A Fond Farewell… 

It’s with a heavy heart, that we have to announce smoke.oil.salt’s last day of service was Sunday, 11/27.

At this moment we’d like to recognize our talented chefs and team members who contributed to the success story of smoke.oil.salt.

Also a big thank you to all of our patrons who have graced our tables throughout the past three years, it has been our pleasure to serve you… thank you for all the great memories.


Stephen Gelber

Managing Partner / Wine Director

Stephen Gelber is a former journalist, and an executive and a producer in the music, film and television industries. In 1997 he began what has become a lifelong passion for wine. He started drinking and collecting wines from around the world, forming several influential wine tasting groups in the Los Angeles area, and blogging about wine and music.

What was an avocation eventually became his vocation, as Gelber began gestating an dream about opening a wine bar. A trip to Barcelona pushed the dream into reality. There he was intoxicated by the culture of the Spanish vinoteca and tapas bar, the fusion of delicious food and world class wines, at affordable prices, served in an exciting, fun, vibrant, casual, music-filled environment, and decided to bring that to Los Angeles.

The result is smoke.oil.salt., where Gelber serves as Managing Partner and also its Wine Director.

He is responsible for designing and buying all of the beers and wines on SOS’s world-class list, which has won awards including Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence for having one of the best wine lists in the world just one year after the restaurant’s opening.

Adam Fleischman & Lee Weinberg

Partners – AdVantage Partners

AdVantage Restaurant Partners is a culinary venture group co-founded by Adam Fleischman, a self-taught chef and food and wine entrepreneur (best known (so far) for creating Umami Burger and co-creating 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria), and Lee Weinberg, a hands-on entrepreneur, investor and attorney who has been working with Adam from the first Umami Burger restaurant and who helped expand the Umami Burger brand and other brands of Umami Restaurant Group. AdVantage Restaurant Partners works with best-in-class concepts, including smoke.oil.salt, Chocochicken, Fat Noodle, Chop Daddy’s, and Taco Teca.