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Nov 15, 2008 06:54 AM

Nice restaurants in L A

We are travelling down the Pacific Highway to LA where we are staying for a few days before joining a cruise.
We would love some recommendations for nice restaurants in and around the area.
We like most kinds of food - but not too keen on Asian.

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  1. Where in LA are you staying? Will you have a car? What budget? Hip? Trendy? Classic? Seafood? Italian? LA is enormous, we need more information to help you.

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    1. re: yogachik

      And it's too bad that Asian is not on the OP's possibilities. Assuming that if the OP is staying somewhere around the ports, or even if they're not, Cambodian food around Long Beach, lots of Japanese around the South Bay and the a city of choices for Vietnamese in north Orange county would be an easy do.

      I'll throw in a couple of recs that aren't Asian to get things started. I clicked on the OP's other posts - of which there is just one - and steak, fish, and Italian are listed as preferences in a San Francisco post. The OP also indicates "nice restaurants," so I'm guessing fine dining. Good seafood and Italian criteria should be a two-for-one at both Vincenti and Valentino.

      I still feel that the OP should reconsider boxing out Asian. If I had to guess, the vast majority of seafood consumed at restaurants in SoCal is through Asian restaurants - much of it at either Japanese, Chinese, or Vietnamese eateries. The live seafood tanks at many of the more upscale Chinese restaurants like in the San Gabriel Valley are a testament as to how serious these places and their patrons are to seafood.

      And here's a very recent thread that might also help with recs:

      Cut or Wolfgang's for steak.

      Providence for seafood.

      Vincenti or Valentino for Italian

      5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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

      Vincenti Restaurant
      11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

      Wolfgang's Steakhouse
      445 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      1. re: bulavinaka

        Very good detective work bulavinaka. On that note, I will assume that a cruise will begin in San Pedro and therefore some recs in that area might be helpful. For steak, fish and Italian in San Pedro checkout this link to a prior Chowhound discussion

        Also, San Pedro is home to some of the best breakfast spots in the L.A. area. Both of these places serve a great "John Wayne Special."

        Gaffey Street Diner
        247 N Gaffey St
        San Pedro, CA 90731
        (310) 548-6964

        Pacific Diner (Best Chicken Fried Steak and eggs in L.A.
        )3821 S. Pacific Avenue
        San Pedro, CA 90731

    2. If you are going to be down in the San Pedro area then there is a very charming yet casual place for fresh seafood called 22nd Street Landing Seafood Grill & Bar. Nice view of the fishing boats in the marina right in front of the restaurant. Good drinks too.

      22nd Street Landing
      141 W 22nd St, San Pedro, CA 90731

      1. I'm getting the impression that the OP has absolutely no idea how vast the greater LA area is ("down the Pacific Highway" is the first clue)....

        Grace, this metro area is larger than many countries. Without an idea as to where you will be staying (and you HAVE reserved lodging, haven't you?), it will be nearly impossible to give concrete recommendations.

        Also know that the greater LA area is home to some awesome ethnic cuisines; many of them are Asian.

        I would really ask you to come back with some concrete information: Where you will be staying before the cruise (San Pedro? Long Beach? Where?)? What kind of price range are we discussing?

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        1. re: rjw_lgb_ca

          It'll be very interesting if the OP has booked a "nice" room at a seaside hotel in Malibu and needs to make an early-morning cruise departing from the docks in Long Beach!

            1. By "Asian' are you referring to Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Thai or Chinese?
              The greater Los Angeles area is known for some of the best food in the country when it comes to "Asian' of my most valued restaurants in Beverly HIlls, for example, is Vietnamese...
              It really does depend on where and how much you care to spend...Name an area and I'm sure we in "LA" can direct you.