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Apr 30, 2009 02:19 PM

Chic Birthday Lunch with Mum in Beverly Hills

Hello all,

My birthday is coming up and my mother would like to take me out for lunch. I get to pick the spot.

I'd like something in the beverly hills area that has a nice upscale atmosphere, pretty and chic. A little prim and proper almost...If it has an outdoor area, that would be great too.

Price wise i'd like to get out the door under $100 with tax, tip, etc. Mum doesn't drink, so i'd probably just get a glass of wine or a cocktail.

As far as cuisine, I really enjoy fresh/simple/market driven menues that are popping up all over the place, as well as contemporary french/italian/california. Something light, delicious and elegant. Mum loves seafood, but it can't be a seafood "place" becuase i'm allergic to all seafood (sadly).

Any recommendations? I was thinking Spago... but is it overrated?

Thanks so much!


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    1. Spago would be perfect and it is definitely not overrated.

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      1. re: Bob Brooks

        Ditto on Spago and perfect for lunch. Be sure to request the patio.

      2. How about the Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills Hotel.

        1. Spago is a staple, you can't go wrong, but you have to sit on the patio if you're doing lunch!

          1. Also was looking at the Belvedere or the roof garden in the Peninsula Hotel... Just looked at Spago and it might be a little too pricey, it's $55 for food alone, so with a drink for me and tax it's getting pricey (and i'm feeling guilty lol)

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            1. re: nataliya.v

              The prices you were looking at for Spago was their special event pricing for lunch not their a la carte menu.

              1. re: lizziee

                Go ahead with Spago -- it will be a memorable occasion and the food and service will be up to the event. Be sure to save room for dessert, Sherry Yard the pastry chef there is one of the best in the nation. Spago is pricey, but it is excellent in all respects and is consistent. It is certainly a better value than places like the Belvedere or the rooftop at the Peninsula, where you are paying for a lot of glitz, or the Ivy, where you are supporting the papparrazzi. The food is also great at Craft or the Grill on the Alley, but they are different, more industry-driven locations at lunch. My dad's wife still loves telling the story of eating dinner at Spago next to Sly Stallone at the next table, and that's been over a decade ago. Go, enjoy, and report back.