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Oct 4, 2007 10:27 PM

2 nights in LA on an expense account...

Will be in LA at the end of the month and am looking for some restaurant recs. We are 30~somethings from Vancouver looking for great food, good service, fantastic atmosphere and more. We've done: AOC Wine Bar, Matsuhisa, Koi, Giorgio Baldi, Spago, Lucques and many more in the past. Love great Japanese but aren't limited to that. Will travel for a peak food experience, but would love to stay close to our hotel in Beverly Hills. Suggestions appreciated!

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    1. re: SauceSupreme

      urasawa for sushi/japanese
      cut for steak

      conveniently, they're both smack dab in the heart of beverly hills.

      definitely call ASAP for a reservation at cut, they book up ridiculously far in advance.

      bon appetit!

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

      9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        concur on these two.

        bin 8945 for the 11 course tasting menu.

        providence for the tasting menu-regular and/or dessert- or do cut followed by providence's dessert tm

        also, grace.

        if you want a trendier experience, perhaps somewhere like asia de cuba.

        and please, please don't go to crustacean.

    2. I keep telling people this...Crustacean's in Beverly Hills.

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      1. re: Clinton

        I'd say skip Crustacean if you've got limited time, there are far better places in BH and surrounding neighborhoods.

        Urasawa seems like a good suggestion, so long as the person auditing your expense account isn't going to flip over a $300/pp minimum dinner like my boss would.

        1. re: Clinton

          Crustacean is really not very good. The restaurant is pretty and the bar area is fine for a drink but there is far better food to be found in countless other places, especially given the price point. I think Bandorap would be much better off eating at Providence, Mozza or Grace. In BH, Mako is a great choice.

          1. re: Clinton

            Did you know that Crustacean makes their (in)famous garlic noodles with Elmer's Glue?

            Well, ok, maybe not. But they should, because it would taste better that way.

            To say Crustacean is awful is to demean all things awful.

          2. Agreed with Cut or Urasawa, or Chef's Table @ Providence.


            1. On an expense account in LA, staying in BH. Hmmm . . .

              Urusawa is a GREAT recommendation. In BH, Spago is also worth the visit, especially for the tasting menu.

              Do NOT do Crustacean. It was good maybe 15 years ago, now it's only got its scene and history to go on. Not worth the money. If you want to eat in BH, do Urusawa or Spago.

              Personally, I'd venture out of BH and go to Providence, on Melrose about 4 miles east of BH.

              You also might want to check out Bastide, which just re-opened after a revamp, and which has been getting good reviews. Here's a link to a recent thread:


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              1. re: DanaB

                And depending on what time of year the OP's last visit was, places like Spago and Lucques have seasonal menus, so even if they've gone before, the autumn menu might be completely different.

                1. re: DanaB

                  If you don't eat a Spagos, go there for dessert. The strawberry shortcake is yummy! I was disappointed with the 12 layer chocolate cake.

                  I also had the Hong Kong style steamed bass, but the dessert was really the highlight of my lunch. :D

                2. I agree with the calls for Cut and Urasawa, especially since you haven't been. My write-ups on the two: