Very specific restaurant recommendation needed!
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…
Katsuya in Brentwood
The restaurant in the W Hotel - food was pretty good about a year ago
Adobe?? - getting mixed reviews
It's hard to pick a place that is really for foodies, but still a scene and people watching type of place. It seems that you have to sacrifice one or another.
would def consider roosevelt/dakota as well as asia de cuba/mondrian
catch/casa del mar/ veranda
could also consider bar noir at mason 140 and eat in BH at spago or il pastaio or urasawa
or stay in bev hills and eat/drink at nic's martini lounge and/or spago or urasawa
bungalow club is just fun and you can eat there or somewhere else trendy on melrose (ketchup :-)
Two more ideas if money is no optoin.
Hotel Bel-Air and the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. Though no one would call the H.B.A trendy but it has a certain feel.
However, I think your initial instincts of the Viceroy is spot on. Probably the best bet to achieve all the things you want or in super close proximity. You could stay at Viceroy and go to the Huntly or vice-versa. There are loads of spa/bar/brunch options that are super close.
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?).
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!