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Saturday Biz Lunch in Beverly HIlls

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Galadriel Feb 7, 2008 04:32 PM

HELP!!!!

Out of town New York young but affluent publisher types want to meet for lunch in Beverly HIlls on Saturday .. weather should be nice. They're paying but I don't want to go as high as Spagos.

Patio would be nice and a not rush, rush atmosphere.

They are staying Olympic and Robertson area.

I was thinking Kate Mantillini's or Sofi's on 3rd (but Sofi doesn't do lunch).

It's been a long time since I was a Westsider (Valley girl now).

All suggestions truly, truly appreciated.

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    maudies5 RE: Galadriel Feb 7, 2008 04:51 PM

    Consider The Grill or Il Pastaio

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      Galadriel RE: maudies5 Feb 7, 2008 04:58 PM

      Thanks maudies5 .. Il Pastaio might work ... The Grill is too New Yorkie I fear .. I want a patio and greenery to show off our weather!
      Thanks.

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        fdb RE: Galadriel Feb 7, 2008 06:05 PM

        Ivy seems to fit the bill.

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      CChow RE: Galadriel Feb 7, 2008 05:17 PM

      Brunch at Barney Greengrass on the patio. Perfect spot for that kind of thing.

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: CChow Feb 7, 2008 06:12 PM

        CChow took the words right out of my mouth. menu at BG is very new york [after all, the original is in NY & that's where much of the food comes from], but setting is totally LA if you get a table on the patio.

        other thoughts:

        the farm
        blue on blue
        da pasquale
        il cielo
        paperfish [although i don't know about the prices]

        then again, for the true LA experience there's always the ivy. it's not BH, but easy enough for them to shoot straight up robertson.

      2. cookie monster RE: Galadriel Feb 7, 2008 05:49 PM

        Pane e Vino on Beverly Blvd. I'm pretty sure they serve lunch on Saturdays, and the patio is lovely.

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          Galadriel RE: cookie monster Feb 7, 2008 06:56 PM

          Ooooooh, that might work really well. I remember going there once and the patio was gorgeous. Thanks for the reminder.

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: Galadriel Feb 7, 2008 08:24 PM

            it is beautiful, and the food is consistently good...not quite on par with NY italian, but the ambience is certainly better than a sidewalk table in NYC where you spend the entire meal inhaling bus & taxi exhaust :)

            a word to the wise, if you do decide to go this route, pane e vino is much better than orso.

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            perk RE: cookie monster Feb 7, 2008 08:29 PM

            I'm "seconding" the vote for Pane e Vino. Lovely patio....good food...usually a few celebs sprinkled about. (oops...just saw the post below. ok i'm "thirding" the rec.)
            Also, for a different vibe, how about Chateau Marmont? A little further...but a fun, interesting space, a real L.A. experience and pretty good food.

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              Emme RE: cookie monster Feb 7, 2008 08:56 PM

              i love pane e vino's patio, as well as the above mentioned il pastaio (esp for wine folk).

              that said, the ivy is a good choice for business lunches.

              there's also the four seasons hotel for the gardens.

              xi'an is americanized upscale chinese, has a nice patio, and yummy power rice and healthier food.

            2. Bob Brooks RE: Galadriel Feb 7, 2008 05:59 PM

              Il Cielo, on Burton Way across from the Four Seasons should be perfect. Otherwise, how about Orso, on Third?

              1. ipsedixit RE: Galadriel Feb 7, 2008 08:28 PM

                The atrium at Spago?

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                  perk RE: ipsedixit Feb 7, 2008 09:30 PM

                  In the original post, she said she didn't want to go as expensive as Spago.

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                    Galadriel RE: perk Feb 7, 2008 09:44 PM

                    Yeah, I didn't really want to take them to a very very expensive place ... pane e vino is sounding good. I think the noise level there, too, will be tolerable. Kate Mantilini's dishes clashing can get deafening if you don't wangle a booth.

                2. holleygolitely RE: Galadriel Feb 8, 2008 07:56 PM

                  Great L.A. place for Saturday lunch is the Beverly Hills Hotel. For 2-3 people, the counter or for more the patio by the pool.

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