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Pre-Event Downtown Dinner

Going to an event Friday night downtown.

Any ideas for dinner that's reasonable (i.e. not water grill), but new and different (i.e. not Ciudad)? Love to eat the bar if available...


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  1. Try Noe at the Omni hotel. There is a bar right outside and you might be able to order dinner from there but I would call and check.

    1. Sounds like you want to stay away from something too costly. I live downtown and think Pete's at 4th and Main is worth a try, and the bar will be full of locals and places to sit and eat. The prices are reasonable, and the food is fine. I acutually think the food is getting better at dinner lately however.

      1. I would have to 2nd Pete's. Was just there last night. Food was good, service was great and they happen to have a live jazz duo playing. Very cool...

          1. redwood bar and grill on 2nd and hill, very chill crowd great menu and great bar. Or Trifecta right next door cool menu and good bar area.

            1. To follow up, my wife and I ended up at Noe (in the Omni Hotel) and grabbed two seats at the bar. The place was busy, but service was great and we had a great meal. Started with a glass of sparkling wine, a rose and the corn chowder "capuucinno" with lobster ceviche. For entrees, we had the scottis salmon confit with pea slaw and the petite steak with gourmet mac 'n cheese. Add a glass of cote du rhone.

              Turned out to be a perfect meal before heading to the Dorothy Chandler which was only a short walk up the street and $5 hotel parking for the evening.

              Overall, the food was delicious; my "petite" steak was actually a perfectly rare and filling NY strip and a steal at $17 and the salmon was very solid; especially the pea "slaw".

              1. BLUE VELVET. the bar menu is reasonable. the restaurant is pricey, but very good. service is earnest, but a little clueless.

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                1. re: revets2

                  BV was a very close second on my list, but I felt that Noe was the best location and food was very good. But, BV is next on my downtown dining circuit.

                  1. re: vinosnob

                    good to know the food was good. i've never had a meal there i like which is a shame as i have an office next door. be aware, BV is not really a value restaurant. as i said before, it's pricey for the portions, but the food is well executed.

                    1. re: revets2

                      Noe's food is complicated and ends up without a lot of flavor but looks like a artistic display. Good Luck. We prefer BV, kinda cool atmosphere.

                2. I really like Zip Fusion. The patio there is beautiful...the building is over 100 years old and it has great food (not only sushi) and a great atmosphere....located in Little Tokyo