Seeing Stars: Where the Stars Dine

201 S. Moreno Drive,
Beverly Hills, CA. / (310) 879-2394

Update: In early January of 2000, the owners of the property (where Jimmy's sat) sold the building and forced Jimmy's out of business. The old Jimmy's is gone forever.

However, two years after he was forced to close his restaurant, Jimmy Murphy has decided to open another restaurant - along with his son, Sean.

The new place is called "Jimmy's Tavern", and is located at 10543 W. Pico Blvd., in Westwood (in the space once occupied by the restaurant Primi). Jimmy moved in the old bar, fireplace, grand piano and the family crest from the original restaurant. It is more casual than the original Jimmy's, but since the new menu includes Kobe steak, it may not be less expensive. Stars who showed up for opening night of Jimmy's Tavern in March 2003 included Sidney Poitier, Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, Rod Taylor and Robert Loggia.

I will leave this web page (about the old Jimmy's) up for a while, for people who want to read about this former landmark. But bear in mind that it was written when the old Jimmy's was still open.

This luxurious celebrity restaurant is actually located midway between Beverly Hills and Century City, and with that strategic location, it's naturally a major "power lunch" spot. It's not unusual to spot a famous face inside, or a queue of Rolls Royces outside.

The Kennedys and the Reagans would seem to have little in common, except for their Irish ancestry. Yet legend has it that the Kennedys once formed a conga line at Jimmy's restaurant and danced past the table of Ronald & Nancy Reagan. That isn't too surprising, since this restaurant is a magnet for political shakers of both parties, as well as the Hollywood crowd.

When Chasen's closed, Jimmy's helped fill the need for a traditional Hollywood hangout. Regulars include Bob Newhart, Don Rickles, and Milton Berle; other stars dining recently at Jimmy's include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Robert Stack, Ricardo Montalban, and (shortly before his death) the late George Burns. Plus more show-biz lawyers and agents than you could shake a at. Former President George Bush threw a post-election party at Jimmy's back in 1991. Robert Wagner and Tori Spelling were among those at a birthday party at Jimmy's for tennis great Monica Seles. It was also the scene of a major industry party following the recent Peoples Choice Awards.

One of the best-looking restaurants in town, Jimmy's offers a garden patio, turn of the century French decor, and exceptional elegance. But there are those who think the restaurant's food doesn't quite measure up to its posh decor.

Owner Jimmy Murphy is a proud Irishman (on St. Patrick's Day, he and co-owner Sean Murphy wear traditional kilts all day to greet guests), but the menu at his special occasion restaurant is French/Continental. It includes Dom Perignon, caviar, and truffles along with veal, duckling, and chateaubriand. Be prepared to pay the price, though. (You will, however, note that the color green plays a key role in the decor.) Entrees range from $17 to $30. Reservations are, of course, essential.

Lunch is served Monday through Friday. Dinner is served Monday through Saturday. (Closed Sundays.) There is valet parking; jacket & tie required.

Getting there: From Rodeo Drive, just go north to little Santa Monica Boulevard and turn left. Head southwest on Santa Monica Boulevard (for less than a mile) to just before Century Park East. Jimmy's will be on your left (south) side.

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