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Grace or Jar --- help me choose

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Because of time and location contraints, I'm thinking Grace, or Jar for dinner tomorrow night with a friend. I've wanted to try both and so now's the time. I've read the reviews. I'm also thinking Sona. Help me choose! Thanks in advance.

ps. do either Grace or Jar have a tasting menu?

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  1. http://www.gracerestaurant.com/
    The above will provide some info on Grace. Heard they do tastings on T-Th, not weekends. Await confirmation from others.
    I prefer Jar, as I like its lack of stuffiness and its openness. Both do food very well and neither would be a disappointment whatsoever. www.thejar.com will provide info.
    Sona tends to be a bit more precious, solemn, and a bit more exotic and expensive, and definitely does a tasting menu. I believe its website is www.sonarestaurant.com
    All have good wine lists.
    Expand on what might tempt you to choose one over the other to help us out with your concerns.

    1. I absolutely love Sona. One of my favorite restaruants in LA. Grace is another fave for diff reasons. I know I can take anyone there and they will love it. Sona is more experimental and not for everyone, and if you go, you must do tasting menu. Jar I've only eaten at once for dinner, and thought it was fine but nothing stood out to me. I did have a great brunch there though.

      1. Grace is da place. Jar is good food, but the dining room leaves me wanting. Service at both places is excelent and the wine lists are competitive. The room at Grace is sublime. Sophisticated but comfortable. Try the donuts on Weds. nites only and the braised pork shank any time.

        1. Thanks for all the responses so far. It's kind of a last minute dinner with a friend and we'll be in casual wear since it's Friday (jeans/khakis). Would that be ok? Also, since neither Grace or Jar has a tasting menu, any dishes of note?

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          1. re: daluji

            Personally, I would feel uncomfortable in jeans at Grace, yet not the case at Jar.
            That also said, there is just a more upbeat vibe at Jar, as the place is less formal, brighter, and just more "upbeat", as opposed to serious.
            ckbear offered 2 good recommendations. All veggie side dishes have been good. If butterscotch pudding is available, either on the menu or as a special, order it, assuming you like it. Truly wonderful.

          2. It's LA. Jeans are considered formal anywhere you go.
            That being said, I would put in a vote for JAR. I just think it's alot more fun and relaxed. If you go get the roast pork shank and the pot roast. :)

            1. Ok, so we ended up going to Jar. Food was good, but not outstanding. I had the braised pork shank. Really good. It was served in its own juices with some added sweetness. The pork was juicy and easily fell off the bone. My friend had the skirt steak. She ordered medium (medium rare only baby!), but the steak was still good. For appetizer, we had a tempura lobster and asparagus (I know it was a green veggie..haha) served in a ponzu-soy sauce. This was good. Lobster was tender and tempura wasn't too doughy. Sides were japanese purple yams (really good especially in my main entree's sauce except the skin was a bit rough), creamed spinach (good), and mashed potatoes (they looked creamy, but I was too busy eating the other stuff and forgot to have some). We also shared a nice bottle of a French wine I can't recall. It was a red and started with a "G". Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Bartender was cool.

              I have to disagree with some of the other posters who said Jar was bright. I found the room pretty dark. It did have a good vibe though as crowd noise was a bit loud when crowded (duh) to the point where you couldn't just sit back and talk. It was a decent mix of younger to older guests with a lean more to the grey side (no offense to anyone). Still, the room had a good vibe and the food was good. Couldn't ask for more.

              Special shout out to the maitre'd who was very helpful in giving my friend directions over the phone.

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              1. re: daluji

                I am sure the French wine you had was one of the many varieties of Gigondas they have on the list. Truly an affordable favorite of mine when there. Glad you enjoyed it.
                Companion's skirt steak might would not have been my first, second or third entree choice, and especially medium, however.

              2. The vibe on Thursday for my dinner at Grace was great. Good mix of fun people and austere, from elegant to more contemporary. The food, as always, was excellent. My vote is for Grace every time.