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goldbergd Apr 16, 2007 08:54 AM

I want to take my wife out for a nice dinner but I feel like I've been to most of the best restaurants in LA. What has opened in the last year that also as great food? It can be in LA, Santa Monica, Pasadena or the San Fernando Valley.

I appreciate everyones help.

  1. aching Apr 16, 2007 09:09 AM

    Hatfield's - reviewed copiously on this site. SO and I went on Saturday for the first time and really enjoyed the experience!

    1. tony michaels Apr 16, 2007 09:11 AM

      Which places have you been to lately that you loved?

      We like the (some what) recently opened Celadon on 3rd St. just west of Fairfax for Asian fusion food. Have you been to the very newish Penthouse restaurant at the top of the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica? It has gotten some good reviews here. How about Ketchup in WeHo by the "Dolce Group"? http://www.dolcegroup.com/ketchup/ and then finally check out the review and photos by rameniac on Gonpachi on La Cienega in Beverly Hills http://www.chowhound.com/topics/391982

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        yogachik Apr 16, 2007 09:23 AM

        Abode opens on Wed - getting great buzz. I've seen the menu, it's going to be fantastic (chef studied with Alice Waters)
        Behind Tengu.

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        1. re: yogachik
          tony michaels Apr 16, 2007 09:26 AM

          The new Tengu in SM or the old Tengu in Westwood?

          1. re: tony michaels
            carter Apr 16, 2007 09:30 AM

            Tengu in Santa Monica.
            Opening day is today, in theory, even though tastings have been going on.

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          Jwsel Apr 16, 2007 09:28 AM

          Mozza, but you may struggle to get a reservation on anything less than a month's advance notice.

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            goldbergd Apr 16, 2007 09:42 AM

            Thanks I just made a reservation at Abode, I will let everyone know how it is after I go.

            1. re: goldbergd
              lvgoodfood Apr 16, 2007 11:19 AM

              Please do, I will like to hear about it.
              Have a good time!

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            Obessed Apr 16, 2007 10:32 AM

            We checked out All' Angelo this past weekend and it was fantastic! I love Mozza also.

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              AquaW Apr 16, 2007 11:28 AM

              Mozza is probably hands down winner for hottest new restaurant, but if you're going for something a bit more under the current, I'd suggest Izayoi in Little Tokyo (with favorable reviews from LA Times, LA Weekly & Los Angeles mag for their izakaya ~ which I personally liked as well), Celadon for a surprisingly delish Asian-Fusion or Blue Velvet in downtown for a contemporary menu.


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