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May 14, 2007 01:15 PM

Trendy/fun dinner in Hollywood?

I am looking for a fun place to go to dinner with some girlfriends in Hollywood. Not Geisha House but something similar. I am entertaining some friends who have never been to Hollywood.

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  1. Are you more into atmosphere than food? Most of these Geisha House-type places focus more on the atmosphere, and have decent food but it's not a foodie destination. That said, here are some suggestions:

    Koi: Sushi place with fun vibe, and actually pretty good food. Make reservations well in advance.

    Cinespace: Restaurant that turns into a club. Offers movie and dinner nights as well.

    Social Hollywood: Very trendy, clubby. Always something going on there.

    Ketchup: Hear it has a great atmosphere and the food is all right.

    Hope this helps!
    Clare K.

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    1. re: Clare K

      Koi is definitely trendy, but I think Katana is better food for same trend.

      Citizen Smith, Velvet Margarita, and Cobras and Matadors (maybe) would be places I'd also consider.

    2. 24 Degrees at the Hotel Rosevelt, or contact some of the better hollywood clubs like LAX, have dinner there, and you are inside for when the club starts.

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        1. re: jlisa1

          360 Restaurant on corner of Sunset/Vine, penthouse restaurant, bar, and nightclub. Celebrities and other guests who flock to this hotspot can enjoy 360 degrees of city line views while dining at the restaurant, grooving on the dance floor, or sipping a cocktail at the bar. The real party starts after the restaurant side closes. Great people meeting / hookup spot.

            1. re: lotta_cox

              That's very tell where are you getting your info???

        2. I often take friends "out and about" while staying true to my Chowish roots, and so my three recs are either Magnolia, Bowery, and Hungry Cat. Fortunately, they're all about fifty yards from each other, and we have often hit up two per outing (usually Magnolia + Bowery as they are next to each, with Hungry Cat tucked away between Borders and Kabuki).

          Oddly enough, the place where I have seen the most celebs is at the Arclight Cafe. Just last weekend while waiting to see Spiderman 3 and Peter Parking doing his best Conor Oberst impersonation, my buddies and I saw Tim Meadows and Chris Parnell.

          Haven't been to Cinespace yet but I do want to go, as this weekend they're showing dinner and a movie with a showing of Pan's Labyrinth. I'm hoping to get my grub and flick on before moseying over to Star Shoes.

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          1. re: SauceSupreme

            24 degrees at the Roosevelt, Velvet Margherita, Katana, Social Asia de Cuba, AVOID RED PEARL

            1. re: JSny

              I 3rd the vote for Velvet Margarita. The food is pretty good, and you won't find an atmosphere like it in most of the US:

            2. re: SauceSupreme

              i would second magnolia & hungry cat, although i think geisha house has great food.

            3. It's called 25 Degrees, not 24 Degrees, and I also recommend it...

              1. If you're looking for something Geisha House-esquie... you might want to try the newly opened Ketchup... I haven't yet been there but it has the trendy pedigree.