainly a sight to behold. If you live in the area and you’ve never been by, you should go check it out; definitely get a seat outside!