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Where to Take Out-of-Town Mom & MIL to Meet?

Criteria:
- Great food
- Elegant atmosphere
- Reasonably quiet (so we can talk comfortably)
- Downtown to Westside

I had been thinking about trying Osteria Mozza, but I hear it's loud. I'm thinking AOC or Grace, both of which are old standbys for me. Or would Craft be good maybe? Any recommendations?

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  1. Can't miss with Campanile--grownup without being boring, nice talk-able noise level, and food never misses. You'll need a month to get into the new side of Mozza.

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    1. re: Steto

      Just double checking-is this for dinner or lunch?

      I kind of like LA Farm on Olympic for lunch-It is quiet, food is good and it is pretty.

    2. How about JiRaffe or Michael's? Both in Santa Monica with reliably great food; Michael's has a beautiful patio and JiRaffe is very upscale chic (though it can get loud).

        1. Melisse, La Cachette or perhaps Josie.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            You posted just as I was about to... love Grace and Campanile, but La Cachette is great for mommas!

            1. re: Emme

              We were at La Cachette last Wed night. Which has been very good in the past.
              Like I said, Melisse!!!!!!

                1. re: cupcake

                  Don't you think Jar can be a bit loud?

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Sometimes, but it's so inviting, and the food is so great. They would feel very comfortable, I think.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Typical dinner conversation at Jar.

                      Me: How's your FOOD! ?

                      Wife: Why are you calling me RUDE?

                      Me: NO. I SAID HOW IS YOUR FOOD?

                      Wife: I am so not being LEWD!

                      Me: Pantomiming -- "Let's talk on the drive home"

                      1. re: Servorg

                        that might be the best post on chowhound, i've ever read. my eyes are welling.

            2. What about the Belvedere at The Peninsular Hotel? Certainly elegant, quiet, resonably handy to westside (Bev Hills...)

              Peninsula -- Belvedere -- 310 551 2888

              For the record I love AOC, but it's not quiet.

              Sona, on La Cienega, just nth of the Bev Centre, is fairly quiet.

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              1. re: Maxmillion

                The main dining room at AOC is quite loud and frenetic, but I've always found the smaller dining room to be much quieter and calmer - and the patio upstairs is downright intimate.

                1. re: Maxmillion

                  Sona is quiet because everybody has been struck dumb by the vast gap between the quality of the food and what they are paying for it.

                  1. re: Steto

                    this post is getting funnier and funnier.