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Dinner with my parents on Sunday

It was my parents anniversery last weekend so I had wanted to take them to Citizen Smith for dinner on Sunday. But they want to eat at 5pm because of the long drive home. Smith doesn't open till 6. I've taken them to Magnolia and they really loved it. I've never been to Water Grill, but I think I'll wait till I'm not buying dinner for 4 people to try that place ($$$$$).

Here are some other places I was thinking, but they open too late: Cobras & Matadors, doesn't open till 6. Simon LA, 6pm. Grace, 6pm. La Buca, ditto.

Other options that are open at 5pm; The Hungry Cat... can anyone think of anything else? I was hoping to take them someplace sort of on the nicer side.

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  1. AOC opens at 5:30 on weekends - would that work?

    1. 5:30 is pushing it, as I already got them to push from 4:30 to 5

      1. Its a little cheesy but they may like Gyu Kaku

        1. What about BLD? I think they're open through the afternoon. It's not as fancy as the other places on your list, but I think its nicer than Hungry Cat.

          Nick & Stef's downtown is open early on Sundays, if they might like a steakhouse. Actually, if there are performances, most of the downtown restaurants will probably take an early seating. Cafe Pinot is beautiful in the evening...

          1. OK, so now it's a 2pm dinner. My parents are getting very old, any suggestions for a good brunch at that hour? I see that Memphis, Hotel Bel-Air Dining Room, Campanile, and The Grill on the Alley are open for lunch. Any favorites?

            1. Nothing beats the atmosphere at Bel Air Hotel.
              Grill is nothing special, Campanile is overpriced.

              1. Why don't you take them to brunch? There might be more options. Where are they driving to?

                1. Yeah, brunch would be fine. I live in Hollywood.

                  1. i think that gives you a lot of options. My question was where your parents were returning to? Maybe you could select something more convenient. But if they are like my parents were, anywhere more than a mile from home was problematical.

                    1. They will have the most memorable anniversary brunch at Hotel Bel Air. Treated like royalty, food, service, and atmosphere to match.

                      You may wish to request patio seating if the weather permits a beautiful weekend.

                      Additionally, let them know it is your parents' anniversary.

                      1. Hotel Bel Air was a bit of a drive so I had decided on Memphis. I figured my parents would enjoy going to a "hollywood" place in such a cool atmosphere. I made my reservation through OpenTable and I thought we were set. Even though I got a reservation confirmation from the restaurant, I found out that they are not even open for lunch. So lesson learned. Don't trust OpenTable!!! We went to 25 Degrees instead. I was starving and I had been wanting to try it. I heard mixed reviews on here, but I wanted to see for myself. I really liked the selection you have when it comes to building your own gourmet burger. The fries and onion rings were solid. The hamburger big and juicy. And to top it all off all bottles of wine are half off on Sunday! (they only serve half bottles, so it's half off a half bottle.) But the selection of wines was very impressive. I recommend! (i'm writing up a full review on my blog at diglounge.net)

                        1. I hope your parents were happy. But that's a disappointing report regarding Open Table. I've always found it to be very convenient and efficient.

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                          1. re: Hunter

                            Yeah, I wrote them and complained. But alas never got a reply...