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Dec 10, 2008 09:17 PM

Pre-Fixe/Tasting Menu Help to $55

Hello Los Angeles Hounds,

I am venturing out of Nor-Cal on the MLK Holiday Weekend for a Birthday Art Museum Crawl Weekend and need some help with finding a restaurant for my Birthday Dinner. I am a big fan of Ad Hoc in Napa because you get a great 4 course pre-fixe meal for $48/person and would like to find a similar deal in Los Angeles.

My upper spending limit is $55 per person (there will be 2 of us) and I am open to any type of cuisine as long as the food is good. I will more than likely be staying in West LA/Beverly Hills/Westwood area and will have a car so distance isn't that much of an issue (e.g. I don't want to drive all over the place).

Thanks in Advance for your advice!

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  1. The Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa is a jewel of a little place. It serves a tasting menu (four courses with wine) for $65. I don't know of any other such bargain in S.C. Check out their website:

    1. fwiw,
      the area in which you are staying is home to some of the priciest and best restaurants in the city. not too many bargains on the weekends can be found there.
      some of the restaurants have monday 'theme' specials, though.

      1. XIV (new Michael Mina restaurant in West Hollywood) has a "light" 8-course tasting menu for $55 pp or you can create your own menu for $8 per course pp.

        1. I highly recommend the 5th Anniversary tasting menu at Grace. It's $55 and a delicious fine dining experience.

          A much more moderate option, and fun to check out after the museums is the Sunday Supper at Dominick's. This place is a landmark, and a three course dinner is $15.

          Both menus can be found on the restaurant websites.

          Grace Restaurant
          7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          8715 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

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          1. re: foodiebiz

            i've had the three course appetite stimulus tasting menu at grace (i don't believe it's offered anymore) and i have to say it was terrific. we ordered the wine pairings to go with it (an extra $35) and were VERY pleased with the whole dining experience.

            wholeheartedly second foodiebiz's recommendation of grace

            1. re: foodiebiz

              Grace is serving the anniversary menu through the end of this year and OP wil be coming in January. If they decide to extend the menu, that would be a good choice.

            2. One possibility that fits your geographic and price preferences, that may not be readily replicated in the Bay Area, would be Orris. Small plates meant to share, many with a Japanese sensibility and continental technique. Located on the east side of Sawtelle, a strip of many styles of Japanese restaurants and shops just west of the 405 freeway between Olympic and Santa Monica Blvd. No reservations, but shouldn't be a huge problem getting in this time of year. Be sure to order the grilled romaine.