With Los Angeles’ restaurants opening back up for the first time in over a year, The K is ecstatic to get out of the house and support some of our favorite restaurants!
And so, welcome to the second edition of our brand new “K Recommends” series in which we’ll partner with our favorite restaurants across LA and give you the opportunity to indulge in their delicacies at no cost!
For this week’s recommendation and partnership, we are ecstatic to showcase Esters Wine Shop & Bar.
A member of the iconic Rustic Canyon Family, Esters‘ focus on small, planet-friendly producers is just one of the many reasons it is the Westside’s best wine bar. Los Angeles’ wine connoisseurs and appetizer aficionados alike flock to this Santa Monica wine shop that doubles as a happy hour haven. With a library of over 250 wines by the bottle, curated by the group’s Wine Director and Esters’ Co-Founder Kathryn Coker, any niche wine craving can be satiated on site.
While wine is the main attraction, food is by no means an after thought. Each of the dishes seemed simple as I read them off the menu. With each plate, I was reminded that there is no cap to how much a single ingredient can elevate a familiar dish.
The burrata was fresher than the one offered at my local Italian market. I need not eat strawberries with whipped cream ever again. The lavender coated almonds shocked me with a flavor profile that I did not know existed. The carefully packaged mushroom parcel came out piping and the saucy topping and paired beautifully with the bread sourced from Rustic Family’s Milo and Olive. The meats and cheeses were, well, perfect. With each sip of natural wine, my eyes crossed not knowing what to take a bite of next.
When you drop by the beautifully refurbished 1937 Art Deco building, take your time to admire the impressive planet-friendly selection before grabbing a bottle to go or sitting down for a glass. The staff will be sure to greet you with a smile behind their masks and an armada of recommendations.
Be sure to check out the latest episode of Kathryn and Tug’s wine podcast, The Long Finish.
Win a $50 gift card!
Winner announced on 4/5.
HOURS: Sun-Wed 1-9, Thu-Sat 1-10 | 1314 7th St, Santa Monica
Happy Hour: Daily from 4pm to 6pm and Monday all night long.
What to order:
Esters’ super fans go crazy for the gooey Grilled Cheese…
On the snackier side, the Lavender Almonds.
If you’re not quite ready to dine out just yet, Esters is currently offering 25% off the retail price on all retail wine. Better yet, they offer free, local, same-day delivery on orders of $100+ within 5 miles of their shop, $150 within 10 miles, and $200 for more than 10 miles. Just give them a ring!