One of the fanciest restaurants in Los Angeles was located at 9040 Sunset Boulevard, just west of Doheny. A man named Ken Hansen originally opened it across the street in 1947. Ten years later, he moved into its more famous location and began serving Scandinavian cuisine to a rich and famous clientele. His sister-in-law, Teddy Hansen, served as the hostess in charge of greeting and seating the beautiful people and she knew everybody.

In the early seventies, the Hansens sold Scandia to magazine publisher Bob Petersen, he of the automotive magazines. By then, the character of Sunset Boulevard was beginning to change. Other businesses in that area, including the Roxy nightclub and the Rainbow Bar and Grill, attracted a younger, rowdier crowd. Every night, police were busting drug dealers within yards of Scandia, and it did a lot to drive Scandia’s older, wealthy clientele to other, newer eateries. The place finally closed in 1989.

148 Responses to Scandia

  • NinaKl says:

    Scandia was always “the” restaurant for my family. Every milestone event, birthdays, graduations, anniversary parties were celebrated there. There was something about the elegance of the place and the wonderful menu. Everyone was kind, professional and made it a memorable dining experience. Many happy memories. Thank you.

  • Beth Conwell says:

    I shop estate sales and found this Large menu with a big serpent boat and “SCANDIA” on the front. Love that I can find the history of where it is from on the internet. From LA to LA (Lower Alabama) This is signed to a customer by – it looks like- “Frenchy”? Anyone know who that is? So is this from the 1960’s? Filet for $7.30!

  • Gordon Preston says:

    I grew up in Whittier, so we did not get to Beverly Hills very often. But one day my Mom took me to Scandia as a special treat. She had read about it somewhere, and wanted to try it out. I was so impressed with the area, and all the famous sites she pointed out to me as we drove down Sunset Blvd. And driving into Scandia, under the building, made it seem like a very special pace! I was young, but when it came time to order she told me to be adventurous! I ended up ordering poached salmon in aspic, which for a young boy used to eating hamburgers, was not quite what I expected! She switched plates with me, and we ended up having a great time together, just her me!

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos (NM) says:

    Just happened upon this: Somebody’s 8mm?
    Cruising a bit of The Strip in ’64, I espy:(The Unicorn, a nightclub back in the day) and a Hamburger Hamlet on the right; a Cock n Bull on the left just before a Schwab’s on the right just before the Guy “wipes out”.
    Scandia, which was torn down a couple of years ago, was suppose to be on the left west of Doheny…is that it just before the Standard Gas sign, near the red station wagon?
    A few years before my getting out there to SC: a spin around Hollywood

  • Steve W W.LA says:

    i remember my uncle had my cousin’s Bar Mitzvah party, at Scandia.

  • Harold Hecht jr says:

    Just the best memories with my family – my dad Harold Hecht was partners with Burt Lancaster – they won the Academy award for Marty – 1955 – each Christmas Eve Dad would treat steven Duffy Alma harold Adam and Rebecca to a great meal at one of the great restaurants – Scandia

  • Dean Gold says:

    Scandia was our faavorite restaurant for holidays and birthdays. I must ahve celebrated every birthday with dnner at Scandia. Robert was our regular waiter, an older black gentleman who started as a Pullman porter and came to Scandia. He wore a pin with wings, the Pan Am logo and a number in the center. It was Pan Am’s around the world pin. Every so often the pin would be replaced with one with the next number. He loved my enthusiasm about food and would spend time explaining it to me, taking me into the kitchen where I was introduced as “this gentleman is the youngest Mr Gold and is one of my best guests”

    One year, I decided to take my parents to Scandia for their anniversary. I discussed wine with Robert {I was probably about 12 at the time by my parents’ favorite was B&G Graves Bordeauz and Robert led to a bottle that was similar in origin but the best thing I had ever tasted {they would ignore my stealing sips out of my dad’s glass!} My dad would get some short of goround beef dish with beets & other stuff, his usual order. I had the butterflied steak with crispy fried onion. My mom had fish. We had a bricka platter {a silver display platter on a pedistal with individual dishes of smooth & country style pate, herring, salade russe, beets, pickled cucumbers and other wonders now hazy in my memory} to start followed by tableside caesar. The dessert was crepes prepared tableside with flames.

