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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. http://www.patinagroup.com/patina/

        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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              1. I haven't been there, but based on this post it sounds like Bastide belongs back on the list:


                Links galore ...

                8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                Water Grill
                544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                Bin 8945
                8945 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                Grace Restaurant
                7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                10100 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

                5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                Urasawa Restaurant
                218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

                Jar Restaurant
                8225 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

                401 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

                2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

                Melisse Restaurant
                1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                Saddle Peak Lodge
                419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

                8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                113 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                Bastide Restaurant
                8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                Patina Restaurant
                141 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

                Brasserie Vert
                6801 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                Ivy At the Shore
                1535 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                1810 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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                1. re: maxzook

                  Nice list!

                  Personally, I fouin Ivy and Ivy at the Shore overpriced and mediocre, but I know some people adore it, and it is a good place to people watch.

                  1. re: Diana

                    absolutely low value. Incredible that Michelin gave Melisse 3 stars. I would not give them 1.

                    1. re: Diana

                      i completely concur with diana re: ivy and ivy at the shore

                  2. Urasawa, Providence (chef's tasting menu), Spago (tasting menu), Melisse (carte blanche menu)

                    1. this is a great help! thanks for all the suggestions.

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                      1. re: fitandfunction

                        You're welcome. Bear in mind the thread kinda got away from your request that the locations be downtown; except for Patina and Water Grill, the listings are a ways away ...

                      2. The Little Door, Hatfields, Saddle Peak...

                        1. In downtown, Water Grill, Nick and Stef's (Dry Aged Rib-Eye), Patina, or R23. If you want to slum it a little, go to Daikokuya for ramen. But if you want simply the best in greater LA, try Melisse, Urasawa, Provdence, Cut, Mastro's, Joe's, Spago, Sushi Zo

                          1. The OP is long gone, and not a single report back (bad post karma, in my opinion), but to help future people doing searches, I'll include this link to the Ultimate LA Restaurant poll for 2007.


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                            1. re: SauceSupreme

                              I bet he's too busy trying the places out to post here . . . but I would add Campanile to his list of places to try that might fit high end dining.

                            2. Since, this is going in the Ultimate LA Restaurant poll...

                              I'm surprised no one said Drago. That's the first place that pops into my head for fine dining downtown.

                              Drago Centro
                              525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071