Venture BLDV Article - Castaway Retools in Burbank Hills With Seasonal, Steak Focus


Plenty of restaurants would have been satisfied with prized views and thriving business as an events space. Not Castaway, a Burbank classic in the Verdugo Hills that dates to 1963. The landscape at the restaurant has changed dramatically recently—thanks to the hiring of Chef Perry Pollaci, who previously starred at Firefly in Studio City.

Perry’s seasonal menu centers on steak, which is on full display in Castaway’s exhibition dry-aging room. A section of the room, dubbed “The Butcher’s Block,” is central to the mission. It features five types of beef and 12 different cuts. Options include a 7-ounce skirt steak from Mishima Reserve American Wagyu, 8-ounce hanger steak from Snake River Farms and 6-ounce pasture-raised, grass-fed filet from Cape Grim Beef in Tasmania. Every steak comes plated with shallot marmalade and sweet garlic chips.

“We want to showcase seasonal ingredients at the peak of their flavors, and most of our produce comes from the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Our dishes also have to, of course, taste fantastic and be visually appealing. Plating is very important–I like the contrast in color and textures,” the chef explains.

In a fun twist, key menu categories are named after movie productions, with appetizers considered “Prologue,” side dishes called “Supporting Cast” and entrees as “Lead Performers.”

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EATER LA - 20 Restaurants With Amazing Views in Los Angeles


13 Castaway

After a $10 million revamp, the Valley’s Castaway recently reopened in Burbank in a major way. The gorgeous space boasts sweeping vistas of the basin and hillside beyond. Consider this a love letter to the SFV, with plenty of New American fare playing a supporting role.

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Mother's Day at the Castaway! Sunday, May 13th


Treat Mom to an amazing Mother's Day at Castaway. We will feature our Grand Celebration from 9am to 3pm and our a la carte Dinner Menu from 5pm to 10pm. Come and experience the new Castaway and the most breath-taking views of the valley!


Join us for Mother’s Day and enjoy a Three-Course menu including an appetizer, an entrée and shared mini desserts for the table.

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$79++ Adult
$35++ Children (ages 4 to 12) | Children 3 and under are free
$18 Bottomless Mimosas

*Service charge and tax are not included. Two Hour Time Limit. Advance deposit required.

DINNER | 5pm-10pm

Featuring our seasonally inspired and steak-forward a la carte Dinner Menu.

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*Advance deposit needed to secure reservation. Service charge and tax not included. Reservation cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance.

Eater LA - The Valley’s Gorgeous Castaway Gets a Stunning Hillside Remodel


Inside the overhaul at one of Burbank’s most in-demand restaurants

The greater San Fernando Valley continues its dining explosion this week, with news of Castaway’s reopening in Burbank on Thursday.

The longstanding hillside stunner by the Speciality Restaurant Corp. team sits well above the Valley floor below, making for sweeping views of the basin and hillside beyond, to say nothing of the golf course next door or the impeccable dining room inside. The restaurant is at the tail end of a $10 million overhaul, and now offers room for some 175 inside, with loads more out on the patio. The total building spans a gigantic 12,500 square feet, and nearly every corner of the restaurant — from the booths in the back to the tables up front — have respectable views of the Valley below.

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Great Taste Magazine Online - Stunning New Restaurant Castaway Opens In Burbank This April

Being a Castaway on this culinary oasis will not disappoint on any level!

Perched atop the scenic hills of Burbank, with captivating views of the surrounding valley, Castaway is set to open its doors to the public this April. Castaway is poised to become So Cal’s most provocative and exciting restaurant and special event property. Its beautiful setting is perfectly matched with compelling menus, nuanced interiors, memorable service, secret rooms, unobstructed views, and an unparalleled patio experience. With every detail in place, Castaway is ready for its premiere and to shake up the Los Angeles culinary scene. Located on the site of the old Castaway Burbank property, this Castaway is the culmination of a dream team of award-winning architects, designers, restaurateurs, chefs, and beverage professional...

Eater LA - Everything to Know About Castaway’s $10 Million Makeover in Burbank


The hillside eatery is ready to bring the views again this month

Iconic Burbank hillside restaurant Castaway is getting close to reopening after undergoing a massive $10 million overhaul last year. The property, which first opened back in 1962, has been redesigned from top to bottom, and should open again by the end of the month.

For those unfamiliar, Castaway is a popular hangout in the far hills of Burbank that offers impressive views of the valley below. It’s nestled up against the DeBell golf course and comes with plenty of private dining and event space, but has also operated as an open-to-the-public restaurant and bar for years. One of the most recent chefs to helm the place was none other than Jason Fullilove, though he has since moved on to run his brunch spot Barbara Jean.

Last summer...