    Early in the meal, my dad asked me if I had enough money and I told him I had $60 that I had saved from odd jobs at the family business. Very shortly dad left the table to go to the restroom. When it was time to ask for the bill, it was $52 and I knew you tipped 15% so my $60 just covered it. I was so pleased!

    Of course, years later I found out that the wine alone had cost $40 and the meal probably $150+ and my dad had slipped Robert his credit card to cover the rest. I heard this story at my dad’s funeral because he told all his friends about it!

  • Larry Pitts says:

    Scandia holds a special place in my heart. That’s where I proposed to my wife on January 4, 1978 while we were students at UCLA. An unforgettable evening! After three wonderful children, 2 grandchildren, and more on the way, Scandia is where the rest of our lives truly began.

  • Jean Emser Schultz says:

    Since Scandia was my favorite restaurant when I worked as a publicist for Bev. Hills Jim Mahoney & Associates, when Scandia’s chef learned I was leaving L.A. for 2 years in Kodiak, AK, he slipped me his recipe for my favorite… Cold Cucumber Soup. He said, “I don’t know if you will have cucumbers readily available on an Alaskan island…but in case you do…” I still make his recipe!

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos (NM) says:

    Yo Ray, I had the “privilege” of ushering the 50 yard line in the Coliseum for the USC games…Bob Hope and family were superb Guests to seat along with the likes of Jack Lemon, Red Buttons, Peter Lorre etc. I can’t imagine what it would be like to usher today’s snots…er stars.

  • Ray Puente says:

    I worked for the gas station that was on the corner, early seventies on sunset and worked there till 79, Many movie stars and, when president Nixon was in town he went there for diner, So we closed early and went home. Many movie stars just to go there, One night, John Travolta picked up diner and gave me a five dollar bill. Bless his hart. It was like a dream to work there. God Bless all those stars I got to meet all those nice folks.

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos (NM) says:

    Alas Denyse, I know that at least in ’62 Dino’s Lodge still had a valet when I drove my powder-blue Vespa into the porte-cochère (after having driven up from…dare I say it? USC) to let my date, who sat side-saddle in a straight skirt, off, as we were going to listen to some smooth jazz in the glass-walled room overlooking the lights of LA. At that time, it was no longer this guy as the valet tho.
    In any event, Skol RE Scandia cuz

  • Denyse says:

    I came to Los Angeles in 1967 from BC Canada and lived at that time in West Hollywood and Laurel Canyon. As a very young single girl I went to most of the clubs and restaurants on the strip. I loved sitting at the bar in Scandia and enjoying the complimentary Swedish meatballs. I think the bartender was Francois—he was always so welcoming and friendly. I also remember the lady washroom attendant who was very nice. And, the valet parking was great! I don’t remember any other place on the strip except Sneakey Pete’s that had valet parking.

  • Anthony says:

    It was my family’s favorite place in the 60s and 70s when I was a child. I vividly remember it. My grandmother fan had a numbered account from when the place started (I think it was 05). It was very popular with the City’s old established reformed Jewish community people. I recall seeing Rabbi Magnin (the pope of the west coast German reform community) there. It had a wonderful wood paneled bar – where I was too young to venture. The sort of place where you could imagine all sorts of late night deals and romances occurring. I also recall the glass lighting fixtures. Probably Murano glass. Ah well….some things are best as memories.

  • Curtis Steele says:

    Scandia was the first place I ever had roast goose. It was great. Also, our waiter took everyone’s (6 or 8 of us) order without writing anything down and our meals came out just as ordered!

  • Mario Betancourt says:

    My dad was a waiter at Scandia in the 50’s and told the story how he slipped and fell with a tray full of glasses and actor Yul Brinner helped him up.

