About Us

THE HERBAL CHEF™, CHRIS SAYEGH, TAKES DINERS BACK TO CHILDHOOD WITH THE OPENING OF NOSTALGIA BAR & LOUNGE IN SANTA MONICA

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Nostalgia Bar & Lounge is a new American eatery and watering hole concept from the mind of Chris Sayegh and The Herbal Chef™ Team, that evokes fond memories of childhood Americana through a familiar, yet whimsically sophisticated menu and ambiance.
Hand-crafted Decor

Large, outdoor patio donned with stringing lights and wooden picnic tables and benches situated on AstroTurf

Cozy Place

This space calls your name on a warm summer night. The interior mimics an upscale rumpus room for adults, where guests choose their own adventure.

Relax Atmosphere

Cozy up on the light, leather sofas and decide among the surplus of old school board games to play, like Operation, Sorry, Jenga, and Battleship as you sip signature cocktails that might inspire a game of truth or dare.

Creature comforts from back in the day are reimagined utilizing Sayegh’s technical culinary background, paired with expertise from THC’s team- Chef and Partner Jared Ventura, Services Director Jack Goldberg, and Beverage Director Bradley Fry, to create playful New American bites and a quality bar program at Nostalgia. Guest can sip inventive CBD- and terpene-infused cocktails that draw inspiration from nostalgic delights like Otter-Pops, Orange Julius, and Capri Suns, play old-school board games like Operation and Battleship in the lounge, or kick back on the numerous picnic tables situated on the expansive outdoor patio.

Our Specialties

Teaming with Chef Jared Ventura on the food menu, Chef Sayegh draws on his culinary background from working in such prestigious kitchens as Mélisse under Chef Josiah Citrine and Providence under Michael Cimarusti, to create seasonal dishes on the bar bites menu that will leave diners doing a double-take.

Lobster Roll

With fresh poached lobster, herb aioli, lobster shell caramel, and served on a toasted brioche roll (add Kaluga caviar for +$10). 

Kobe Toast

Made with freshly baked sourdough toast, whole grain mustard aioli topped with A5 Kobe beef lightly torched with marinated radish, turnip, and microgreens

Meet Our Chefs

Chris Sayegh

Executive Chef

Christopher Sayegh is a world-renowned Chef that has gained popularity in the last 5 years for his unique take on utilizing ancient plant medicines in modern cuisine.  This led him to launch the now globally operating company, The Herbal Chef in 2014. 

Jared Ventura

Executive Chef

Chef Jared Ventura credits much of his passion for cooking to his Sicilian grandparents. After graduating from culinary school, he worked through mostly Italian and French kitchens before eventually landing at Studio Montage Laguna Beach, where his passion for fine dining grew and continues to grow each day.

Reservation

Seats might always be full as we have people lining up and looking forward to our incomparable delicacies and beverages. So, reserve a seat with us and enjoy the nostalgic ambience and food as we take you back in time!

For all inquiries please contact us