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Opus, Hatfield's or Providence?

PatrickQuinn Jan 15, 2007 05:18 PM

Trying to nail down my dinner choice for a quick trip I'll be taking to L.A.

The plan right now has us at Lucques for Sunday supper which leaves Monday night open.

Any preferences as to the choices above? I really like the looks of the menus for all three and money's not really a factor.

Thanks in advance

  1. brekkie_fan Jan 28, 2007 11:24 AM

    Just went to Providence again last nite, and it was still lovely as I remember. Noticed the chowda' switched out bone marrow for bacon. Maybe folks got too nervous reading bone marrow? It's unfortunate, only b/c I realized back then that it was even better. Cimarusti was in Florida for a fundraiser, according to Mr. Poto, (while he deboned our turbot for two). Meal was right on.

    1. lotta_cox Jan 21, 2007 04:59 PM

      providence is special.

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        mrpullings Jan 21, 2007 04:53 PM

        Can definitely vouch for Providence. Had a wonderful meal there last night - spouse and I were full from a big lunch & were actually going to cancel res at the last minute - but since it was for a birthday meal - we went anyway and were glad we did. Everything was wonderful from most deliciously fresh, inventive seafood dishes to attentive service - and the final bill was much less then I expected. Re: above poster - I'm a huge fan of water grill as well, but the room is not nearly as nice and inviting as the the rooms in Providence. (PS - a diner from every table in our small dining room was celebrating a birthday)

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          WineTravel Jan 19, 2007 11:10 PM

          What about Sona? I've heard great things but have not been there. Isnt it supposed to be on of LA's best?

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          1. re: WineTravel
            russkar Jan 19, 2007 11:20 PM

            Providence or Water Grill is much better.

            1. re: russkar
              murrayg Jan 21, 2007 03:22 AM

              All product coming from Japan comes in Thursday night! Also arrives from japan on Monday night for Tuesday

              1. re: russkar
                pyragirl Jan 21, 2007 10:03 AM

                Tasting menu with wine pairings at Hatfield's is the best. The wine, food, and service is superb.

                1. re: pyragirl
                  russkar Jan 21, 2007 01:31 PM

                  Glad you had a good experience at Hatfield's. Unfortunately we didn't and have no desire to return, food was boring and we ordered several items from the Menu. Good Service.

                2. re: russkar
                  Ingrid Ingrid Jan 26, 2007 11:54 AM

                  What is IMP? And where is it located? Is it open to the public?

                  1. re: Ingrid Ingrid
                    russkar Jan 26, 2007 06:11 PM

                    International Marine (San Pedro and 7th) in downtown LA.
                    They recently started discouraging the Public and prefer to deal with Wholesale only so your best bet is to probably go to LA Fish a few blocks away.

              2. re: WineTravel
                lotta_cox Jan 21, 2007 04:58 PM

                i honestly think the service at sona is above & beyond the service at any other los angeles restaurant. however, i prefer the earthier food at lucques.

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                BenJamin Jan 19, 2007 11:05 PM

                Fresh fish is available seven days a week, but it is shipped to LA about three days per week. Very little fish comes in on Friday..the fish you eat on the weekend was flown in on Thursday. I'd put my money on Chef David at Water Grill...the guy's food is the tastiest and most innovative in LA. In fact after he brought his slow poaching to town..everybody started doing it.

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                  peanut112 Jan 17, 2007 07:30 PM

                  Seriously...I'd 'ask' Chef Michael how much he subscribes to that theory, then ask him how much he pays PER DAY in fish costs and then I think anyone would be placated enough to realize that Providence isn't in jeopardy of getting less than stellar quality fish or produce or ______ fill in the blank.

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                    way2cook Jan 17, 2007 05:56 PM

                    Just a reminder that Anthony Bourdain warns against fish on Mondays. If you subscribe to that rule, then Providence might not be the right choice, since it is primarily a seafood place.

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                    1. re: deek
                      lotta_cox Jan 21, 2007 04:57 PM

                      and if it's a restaurant specializing in seafood, rather than a steak house with a nod at seafood on the menu, i think you should be fine.

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                        BBB Jan 25, 2007 08:06 PM

                        The last time I was at Providence on Monday, my waiter overheard me talking about restaurants not receiving seafood shipments on Sundays/Mondays, and he told me that they receive fresh shipments daily.

                      2. jcwla Jan 16, 2007 06:28 PM

                        1.) Hatfields
                        2.) Opus
                        3.) Providence

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                          jacinthe Jan 15, 2007 11:08 PM

                          If money is no object, then definitely Providence. I've been to all three restaurants in the past several months, and hands down, that one wins. It's one of the few restaurants I've been to where I've thought that the food actually warrants the high prices.

                          This is not to say that Opus and Hatfield's aren't both excellent as well, because they are. But I agree with jzinser's statements regarding the three places. Opus is fun for its more affordable tasting menu ($30/3 courses, with extras usually thrown in, another $20 for wine pairing). I haven't yet had the tasting menu at Hatfield's, but the meal that I had there was very very good indeed. Yet, ultimately, Providence takes the cake. I'd go back in a heartbeat.

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                            tuttifrutti Jan 16, 2007 03:53 PM

                            ditto. love opus, but providence would have to be tops.

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                            chazar Jan 15, 2007 06:51 PM

                            I don't know, I went to Hatfield's and loved it! Fantastic! I haven't tried the other 2, but Hatfield's should be high on anyone's (who, like you PatrickQuinn, has no budget limit) list!

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                              jzinser Jan 15, 2007 05:34 PM

                              Choose Providence, and enjoy yourself. It's an exceptional restaurant. Hatfield's is a delight for a less-expensive and very good dinner. Opus has an excellent chef, who might become very good, but not quite there yet.

                              1. russkar Jan 15, 2007 05:25 PM

                                Lucques is good, Spago is much better.
                                Mon night Providence for sure!
                                I would do Tasting Menus at both.

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                                1. re: russkar
                                  lotta_cox Jan 21, 2007 04:56 PM

                                  i disagree about spago versus lucques. it is apples to oranges. really.

                                2. brekkie_fan Jan 15, 2007 05:25 PM

                                  I can definitely vouch for Providence. Sorry, haven't gotten to the other two yet. I can't wait to hear you comment on Lucques.

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