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Jun 18, 2007 04:16 PM

Very specific restaurant recommendation needed!

Hello All!

I am looking for a fantastic restaurant for a very special occasion. Unfortunately it isn't as easy as picking a great food experience. I need to find a place that is fairly trendy with a great LA scene. We were hoping to go somewhere that has great restaurant with a bar/lounge attached or nearby. I'm thinking this is most achievable in a hotel. Half of the group are major foodies, and will not tolerate sub par food for the scene, but the other half needs a star sighting or two. (I suggested the Grace tasting menu at first and that idea didn’t fly) Bonus points if the hotel also has a great place for Sunday brunch and spa for the next day. I was thinking the Roosevelt or Viceroy, but wanted some second opinions! Thanks for the help…

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  1. I saw celebrities this past weekend at La Terza (Reese Witherspoon) and Providence (John Lithgow). The food is excellent at both places and would definitely make the foodies happy.

    For hotel dining with a fun, trendy bar plus spa you could check the Sunset Tower Hotel. I've only had drinks at the bar, but food supposed to be good. Their spa is very nice!

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    1. re: Obessed

      Sunset Tower is fun, but the foodies will not be impressed. Not sure you'll really get a celebrity "hit" either.

    2. Maybe the Mondrian with Asia de Cuba and Skybar. Or the Beverly Wilshire with Cut and Sidebar.

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      1. re: mc michael

        The Mondrian seems like the best bet. Asia de Cuba still gets celebs and if you don't get lucky there, then SkyBar is a pretty good bet. And, frankly, it's a gorgeous bar. I'm hardly a scenester, but I think SkyBar is spectacular...

        1. re: mc michael

          Second Asia de Cuba, eat on the patio for best views all around.

        2. Mozza has both the scene and the food, but call ahead as its a popular reservation these days.

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          1. re: SauceSupreme

            Plus for the foodies you can say "Oh, it's Mario Batali's little place."

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Chateau Marmont is good for both.

              Eating at Asia de Cuba doesn't automatically get you into Skybar.

              1. re: Wolfgang

                If you stay at the hotel, you can get into Skybar.

          2. The Penthouse at the Huntley is crawling with celebs.

            1. Santa Monica - Best Italians (all expensive)

              Giorgio Bladi - Small, crrowded, loudish, run like a small private club which allows outsiders (you & me) to come inside every now and then (not easy getting a good reservation). Think Tom Hanks... Bar/lounge might have to be 4 doors down at the Brass Cap or, like "hrhboo" suggested, the top of the Huntley for some killer city/ocean views.


              Capo - Very expensive, with some desirable items that don't appear on many other menus.

              1810 Ocean Ave., (310) 394-5550

              Valentino - Best wine cellar in Los Angeles. New chef who's food people seem to like very much, but as a guess, less chance of celebrity sightings than the other two (I haven't experienced the new chef's food yet).


              Santa Monica Hotels - Shutter's or Casa del La Mar (spelling?).