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Sep 12, 2007 09:14 AM

Sunday dinner downtown LA

Going to see Avenue Q in 2 weeks and need a good dinner place downtown. Any type of cuisine OK. Price not an issue.

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  1. Water Grill is one of the best seafood restaurants in Los Angeles. Arnie Mortons and Nic & Stefs are good for steak. Patina is always a good choice. All of these are expensive. Cafe Pinot and Engine Company 28 can be nice. Noe is an option also.

    Water Grill
    544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Cafe Pinot
    700 West Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

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

    Noe Restaurant & Bar
    251 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Nick & Stef's Steakhouse
    330 S. Hope St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Engine Co # 28
    644 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Arnie Morton's the Steakhouse-Los Angeles
    735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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    1. re: scrappydog

      like all the choices that scrappydog give except for engine co. another place that rarely mention but worth while going is cicada, one of the nicest room i have dine in.

    2. For pre-Music Center dining, when price isn't an object, I recommend Noe (in the Omni Hotel), mentioned by scrappydog. It's an easy 5-minute walk to the theaters, which for me makes dinner more relaxing. The setting is lovely and the bar area is very civilized. Lastly the food is good.

      I steer clear of Patina (despite its convenience) because of the corporate, overly officious atmosphere, and because I remember too well how great the original Patina was.

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      1. re: barham turner

        Had a lousy dinner at Noe last year. We saw Avenue Q on Saturday night and went to the Pacific Dining Car beforehand. Husband said his filet was one of the best he's ever hard. I had prime rib and it was good, but not mind blowing. Had the mashed potatoes and spinach as sides. Both were good. PDC also has a shuttle to the Music Center.

      2. Arnie Morton's is the best, great steaks, great service, expensive.

        I'll add to the list Ciudad, which is a more hip and fun atmosphere with great tapas (and entrees). A little pricey. Great great drinks!

        445 S Figueroa St Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90071

        1. Kendall's Brasserie is where I like to eat whenever I go to the music center. I've never had a bad meal there, and it is the most convenient place to go, as it is at the music center.

          Water Grill and Ciudad, however, are also good choices.

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          1. re: brandygirl

            I may have dined there at off times, but I've only had bad meals at Kendall's. In fact, my worst meal of 2006 was at Kendall's. Maybe they're better at dinner?

            For my money, I think that Water Grill is the best restaurant downtown.

          2. Lots of good suggestions already, to which I would add the Pacific Dining Car. When I have to go into the office on a Saturday or Sunday, I sometimes stop here for dinner on my way home. A nice juicy medium rare baseball cut sirloin, some sauteed spinach, and maybe an order of their excellent onion rings almost makes up for a Saturday reviewing documents. (Don't overlook their breakfasts, btw, which are served 24/7; sometimes steak and eggs with a short stack is just the ticket.)

            Pacific Dining Car
            1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017