What to Eat at The Charleston, Grand-Open Tomorrow in Santa Monica

The Charleston
The Charleston Photo: Brandon Friend-Solis

Already soft-open and serving over the last few weeks, Jet Tila grand-debuts The Charleston tomorrow night. This is the former Wazuzu chef and big-time bistronomics pumper’s reworking of the Angels space in Santa Monica into another nightlife venue that, like Angel’s before it, plans to have nightly live entertainment by bands. This includes that jerky eighties cover band that must have played everywhere else by now, as well as karaoke, comedy, and get this, dueling pianos (apparently, you can take the guy out of Vegas, but…well, you know). Anyway, what we’re really here for is the food and drink, and here Tila plans a selection of unique comfort eats and spruced-up cocktails, along with a series of pop-ups (an event with chef Evan Kleiman is already in the works we’re told). Come check the menu and bar.

The interior exhales the same vintage supper club cool as its predecessor, with a bar wrapped in kinky white leather (we’re imagining this, but like, at a bar), red booths, and a central portrait of Josephine Baker (please be this one).

The Bar

The menu features Tila’s take on comfort eats and will include tacos with slow-roasted short ribs and shaved brussels sprouts, fried chicken wings in a sweet chili sriracha, flatbreads of various designs, Welsh rarebit, and five-spice pork belly bao.

Tila will not, as far as we can tell, take Kaya toast back from Susan Feniger. Nor will he introduce a bar program called Tila’s Tequila. Instead, the spot offers beer, wine, and craft cocktails like a vodka-soaked “Kaffir Lime Pie” and a “Jet 75.”

See The Charleston’s full drinking and dining menus below.

The Charleston
, 2460 Wilshire Blvd.Santa Monica.



Garlic Edamame
Steamed Soy Beans Sautéed with Butter and Roasted Garlic
Bacon Wrapped Dates
Stuffed with Marcona Almonds and Manchego Cheese

Sweet and Spicy Wings
Crispy Fried and Bathed in Sweet Chili Sriracha

Welsh Rarebit-Welsh Cheese Bread
Country Toast Smothered Cheese Sauce then Broiled

Short Rib Tacos with Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Korean Salsa
Slow Roasted Short Rib and Roasted Brussels Sprouts on a Corn Tortilla


with Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil

Bacon, Egg and Cheese
Sausage, Arugula and Fennel

Three Cheese

Grilled Caesar Salad
with Chicken

The Wedge
with Nueske Bacon Bits, Tomatoes and Cracked Marcona Almonds

Asparagus Salad
with Crumbled Egg, Prosciutto and Gremolata

Farmer’s Market Salad

Hand Cut Garlic and Herb French fries

Sweet Potato Fries

Smoked Mac & Cheese

Meat, Fish, Bread, Pasta
Five Spice Pork Belly Bao Buns

Charleston Burger
with Cheddar, Arugula, Onion Marmalade and Sun Dried Tomato Aioli

Chicken Pesto Panini
with Mozzarella, Basil Pesto and Aioli

Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon Crostini

Grilled Salmon
with Roasted Tomatoes and Chickpeas

Pulled Pork Sliders

Charleston Specialty Cocktails

Minted Mule
Sobieski Vodka, Lime Juice, Goslings Ginger Beer and Mint Sprig Garnish

Sweet Tart
Stoli Blueberry Vodka, Lime Juice, Agave Nectar and Fresh Strawberries

Ginger Kiss
Beefeater Gin, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Fresh Ginger and Habanero Chili

Jet 75
Gin, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice and Brut Champagne

The Charleston
Buffalo Trace Rye Whiskey, Green Chartreuse, Dom Benedictine and Angostura Bitters

Kaffir Lime Pie
Stoli Vodka, Stoli Vanilla Vodka, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, Egg White and Kaffir Lime Garnish

Cucumber Cooler
Hendrix Gin, Cucumber, Basil, Rosemary, Lime and Honey Syrup

Poison Rose
Beefeater Gin, Monin Rose Syrup, Lilet Rouge and Lemon Juice

Buffalo Trace Rye Whiskey, Lemon Peel, Sugar, Peychaud Bitters, Angostura Bitters and Kubler Absinthe Wash

Side Car
Hennessy Cognac, Cointreau, Lemon Juice and Simple Syrup

Pisco Sour
Porton Pisco, Lime Juice, Simple Syrup and Egg White

What to Eat at The Charleston, Grand-Open Tomorrow in Santa Monica