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

aching Jul 27, 2007 05:58 PM

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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    Steto Jul 27, 2007 06:02 PM

    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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      handlertaper Jul 27, 2007 06:49 PM

      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.

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        aching Jul 28, 2007 07:24 AM

        Sorry - it's for dinner!

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      NAspy Jul 27, 2007 09:19 PM

      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. russkar Jul 27, 2007 09:23 PM

        Melisse

        1. ipsedixit Jul 27, 2007 09:30 PM

          Melisse, La Cachette or perhaps Josie.

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            Emme Jul 27, 2007 09:50 PM

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

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              russkar Jul 27, 2007 09:58 PM

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

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                cupcake Jul 27, 2007 10:03 PM

                I would say Jar!!

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                  ipsedixit Jul 27, 2007 10:13 PM

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

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                    cupcake Jul 27, 2007 10:24 PM

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

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                      Servorg Jul 28, 2007 01:12 PM

                      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"

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                        revets2 Jul 28, 2007 06:13 PM

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

            2. Maxmillion Jul 27, 2007 10:37 PM

              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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                aching Jul 28, 2007 09:34 AM

                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.

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                  Steto Jul 28, 2007 10:11 PM

                  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.

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                    revets2 Jul 29, 2007 12:09 AM

                    this post is getting funnier and funnier.

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                  world eater Jul 28, 2007 12:49 AM

                  I second the belvedere. Food there is great and Im sure your mom would love it.

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                    bulavinaka Jul 28, 2007 07:39 AM

                    I don't know if any of the Ritz-Carltons appeal to you or the tastes of your mom or MIL. My mom who likes places that are on the quieter side, occasionally goes with her neighbors to Jer-Ne at the Ritz in MdR. The dining area is elegant, the terrace might be nice on a summer night, the menu choices are great, and it's right off the north side of the harbor.

                    1. perk Jul 28, 2007 09:50 AM

                      How about Hotel Bel Air? Elegant setting, great service, quiet and very good food.

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                        compucook Jul 28, 2007 10:37 AM

                        I love the idea of the BelAir or Jer-ne, just DO NOT GO TO THE FOUR SEASONS in BEVERLY HILLS. Please read my review of our meal last night. The food was not prepared correctly nor did it taste good. Do yourself a favor, choose another setting. I've only had tea at the Peninsula, but it was lovely. Melisse is also a nice choice, if you get a different waiter than we had. The food was perfect!

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                          russkar Jul 28, 2007 10:46 PM

                          Very good food? I don't think so? Been twice in the last few months, not good!!!

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                          djdebs Jul 28, 2007 12:54 PM

                          I love AOC and Grace, and Josie would be another great choice.

                          1. aching Jul 28, 2007 02:23 PM

                            I just remembered Lucques - that would be mother-appropriate, wouldn't it? And not too loud?

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                              Jerome Jul 28, 2007 05:38 PM

                              easiest thing - polo lounge at bev'y hills hotel on the patio. no scene as such. good salmon and strong drinks easily accessible if necessary.

                              bel-air hotel also works plus walk around gardens delights out of town visitors.

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                                Nicole Jul 29, 2007 10:18 AM

                                Agree that Josie would be a great choice. Great food, elegant, and reasonably quiet. Grace would also be a good choice, but it looks like you want to branch out from your standbys.

                                1. aching Sep 24, 2007 06:52 PM

                                  Thanks for all who posted - we ended up going to Lucques, and it was lovely (though a little on the loud side by the time we left at 10). Both moms were extremely impressed!

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                                    Maxmillion Oct 2, 2007 01:02 PM

                                    You really can't go wrong with Lucques. Glad you all had a nice time.

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                                      aching Oct 3, 2007 11:39 AM

                                      Thanks! It really was lovely.

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                                    Gibora Oct 2, 2007 01:22 PM

                                    Lucques (booth)
                                    and Jar isn't noisy if you sit in corners...especially one behind the maitre d station....always a hit with Mom's...as a "mom aged person"....don't have to get a "poopy" as the hotel dining rooms...especially if Moms like food....
                                    Sona

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                                      JE33 Oct 3, 2007 05:28 PM

                                      Two thoughts--outside at the Polo Lounge, or on the patio at the Bel Air Hotel. Very classy, very LA, reasonably quiet without seeming dead...those would be my choices...as i write this i just saw that another commenter made the exact same two recommendations...needless to say i agree with him...

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