Esperanza Opens in Manhattan BeachJul 29, 2021 08:17AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Photo credit: Art Gray
expertly crafted bar program.
In advance of its opening, Esperanza (formerly the site of Sharks Cove) was perhaps best known for its glittery high-end design, featuring gold, copper, bronze, and white marble.
Designed by internationally renowned Icelandic architect Gulla Jónsdóttir, the restaurant was named a finalist in the Upscale Restaurant category for the 17th annual Hospitality Design Awards by Hospitality Design Magazine.
The restaurant’s splashy entry reveals a grand white marble bar and high-design features within the 2,000 square foot dining room, including handcrafted leather upholstered dining chairs and barstools and artisanal ceramic light fixtures imported from Mexico.
Upscale Sonoran Food and Drink
Regulars of Esperanza's sister restaurant Palmilla Cocina Y Tequila in Hermosa Beach will recognize the rustic handmade tortillas that arrive before every meal, along with two salsas and a spiral of homemade honey butter.
Some of DigMB's favorites include the crispy (and generously sized) Braised Short Rib Taquitos, as well as the piping hot Tortilla Soup, poured fresh into a bowl filled with crispy tortilla strips.
With a focus on fresh seafood, and inspired by Baja California Sur, the Crudo Del Mar offerings include five different ceviche dishes, as well as a tartare and aguachile. The seasonal fish offerings continue into the entrées, where stand-out dishes include Enchiladas Mariscos Suizas, Prawns Pacifico con Salsa, and Relleno de Langosta y Camaron.
At the bar, the expansive tequila and mezcal lists features a range of small-batch producers, from Clase Azul and Mal Bien Tepextate, to more well-known favorites like Patron and Casamigos.
On the cocktail side, handmade shrubs, mists and mixers are all incorporated into the bar menu, featuring playful interpretations of traditional tequila cocktails such as La Rosa and 11 variations of a Margarita. (DigMB's pick is the Pineapple Serrano Cilantro Margarita, which is tangy with just the right amount of peppery "kick.")
Esperanza is located at 309 Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Manhattan Beach. The restaurant officially opens on July 29 at 4:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 424-422-0057, or via Open Table.