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Best DineLA Picks?

Additional restaurants were recently added and most menus are now available. I only know of maybe a quarter of these restaurants (being new to LA) so I was hoping you all could make some suggestions and recommendations.

Lunch is $15 or $22
Dinner is $22 or $34

ADORO MEXICAN GRILLE

ALL’ ANGELO RISTORANTE

ALLEGRIA

AMARANTA COCINA MEXICANA

AMERICAN GIRL PLACE

ANGELI CAFFE

ASIA DE CUBA

BALEEN LOS ANGELES

BARN BURNER BBQ

BEACON AN ASIAN CAFE

BISTROTEK

BLD

BOA STEAKHOUSE

BORDER GRILL SANTA MONICA

CAFE PINOT

CAMACHO’S CANTINA

CAROUSEL RESTAURANT

CHAYA BRASSERIE RESTAURANT

CHAYA VENICE

CIRCA 55 RESTAURANT

CIUDAD

CRUSTACEAN BEVERLY HILLS

DAILY GRILL - BRENTWOOD

DAILY GRILL - DOWNTOWN

DAILY GRILL - SANTA MONICA

DAILY GRILL - SOUTH BAY

DAILY GRILL - STUDIO CITY

DAKOTA

DAL RAE

EAT. ON SUNSET

EL CHOLO CAFE PASADENA

ENCOUNTER RESTAURANT

FORD’S FILLING STATION

GRACE

I CUGINI

IL MORO

J RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

KATSUYA BRENTWOOD

KATSUYA HOLLYWOOD

KENDALL’S BRASSERIE

LA BODEGUITA DE PICO

LA PRIME

LA VECCHIA CUCINA

LAWRY’S THE PRIME RIB

LIBERTY GRILL

LUNA PARK

MINX

MÄNI’S ON FAIRFAX

NAPA VALLEY GRILLE

NICK & STEF’S STEAKHOUSE

NOÉ AT THE OMNI LOS ANGELES

OCEAN AVENUE SEAFOOD

ON SUNSET

ONE SUNSET

PATINA

PETE’S CAFE AND BAR

PINOT BISTRO

PORTS O’ CALL RESTAURANT

RAIN WINE BAR AND LOUNGE

RITUAL SUPPER CLUB

ROY’S RESTAURANT LOS ANGELES

ROY’S RESTAURANT WOODLAND HILLS

SAMBA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE

SHULA’S 347 AMERICA’S STEAKHOUSE

SIMON LA

SUSHI ROKU HOLLYWOOD

SUSHI ROKU PASADENA

SUSHI ROKU SANTA MONICA

TABLE 8

TAM O’SHANTER INN

THE ABBEY FOOD & BAR

THE HALL

THE HAPPY ENDING BAR AND RESTAURANT

THE LOBSTER

THE PALM RESTAURANT

THE PALM RESTAURANT

THE PARK GRILL

THE RESTAURANT AT THE HYATT WEST HOLLYWOOD

TIARA CAFE

TOKYO TABLE - BEVERLY HILLS

TWIN PALMS

UGO - AN ITALIAN CAFE

VERMONT RESTAURANT

VIOLET

WARUNG CAFE

ZUCCA RISTORANTE

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    1. The Hotel Bel Air

      The alfresco dining terrace is wonderful for a fresh air morning breakfast.

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      Tra di Noi ~ Malibu

      I love the Magurita pizza with goat cheese. I once ordered it and the people next to me cancelled their orders and go the same. It's mouthwatering.
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      Ruths Chris steak house ~ Beverly Hills

      Love the grilled chicken and spinach. I don't eat beef but everyone raves about their steaks.

      Dukes ~ Malibu

      Great place to eat with your feet in the sand watching the surfers or enjoying the beautiful sunset. I recommend the Parmesan encrusted fish. Very good.

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      1. re: Cynderella

        some of the restaurants dont seem all that special.....i would like to try patina though, never been there before

        1. re: Cynderella

          cynderella: i believe the OP was asking for suggestions from the list posted above - for LA restaurant week...

        2. ocean avenue seafood is good, they have happy hour on the weekends oysters, etc.. actually sounds good now

          1. is there a website w/ the menus/details? just found last year's list...
            thanks!

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            1. We normally like Angelli, but neither the man nor I was blown away by the menu offered for this event. Grace's menu looks pretty good. Dakota also looks pretty good.

              One place I'm normally not blown away by is Simon LA, but the menu for this event looks decent:
              DINNER
              Appetizers
              Choice 1 - Jumbo Lump Crab Salad, Fresh Hearts of Palm, Soybeans, Pea Shoots and Grapefruit Vinaigrette
              Choice 2 - Yellowtail Carpaccio, Cilantro Mint and Citrus Vinaigrette
              Choice 3 - Grilled Radicchio Salad, Toasted Pistachio, Dried Cranberries, Bermuda Triangle Goat Cheese, California Orange Vinaigrette

              Entrees
              Choice 1 - Thai Red Chicken Curry, Jasmine Rice, Bamboo Shoots, Snow Peas, Pineapple
              Choice 2 - Tandoori Wild Pacific Salmon, Black Bean Salad, Mango
              Choice 3 - Braised Beef Short Rib, Kuri Squash Pancakes, Citrus Watercress Salad

              Desserts
              Choice 1 - Red Velvet Cupcake with Cream Cheese Filling
              Choice 2 - Glazed Doughnut Bread Pudding, Salted Gooey Caramel
              Choice 3 - Soft Chocolate Tart, Lemon Sherbert