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1 Dinner in LA?

We will be in LA, staying in Beverly Hills, for one night. I haven't been to LA in more years than I can count. What restaurants would you recommend? We like italian, seafood, american, pretty much anything but sushi/asian food. We aren't looking for a French Laundry kind of experience, but something that has good food, casual dress, and a good atmosphere. Can you help me?

I also need recommendations for Santa Barbara...Big Sur area (near the Post Ranch Inn), and my favorite city, San Francisco. I'll post on those boards too.

Thanks Chowhounders!

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  1. With your comment about liking seafood the Hungry Cat is an idea that would work for you. In Hollywood, so a bit of a hike but if you will have a car (and if you're driving up the coast that's a pretty safe bet) it won't take you long to get there. Excellent cocktails as well. A closer idea would be AOC in the West Hollywoodish area, close to Beverly Hills. Small plates, great mixtures of bold flavors.

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    The Hungry Cat
    1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    AOC
    8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    1. PROVIDENCE! Great seafood. Nice atmosphere. You'll remember this meal. Get 1 of the tasting menus!

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      1. re: peppermonkey

        synergy,
        just so you know, providence and spago (recommended farther down on this thread) are two of the hottest 'fine-dining' restaurants in town.

        from the tone of your post,i 'm not sure that fine-dining is what you are seeking.

        1. re: westsidegal

          Providence is fine dining but I feel that it's not "stuffy" and "uptight" as compared to the other fine-dining restaurants. That's why I would rec Providence in a heart beat. I also agree that synergy should visit Spago, he/she won't go wrong.

          They can also go to Anisette Brasserie. Great casual french cuisine. Chef Giraud is super friendly. Worth the drive there.

          1. re: westsidegal

            We'll be spending a week traveling in CA and will end up in San Fran. I just wanted to have maybe 1 or 2 'splurge' dinners and will absolutely consider Spago. Anyone have a web address for it? If we select Spago how much ahead of time should I make a reservation?

            1. re: synergy

              Spago link.

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              Spago
              176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        2. sorry forgot to link

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          Providence
          5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          1. PROVIDENCE -The best food currently in LA.

            1. In Santa Barbara there's Brophy's on the pier. Very casual, very fresh and very good seafood. The best clam chowder and reasonable prices. The Post Ranch Inn has its own very fine, not so casual, restaurant with a world class view. Worth the price.