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upscale/casual place for dinner/universal city?

eyelean May 22, 2007 08:02 PM

not sushi, say french/italian/american?

  1. tony michaels May 23, 2007 07:14 AM

    What would you say to Steak Diane? How about Coquille St. Jacques? Or you might want to tuck into a beautiful Beef Wellington? If you like 50's time warp food then you really ought to consider Le Petite Chateau on Lakershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. They have been there serving up the French classics for 40 + years. Check them out on their web site below. Wherever you end up we look forward to reading your review apres dining.


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      Diana May 23, 2007 06:23 AM

      Bistro Garden, Mistral in Studio City. Second and third Ca' del Sol. Gangadin in Studio City (not ritzy, but not a hole in the wall, either, very nice (Indian).The place I would have reccommended is gone! Boneyard Bistro in Studio City/Sherman Oaks. Cafe Cordiale or Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks. Risotto in Studio City (on a good night)

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        Faulkner99 May 23, 2007 07:53 AM

        I've had two really bad meals in a row at Bistro Garden. I mean beyond bad. The first one was for a lunch meeting with a colleague, and we were shocked when we went in at lunchtime and the place was practically empty. The food was disgusting. The poached salmon was some of the worst I've ever had. And it's expensive. It's nice ambience and the service is top notch, but I'll take a semi-attentive waiter any day over eating food like that again. The 2nd time someone invited me there, and I thought that maybe the 1st time was a fluke so I'd give it another chance. Same bad food as the first time.

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        kinipela May 22, 2007 11:31 PM

        i haven't been to firefly recently... how is it these days?

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        1. re: kinipela
          Diana May 23, 2007 06:21 AM

          hype and OK food at high prices!

        2. Emme May 22, 2007 09:35 PM

          Minibar for tapas

          1. foleydog May 22, 2007 08:33 PM

            I agree. with Das. Not bad for a place that advertises on bus benches. Pretty place. Good (older people) atmosphere. And the food was good (not great). Though I do remember a good pear/mascarpone dessert -- and I don't even like dessert.

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              Densible May 22, 2007 09:39 PM

              Make it 3. Also thinking of Il Tiramisu on Ventura at Woodland. Have not been in ages but remember it to be really delisious, casual and a real value.

              1. re: Densible
                Diana May 23, 2007 06:21 AM

                very good stuff at Il Tiramisu. Worth a drive from Universal City.

            2. Das Ubergeek May 22, 2007 08:17 PM

              How about Ca' del Sole, right at Lankershim/Cahuenga (north of Universal City)? Lovely Italian place, linen-napkin type place, nice fireplace or a great patio, and well-prepared if not blow-your-socks-off Italian food.

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                Faulkner99 May 22, 2007 10:29 PM

                Another vote for Ca Del Sole. Sure, I don't dream of it or get cravings for it, but I've never had a bad meal there, and I eat there quite often because of where I work. Otherwise, I'd recommend driving 5 minutes into Burbank or Studio City where you've got a few more choices.

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                  LisaStitch May 23, 2007 09:47 AM

                  3rd for Ca Del Sole. The service is great too.

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