  • Doug Finlay says:

    Saw your comment on Scandia. In 1974 I lived in an apartment on Doheny–it was at 1006 Doheny. My back window looked out (over a wall) and onto the Scandia parking lot. On Sunset was the Granda Theater, which showed old Marx Brothers and WC Fields film. The Roxy had the Rocky Horror Picture Show–long lines.

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos (NM) says:

    Well Lass Rosemary, we do be of a thyme and age! That year, I got a letter of acceptance to grad school followed by a letter to show up for my Draft physical which I failed (with all due respect to those who served), which allowed me to complete wedding plans for the next month!
    – Alas in that year and including a couple before (courtesy of my inlaws), we each may have sat on the same chair (blush) to enjoy that very froufrou food with a grand service and ambiance!
    – Expensive? I suppose to us younguns it might have appeared so. In ’63 the minimum wage was $1.26/hr. I was being generously paid $1.32/hr at Woody’s Smorgasburger. Scroll down here to what is reported to be an “original” menu (’46?)…a Filet was $5.75
    Scrolling down in this reported ’81 menu it was $19.50
    – THE Dress: Alas, while not quite as exciting to note, I still have a couple of ties from the era! LOL Per your noting “I can still get into it” and especially per your, OMG, description of the dress, might you be prevailed upon to be so kind as to take front/back “photos” and email themto Mark, the Blogmeister? On the Left, click on “About this site”. Scroll to last paragraph of his “Opening” to click his E-address via “You can reach me at…” (Sorry; as best as I can figure he doesn’t allow more that two links in a Comment.)
    Bon Appétit!

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos (NM) says:

    Well Rosemary, we do be of an age and thyme! That year I got a letter of acceptance to grad school followed by a letter to show up for my Draft physical which I failed (with all due respect to those who served), which allowed me to complete wedding plans for the next month!
    – Alas in that year and including a couple before (courtesy of my inlaws), we each may have sat on the same chair (blush) to enjoy that very froufrou food with a grand service and ambiance!
    – Expensive? I suppose to us younguns it might have appeared so. In ’63 the minimum wage was $1.26/hr. I was being generously paid $1.32/hr at Woody’s Smorgasburger. Scroll down here to what is reported to be an “original” menu (’46?)…a Filet was $5.75
    Scrolling down to this reported ’81 menu it was $19.50
    – THE Dress: Alas, while not quite as exciting, I still have a couple of ties from the era! LOL Per your noting “I can still get into it” and especially per your, OMG, description of the dress, might you be prevailed upon to take a front/back pic and email it to Mark, the Blogmeister via for him to attach the pics herein?
    Bon Appétit!

  • Rosemary Ryan says:

    I spent my 21st birthday at Scandia in 1963.You won’t believe this, but I still have the dress I wore. It was long, backless & gold. I could never part with it. The good news is, I can still get into it. I remember the food being very froufrou and expensive. I believe afterwords we went to see James Darren perform. 54 years later and I still remember Scandia vividly. …

  • Ken Scher says:

    In 1979 I bought Teddy Hansen’s house on Sunset Plaza dr. She was leaving LA
    To retire in Hawaii the broker told me. Still live there with my wife.
    We loved the food @ scandia. Have not found a replacement yet.

  • Bob says:

    Does anyone out there remember Martoni’s? I’d like to talk to someone who spent time there back in ther early 60’s. I know there’s not much chance, but I thought I’d ask.

  • Sandy Lyons, Sandy Kormondy, Sandy Pozzo says:

    On many occasions I was able to join small groups of friends down in the basement for special dinners. I think the table only allowed about 20 people. The menus were set by the kitchen and we enjoyed many wonderful things that were not on the menu upstairs. Great memories of special times in the old Los Angeles.
    As I recall you could do the same thing at The Beverly Hills Hotel as well as The Belair Hotel .

  • Jason Curtis says:

    The first job I ever had was back in the mid to late 1980’ a beautiful 4 Star dining room in Colorado Springs called “Maxi’s”..I was a 15 year old busboy who did not know “anything” about table service.

    My boss?

    One Stefan Harrison.

    ..he was a brilliant man..who not only ran the show,but “was the show”.

