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Jun 8, 2007 02:31 PM

Goin' Downtown (LA) for b-day dinner

I need recommendations for a birthday dinner with 6-8 people in Downtown LA on a Thursday night. I don't want anyplace too high maintenance. Casual, fun, and of course, good is what I'm looking for. Any suggestions are much appreciated.

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  1. I'd probably go with Ciudad. Very fun hip atmosphere, you can share a bunch of small plates or order from the regular entree menu. Great drinks.

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    1. re: LisaStitch

      Royal Claytons, Redwood bar and grill pete's cafe

      1. re: LisaStitch

        I second Ciudad. They have great happy hour specials, so if you can get there from 4 to 7:00 p.m., there are great deals on appetizers in the bar and on sangria and mojitos. You can sit out in the patio for great downtown view also.

      2. A couple of suggestions just west of downtown--Blue Velvet and Royale.

        1. Izayoi, very good izakaya. Would be a great place for a group as everyone can sample a lot of things.
          2nd and Central

          1. I'm surprised Roy's Fusion hasn't been already recommended. I personally love the food and the service isn't all that bad either.

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            1. re: Joe

              Definitely Ciudad - it's festive and perfect for a lighthearted, unrestrained birthday celebration. Outside patio is fab. Excellent mojitos!