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My 14 YO has a new dress and we will be in LA this weekend and she's spoiled rotten and I need a place to take her. The food doesn't matter as much as her ability to wear this *&%#* dress. Yes, I know....

I"m thinking maybe someplace in Santa Monica or even Hollywood where I can get something decent to eat while she styles...any help?

No Mexican or Italian. I may just leave her home instead....

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  1. Try O-BAR, FALCON, or ASIA de CUBA.

    1. Try Crustacean in Beverly Hills, she might enjoy the glass koi pond in the floor that you walk on, the wall aquarium next to the front door, etc.

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      1. re: Francesca

        A great suggestion, because the food is truly mediocre and overpriced, but the scene can't be beat. This was my friend's fave restaurant in high school and college, until she figured things out.

      2. Cinch on Wilshire. Really chic place - enter into the lounge/bar and step down into the mod dining room. Fusion food - the crab cakes are a must. Other fish and red meat entrees are great, too - they usually have specials, which I also enjoy (tuna-wrapped asparagus stands out). If she's into sweets, satisify the tooth with the bento box dessert.

        1. Cinch is closed, except for the lounge on weekends.

          http://www.cinchrestaurant.com/

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          1. re: carter

            What a surprise! Thanks for letting me know.

          2. Well, since Cinch is closed, perhaps consider Katana in Hollywood (sit on the sushi side - not robata); or Ocean and Vine, Whist at the Viceroy. Not too many fancy sushi places there - unless Akwa or Sushi Roku.

            1. Spago. The food is amazing and people tend to dress well.

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              1. re: Newkie

                Wow, thanks! I had forgotten about Spago completely. Now that I live in LA (Lower Alabama) my California days seem far away. Now one more question to solidify my standing as a complete hick...parking for Spago? Do they have valet or do I need to cruise the streets?

                1. re: dd992emo

                  i highly recommend the valet.

              2. I have seen shorts and standard old 501 blue jeans at Spago in the dining room for dinner, and while they were the exception, the dress code there is also falling like it is at most places. However, the food is amazing, and the experience is definitely worth it, especially if someone else might be picking up the tab!

                1. Katana is a good suggestion. I was just there on saturday night, and the food was good if not amazing and the crowd was definitely styling . . . and we saw matthew mcconaughey and alicia keys, which was a big thrill for our out-of-town guests.