Eat on Sunset, Social, The Grill or Twist for pre-theater
Hollywood hounds, I desperately need your help!
I'm taking my bf to see Wicked on his bday. We both live in OC and are clueless about the new good restos in Hollywood. As you all know, Wicked is at Pantages. They have a dinner and show package and you can choose from these restaurants: Eat on Sunset, Social Hollywood, The Grill on Hollywood and Twist Restaurant in the Rennaisance Hotel.
Any recommendations for the best of the four choices: food-wise and romantic ambience points?
IF there are better choices walking distance to Pantages, I'm all ears!
Have only been to Social so can't speak to the other two -- but Social definitely a good choice. Fabulous and incredibly imaginative (and theatrical -- suiting a theater-going outing) front bar -- more amazing than anything you'd see upstairs so don't be put off that upstairs is "members only". The Morrocan-inspired decor in the main dining room is also quite beautiful. V. upscale Casablanca -- complete with white-coated servers. Food and service very good. A very lovely date-night spot.
I'm not one of the big Hungry Cat boosters -- but a solid choice. Know in advance the food comes out as it's ready -- so you will not get your meals at the same time. Standard pactice is to share plates.
Sushi Ike has been v. hit and miss in my experience. Sometimes solid -- sometimes (even when doing chef's choice) lacksidasical and mediocre. Atmosphere also very basic (which I don't mind -- but for a big date-night you've travelled all the way from OC for I think it might feel a bit anticlimactic).
There's a restaurant right there, it's called "Hollywood & Vine" and it's just a few feet away from the theater. I saw Wicked there a couple of years ago and that's where I ate. It was very good. I sat at the bar and just had appetizers and drinks, and everything there (including the service) was top notch.
It might not be the best place in that neighborhood, but it's definitely the most convenient. I'd say just because it will make the entire experience most relaxed to be able to eat and then walk to the show.
If you're set on eating at one of those four though, I'd vote for The Grille on Hollywood. It's a little bit of a shlep to the theater, but the food is consistent.
I live in OC as well, and have driven up to The Grill (b/c we didn't know where else to go at Hollywood and Highland). It's not romantic. Great American menu, but kinda reminded me of their Daily Grill concept - just better.
My best friend's cousin is the chef at eat on Sunset. It's not romantic either, but more hip/trendy. You'll get chowhounders who dissent on the food, but I thought it was fine.