Looking for a quiet upscale lunch spot in the Sherman Oaks Studio City Area
I love Spumoni for homestyle Italian, but it is not upscale. It also can get a little because it is so small and has the open kitchen.
In addition to Pinot Bistro (a definite in terms of upscale and quiet), I would recommend Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks. The food is very consistent and it is my standby for meals with elderly relatives.
A few other options, though I have not been in awhile, are Stanleys, Cafe Cordiale and Rive Gauche. Maybe someone with more recent perspective can comment on those restaurants.
I would urge caution about Max. The food is great and the restaurant upscale, but it can get noisy at times. I can't speak to Mistral, since I've never been there.
I have two suggestions. THE BISTRO GARDEN and PINOT BISTRO are both nice places for lunch. Pinot Bistro probably has better food (I haven't been to Bistro Garden in years), but Bistro Garden is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the valley. Another place that gets great reviews, but I have never been, is MAX.