Since being named “Best New Chef” by Angeleno mag in 2006 as the Executive Chef at the Ritz-Carlton Marina Del Rey, Weiss has become tour-de-force in Los Angeles’ culinary community.
In 2011, Dakota was on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” while that same year she was recruited to helm W Los Angeles Hotel. In 2013 she opened Dakota’s POP Parlor, her own brand of innovative gourmet popcorn—recognized by Food Network as one of the “Top 30 Popcorns to Try in America” and CBS Los Angeles as “Best Popcorn in LA.”
In 2015, Dakota debuted Estrella, located on the Sunset Strip and inspired by the bohemian rock-and-roll days of Laurel Canyon in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Dakota’s menu contributed to the restaurant’s atmosphere of “hippie home” by focusing on shareable items, including small plates, the viral ‘rolling stone,’ family-style dinners.
Weiss became chef and part owner of Sweetfin Poke, concept serving California-inspired Poke that opened in April of 2015 in Santa Monica. Sweetfin has gained local and national recognition with their continuous efforts to elevate their product . Their expansion of nine locations across Southern California, including San Diego in February of 2018 and their most recent Venice Beach location, makes Dakota one of the most commercially successful women-owned restaurateurs in Southern California.