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Sep 9, 2007 09:53 PM

high end dining in LA?

I'm coming from SF and I'm looking for some places in LA on par with Aqua, Gary Danko, Quince, Boulevard, Dining room at Ritz, Michael Mina, etc.

Any suggestions? I'm open to any type of cuisine, and would prefer a place near downtown.


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  1. Sona, Provedence,and Patina

      1. I would say Urasawa, Craft, Patina, Spago and Providence.

        Near downtown, your best bet would probably be Patina, which is *in* downtown, at the (relatively) new Disney Concert Hall.

        Providence is next closest to downtown, in the old Patina space, on Melrose just east of the Paramount studio lot (I'd classify it as Hollywood/Koreatown).

        The other three are Beverly Hills or west. All good, though.

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        1. re: DanaB

          All are terribly overrtaedand expensive. The service is simply not good enough for the price. I loved the schnitzel @ Spago. Added an egg and anchovies and voila der Holsteiner.

        2. Providence, Grace, Cut, West, Saddlle Peak Lodge, Spago, Vert, Craft, Urasawa, Asnebo, A.O.C.,

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          1. re: Diana

            I love The Ivy in Beverly Hills or Ivy at the Shore in Santa Monica.

            1. re: malibu1

              Go grilled veggie salad at The Ivy... pricey or no.

            2. re: Diana

              Good list, but I don't know about Asanebo there.

              One addition, given my most recent great tasting menus there, would be Bin 8945.

              Also, Melisse and Josie in SM both rank. Haven't been recently, but Capo is high end too.

              Over in the city, there's Jar and Lucques.

              1. re: Emme

                Asanebo is perhaps not along the lines of Providence "event dining" wise, but the food is exquisite and the price often matches. I would call it "High End Sushi" for sure.

                I always wanted to go to Lucques!

            3. Just adding to some of the other posters' excellent suggestions: Ortolan on 3rd Street (between La Cienega and Cresecent Heights) and Water Grill on Grand (near the Biltmore downtown).

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