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I need to take my really good (and picky) friends to a nice restaurant tonight. They made reservations through their hotel at Yamashiro's, but I have heard that the food is not good at all...since I am the "local" they asked to suggest a different place if I wanted.
Please help! I want a nice place- Money is not a problem!!!!

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  1. should we assume from the Yamashiro res that they want Japanese and/or sushi? or are they open to other cuisines?

    1. We are open to anything...I have been to Asia de Cuba, to Chaya (I like the one on Venice, don't know the one in BH), I also like a little place called Mirabelle's,...my husband suggested Mastro's...I need some guidance here, please!
      we just want a place with good food and elegant/trendy/chic but not stuffy...

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      1. re: menasu

        Both Mastro's and Chaya Brasserie are solid ideas.

        1. re: yogachik

          Thank you!

        2. re: menasu

          You could also go to Craft in Century City

        3. if money's no object, i'd definitely suggest Cut over Mastro's.

          or how about Spago? or Lucques?

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          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            Thanks! They are staying at the Reg Bev Wil- Cut is at their hotel, we will try Lucques, Spago had no reservations until 10pm...Thank you for your help!

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Go to Lucques - you wont regret it.

            2. Stay away from Yamashiro at all cost... terrible.

              1. It's going to come down to where you might get a reservation! I prefer Mastro's over Cut, but given the restaurant is in their hotel, would you stand a chance of getting a reservation there a bit earlier?

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                1. re: Dutchvanobvious

                  We know someone who can get us a reservation at Mastro's...thanks for the tip.

                2. The Hall at the Plaihouse Hotel is supposed to be wonderful.

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                  1. re: rachel12

                    We will also check it out, thanks

                  2. You will have a great time at Mastro's, especially since you indicated money is not a big concern. It is a steakhouse with a lot of buzz and style, particularly on a weekend evening -- there will be a lot of great people-watching. I am usually a bone-in ribeye or porterhouse fan, but if I remember correctly Mastro's serves a really good bone-in filet (yes, that is a contradiction) with the tenderness but more flavor and fun. Supposedly the atmosphere and noise level can vary greatly depending on which room you occupy. A fun parlor game is to guess the companion: wife, loving niece, date, or "date."

                    Yamashiro would be a great place for a drink before or after. Or the bar at the Peninsula on a Friday evening.

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                    1. re: nosh

                      Honestly, I had one of the best meals ever at Yamashiro last year - it was a tasting with wine pairings - one highlight was 6 week aged Kobe ribeye slightly seared and sliced. It came with big planks of superheated pink Himalayan salt, upon which we cooked the slices to our liking. A year later, I can still taste it. Also, we had some of the best oysters I have had outside Paris. And the view is astonishing.