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May 23, 2009 05:53 PM

Special "Hollywood" dining

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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  1. 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).

    1. 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.

        1. 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

          1. 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.