    I learned everything I know about table service and table side preparation from him..I use techniques acquired from Mr. Harrison to this day..he had “been in the business” for 40 years back in 1986/87/88. I can only assume that he has passed on by now..but I will “never,ever forget him”.

    During our monthly meetings, Mr. Harrison would give his subjects the most detailed directives on service..and almost always recanted an anecdotal lesson learned from his most celebrated personal memories in the business..

    The place where Mr. Harrison learned his craft to begin with?


  • John Hopriver says:

    Happened to be watching an old movie “The Big Bluff” 1955. Around 20 minutes into the film they show a shot of a plate which Sandia written on it to indicate the restaurant. The “i’ in Scandia is dotted with a heart. Later they go to the Mocambo night club.

  • Todd F. says:

    When my siblings and I were teenagers (mid- to late 1960s), our father would take us to lunch at Scandia at the end of summer vacation before the new school year started up. The cold cucumber soup (Soupe Suédoise) was always a favorite. I actually found the recipe in the Culinary SOS feature of the Los Angeles Times, at this URL: . Go there and search on the page for “Cold Cucumber Soup” and you’ll find it there. It’s just as delicious now as it was fifty years ago!

  • Rosella A. Alm says:

    I was hoping for a glimpse at Switzerland Restaurant where one could eat, drink and dance all evening until very late. It had a unique Swiss German decor, a small but excellent dance band and delicious Swiss-German food. My boyfriend at the time was from Germany and we enjoyed the food, but mostly the dancing. The small group of elderly musicians played all kinds of ballroom dance tunes for us young lovers to dance to. They weer featured in a film once but I don’t remember the name of it. If anyone has some pictures of it I would be very happy to see some. It was located right near the Coliseum.

  • Jeannine Adidge says:

    My father Maurice was the sous chef at Scandia. I believe “the french chef” from the comments above. He was the most amazing chef too. He would tell us about all the stars and how some would come into the kitchen to tell him how delicious the food was that he made. He’d bring home treats as well. He loved working there. He worked there twice. He retired from there but then went back to work there for a short time again in the very early 70’s.

  • Fredde Duke says:

    Wait. No one mentioned Pittypana? The dish with roast beef hash with a ton of Bearnaise sauce and an egg on top? It was decadent. Heart clogging. And delicious.

  • Pam Wheeler-Miles (formerly, Roddewig) says:

    I was married to Rod Roddewig back in the mid-sixties and he had owned The Phone Booth across the street, next to the Villa Nova, for several years. Rod had become such great friends with Ken Hansen and the whole Scandia staff that when we went there, which was often, we were treated like family. We always were served the best of everything and I learned to cook some of their dishes; Cold Cucumber Soup, Danish Apple Cake, Creamed Spinach, Coquilles Maison, Gazpacho. I had never had Gravlax and was besotted with it. I still make the Grand Marnier Souffle. Dining there was one of the highlights of my life in the sixties and I shall cherish it and miss it forever.

  • gc says:

    One of the most memorable meals ever was a July 4th in the 60’s with my family
    and in-laws. A very special Scandia 4th. Whole fresh Alaskan salmon flown in that morning…..with a delicate souffle inside……served by waiters carrying
    huge silver platters. Accompanied by vegetables…..seconds of everything if
    desired. So delicious and elegant. And then to make the experience more
    sublime……Scandia’s yumyum apple cale. We really loved the old original Scandia and went as often as possible. In the mid 50’s we had a lovely baby sitter whose son was a chef at Scandia……many times she brought us leftover treats from the kitchen. And……don’t forget those old prices.

  • Angelo D'Amico says:

    My dad worked for Martoni’s in the 60s and 70s and opened his own restaurant La Traverna a block west of Scandia and we would go there on his day off occasionally. I remember on night Jerry Dumphy the news anchor came into the bar to start his night for dinner. It was a magic place. We lived a block from Paramount Studio and would go to Nicodel’s a lot. Great food great memories. It’s amazing that you all remember those days. Love to hear back with your thoughts.

