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Looking for fun restaurant to star gaze

erikaaaaa Jul 7, 2006 02:16 AM

I have some friends coming from out of town & want to go to a restaurant where we may possibly see some celebs but not spent $300 each on dinner. Any places like that exist? Let me know. Thanks!

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    babette s Jul 7, 2006 04:38 AM

    Why not try Il Sole on Sunset Blvd?

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      erikaaaaa Jul 7, 2006 06:13 AM

      what kind of food is that? is it a new place?

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        ceegee Jul 7, 2006 06:36 AM

        My top suggestion is Giorgio Baldi in Santa Monica, not only have I seen many celebrities there, it's good and not outrageously priced Italian food. Otherwise, it seems like I see "somebody" every other time I go to Real Food Daily in WeHo, but it's vegan so that may not be your thing. Urth Caffe on Melrose is another common spot for sightings...go there for lunch! Good luck!

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          TomSwift Jul 7, 2006 02:54 PM

          I don't mean to start a flame on GB. However. You MUST ask the prices of the specials recited orally by the waiters or you may end up with a $90 plate of pasta with lobster, or truffle, or some other exotic ingredient. And unless you are one of the very celebs your're going to see, there almost always is an unhealthy dose of attitude by the waitstaff. IMHO.

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            epop Jul 10, 2006 06:38 PM

            giorgio baldi is quickly turning into a place to see tourists. the food is so so. i had the lobster special, for ex., and it arrived cold. some things on the menu are fine.

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              Ciao Bob Jul 11, 2006 02:47 AM

              I eat there about once/week and it is rare not to see a buring star and even rarer to get a bad dish. If the lobster was cold, send it back. Giorgio once told me he doesn't care on wit if something is sent back because the customer feels it was not prepared right -- "Food is cheap, Bobby" he told me, "But happiness is expensive!"

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            cls Jul 7, 2006 02:39 PM

            Mr. Chow on Camden
            Koi on La Cienega
            If celebrity sightings are what you're looking for. Or just look for the paparazzi outside.

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              DonnyMac Jul 7, 2006 02:59 PM

              Spago has never cost me $300 per person. Go.

              1. Suebee Jul 7, 2006 03:00 PM

                The Ivy on Robertson
                Hugo's on Santa Monica (breakfast)
                Chateau Marmont restaurant (it's just such a pretty space too!)
                Sometimes spot celebs at Joan's on Third
                I've seen some A-listers at M Chaya on Melrose (really great macrobiotic food, no not an oxymoron)

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                  ceegee Jul 7, 2006 04:42 PM

                  ditto on M Cafe!

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                  BHAppeal Jul 7, 2006 04:53 PM

                  The Grill On The Alley in Beverly Hills for lunch. Always some big name there at lunch during the week. Reservations recommended.

                  Any weekend at the Grove mall on Fairfax you'll see somebody from TV or movies. Eat at Farmers Market for cheap, then stroll the Grove looking for stars.

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                    erikaaaaa Jul 8, 2006 02:01 PM

                    I went to the Spanish Kitchen on La Cienega a while back & saw David Spade and Sean Hayes. Is that place still any good?

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                      mc michael Jul 8, 2006 03:41 PM

                      Unfortunately, it never was. Any good that is.

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