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best place for a three martini lunch in SFV

Monkwell Slovenia Apr 25, 2007 11:09 AM

I am taking a client out for lunch tomorrow...she loves to drink and she loves to talk...happily, I love to drink and love to listen.
Any suggestions of a great place near Studio City to have great cocktails, a superb lunch, and not get hasselled by the wait staff to pack it up after an hour?
Hollywood and West Hollywood ok too.

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    normalheightsfoodie Apr 25, 2007 11:10 AM

    What about someplace like the Fourseasons or the BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL.

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      bluemonster Apr 25, 2007 12:11 PM

      When I think of martinis + lunch, I think of Musso & Franks. Foodwise, you should be fine if you stick with the grilled meats or the sand dabs.
      For better food closer to Studio City, you could try Max's, but it's very loud & not condusive to long, intimate conversations.

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        Diana Apr 25, 2007 12:15 PM

        In the SFV, although I hate to say it..try Kate mantilini.

        Also try L'Affair in Panorama City.

        Cafe Cordiale might work.

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          tdo ca Apr 25, 2007 12:35 PM

          Agree with Musso and Franks, tomorrow is chicken pot pie day.

          1. afs Apr 25, 2007 04:23 PM

            1st thing that comes to mind is The Smokehouse in Toluca Lake. Martinis and chops.

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              Burger Boy Apr 26, 2007 06:36 AM

              Hey, don't forget some garlic bread with those martinis and with the chops and maybe an order to go for a midnight snack.

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                mc michael Apr 26, 2007 06:39 AM

                That's cheese bread!

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                  tdo ca Apr 26, 2007 03:27 PM

                  mmmmmm neon garlic bread - I can't stop once I start

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                lesleyb Apr 25, 2007 04:28 PM

                Ok, maybe not superb, but Morton's or French 75 on Olive in Burbank. If you stay long enough, that three-martini lunch can roll right into happy hour.

                Chateau Marmont, maybe. Sit outside.

                The Terrace at Sunset Tower Hotel.

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                  tdo ca Apr 25, 2007 06:12 PM

                  Marmont is a great idea - go have lunch poolside in the shade!

                2. HPLsauce Apr 25, 2007 09:42 PM

                  Ca Del Sole on Cahuenga, just N of Universal, has good food and good cocktails.

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                    Bite Me Apr 25, 2007 10:31 PM

                    Ca Del Sole came to my mind too! Patio seating available.

                  2. afs Apr 27, 2007 10:13 AM

                    So where do you end up do tell....

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                      Monkwell Slovenia Apr 30, 2007 05:26 PM

                      SO...We actually ended up going to Hungrey Cat in Hollywood on Sunset.
                      And it was amazing. The best Fish Tacos ever and the cocktails were a huge hit....plus a short drive back to the valley. THANKS TO ALL WHO RESPONDED!

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                      PaliBruin Apr 27, 2007 12:06 PM

                      The Bistro Garden on Ventura Blvd.in Sherman Oaks/Studio City is your place!

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