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Needed: Wonderful Business Dinner Place

joebizz Apr 16, 2008 11:59 AM

We are taking 15 people out for a team dinner (not stuffy since this is a movie studio).... on a Monday night... we want great drinks, great food, FUN -- maybe Los Feliz, Silverlake or Hollywood? I used to love BLAIR's but i heard it's terrible now! :-( And I thought Vermont looked fun but the reviews on here suck.... Any ideas? Sonora Cafe? or is that out of date at this point? Hollywood is fine too... Think trendy, hip, fun and great food! Upscale but not TOO costly (think $75 a person for dinner max)....
Thanks chowhounders!

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    New Trial RE: joebizz Apr 16, 2008 03:20 PM

    Perhaps outside on the patio at the Foundry on Melrose.

    Foundry On Melrose
    7465 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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      nosh RE: joebizz Apr 16, 2008 04:18 PM

      So old and classic that it is trendy again -- Musso and Frank's. Real martinis, very good food if you order correctly.

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        ExtraCheesePlease RE: joebizz Apr 16, 2008 04:24 PM

        For a large group like that, I would take them to Dakota in the Roosevelt. I don't LOVE the food but it's a great space and it's trendy, hip and fun.

        1. e_ting RE: joebizz Apr 17, 2008 09:52 AM

          not sure if they do large grps. but hungry cat has recently expanded and has pretty decent food.

          1. perk RE: joebizz Apr 17, 2008 10:34 AM

            I live in Los Feliz, and think Blair's is still very good. (I was there yesterday) And I like Vermont a lot too (there last week). Last time I was at Sonora Cafe (month ago?) it was dead. But Little Dom's in Los Feliz seems to be doing a lot of business. It's a charming space, good if not spectacular food, and quite the scene these days.

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              joebizz RE: perk Apr 17, 2008 10:59 AM

              hey guys, what do you think of MAGNOLIA? I heard it's wonderful food and great ambience, great wines... cool locale..... any thoughts?

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                rednyellow RE: joebizz Apr 17, 2008 04:40 PM

                I tried Magnolia not too long ago. It was a massive disapointment. The food was boring or bad, poorly executed, service was way off. I also noticed that the tables on both sides of me were sending their food back.

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                  ExtraCheesePlease RE: rednyellow Apr 17, 2008 04:54 PM

                  My experience with Magnolia wasn't epically bad but middling at best. The food was just OK and service was bad to poor. The space is amazing but I will not be going back again.

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                  perk RE: joebizz Apr 17, 2008 09:09 PM

                  i head to magnolia when i'm going to a film at the arlight, and don't want to go to the hungry cat. i've found the food and the service ok...but nothing more than that.

              2. Emme RE: joebizz Apr 17, 2008 10:06 PM

                Tasca could be good, and you can share plates, and it's fun!

                Citizen Smith or Social Hollywood might be other places to consider as well.

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                  LesThePress RE: Emme Apr 18, 2008 08:24 AM

                  We went to Citizen Smith before seeing Wicked and walked out after 20 minutes due to no service.


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