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Looking for hip/lively restaurants in LA

awestsider May 22, 2009 03:46 PM

I'm looking for recommendations of hip/cool restaurants in LA. Places that are fun, chic and full of life - nothing sleepy. Anywhere in WeHo, Hollywood or the Westside. Price is not really a consideration.


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    JBC RE: awestsider May 23, 2009 10:48 AM

    Chaya Brasserie ~ Asian-French-Eclectic ~ West Hollywood


    Chinois on Main ~ Asain-Calif-French ~ Santa Monica


    Koi - Japanese - West Hollywood - I've never gone there, but I've heard & read many times that it has that reputation.


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    1. re: JBC
      Phurstluv RE: JBC May 28, 2009 07:45 PM

      Haven't been in a while, but I wouldn't call Chinois on Main "hip or chic" any more.

      Cecconi's 8764 Melrose
      Bazaar, 465 S. La Cienega
      XIV, 8117 Sunset Blvd.
      Bond St., 9360 Wilshire, BH
      Katsuya, 6300 Hollywood Blvd

      1. re: Phurstluv
        kevin RE: Phurstluv May 31, 2009 12:36 PM

        3 out of the 5 mentioned are SBE, i guess that's the new hip???

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      Bict RE: awestsider May 28, 2009 05:22 PM

      I haven't been there lately, but Geisha House fits the bill.

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        bruinike RE: awestsider May 28, 2009 10:31 PM

        Cecconi's for Italian, STK Steakhouse, XIV or Bazaar

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          vinosnob RE: awestsider May 29, 2009 04:18 PM

          Wilshire and Beechwood.

          Although the outside bar at Beechwood is the real scene as opposed to the inside restaurant.

          Wilshire Restaurant
          2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

          822 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

          1. Kitchen Queen RE: awestsider May 30, 2009 05:44 PM

            Went to BoHo last night- Sunset and Vine at the Cinerama Dome/Archlight corner.
            Food was fab! Staff was fab - even had desert on the house! It's lively and fun. If you don't get enough drive up a couple of blocks to Hollywood Blvd. It close to Grauman's and the Kodak Theater.
            It's a gastropub so, make sure you try their beers. I had a framboise - didn't taste like a beer at all but, it is! Also tried a dark chocolate stout and their hard apple cider :)

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              maudies5 RE: Kitchen Queen May 30, 2009 08:21 PM

              Ivy, Tavern, Katsuya in Brentwood.

              1. re: maudies5
                kevin RE: maudies5 May 31, 2009 12:37 PM

                is the Ivy still hip? really?

                does anyone happen to have a link to an online menu for the Ivy or their fax menu?

                also, what about Il Sole is that hip?

                1. re: kevin
                  yogachik RE: kevin May 31, 2009 01:17 PM

                  Ivy isn't hip, it's a tourist destination. They famously do not publish their menu, good luck finding one.

                  Il Sole is a celebrity favorite (neighborhood italian).

                  My rec to the OP is Bazaar, in SLS.

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