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New to area - restaurant suggestion needed for visiting parents

erintoc Sep 12, 2007 05:39 PM

Hey there chowhounders! I am new to Los Angeles and my parents are visiting this Saturday. I want to take them to a nice restaurant (either Italian, Chinese, or Steakhouse) with a good wine list, not too over the top in price and a cool vibe. Do you have any suggestions? I live in West Hollywood.

Thanks so much!!

  1. CynGriff Sep 12, 2007 08:48 PM

    Il Sole on Sunset in West Hollywood is a lovely trattoria...Not too trendy or too much of a scene...Always an enjoyable spot for a good meal..

    1. PinotPlease Sep 12, 2007 08:41 PM

      Although other hounders may pooh pooh, whenever I have out of towners I take 'em to Asia De Cuba on Sunset. Great view, fun family style Asian/Cuban fusion food and connected to the once-hip but still a great view/vibe SkyBar. If you get there before 8 and stake out a table, the "scene" fills in around you. I suggest for 4 people a couple apps a couple rices and maybe 3 entrees to share, you won't go home hungry. And hte mojitos are really tasty!

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        djdebs Sep 12, 2007 08:16 PM

        My parents' favorites in your area are Lucques, Grace and Jar -- lately, Grace has really been fantastic. I haven't taken them to Angelini but I love it there. The only thing I'd say about Angelini and Jar is that they can get quite loud. My parents also love AOC, but not all parents love the small plates thing. If it's a Sunday night, I'd suggest Boa. It's a steakhouse -- the one on Sunset is the one I prefer, and it's close to you. On Sundays they offer all of their wines at half price. It's a fun way to enjoy more of the wine list.

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          chris1621 Sep 12, 2007 08:10 PM

          Definitely Angelini Osteria. Make reservations though, it's a small dining room and they do fill up quickly.

          1. Amuse Bouches Sep 12, 2007 08:09 PM

            Angelini Osteria on Beverly or La Terza.

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              danikm Sep 12, 2007 05:45 PM

              This suggestion would not meet your requested types of cuisine, but I would say that above all you should take them to A.O.C. on third street off fairfax. The food is outrageous small plates (a whole page of cheeses and chartucerie, a page of fishes and meats, a page of veggies and items from the woodburning oven). Simple, rustic food done right. And it's partially a wine bar, so the wine list is amazing across the range of prices and they offer fantastic flights. You can also buy carafes instead of full bottles so you can try multiple things to pair with the wine. It's my parent's favorite spot in LA, by far.

              If you insist on something else, Angelini Osteria on Beverly is the best Italian in LA (if not the country) by my standards (authentic fare, nothing too jazzy).

              1. Servorg Sep 12, 2007 05:45 PM

                Go to Orso on W. 3rd and sit on the patio.

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                1. re: Servorg
                  goodhealthgourmet Sep 12, 2007 08:24 PM

                  if you want a beautiful patio setting, the atmosphere and food are better at pane e vino.

                  or forget the patio, and just go for the best italian food at angelini osteria.

                  for steak, you might try boa on sunset, although it can get very loud in there. i know there have been some negative reviews in the boards, but i had a great meal there, and my parents - picky food snobs from new york - loved it too.

                  Angelini Osteria
                  7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                  Pane e Vino
                  8265 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                  Boa Steakhouse
                  9200 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                2. ipsedixit Sep 12, 2007 05:44 PM


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