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rdrishel May 23, 2009 05:53 PM

Any recommendations for classic LA/Hollywood experience dining for a couple of days while staying at Le Montrose. My late teen daughters will be hoping to have stories to take back home. I have booked at a Zagat sample dinner at Simon LA on one night--also considering happy hour 6ix at XIV. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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    Cucinamore RE: rdrishel May 23, 2009 06:28 PM

    If they are interested in excellent Italian food and seeing celebrities, go to Madeo on Beverly. Last time we were there, Gwen Stefani and Diane Keaton were there. I don't think we've ever been there and not seen celebrities--Jake Gyllenhaal, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder--even Frank Sinatra a number of years ago. And the bonus is that the food is very, very good (but not inexpensive).

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      ExtraCheesePlease RE: rdrishel May 23, 2009 07:02 PM

      I think Bazaar is probably THE LA restaurant of the moment right now. I would highly recommend dinner there. The one time I went to Simon I didn't really like either the food (blah) or the service (slow and cold). It wasn't worth the money. Bazaar, on the other hand, is quite a unique experience. I have friends who have been to Saam which is the large private VIP dining room with Bazaar. It was for a birthday and they can't stop talking about it weeks later.

      As for the happy hour at XIV. If it turns out not to be your cup of tea, talk a little walk west and stop at Bar Marmont. They have great cocktails and even better food.

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          attran99 RE: rdrishel May 24, 2009 06:00 PM

          Mastro's in Beverly Hills...T.I. has been known to dine there when he's in L.A. (Yes, I know he's going to jail.) Also spotted there recently: Justin Timeberlake and Jessica Biel.

          Mastro's Steakhouse
          246 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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            susiequeue RE: rdrishel May 26, 2009 01:30 PM

            Craft (in Century City) impresses anyone who has watched "Top Chef".... and that is a whole lotta people! A co-worker went to Ketchup and was thrilled by the celebrity-dom of it all... (Ivy anyone?) but actually to me, Musso Frank's is the quintessential Hollywood haunt.

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