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Quiet small romantic restaurant near LA Music Center

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josephnl Mar 8, 2008 06:29 PM

We're tired of going to large noisy chain or hotel restaurants when we are at the Music Center in downtown LA. Is there a nice small quiet cozy non-chain restaurant with good food and service in downtown? Cost is not important as long as it's good!

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    carter Mar 8, 2008 08:00 PM

    Noe in the Omni Hotel sorta diagonally across the street and SE of Disney Hall would be a very good suggestion. Part of it looks out onto California Plaza, yet part of it is very much an intimate dining room, devoid of any outside influences, and quite cozy. 213.356.4100. Fairly expensive, though, so keep that in mind.

    1. ipsedixit Mar 8, 2008 08:12 PM

      Colori Kitchen

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      Colori Kitchen
      429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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        josephnl Mar 9, 2008 09:49 AM

        Neither of the replies above really fill the bill...and maybe what seems to be available in downtowns across the nation doesn't exist in downtown LA. Noe is lovely, but it's not a small quiet cozy restaurant. And from the website, Colori Kitchen seems not to serve any alcohol. Is there not a small cozy quiet restaurant with good food, drink, wine list in downtown LA? I'm thinking something clubby with leather booths, soft lighting, and quiet, providing atmosphere for an intimate dinner. I'll even drive a bit from downtown to get the right spot. I'm beginning to think that by preferring quiet and class over noise (now called "energy"), attitude and kitsch, I'm dating myself. Seems as if "zoos" like Mozza prosper, the kind of place I am looking for is a dying breed. Help??

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          New Trial Mar 9, 2008 12:49 PM

          From your description, it sounds like you might like Taylor's or Pacific Dining Car (which offers a shuttle to the Music Center, by the way).

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          Taylor's Steakhouse
          3361 West 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

          Pacific Dining Car
          1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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            burntcrisp Mar 13, 2008 10:13 AM

            Perhaps the new Riordan's on Figueroa next to The Original Pantry will work for you. Cicada on Olive near Sixth St. may also work, but it is starting to have a lot of live music nights so check dates and times if you want to avoid that. The Arnie Morton's in DTLA is another possibility, although it is a chain.

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              Babette Mar 13, 2008 12:58 PM

              Water Grill?

              http://www.watergrill.com/

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                JE33 Mar 13, 2008 06:35 PM

                Arnie Morton's on 7th & Fig?

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                  Servorg Mar 13, 2008 06:45 PM

                  http://www.cicadarestaurant.com/

                  Add: Sorry, see that burntcrisp already recommended it. It does fill the bill when the live music is not on.

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