  • David says:

    Scandia was a great to place to eat… the food was excellent and all the pastries were hand made by a French chef. If you recall, they had French service, three workers to a table, the Captain, the Waiter and the Busboy. I worked there for a short period of time until I landed a waiter position at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Prior to working at Scandia, I worked as a waiter at ‘Mark Twain’s Jumping Frog Saloon’ on San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood. Does anyone remember Mark Twain’s?

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos (NM) says:

    Alas Len, Thanks for not bringing up Mike Mckeever! Eeek, heard a vague reference to the Med School, but just now….Thanks to you, LOL…read a (blush) extensive NY Times article…OMG…so sad. At least it should be an exciting year for football being back on track per the team and QB, Sam Darnold, pulling the season’s end as well as Rose Bowl game out of the fire with heart thumping games: As always: Alas, my biggest thrill was once ushering a Rose Bowl on the 50 yard line…LOL
    Elsewise, Yelp has some interesting pics of servings at Alta Nordic (plus its weblink). Not sure my memory serves me well, but seems like ANK’s menu is more fishy than what Scandia’s was . In any event, hope you kept a winner from one of those “cheap dates” to have a happy SoCal life…..Skol with a Tuborg!

  • Jerry Goudchaux says:

    I adored Scandia, went there many many times with my former wife and inlaws…

  • Len Frank says:

    Hey, Robert, come back to LA. Had dinner at ALTA Nordic Kitchen (they’ve just opened). Chef Christer Larsson was an early chef at Acquavit, back east, so he really knows his game. It may not be the Scandia of old, but it’s a very welcome addition.

    And should you come back to town, we could get together at ALTA and reminisce a bit and then discuss how SC will shed its latest scandal. First they gave us OJ and now this. Scares the Keck out of me.

  • Chris Harlan says:

    I loved Scandia. It was my favorite Hollywood fancy date destination. That, and Chasens and Nicodel’s. Favorite meal was “The Viking Sword.”

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos (NM) says:

    Alas Len, not sure whatcha mean by ‘eons’ ago. Mine was circa ’60* and despite the fact that tuition at USC was a whopping $32/unit or $1K per year**, I, as a frugal Trojan, had a better Scandia plan to actual sit at a table and feast for a “cheap date” which, I’m thinking reflected a superior brainpower given you could only make it into UCLA (Sorry…LOL). I hooked up with a TroJane, whose Dad, being an actual Dane, enjoyed treating us often to Scandia as one of the finer things in SoCal whereas we might sip on Tuborgs (if not MaiTais of the era) down in Hermosa Beach…home to this day, The Lighthouse for Jazz.

    Checking prices to sit at a table…LOL:
    A pic/text history with a menu from an unknown time

    1981 Scandia menu (scroll down)

    *By the Way, The Greatest Pre-USC-ucla game prank that ever occurred was my Freshman year when Trojans sneaked onto your campus in the wee hours of the morn and substituted all the copies of The Daily Bruin with articles of the greatness of Troy

    **BTW, Why are college tuitions so outrageously high…50-60K/year plus board nowadays? Using this government Inflation Calculator, USC should now only be 8+K/yr!!!!

    Ok, your plan had its’ merits! Skol!

  • Len Frank says:

    I was drawn here, searching out Ken Hansen, because a new restaurant is about to open in L.A. — ALTA Nordic Kitchen — on Melrose, a few miles south of Sunset. It won’t be Scandia — can’t be — but at least it will bring back a few familiar dishes.

    Scandia is truly missed! Eons ago, when I was at UCLA, Scandia’s bar was one of the best date places in town. For the price of two Martinis and a decent tip one could get all the dips and frikadeller imaginable. The bartenders, bless them, knew what we were doing, and never said a word. What a great (cheap) night out!

  • Steve Alsberg says:

    My favorite entree? Veal Oscar, thin veal cutlets with asparagus, crab legs and bernaise sauce. Something that has outlived the restaurant now served in many places, never as well.

