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Need Dinner Place - Downtown LA

Staying at Grand and Fifth. I've already been to Cuidad and the Water Grill (both of which were fine and would normally fit the bill), so would like some place new. Looking for something nice - business/date like - but not over the top (limited expense account). No car, but could cab if necessary. Any suggestions?

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  1. I enjoyed Pete's in Downtown LA. You might give them a try. They are on the corner of Main and 4th St.

    Pete's Cafe & Bar
    400 S Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    1. Roy's downtown location is a really good place to have dinner. Food is fine, the service is top notch usually and the location from your 5th and Grand stay is maybe half a mile.


      1. Roy's Asian Fusion on Figueroa and 8th (south east corner). Although it's theme is seafood, there are some great beef choices (short ribs are delicious) as well as chicken. If you do like seafood and sushi, they have a delicious Blackened Ahi & Mahi-Mahi for your entree. Don't overlook their Prix Fixe menu. It includes everything (including desert) and for a very reasonable price.
        They have some exotically blended sushi rolls you're sure to enjoy. I love their Tuna Tar Tar for appetizer and their Chocolate Soufflé for desert. If you're a dark chocolate aficionado, you can't go wrong with this.


        Roy's Restaurant
        800 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

        1. Try one of the Japanese Places such as Sushi Gen or Izayoi. They are on the east side of downtown, in an area known as Little Tokyo, a short cab ride or DASH bus ride away.

          422 E 2nd Street
          Los Angeles, CA 90012
          (213) 617-0552

          132 S. Central Ave.
          Little Tokyo
          (213) 613-9554

          You might also want to try Nick and Stefs (steakhouse) with a nice patio, or as mentioned before Pete's (american, a bit more casual).

          Nick and Stef's
          330 S Hope St
          Los Angeles, CA 90071

          There is also Engine Co.28, good bar, good food, nearby.
          644 S. Figueroa Street
          Los Angeles, CA 90017
          Phone: (213) 624-6996

          DASH Routes:


          1. Quite a not-so-limited expense account if Water Grill normally fits the bill ;)

            I agree with Roy's and Pete's, didn't care so much for the food at Engine Co. Traxx at Union Station is also pretty nice. Bonaventure Brewing Co. is also an option though it's a bit more casual.

            I'm a bit iffy on Little Tokyo places for business meals, given the wait times & possible crowds and rowdiness (unless, of course, you happen to get a private area/room).


            1. As others have suggested, Roy's would be a good choice. Might also consider Cicada in the Oviatt Buidling and Cafe Pinot.

              While I like Pete's, I don't really think it fits the "something nice - business/date like" criteria you've set out.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                I would definitely recommend Cafe Pinot! we had dinner there a few weeks back. We wanted to check it out as a potential wedding venue. We had an amazing meal, fantastic service, great ambience(we sat outside) and can't speak more highly of Adam Rosenbaum(mgr/sommelier) and host(Brian Cousins). first class!

                1. re: coco puff

                  I agree. Although we've only dined at Cafe Pinot once, our experience was wonderful. We were staying at The Standard Hotel next door and pretty much stumbled across it. We were pleasantly surprised. The food was spot on and the service was very attentive. I'm wondering why we haven't made our way back their now. No excuse I guess.

                  Cafe Pinot
                  700 West Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

              2. Daily Grill on the corner of 6th and Flower may work for you. More casual - Weiland Brewery Underground that is downstairs in the City National Bank Plaza between 5th and 6th and Flower and Figueroa.

                1. I'm a big fan of Engine Co. No. 28 - 644 Figueroa Street - really nice bar and good ol' American comfort food.

                  1. Nic and Stef's i would recommend

                    Also the sushi restaurant at the Biltmore - it's the real deal, could convert even non-sushi fans