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ISO "Big Time" Dinner on Sunday Night

have a friend coming in from ny - says he wants to have a "big time" LA dinner on sunday evening.

any non-steakhouse suggestions?

let 'er rip and thanks in advance.

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  1. Providence.
    Urasawa. make him pay.
    Valentino
    Spago Tasting Menu

    Does he mean "Big time" as in ritzy, top dining" or "Big time" as in mafia hang out?

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    1. re: Diana

      chef's table at providence is taken this sunday...by us :)
      haveing big time dinner ourself with screaming eagle, 1959 durcu, 96' dom and 04' aubert chard .... can't wait!

        1. re: Diana

          If it's big time as in mafia, I hear Carmine's II on Beverly Glen and Santa Monica is a good choice.

          1. re: Diana

            knowing this guy - "big time" means "not quite providence. definitely not urusawa".

            i'd say very good food with a healthy serving of LA style.

            got a table at spago to be safe and will take any further hound advice very seriously.

            out of curiosity, what would a tasting for 2 at spago run us?

            1. re: moeberg

              Last time I went (~9 mos ago) it was $95. $150 with wine pairings. Apiece. Worth every penny.

              1. re: Griller141

                Spago Dinner TM normally is around 125-ea, food only.

          2. Urasawa, Bastide & Valentino are closed Sundays.

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            1. Saddle Peak Lodge - great and interesting food in a cool setting.

              1. If Providence and Urasawa is a little too big time, consider Water Grill in downtown.

                Just had a fabulous lunch at Water Grill today. Roasted beets, caviar, tuna ... being food comatose was never so enjoyable.

                1. not sure what "big time" means but if you are looking for L.A. ish place..i would include:

                  patina
                  spago
                  aoc
                  lucques
                  campanile
                  sona
                  grace
                  melisse