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cdnkelly Nov 17, 2008 08:35 AM

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!

  1. scurvy Nov 12, 2009 09:25 PM

    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

    1. JeMange Nov 18, 2008 05:00 PM

      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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        lindseymsb Nov 18, 2008 07:14 PM

        I second Pete's

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        cdnkelly Nov 18, 2008 10:12 AM

        These are great - thank you! Any others?

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        1. re: cdnkelly
          Servorg Nov 18, 2008 10:16 AM

          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
            Servorg Nov 18, 2008 10:26 AM

            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

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              aventinus Nov 18, 2008 04:55 PM

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

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            cls Nov 17, 2008 05:29 PM

            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. Servorg Nov 17, 2008 09:12 AM

              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
                Servorg Nov 12, 2009 05:39 AM

                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.

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