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Jun 27, 2006 05:26 PM

ISO Notable Prix-Fixe Menus

Hi fellow LA Chowhounds.

I've been interested in Prix-fixe menus as of late (since portions are usually more modest and prices usually a bit better, not to mention a good and rotating variety of dishes) and wondering if you chowhounds have any recommendations.

I went to Jiraffe's yesterday for their Monday night bistro (menu at , which I thought was pretty good) and I also know Josie ( ) has a Farmer's Market night on Wednesday, which I may go next week (unless there's something you guys know that I don't ;).) Also been to Culinary Academy's restaurant 561 ( ) for their prix-fixe tasting menu.

Details are also much appreciated (what nights do they go prix-fixe, items you've had, prices, Web URL). Thanks.

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  1. i guess the ultimate prix fixe is the sunday supper at lucques, which is always a winner. you can always call ahead for the menu. it used to be 35 for 3 courses but now its 40 i believe.

    for value, i love lunch at joe's if you happen to be in venice. three courses for under 20 and damned good food.

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    1. re: modernist

      Concur. The 3 course lunch menu at Joe's is something like 16 bucks. Best bargain this side of the 405.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        the price has gone up slightly i think its like 18, but there are more choices. 2 or 3 choices per course. which is nice! still a great deal. the two course entree options have gone up in price slightly, to around 13-16 dollars.

      2. re: modernist

        Is the Joe's lunch deal only on weekdays, or is it available on weekends as well?

        1. re: Nicole

          you might want to call. i do know that they have delicious brunch. im not sure if thats in addition to or instead of.

      3. Some to consider.

        TABLE ONE at the Hotel Bel-Air (


        RESTAURANT 561 at the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena (


        Then of course there is URASAWA, if you consider omakase as a prix-fixe meal.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Oh yea, I've been to 561 too - nice stuff, though very slightly miffed that what's actually served and the prices didn't match what was on the Website (which was "updated" that day). Thanks.

        2. Though it is not on the same par as Lucques, Joe's, or Jiraffe, they have a prix fixe lunch on Saturdays at Lilly's Cafe in Venice, next door to Joe's. They do nice, classic French bistro food. It's a capable and reliable kitchen, though not spectacular. Pleasant setting, too.

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          1. re: glutton

            I really enjoy the lunch at lily's -- it's tasty, unpretentious in a lovely setting

          2. Campanile has a 3 course Monday night family dinner for $35 that changes each week and, when Mark Peel is in town, often has a Wednesday chef's menu as well (pricier). Thursdays, La Terza does its own 3 course "Mare e Monte" dinner (also $35, if I recall correctly), which has a seafood appetizer, followed by one or more roasted meats and dessert.

            1. There's always Roy's, they have a $33 one that includes app, entree, dessert. entree and dessert same size as on regular menu.
              Last time I was at Patina they had a couple of prix fixe, a seafood oriented one, and a regular one which is what I got; excellent but a little too much food for me.
              Speaking of which, I was at 561 recently for regular dinner, not prix fixe, and that dinner made me sick and tired all over again of oversized portions. ie, for a first course salad, I don't need a dinner plate brimming over with endless arugula. It was good, but for goodness sakes, just give me half and charge me half.

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              1. re: slacker

                Thanks for the tip on Roy's (I actually heard about the guy on a Food Channel show about Hawaiian cuisine... even though I believe his stuff is more fusion) ~ $33 sounds like a deal for a restaurant that normally costs $50+ (according to Opentable at least)

                I've never had 561 on the regular menu but thanks for the heads-up, I will probably stick with the tasting menu (all the portions looked modest but after 8 courses it's a plenty!)