Chef Rainer Schwarz

    Chef Rainer Schwarz
Chef Rainer Schwarz

Chef Rainer Schwarz is the Executive Chef at Laguna Niguel’s New American restaurant, Hendrix. Chef Rainer creates a seasonal menu showcasing quality ingredients, meats and drinks.

Born in the small Austrian town of Klagenfurt, Chef Rainer began his culinary training at the age of 15 with a four-year apprenticeship in an old Austrian castle converted into a restaurant. Upon completion of this apprenticeship, Chef Rainer traveled to Switzerland, Germany and France working in various five-star hotels and restaurants.
Chef Rainer’s next venture was the Grand National Hotel in Lucerne, Switzerland, where he was the Chef de Cuisine for Von Pfyffer, one of the top restaurants in Switzerland. It was then that he met Chef Joachim Splichal, who became his mentor. He left Europe to work with Splichal at Highland Inn in Carmel, and at Los Angeles’ famed Patina & Pinot restaurants.
From the unique and exceptional experience he obtained while working with Splichal, Chef Rainer was able to launch a culinary career in the States, which began in with the opening of his own restaurant, Cienega, formerly L’Ermitage. During this time, Chef Rainer found the perfect fit with the new Mondavi project to take part in their California adventure.
Following the events of September 11th and the subsequent closure of the Mondavi Project, Chef Rainer moved to Colorado to serve as Food & Beverage Director at the Vail Cascade, a 300-room luxury ski hotel & spa in Vail. Together, with three of the resort’s executive committee members, Chef Rainer created several Bistros and Pubs in the Denver area, where he is still involved with projects. In 2009, Chef Rainer returned to LA to become Executive Chef at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, where he would launch Public Kitchen & Bar.
The experience led him to join the Sentinel Development Group, a national development and development management services company. In 2013, Chef Rainer formed the Sentinel Restaurant and Hospitality Group (SRHG), an in-house operation for the management of restaurants and hospitality venues, with Partners, restaurant industry veterans, Colby Durnin and John Nye. Together, the executive team brings more than 60 years combined culinary and operational experience to SRHG, including opening 75 restaurants combined.
Locally in Orange County, SRHG’s portfolio includes The Deck on Laguna Beach, Fireside Tavern in Costa Mesa, and Driftwood Kitchen.

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Celebrate the Weekend at Driftwood Kitchen!

With waterfront views and fresh menu selections, brunch in Laguna Beach never looked so good. Driftwood Kitchen offers breakfast plates until the afternoon hours, as well as a lunch menu starting at 11 AM. From their Laguna Beach Omelet to the famous Beach Burger, begin and end your morning at Driftwood Kitchen. Don’t forget about the amazing drink menu to complement your entrée!

The Brunch Menu is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM – 3 PM.


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Enjoy breathtaking sunsets and happy hour specials on wines, beers, and cocktails during the early evening hours.

The Happy Hour Menu is offered from 4 PM to 6 PM, Monday through Thursday.

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Hendrix has brunch on the weekends from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. To view their brunch menu, visit

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Happy Hour

4PM TO 6PM (Restaurant seating)
4PM TO 7PM (Bar Top)

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