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Dinner with Inlaws - Great Service and Scene.

kcharlotte18 Oct 7, 2008 01:15 PM

I'm arranging a dinner with my parents, who are visiting from out of town, and my in-laws (also from out of town)

My in-laws are incredibly, incredibly, picky about service and atmosphere. If its too loud of a restaurant, and they arn't being attented to, my father in law will have a miserable time - no matter how good the food might be.

My mother in law on the other hand really wants to go somewhere with a really 'happening' scene - I'm assuming she is looking to see some celebrities.

My Parents are treating my inlaws, and my significant other and myself, to this dinner so i dont want anywhere over the top expensive - just somewhere pretty nice, with good service, and the potential to see some famous faces.

I know its a lot of requirements - but any ideas? I've been thinking possibly Koi? or Nonna on Sunset?....

Neighborhood: Beverly Hills/West Hollywood
Price Range: $$$ (out of four)
Total Pppl: 6
Dining on: Sunday (time will depend on whats available)
Type of Food: Open to anything with good service and a 'scene'


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  1. lotta_cox RE: kcharlotte18 Oct 7, 2008 01:53 PM

    How about AOC?

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      RicRios RE: lotta_cox Oct 7, 2008 01:58 PM

      Too loud.

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        lotta_cox RE: RicRios Oct 7, 2008 02:03 PM

        It is a little loud, but I have been in worse. And I find the service very good.

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          kcharlotte18 RE: lotta_cox Oct 7, 2008 02:51 PM

          How does it compare to, say, Comme Ca? I went there for my anniversary this year (mistake) and it was SO loud and the tables were SO crammed together that we felt like we were sitting with the people next to us. Granted - the service was GREAT - but the overall ambiance killed it for us.

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            lotta_cox RE: kcharlotte18 Oct 7, 2008 04:49 PM

            I find AOC to be less loud than Comme Ca, which was one of the places I was thinking of in comparison.

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      jkao1817 RE: kcharlotte18 Oct 7, 2008 02:53 PM


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        RicRios RE: jkao1817 Oct 7, 2008 03:02 PM


      2. ipsedixit RE: kcharlotte18 Oct 7, 2008 03:01 PM


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          RicRios RE: ipsedixit Oct 7, 2008 03:03 PM

          No 'happening' scene.

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          RicRios RE: kcharlotte18 Oct 7, 2008 03:06 PM

          To my great regret I don't see any better option than M...a ( sorry, beats me, I can't spell it in full ).

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            budlit RE: RicRios Oct 7, 2008 03:09 PM

            ozz? Lucques? Great food, quiet......

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              SecretHeadquarters RE: budlit Oct 7, 2008 03:12 PM

              Lucques or JAR ... haven't been to Jar on a Sunday, but the other nights I've gone I've seen several celebrities, it has good service and seems in-law friendly.

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                kcharlotte18 RE: SecretHeadquarters Oct 7, 2008 04:13 PM

                Thanks!!! I'll look into Jar - it had been in the back of my mind this morning as a potential place. I've always wanted to try Lucques but im afraid, unless your from LA and have heard all the buzz about it, it won't seem so 'happening' to my celeb-stalking mother in law.

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                  Debbie W RE: kcharlotte18 Oct 7, 2008 04:35 PM

                  I love Jar but it is very loud. Have never seen any celebs there either, that I can recall.

                  On Sundays, Lucques has the Sunday Suppers (prix fixe and no choices as to app or dessert, and you choose between two entrees). So, probably not a great idea for your situation.

                  What age range of celebrities does your mother in law want?

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                    kcharlotte18 RE: Debbie W Oct 7, 2008 09:32 PM

                    Yeah I just looked into lucques and the prix fixe probably wont work. I'd worry about Jar too - if it really is quite loud.
                    I'm becoming less worried about the celebs as time goes on - I suppose I'm realizing that Id rather everyone have an amazing meal and good conversation, than see Al Pacino or the likes.

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                      New Trial RE: kcharlotte18 Oct 8, 2008 01:44 AM

                      On a Sunday, the noise level at Jar should be fine and the food will be terrific.

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                        lotta_cox RE: New Trial Oct 8, 2008 05:59 AM

                        I agree with this. I'd got to Jar on a Sunday. The food is stellar. And with regard to celebrity, chances are you will see one and not recognize them. Although I have seen celebs at Jar many times.

                    2. re: Debbie W
                      kcharlotte18 RE: Debbie W Oct 7, 2008 09:41 PM

                      Tried Booking at the Mozzas but they were booked up until 10pm - eek! I've taken my own parents to the Grill on the Alley - they liked it, but I'd like them (and myself) to try something new...

                      Maybe I'll try Pane e Vino... Its close to home and it looks pretty good and not over the top expensive (like Maestros or Spago or such...)

                      would love to go to hatfields but the price worries me....

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              Obessed RE: kcharlotte18 Oct 7, 2008 04:39 PM

              La Terza, Foundry (patio), Hatfields, Citrus

              1. a213b RE: kcharlotte18 Oct 7, 2008 05:37 PM

                Mr. Chow?

                I know the rep it gets on here, but I do think it meets all of your requirements.

                1. Emme RE: kcharlotte18 Oct 7, 2008 07:00 PM

                  In Beverly Hills, The Grill on the Alley generally provides a celeb or two. I'd say Il Pastaio might also be a good choice. I'd also suggest Mastro's but fear it's more $$$ than you want to spend.

                  Possibly Pane e Vino on the back patio might be a good option - not heavy celeb-ed but it'll be older stars more likely.

                  Agree w/ the Mozzas for celebs, but I think it'll be too loud for your folks.

                  You might consider Il Sole on Sunset.

                  Chateau Marmont in the garden might be another worth looking into.

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