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chopin4food Apr 17, 2008 09:56 AM

An old foodie friend back in town, lost a parent to cancer. Want to take them somewhere spectacular - 5 $tars+ but want it to be a soothing experience. Not looking for the trendy scene whatsoever. Great ambiance, great food and some privacy. Area: Hollywood - Pasadena Food: Sushi, Italian, French, etc...

Thank you, chowhounders, for suggestions! <3

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    Diana Apr 17, 2008 10:00 AM

    Providence. Here's my recent report. Keeo in mind my dinenr was a blowout bonanza, so the price is a lot higher than normal. Amazing place



    Also, Urasawa. If I was your friend, besides Providence, I'd love to be comforted at Urasawa. (never been, but 'hounds who have LOVE it.)

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      Obessed Apr 17, 2008 10:11 AM


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        chopin4food Apr 17, 2008 10:45 AM

        obessed, never been to ortolan - a quiet place?? the website seems deceiving. are the tables well spaced??

        my friend and i have already been to providence - thanks, diana!
        urasawa-never been. will look into this.

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          nick_r Apr 17, 2008 10:48 AM

          Seconded! Had an amazing meal there last week. And it's definitely quiet and soothing.

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            Obessed Apr 17, 2008 02:09 PM

            I totally agree with Nick - the atmosphere was very quiet and soothing. They have these amazingly comfy banquets that seemed perfect for a 4 hour tasting menu. We didn't do it, but the people across indulged in it and it looked amazing! I highly recommend this place.

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              nick_r Apr 17, 2008 03:22 PM

              We did have the tasting menu (a vegetarian version they designed for us), but it wasn't quite four hours... heck, we burned through it in just over three! Truly incredible dining experience.

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          mbh65 Apr 17, 2008 10:48 AM

          The main restaurant at the Huntington Hotel (now going by a different name) in Pasadena.

          1. ipsedixit Apr 17, 2008 10:50 AM

            Saddle Peak Lodge.

            Get a table upstairs, or outside on the patio if the weather is nice.


            1. flavasista Apr 17, 2008 11:37 AM

              I know this rec is beyond the requested area - but what about La Cachette in Century City? French cuisine in a charming renovated house, polite/refined service without being too overbearing & they have private area...I wonder if there's an equivalent in the Hollywood area...it wouldn't be more than 10-15 min additional driving.

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                Emme Apr 17, 2008 11:03 PM

                Concur on La Cachette - totally a refined, non-trendy atmosphere.

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                  ElissaInPlaya Apr 18, 2008 03:50 PM

                  I found La Cachette crowded, rushed and very disappointing,on my first visit about 2 months ago.

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                nikky Apr 17, 2008 11:46 AM


                1. Maxmillion Apr 17, 2008 11:48 AM

                  Hatfields!! Went last night -- about to post a review. We went late (after 9.30) and it was quiet as the eve was winding down, so I don't know how quiet it is around 8pm onwards........

                  I second (third?) the Providence rec, tho. Very quiet, from memory. I just don't love the fare as much as others here.

                  1. JAB Apr 17, 2008 05:40 PM


                    Valentino (Santa Monica)
                    3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

                    1. westsidegal Apr 17, 2008 08:51 PM

                      to me, the ideal place would be to get tbe 4 seat table in the rear eastern corner at michael's just for the two of you.
                      that way you could sit at right angles to each other and look out at the lovely room.

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                        chopin4food Apr 18, 2008 09:09 AM

                        thank you all so very much - i've made a res tonight for O. :) i hope the friend will enjoy. have a great weekend.

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