Welcome to Somerset! Steve Hermann Hotels and Restaurants has created an old world European Grand Cafe designed to be an instant classic. Following on the heels of the meteoric success of L’Horizon Resort and Spa, the #1 Resort in California according to Conde Nast magazine, Somerset is our marquee restaurant brand. Absolutely timeless, the interior is both classic and modern simultaneously, with references to a “Grand Cafe" one would find in London or Paris. Boasting deep chesterfield sofas, polished zinc table tops, and 50’s modern vintage chairs and lighting, the space comfortably mixes mid century and art deco influences. Somerset's stunning interior is anchored by its courtyard featuring a large stone fireplace that draws you toward the patio where you are enveloped by a canopy of 100 year old olive trees that are situated in rubble stone planters. The whole feel of the patio was designed to be that of an old courtyard in Tuscany. That vintage feel throughout the restaurant is complimented by modern touches creating a symbiotic relationship to its main star—the cuisine.

Somerset’s kitchen is helmed by star Chef, Lauren Herman. Herman was the former chef de cuisine at the preeminent L.A. favorites, A.O.C. and Lucques. She has taken her vast experience to anchor the restaurant’s state-of-the-art kitchen with her unique focus on farm-driven California cuisine with light French and Italian influences. Though steeped in classical European techniques, Somerset represents the zeitgeist of culinary exploration and farm to table California dining. Somerset sources all produce within a 100 mile radius, and takes advantage of the bounty that is the Santa Barbara coast by utilizing local fish mongers daily deliveries, and livestock humanely raised on ranches in the hills above America’s Rivera. Joining Herman in the kitchen is her wife, Sous Chef Christina Olufson, former Executive Pastry Chef of the Lucques Group. Whether stopping by for one of our carefully crafted cocktails, or indulging in Somerset’s fine dining menu in the intimacy of the garden courtyard, a truly unique experience awaits.

When traveling throughout Europe I always love the Grand Cafe’s one would encounter in cities such as London. Whether it was the Wolseley or the Ivy, I was always taken by the feel of these places that were so traditional yet simultaneously so cosmopolitan. I knew that when I set out to create my own restaurant brand that I would want to create something that would withstand the test of time, and be fresh and current fifty years down the line. The only way to do that was to create something that was instantly timeless by referencing the past, yet with a nod to the future. Somerset is heavily influenced by these classic spots yet has its own DNA, mixing the best from the mid-century modern era with art deco influences. The overall feel is classic, yet with the feeling of being in a space that is fresh, modern, and completely cosmopolitan

The Steve Hermann Group consists of award winning collection of distinct, curated hotels and restaurants, each with its own unique style and individual brand. Properties include the #1 resort in California, L’Horizon Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, and it’s award winning restaurant SO-PA. Somerset is its latest endeavor, creating a stand-alone brand referencing classic mid-century modernist and art deco styles.

In addition to hospitality, the Steve Hermann Group is a nationally recognized design/build firm. The CEO and principal designer, Steve Hermann is a celebrated designer of high-end homes and commercial spaces. As one of the most prolific designers in California, he is known as the design guru for the Hollywood elite, captains of industry, and foreign royalty. His innovative and imaginative properties are owned by A-list celebrities, entertainment executives and members of the Forbes top ten wealthiest list. His designs have been featured in Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler, E!, MTV, ABC, as well as in hundreds of magazines and websites worldwide. One of his projects called The Glass Pavilion was published in hundreds of magazines and newspapers, featured in over 18 million websites, and at one point was the 3rd most viewed house in the world. He is currently designing a 40,000 square foot modern home valued over a $100 million, for a member of a royal family in Beverly Hills.

The Steve Hermann Group has a philosophy of working with the absolute best. All our chefs are award winning and nationally recognized. Designing all of our projects in-house creates unique spaces that carry the DNA of the company into the hospitality brand. Winning 16 international awards in our first year, the company is focused on establishing a world-recognized luxury hospitality company.

Executive Chef Lauren Herman spent the last decade helming the James Beard award winning Lucques and A.O.C., two perennial Los Angeles favorites that have attracted national attention. She carries on that tradition of innovative excellence at Somerset where she cooks soulful food using seasonal, farm-driven California cuisine, with light French and Mediterranean influences. Her food is innovative and refined, yet rustic and approachable.

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