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Aug 25, 2008 02:24 PM

Best tasting menu in LA??

Need to pick a place for special occasion, but after searching these boards, I'm more confused than ever! What's the consensus on the Spago tasting menu? Anyone experienced it recently? We've already done the Providence one so would like to try something different. Should have good wine pairing as well, nothing in a "clubby" atmosphere (read: Apple).

Looking forward to your detailed recs!!



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  1. If you're going to Spago, the consensus here seems to be that the tasting menu is quite good and a far better choice than going a la carte. See:

    Other solid choices than come to mind are Bastide, Ortolan, and Sona.

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    1. re: kevin h

      I have never done the tasting menu at Spago, but have done several about town and in other cities. My personal fave in LA is Sona.

    2. Here's a link to my recent Sona post, had a great experience, look it over, hard not to be wooed, I think.

      1. ou've done the best already, but Spago is pretty dang spectacular.

        Of course, many will aim you to Urasawa's omakase dinner. Very $$$, but word of mouth says worth every penny

        1. The Water Grill, if you don't mind slightly overdone fish leading up to luscious beef (far better than most cuts at Cut, e.g.) and desserts.

          As a reference, elsewhere this year (and not too far away), I've really enjoyed the tasting menus at Stonehill Tavern (great fish AND beef from Michael Mina), Arterra (wonderful California-style from Bradley Ogden but just too noisy), and Rosemary's (upscale Southern-style in off-the-strip Vegas -- their dessert plates are almost as much food as the rest of the meal). The current hit with the see-and-be-seen crowd in Vegas, Joel Robuchon, serves an extremely expensive tasting menu of toy food and foams for plastic tongues.

          Water Grill
          544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          Rosemary's Restaurant
          8125 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89117

          Stonehill Tavern
          St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, CA 92629

          Arterra Restaurant
          11966 El Camino Real, San Diego, CA 92130

          L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon
          3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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          1. re: sbritchky

            Amen to the Stonehill recommendation! They are SPECTACULAR as to service, food and ambience. We always try to hit all the highest rated places in Orange County at least once, and this one was far beyond its peers.

          2. For a tasting menu with a good wine pairing I would seriously consider both Valentino and Melisse.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              The Dining Room - Langham Huntington Hotel

              1. re: The Sauce

                The Langham dinning room is closed for remodeling.....