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Looking For Good Hotel Restaurants

omakase Jan 4, 2008 01:46 PM

I don't know exactly why, but I love eating in hotel restaurants. Of course, there are the popular ones - Casa Del Mar, Four Seasons, Loew's, etc. But I'm looking for the not-so-obvious. Any suggestions? Anywhere in L.A. is fine.

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    imho RE: omakase Jan 4, 2008 02:08 PM

    The Sofitel on Beverly now has Simon LA in it.... haven't tried yet but it seems to get very good reviews- but it's pricey. I like the BOA in the Sunset Grafton- great food and service.

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      The Sauce RE: imho Jan 4, 2008 02:09 PM

      The Dining Room @ Ritz Carlton in Pasadena.

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        jkao1817 RE: The Sauce Jan 4, 2008 02:14 PM

        Better go soon. They will not longer be a Ritz property after the 8th of January.

        I do agree that Chef Strong's food is really quite good.

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          rickym13 RE: jkao1817 Jan 4, 2008 03:33 PM

          just went to ritz in pasadena last week and had tasting menu. it was very good!
          something little different i would try the old new otani hotel for either teppan yaki or tempura bar.

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            Jack Flash RE: jkao1817 Jan 4, 2008 04:26 PM

            From what I've read, Chef Strong will remain at the restaurant's helm after the hotel's name changes.

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          vinosnob RE: imho Jan 8, 2008 08:23 AM

          SImon LA is a good choice. Granted the menu won't blow your mind in terms of creativity, but it's familiar, upscale comfort food and the kitchen did a great job the last time we went. Plus, they did not charge us a corkage fee.

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            wutzizname RE: vinosnob Jan 8, 2008 09:24 AM

            Good to hear something positive about them as I've mostly heard people complaining. My one dinner there was okay but nothing spectacular. I may give them another try before Sofitel shuffles it off for a new roll of the dice.

        3. Bon Vivant RE: omakase Jan 4, 2008 03:39 PM

          My favorite hotel restaurant is Seoul Jung in the Wilshire Grand.


          1. paulfromla RE: omakase Jan 4, 2008 03:56 PM

            sai sai in the biltmore hotel downtown was excellent when i was there a long while ago
            not in LA but further afield, the californian at the hyatt huntington beach was really good

            1. wutzizname RE: omakase Jan 4, 2008 04:11 PM

              Obviously CUT is high on the list, debate about quality vs. extreme price aside. But I believe there's another restaurant there at the Beverly Wilshire, called The BLVD, I think, with somewhat more reasonable fare.

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                justagthing RE: omakase Jan 4, 2008 04:37 PM

                In Long Beach at the Renaissance, there is a place called Tracht's.
                Here is a link from a prior posting.

                1. Emme RE: omakase Jan 6, 2008 12:02 PM

                  Napa Rose at Disneyland Hotel

                  Jer-Ne at the Ritz in the Marina

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                    Papuli RE: omakase Jan 6, 2008 02:24 PM

                    I recently wrote about LA hotel restaurants, actually. My list here: http://gridskipper.com/travel/los-ang... has 7 places on it, of which my personal favorites are La Terza in the Orlando Hotel and Knoll at Le Parc Suites in WeHo.

                    1. Das Ubergeek RE: omakase Jan 6, 2008 03:14 PM

                      If you feel like heading down our way, we have Napa Rose in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel; k'ya in the Hôtel Ménage; and, of course, Studio at the Montage.

                      1. SauceSupreme RE: omakase Jan 6, 2008 04:02 PM

                        25 Degrees and Dakota at the Roosevelt here in Hollywood.

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                          rednyellow RE: SauceSupreme Jan 6, 2008 05:52 PM

                          25 degrees is only good if the manager is present and overseeing your order. Otherwise, the cooks are incompetent and the waiters are rude.

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                          overresearched RE: omakase Jan 7, 2008 05:40 AM

                          I like having breakfast at The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. Not only is the food good, but I love listening in on the deals being made around me. Note: since CAA moved from Beverly Hills, I don't know if it is the power breakfast spot anymore.

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                            flowergirl RE: omakase Jan 7, 2008 08:31 PM

                            Not a hotel restaurant but try the Sunday brunch at Trump Golf Club in Palos Verdes. Also The Huntle in S.M. has okay brekfast - view better than the food though. Bel Air also serves a pleasant brunch

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