As you cross the threshold at 1000 Guerrero Street, you'll enter a cozy space with a playful, vintage vibe. A casual, neighborhood spot with warm, friendly service where you can enjoy honest, good food and plenty of choices to drink with it.
We want to celebrate the bounty of our beautiful state, California, which provides so much for us to enjoy. Our menus roll with the seasons, eagerly adding newly available produce while bidding farewell, until next year, those favorites whose growing season has expired. We aim to support our local growers, dairies, artisans, vintners and ranches who all contribute top-notch products that we are proud to serve in our restaurant.
Our menu also reflects the many culinary influences we have throughout our state from those who have settled here from other countries. While our foundation is grounded in traditional French techniques and Mediterranean traditions, we strive to incorporate some of the many ingredients and flavor profiles that are now also part of California's fabric.
So join us. We want to welcome you, serve you and do our very best to ensure you have an enjoyable visit.
Karen Hoffmann, Chef, Owner
If Nona Zita Biancalana could see Karen now, a big smile would grace her face. Afterall it was she who first introduced her granddaughter to the delights of cooking – rolling dough, stuffing ravioli, cooking sauces. And it was those early indelible experiences of hard work and pure joy that stuck with Karen as she headed off to cook on her own – a journey that took her from Chicago’s family-owned Italian restaurants, to the frenetic New York food scene, then West, first with a foray at the incomparable Spago and then over to the Disneyland Hotel. Landing in the Five Star, Five Diamond restaurant of the Four Seasons Hotel of Newport Beach, Karen’s gifts in the kitchen propelled her into the Four Sesason’s presitigous Sous-chef program, one of very few female chefs chosen. And though success within the Four Seasons group was gratifying (working at five of their properties) Karen longed for something more personal, something more entrepreneurial. At Company, Karen is able to reinvent herself still yet again, merging the flavor profiles from her diverse cooking experiences to create a restaurant that will recapture and build on the joys she first experienced back in her Nona’s kitchen.
Thuy Nguyen, Manager, Owner
A French doctor-turned-foodie, Company is Thuy's third foray in the restaurant business. Her first two ventures of 11 years each (one in Paris and one in San Francisco) explored the nuances of French-Vietnamese cuisine. When the opportunity came to partner with a pair of rising star chefs from Four Seasons, she knew it was finally time to embrace the cosmopolitan fare of her adopted home. Thuy believes California cuisine is simply the fusion of the best that Europe, America and Asia have to offer. It also pairs well with wines, which will be offered "free flow" among bottles (both from the Old world and New world) in a casual and playful decor she likes to describe as “Haute Comfort.” With Karen, she wishes you: Bon appétit, Enjoy your meal and An ngon!