Oregon hound needs Beverly Hills help
I'm coming down for a week for work, and between local friends and the board archives I've got lots of great LA eating lined up but I've got one particular night that I need help with. Next Thursday I'm doing a 6:30PM alumni event at the Beverly Hills Hotel, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres kind of thing, which will go till 9 or so. Afterwards I'd like to take my three Oregon colleagues somewhere cool but not too cool, excellent food but not too fussy, at a place within a short drive and that we can probably walk in or short wait to get a table without needing a res. Everyone involved is adventurous.
re: Bob Brooks
I second the Il Pastaio. Cool, but not too cool, and great food and wine, but certainly not fussy. Not sure about the reservation though... might be okay on a Thursday - I'd reserve at OpenTable if you can though, but that's just me.
I'm also a big fan of Pane e Vino on Beverly Blvd, esp if you can sit on the patio out back in this nice weather.
Argh! I just wrote a long post and my computer ate it.
Anyhow, you might consider:
Mako on South Beverly Dr. in B.H., a very short drive from the hotel. Japanese/fusion.
Lucques in West Hollywood. Has a late night bar menu on Wed. through Sat.
Comme Ca in West Hollywood. You might need a reservation for this place, but it's definitely got good food and is "cool," although may be a bit to "sceney" for what you are looking for.
Il Pastio is good as are Mako and Piccolo Paradiso on Beverly Drive - I think Nik's is way too cool and loud. If you are up for a short drive Lucques is the best but you should make a reservation.