Lilian’s & Bing’s Bar At The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Now Open
The new signature restaurant Lilian’s, and craft cocktail haven Bing’s Bar, are now open at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in partnership with San Diego-based Clique Hospitality, as part of The Inn’s multi-million-dollar, property-wide reopening.
Ahead of its 100-year anniversary in 1924, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe just debuted a full renovation that touched every square inch of its storied grounds. With the new signature restaurant and cocktail bar, The Inn honors its history and heritage while delivering modern drinking and dining experiences, sure to draw guests and locals alike.
“The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe has long been beloved as a home away from home for both locals and visitors,” said Vikram Sood, General Manager, The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. “Following our full reimagination, we invite guests to linger over a delicious meal at Lilian’s or hand-crafted cocktails at Bing’s Bar as they would in an old friend’s home, enjoying slow moments of connection and genuine respite at our authentic, warm and welcoming retreat.”
“We are thrilled to open the doors to Lilian’s and Bing’s Bar and share these exciting new concepts with the community,” said founder Andy Masi, Clique Hospitality. “The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe has been a hallmark of North County San Diego for nearly a century. At Lilian’s and Bing’s Bar, we will honor that legacy with inventive menus focused on locally sourced ingredients, world-class wine, beer and spirits, and nods to the property’s unique history.”
Inspired by the rich history of Rancho Santa Fe, the namesake of Lilian’s is the notable master planner of the charming community and designer of the original Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, Lilian Rice.
Rice studied architecture at UC Berkley, and later became one of the first women licensed as an architect in California. Her ground-breaking career was defined by designing elegant Spanish Colonial Revival and Mediterranean-style buildings and homes in Rancho Santa Fe, shaping the aesthetic of the area to this day.
Lilian’s is helmed by San Diego native Chef Moira Hill, whose resume spans the city’s best restaurants including George’s at the Cove, Juniper & Ivy, Trust, Campfire, and Nolita Hall. Chef Hill has crafted a timeless menu that reflects the abundance and diversity of coastal California, using only the freshest, most sustainable ingredients sourced from area farmers, ranchers, and fisherman.
From unique beginnings like the king salmon crudo with truffle ponzu and tempura crunch and the tuna tartare with beer-battered avocado, jicama and yuzu marinade, to hearty mains like the half-roasted chicken with hazelnut butter, sunchokes and chicken jus or the 16-ounce ribeye with confit garlic, herb crust and bone marrow, the menu takes a modern twist on time-tested cuisine.
The food is complemented by an inventive beverage program, spanning a craft cocktail menu with edgy twists on the classics, an all-encompassing wine list with unique varietals and vintages, and a vast array of local craft beers.
With interiors from award-winning designer Steve Hermann, Lilian’s offers a light, bright and inviting aesthetic for diners to gather and share a meal in a glamorous yet approachable space. Incorporating dramatic elements like historic treillage, a form of latticework that epitomizes vintage Hollywood glamour, and custom Barovier sconces, the more opulent features of the restaurant are offset by comfortable and inviting custom tables and chairs and large windows allowing ample light, embracing the California lifestyle.
Connecting Lilian’s and Bing’s Bar, a fireplace is situated on the adjoining wall made of black marble on the bar side and white marble for the restaurant, emphasizing the uniqueness of each space.
Prior to entering Lilian’s, guests are welcomed by the charm of a bygone century in the classic and timeless Bing’s Bar, named for legendary Rancho Santa Fe resident and star of the silver screen Bing Crosby.
Reminiscent of a speakeasy, Bing’s ambiance is complemented by an elevated cocktail program, award-winning selection of spirits, an extensive wine list and a creative menu of lighter fare.
Guests can sip on delicious libations like the Sir Barton, with Old Forester bourbon, OF syrup and bitters, named for Bing Crosby’s horse, or the Lapaz with El Tesoro Blanco, aloe, cucumber and lemon, named for Crosby’s vacation home in Mexico.
From the creative mind of Chef Hill, Bing’s food menu is comprised of inventive light bites, like mini lobster rolls with maître d’hôtel butter, truffle bernaise, chives and lemon or Peking duck tostadas with gochujang, pickled house cucumbers, masa, carrot and Tokyo negi,.
Whether stopping in for a post-work cocktail, enjoying a social night out with friends, or savoring a nightcap after a day of exploration, Bing’s Bar is a magnetic gathering place that evokes the Old Hollywood glory days of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.
In addition to a wood-burning fireplace, exposed beams, and herringbone oak floors, the custom wood-paneled bar and overhead liquor rack is a replica of an Old English pub from London, lined with Arabescato marble countertops, giving an enchanting old-world feel.
See you there!
Lilian’s is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch from 8AM–3PM and dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5PM–9PM. The restaurant accepts reservations on OpenTable. Bing’s Bar is open seven days a week, from 11AM–10PM.
To make a reservation, please visit here.
The energy that Clique Hospitality brings to their concepts is an intriguing combo with the more traditional environment of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. We can’t wait to check it out!
See you there, San Diego!