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
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.
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.
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.
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071
700 West Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
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