Restaurant Recommendation in or near Century City or Beverly Hills
I'm taking my dad out to dinner on Friday night, and I'm looking for a good restaurant near the Park Hyatt in Century City, on Avenue of the Stars near Santa Monica Blvd. I am coming down from Santa Barbara and don't know the area at all.
If you want to walk, your options are very, very limited. Stay away from Breeze in the hotel. French 75 and Gulfstream are okay, but overpriced.
In BH (a short drive or cab ride), Il Pastaio is excellent for Pasta, and Enoteca Drago does a good italian wine bar/charcuterie thing (though some on the board disagree). Cut in the Beverly Wilshire is the new hot steakhouse, but extremely expensive. Spago is, well, Spago.
If you have a car, there is excellent Japanese on Sawtelle (esp. Kiriko).
You mention location but not budget, so I'm guessing that's not a concern. Michael's is lovely. I haven't been to La Cachette in quite a while, but it's always been very nice food.
And you could try Cut, Puck's new high end steakhouse at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Assuming you have a car ...
La Cachette for formal french (www.lacachetterestaurant.com)
Nook Bistro for casual, American fare (www.nookbistro.com)
If you want to go the chain route, there's a Houston's in the Century City shopping center.
You're also not that far from Beverly Hills, which opens up a whole host of options.
Avoid Breeze and Wockano.
You have a lot of options on the westside - do you have any means of narrowing things down? Perhaps by cuisine?
I hated French 75, it was awful. But, while I'm certainly not alone on this board, it also has its supporters. If you're willing to drive just about 8 minutes, The Grill on the Alley in BH is the type of place I think a lot of dads would like. Decent food, clubby setting, not pretentious.