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Hello Chowhounders,

I am in search of a specific type of decor - Modern Chic. I am not from Southern California, but will be down there next week, and want to enjoy some excellent food, while surrounded by ultra-modern decor. A couple of the places I have found that might foot the bill would be The Penthouse at Huntley Hotel, O-Bar Restaurant, Ocean and VIne, and Eleven. Do you have any opinion on these places, or others that might be of interest. Please let me know. Thanks.


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  1. Haven't tried Blue Velvet in downtown LA, but sounds like what you're looking for. check out their website and the boards for reviews. Looks chic.

    1. Wilson in the MODAA building on Washington in Culver City. One gets the impression that their building permit required the approval of architects like Michael Sant or Pugh and Scarpa (the latter is actually in that building as well) on its interior design... I wouldn't call it ultra-modern, but more So Cal modern that's warmer, slightly casual and more natural in feel. A big plus is that they do have a great menu that most find appealing.

      8631 Washington Blvd
      Culver City, CA 90232

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      1. re: bulavinaka

        I agree with the Wilson rec - that was my first thought when I saw the post. It's reasonably modern with lots of design elements and the food is great. You might also consider R-23 downtown for sushi, the restaurant at the Getty Center (though I have not been inside, the building and grounds are great and food is supposed to be good). The patio at Saladang Song in Pasadena on a warm night is also pretty great with concrete and steel high walls surrounding you.

        You might also consider Dakota in the Roosevelt Hotel if you want more of a scene. Or 25 degrees if you're in a mind for burgers, or a lower bill...

        1. re: CulverJack

          You're right about the Restaurant at the Getty... or should I say the Getty in general. The restaurant itself is relatively neutral, but how can one who appreciates good architecture pass up a visit to this place? The perspective from the Getty is relatively unique, and the restaurant's food is very good - albeit a little high, but well worth it as part of a great day there. However, the poster is strictly going by decor, she might be a little disappointed...

      2. If you're in the Pasadena area, I like the look of Vertical. I haven't been to far inside, but Neomeze also seems to fit the bill.

        1. Cut--Puck's steak house at the Beverly Wilshire--is in a Richard Meier space.

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          1. re: mc michael

            I think the topic is "decor" and not architecture. But, some great architecture would be Kate Mantilini in BH.

            Try also Katsuya Brentwood.

            1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

              I'm not sure I grasp the distinction in the case of Cut, but if there is one then I'd second Blue Velvet. Kate Mantilini, feh.

          2. I'd also recommend Blue Velvet in downtown. Great food and exactly the decor you are seeking.

            1. I think that the Penthouse would also suit your needs in terms of food and decor. I had a terrible service experience the last time I was there which makes me think that you should probably not try to go during prime dining hours on Friday or Saturday night. Other than that, though, the food was very good.

              1. Try Social in Hollywood.

                It's a Chodorow offspring.


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                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Penthouse in the Huntley was the first thing I thought when I saw the thread title.
                  Whist in the Viceroy is another.
                  Katsuya in Brentwood,
                  the new Montana Lounge (haven't eaten there yet and it doesn't officially open until tomorrow, but I took a peak inside),
                  Wilshire restaurant (outside)

                2. Simon LA and the adjoining lounge might fit the bill.

                  1. simon LA -gorgeous!!!
                    blue on blue at the avalon hotel in BH- sit outside at one of the pool cabanas

                    didn't like blue velvet enough to recommend it

                    what about the lodge if you feel like steak?

                    1. I like the food at Wilson, and the decor is nice but I don't think it's ultra-modern. Also, most likely the visitor won't be staying near Culver City. I think maybe Opus would fit the bill. The space reminds my husband and me of the new big name restaurants in Vegas. The tasting menu is a great bargain...six courses turn into about 10 I'd say with all the extras they toss in.