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Jul 29, 2008 08:10 PM

Need Help finding relaxed fine dining in LA...

I am here for the summer and have tried several fine dining options (sona, hatfield's, providence, grace, etc.). However, on some nights I find myself desiring a chill, relaxed restaurant with great food and have not been able to find any. Some restaurants that I would somewhat describe as what I'm looking for are: Terroni, AOC and Comme CA. However all three of these aren't exactly completely relaxed dining - they are all scenes. Can any generous hound lead me in the right direction?

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  1. Very funny. Your first option, Sona, is defined in this link as "a relaxed restaurant":

    Now, seriously: try La Terza.

      1. Go back to Providence, but this time book the chef's table. It is in a private room, behind the host stand. It is glassed off from the kitchen, so you get the view, but not the noise of dinner service in full swing. You could roll in there in jeans and a t-shirt, vanish into privacy, and enjoy an amazing meal with whatever level of relaxation you desire.

        1. Just walk into the bar at Craft without a reservation, sit down at a table in the bar area and sink into one of those big comfy chairs (or if you are lucky you might score the couch) and sit back and enjoy. What could be more comfortable than not even having to worry about reservations? I ate tonight in the actual dining room at Craft and I have to say that the tables in the bar area are every bit as comfortable as the tables in the dining room and I actually find the chairs in the bar a tad more comfortable than the dining room banquette seating. I'm not saying the banquette was uncomfortable, just that I love those bar area chairs.

          1. I personally thought Providence was pretty relaxed as far as fine dining restaurants go, however, I get what you're asking for. I would have to say the most relaxed and relaxing fine dining meal I've had was at Josie. Very pleasant noise level, great lighting, delicious food. The booths are large and comfortable, so make sure you request one. When I went it was all couples out for a romantic evening. No expense account or "hip" scene.