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Feb 7, 2007 10:48 AM

Late night V-Day dining

We have tickets to see Wicked at the Pantages on Valentine's day and we won't be able to eat before. I've heard the show is pretty long, and gets out about 11pm.

So, I'm looking for something nice that will be open late (and that it won't be a hassle to get a reservation for Valentine's day with less than a week to go). We live in the South Bay, so anything between Hollywood and Torrance is good (leaving most of LA open). I was thinking about Pacific Dining Car, but I'd be up for other (and maybe a bit less expensive) option.


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  1. How nice is nice? Right there in Hollywood is The Standard and their restaurant is open 24/7. Then of course there are quite a few Thai places and Korean places that stay open late, but maybe you are looking for more typical American fare since you are considering the PDC, (and which is pricy but a good choice).

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    1. re: tony michaels

      in terms of traffic, the hollywood standard is as far from the pantages as the south bay. (OK, i'm being a little hyperbolic here, but not by much).

      Hungry Cat, Bowery, Lou and Magnolia are all much closer to the Pantages and i think some of all of them have late-night(ish...this is LA, after all) hours. I haven't been to any of them, but you should find lots of houndish opinions with a bit of searching. Mozza's a good suggestion but I don't know if you'll be able to get a table at this late date. you could also risk the bar.

      I have been to Mozza and it is terrific.

      1. re: esculent

        Good points. I also think that a pretty good late night spot would be Kate Mantilini in Beverly Hills, (isn't it on the NW corner of Doheny and Wilshire?). Some of these places are probably going to say the kitchen is closed if you get there between 11 and 11:30 p.m. so maybe call to check their policies.

    2. Not sure if the timing will work for you, but I think Lucques ( ) serves its bar menu (which includes a wonderful steak frites) until 11.

      1. It's probably completely booked but Mozza stays open till midnight.

          1. I haven't been there in a while but, I'm pretty sure there is a nice restaurant right next door called Hollywood and Vine.
            Also Cinespace is about a block west and across the street. I generally go for the full on Dinner AND a movie (V Day is always Casablanca) but their food good and it's a fun location/ambiance.
            There's also a bunch of Restaurants in the Retail/Apartment space at Sunset and Vine.
            And on Franklin at Bronson is La Poubell, The Birds, and a few other Good spots.