Owners Dana Hollister, Keith Greco, and Pierre Casanova welcome you to Cliff’s, a unique dining destination. Located in the heart of Silver Lake on Sunset Blvd. close to Sunset Junction, Cliff's has been a favorite of East side diners since 2004. Our team has crafted a menu of rustic, elegant food, with the emphasis on fresh, local produce, and simple preparation that enhances the bright flavors of the ingredients. The menu changes regularly, and with the seasons, while ‘specials’ reflect the best of the market. The patio at Cliff's is the most inviting in Los Angeles, anchored by the spreading arms of a huge ancient tree, sheltered from the street by abundant greenery, under which our guests enjoy our exceptional cuisine, and our extensive, accessible wine list. Innovative cocktails are expertly prepared in our recently remodeled, elegant and cozy bar, where our mixologists Richard Swan and Dan Thompson make fresh syrups and infusions daily.
DANA HOLLISTER is an internationally renowned interior designer and urban developer, with an illustrious celebrity clientele. For several years, she has been instrumental in the creation of some of Los Angeles’ most successful and unique nightlife enterprises. Dana’s ventures include Silver Lake’s 4100 Bar (founder and designer), Cliff’s Edge Restaurant (founder and designer), Brite Spot Restaurant (owner and designer). In Downtown LA, she is the force behind The One-Eyed Gypsy (designer and owner) and runaway success, Villains Tavern (designer and owner). In 1998, she bought the historic Canfield Moreno estate in Silver Lake, which she renamed ‘The Paramour’. It is listed as Historic Cultural Monument # 391, by the City of Los Angeles. Dana’s philanthropic ventures include her organization, ‘Silver Lining’, and ‘The Paramour’ has hosted a series of concerts to benefit the Sunset Free Clinic, which included performances from Elton John, Sting, Beck, John Mayer, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
PIERRE CASANOVA was born and raised on the rugged Mediterranean island of Corsica, Pierre Casanova was exposed from birth to that island’s unique character: Rustic, individualistic, and romantic. The warm Mediterranean winds blow the scent of the Maquis over everything in their path, and the cuisine reflects the island’s rich heritage with a past that includes occupation by the Romans, the Spanish and the Genoese. Moving to Dijon to study, Pierre then opened a Café Theatre in Jura, near Switzerland, before immigrating to the US in 1989. In 1990, he opened Café Des Artistes, in Hollywood, a hotspot where he was Chef/Owner until opening one of Hollywood’s legendary dining places, Les Deux Cafes, with Michelle Lamy. The partnership lasted until 1997, when he left to become General Manager and Wine Buyer at ‘Little Door’. This restaurant’s program of 80 wines available by the glass was at the time, extremely progressive. Pierre then brought his experience and knowledge to Cliff’s Edge, where he has been a founding partner since opening, in 2004.
CHEF VARTAN ABGARYAN brings to Cliff’s Edge his menu of Modern California cuisine, with the emphasis on seasonal local farmer’s market produce, prepared carefully and seasoned creatively. Vartan was educated at Le Cordon Bleu, and worked at the famed André Soltner restaurant, Lutèce, before running the kitchens at Tim Goodell’s restaurants, Red Pearl Kitchen, A Restaurant, and most recently, Public Kitchen and Bar at The Roosevelt Hotel, which received two stars from the LA Times, and was named as a ‘Restaurant To Watch’ in Esquire Magazine, by John Mariani. Vartan’s ethos is “I am driven by flavor, and I want to cook with flavors that evoke emotion.”
KEITH GRECO moved to Los Angeles some 30 years ago to study art at UCLA & production design at AFI. He bounced around town, including a more than 10 stint in downtown, before calling Silver Lake home, 10 plus years ago.
Having found a Los Angeles neighborhood full of family & friends, he chose to put his money where his mouth is and go into business with two old friends; Pierre Casanova, who he met while designing Little Door, and Dana Hollister, with whom he became friends while producing events at her ‘Paramour’ estate. Having an affection for his California born Italian grandparents’ gardening & cooking, and unable to find a restaurant that gave his taste buds that euphoric recall, he, in partnership with Hollister and Casanova, opened Cliff’s Edge Restaurant.
When not spending time in this surrogate living room, he is tending his own company, GRECO DÉCOR INC., art and creative directing for such companies as Cirque du Soleil, Disney, Sony Pictures, Red Bull, Nike, Adidas, Sag awards, City of Hope & KCRW to name a few,
Keith is also a founding owner & production designer of the Annual Los Angeles ‘Haunted Hayride’ located each October in Griffith Park’s “Old Zoo”.