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Semi-dressy restaurant?

dd992emo Jul 10, 2006 02:43 AM

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....

  1. cookie monster Jul 10, 2006 08:36 PM

    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.

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      carter Jul 10, 2006 07:43 PM

      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!

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        Newkie Jul 10, 2006 07:00 PM

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

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          dd992emo Jul 11, 2006 12:00 AM

          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
            wilafur Jul 11, 2006 12:04 AM

            i highly recommend the valet.

        2. chica Jul 10, 2006 05:15 PM

          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.

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            carter Jul 10, 2006 05:10 PM

            Cinch is closed, except for the lounge on weekends.


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            1. re: carter
              chica Jul 10, 2006 05:10 PM

              What a surprise! Thanks for letting me know.

            2. chica Jul 10, 2006 04:50 PM

              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.

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                Francesca Jul 10, 2006 05:32 AM

                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
                  Pei Jul 10, 2006 05:45 AM

                  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. ipsedixit Jul 10, 2006 03:23 AM

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

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