suggestions for grandparents
My elderly grandparents are visiting Los Angeles for the first time this weekend. I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with a number of options for lunch and dinner. My biggest challenges: they can't hear well and they're not that mobile (loud and crowded close quarters are out). All my favorite restaurants in LA are cramped and noisy (which is another topic for another post)! Additionally, they're not adventurous eaters so I can't really take them to a quiet sushi bar or something. Locationwise, they're staying in Beverly Hills, I live in Miracle Mile and work downtown and I'm sure they would love to see the west side so I'm open to anything between dtown and the water. I had big plans for Duke's in Malibu before the fires (quiet, spacious, great view, straightforward food). Where do you all take your grandparents?
There are plenty of quiet places in Beverly Hills, which tends to be an area populated by older people anyway. Spago is definitely not loud.
And the suggestion of Orso is spot-on. The one time my girlfriend and I went there, we were singlehandedly responsible for reducing the average age by a couple decades.
The two places in/near Beverly Hills that my 95 year old grandmother likes are La Dolce Vita, on little Santa Monica at Linden, and Madeo on Beverly Blvd. between Doheny and Robertson.
Another place (especially if noisiness is an issue) that's good for people who like quiet restaurants is the Pacific Dining Car (locations in downtown and Santa Monica).
What about Marino's on Melrose, old-school Italian. Very good. El Cholo isn't the best Mexican food, but it's a piece of L.A. history, great for visitors. Gardens in Westwood. Javan or Sheharazad Flame for Iranian food... kebobs, grilled cornish hens, the food is just "exotic" enough for unadventurous eaters.
Agreed that Pacific Dining Car is a pretty safe bet; Josie is also worth considering -- their menu isn't way out there, and it's a pretty quiet spot. Joe's and Lilly's on Abbot Kinney in Venice are also possibility, but the noise and crowd-o-meter there are a bit unpredictable, from my previous visits there.
For "less scary" Japanese, you can always take them to a Ramen shop on/near the Sawtelle area.
If you were planning on Duke's, the Lobster may also be an option (of course, more for the beachside view than for the food.)