  • Jerry Atlansky says:

    In the early 1960’s I had the most excellent honor of being Continental Airlines Director of Social Events at the world headquarters, to provide the best and unique venues in Los Angeles County for five thousand employees and their families. My wife and I tested out Scandia and to put in one word it was extraordinary for the entire experience, so our group felt they have a new favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. We welcome anyone to Google/Yahoo my name to learn about three programs that was started in 2006 as volunteers and self-funded. Make Every day terrific!

  • Desslar says:

    You can briefly see the exterior of the restaurant in episode 1 of the 1975 TV series Switch with Robert Wagner. Wagner eats in the restaurant, but don’t know if the interior shots are on location or a set. You can watch it here:

  • Vincent Beckley says:

    I was hired as a captain at Scandia in 1979 having just moved to California, I was definitely the youngest Captain at 20.
    Michele, the Maitre D’ was elderly and frail, but that did not keep him from running a tight ship and having amazing people skills, sharp, professional and charming. He was an amazing mentor.
    The food was interesting, delicious and elegant. Veal Oskar, poached salmon in dill Aspic, house made graavlaxx. Exquisite desserts.
    Many memories of celebrities. Shirley Jones coming in with Sean and David Cassidy, Farrah Fawcett, Mae West, Betty Davis, Ed Asner, Elizabeth Taylor,
    Every night was special.
    I loved all the different dining rooms, the dark red bar with high banquets was great for Privacy, the main room was a great see and be seen spot with lots of action, and the best spot for Sunday brunch was the pink and green, fern accented sun room overlooking West Hollywood.
    The action behind the scenes was lively as well.
    The amazing wine cavern holding thousands of bottles was expertly controlled without the aid of a computer. The wine steward could tell you where every bottle was located. The busboys were in charge of making bread baskets with yummy breads as well as rye crisps with Parmesan freshly toasted to order.
    I am grateful to have been able to experience working at Scandia

  • Ellen Harvey says:

    Yesterday I made a version of the Lingonberry Cheesecake from Scandia. Couldn’t find the cheesecake recipe, both most are pretty similar, but I had the Lingonberry Preserves on the shelf, courtesy of TJ MAXX. As I find graham crackers BORING for a crust, I used Keebler’s Pecan Sandies & threw in extra pecans as I was processing. You spread the Lingonberry Preserves over the finished cake, & it was marvelous! I will make it again.

  • Ellen Harvey says:

    My father was one of the Scandia Vikings, a men’s club (mostly imbibing, I think), & when Ken Hansen went to Denmark to acquire decorator items, etc. for the restairant the Vikings became the Maitre’d’s. They also had a blood drive to which the Vikings donated. Bet there were some very happy recipients. My father’s office was right down the way on Sunset Blvd., so that was his favorite lunch spot.

    Tomorrow I am going to make a version of their Cheesecake with Preserved Lingonberries to take to a monthly hangar lunch at a small WWII Air Musem between Tallulah, La. (Yes, there is a town by that name!) & Vicksburg, Ms. I have the Lingonberry Preserves standing by at the ready.

    They had wonderful snails in mushroom caps which set me on the road to loving the little critters. Also, great Gazpacho, even though that’s NOT Danish. AAAH, the memories.

  • Sandy Westmoreland says:

    Back in 1968-69, my inlaws lived in an apartment on Doheny, right around the corner from Scandia. I made friends with the bartender, who would call me whenever a movie star dined there that week. I was so starstruck back then, but would play it cool and just look, never asking for an autograph. Ann Margaret and Roger Smith rode their motorcycles there and sat at the bar. Dinah Shore had lunch with artist Norman Rockwell. But when celebrities sat down at the tables it was difficult to see them because the wingback chairs created privacy! So much for star watching!

  • Bob of the Village of Los Ranchos (NM) says:

    Yo Wendy: Speaking of your Dad’s fetish, here it is being introduced by Dick Clark Speaking of “that era”, hopefully you got to revive memories in early ’00s with this great series Those were the days….

  • Wendy Hughes says:

    Bob from New Mexico: boy is my face red! You’re right – it was Dino’s. The memory plays tricks, but I swear the Bikini Song story really happened. :-)

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