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aoc or ortolan or grace or providence

wife and i decided to finally try one of these places. we usually dont go to a finer place due to the economy and the urge to save money instead. but we said, its time we treated ourselves to a fine meal.
now...what do you all rec'd we go to? ive always wanted to try AOC but its doesnt seem to get much love lately.
if i go to ortolan or providence, it will be the basic tasting menu.
please steer me to the right place!
thanks!

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  1. This is pretty easy.

    Ortolan is out. No one eats there.

    This leaves Grace, Providence, and AOC are all great. AOC is very nice, but I wouldn't call it fine dining... If fine dining is in order, I don't think Providence can be beat.

    1. of the one's you mentioned, i've tried three of them: aoc, grace, and providence.
      first off, i could be happy dining at any of the three
      of those three, i liked grace and providence more than i liked aoc.
      no specific overwhelming reason, just personal taste. . . . .

      1. I may be in the minority when I say this but I don't think AOC should be mentioned in the same conversation as Providence and Grace. Dont know much about Ortolan. But if you are looking for a fancy special dinner in LA, you really can't go wrong w/ Providence.

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        1. re: TailbackU

          I agree. Ive been to all these places within the year. You know, I liked Hatfields the best. If I have to stick to the list, Id say Grace on Wednesday. Order ALL of the doughnuts.

        2. I've tried all but Providence, but based on all the firsthand reports of friends, and the board, I'd definitely go to Providence -- realizing of course that it's probably almost twice as expensive of A.O.C. and Grace.

          Ortolan can approach Providence in cost too, but I didn't find it worthy of those prices.

          All my visits to Grace have been sadly underwhelming. I want to love it. I love the room and the service. And it's around the corner from my house. But the food has never impressed me.

          I love A.O.C. for what it is. A great, delicious time. But if you're only going out for one splurge meal...why not make it Providence?

          1. I've tried all 4, and all within the last 8 months.

            Ortolan > Providence > AOC > Grace