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dtud Oct 27, 2009 09:03 AM

i've narrowed it down to anisette, la cachette bistro, and comme ca.

i want to try someplace new, but would also like it to be really really good. i have not been to any of these and was wondering if anyone had strong opinions about the level of tastiness?

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    dtm323 Oct 27, 2009 08:26 PM

    Church and State. Not on your list, I know, but it's really something special. Le Saint Amour in Culver City totally makes you feel like you're in Paris. But Church and State's food is spectacular - and their cocktails and wine are amazing.

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      manku Oct 27, 2009 10:47 AM

      Probably not the answer you are looking for, but I'd wait for Bouchon to open next month...

      Neither Comme Ca nor Anisette server stellar food, and both are pretty pricey for the quality and experience.

      I recall having decent french food at Le Petite Bistro on La Cienega years ago (at least 10)...nice ambiance and lower prices.

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        GrillEmAll Oct 27, 2009 12:04 PM

        try BISTRO LQ! went there around 6:45 the other night, it was us and 2 other tables. amazing food. the foie gras 3 ways between the 2 of us was enough to fill me before we even got our entrees. and its not too pricey! definatly worth checking out!

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          J.L. Oct 27, 2009 05:51 PM

          Second Bistro LQ.

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        Nicole Oct 27, 2009 10:42 AM

        I've been to all three for lunch, but none for dinner, so take my opinion with a grain of salt. I found Comme Ca disappointing, it definitely would not be my pick of the 3. At La Cachette Bistro, some things we ate were brilliant and others were just okay, while at Anisette nothing hit such a high or low, whenever I've been there everything has been good but not great. So on balance, its hard to say whether Anisette or La Cachette is the better restaurant.

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          vinosnob Oct 27, 2009 10:19 AM

          Comme Ca has excellent cocktails, but I found the food to be hit or miss.

          Anisette - had a solid breakfast (some of the best pastries in LA), but never been for dinner.

          La Cachette Bistro - haven't been to the bistro, but the original restaurant was stellar.

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            dtud Oct 27, 2009 10:35 AM

            nice wrap up.

            i'm in the same boat re la cachette - the restaurant was so good, that i'd like to try the bistro. i'm just hoping for a similar experience. some of the menu items look similar to the restaurant's menu - so that's a plus.

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              vinosnob Oct 27, 2009 10:56 AM

              Also, and I haven't been, but you might want to check out reviews for Cache; I've heard good things...

              http://www.cacherestaurant.com/

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              Phurstluv Oct 27, 2009 04:40 PM

              I was not impressed with Sona, so I'm not inclined to go to Comme ca.

              Loved Anisette, been both for brunch & lunch, but it is a noisy brasserie.

              I was also not all that impressed with La Cachette, went a few years back & did not feel like it was anything special. Never went back. Not inclined to go to the bistro either.

              If you want really impressive food, service AND decor, run, don't walk to Ortolan.

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              Ortolan
              8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            3. Servorg Oct 27, 2009 10:16 AM

              Perhaps you've already been? - But if not another possibility is Le Saint Amour in Culver City.

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              Le Saint Amour
              9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                estone888 Oct 27, 2009 10:30 AM

                I like the place and I like the people who run it, and I think it is reasonably priced (cheaper than the other three mentioned) but I don't think the food comes close to holding up to comparison with any of the three restaurants in the original post.

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                  dtud Oct 27, 2009 10:36 AM

                  this is for my mom's birthday - and so i'd like it to be a little fancier than (i think) le saint amour is.

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                    New Trial Oct 27, 2009 12:49 PM

                    If you want fancier, of the three La Cachette Bistro is probably the best decor; both Anisette and Comme Ca tend to be more casual, more crowded and noisier. Foodwise, I would give Anisette the edge, though the cheese selection at Comme Ca is great. Have you considered Chez Mimi? Probably the nicest atmosphere at that price point and the food is good. Of course, if you wanted to go higher end, there are the excellent Melisse and Ortolan.

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                    Chez Mimi Restaurant
                    246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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                bad nono Oct 27, 2009 10:02 AM

                I've never been to La Cachette, so I can't say, but I'd choose Anisette over Comme Ca. Not only the food is much better but the noise level is more manageable.

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                  estone888 Oct 27, 2009 10:04 AM

                  Second that on the noise level. Although, I've had slightly better food at Comme Ca, so who knows?

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                  estone888 Oct 27, 2009 09:28 AM

                  I like them all about equally, although I prefer Church & State to any of them.

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                    dtud Oct 27, 2009 09:57 AM

                    thanks - it's for a monday night and so church & state is out.

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