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Looking for higher end dining near USC

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I am in town for an event and am staying near the USC campus. I am looking for a higher end place to eat tonight---i'm not really picky on what type of cuisine. I'm looking for some place with a nice atmosphere so and somewhere that is within a $20 cab fare. I would also be interested in any places which might have a nice bar as I may be dining solo. Are there any areas close by that would fit what I'm looking for? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Get away from USC and head to downtown, its not that far away. In downtown you could try:

    1. The Palms - across from staples great bar.
    2. Nick and Stef's - Steakhouse
    3. Ciudad - Spanish
    4. Noe in the Omni hotel - great food
    5. Roy's - Asian Fusion

    1. The first poster is right, USC is close enough to be considered downtown, go there where there are a wealth of choices, including some great new ones. any of the places mentioned would be good.

      Also:

      Pete's Cafe (4th and Main) American comfort food in a cool space filled with nearby loft dwellers, good bar.

      Cafe Pinot - (5th and Flower) beautiful space in the gardens in front of the Central Library. A straight shot north of the USC campus (one block East of Figueroa)

      Patina at the Walt Disney Hall is about as high end as you can get downtown, beautiful space, I don't know if you can eat at the bar there, though.

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      1. Downtown--Engine Company 28.
        Dining at the bar or a table solo is no problem.
        http://www.engineco.com/