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A group of my girlfriends are going to have a little holiday part and would like to have a nice dinner downtown before we head out to the Standard. We don't want anything too pricy ($20-$30 pp) but would like to go somewhere nice. I haven't eaten at many spots downtown (aside from Roy's and Ciudad) so am in desperate need of recommendations. Thanks so much for your help!

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  1. Colori Kitchen would be a good bet and you also might want to check out Tranquility Base.

    http://colorikitchen.wordpress.com/

    http://www.tranquilityla.com/

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    Colori Kitchen
    429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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    1. re: Servorg

      Just a note for those who come to this thread in the future. Tranquility Base closed about 6 months ago...so no use considering it as a potential downtown dining spot any longer.

    2. Just had a good meal at Royal Claytons. You can definitely stay in your budget and the place and area couldn't be cooler. It is British pub food with a couple of twists so it's casual, but in a NY Soho kind of way. It's a great place for a group before a night out IMO.

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      Royal Claytons Restaurant
      1855 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

      1. These are great - thank you! Any others?

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        1. re: cdnkelly

          We like Engine Co. 28 (in an old fire house) but it gets mixed reviews here. If you like Brazilian food then Wood Spoon might be a good choice.

          http://www.engineco.com/

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          Wood Spoon
          107 W Ninth St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

          Engine Co # 28
          644 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

          1. re: Servorg

            One other thought (if you like Vietnamese?):

            http://www.blossomrestaurant.com/html...

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            Blossom Restaurant
            426 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

            1. re: Servorg

              Wood Spoon is a charming little restaurant with very tasty food.

          2. I'd second Colori Kitchen, Wood Spoon and would add Pete's to the mix. I'd avoid Royal Claytons at all costs. I've had two extremely bad experiences there (don't ask me why I went back the second time), both the food and service were execrable.

            http://www.petescafe.com/

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            1. re: JeMange

              I second Pete's

            2. CASA has pretty great food and giant booths you can reserve. You should take a look.

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              Casa
              350 South Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071