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Help - Looking for a good chef's table experience in West LA/Santa Monica area to entertain clients...

CDR Oct 27, 2009 05:14 PM

I'm looking for a relatively upscale chef's table experience for about 4 couples as a client appreciation event. Looking to keep cost below $175 per person. Interested in a private dining experience with a "chef's discretion" menu and a few pop-in's from the head chef. Maybe also a tour of the kitchen and wine pairings or a private wine tasting to go with.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  1. DrBruin Oct 27, 2009 06:02 PM

    Under 175 a head sounds to me to be on the low side for an upscale chef's table experience. What do you consider "relatively" upscale in the LA dining scene?

    Try calling Providence to see if they offer that kind of experience. It's a really great restaurant.... but 175pp.... I dunno.... may run you double or maybe they'll work with you on a budget. I've enjoyed the food and presentations each time I've been there (albeit not for a chef's table experience).. I saw this old post you should check out:


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      AAQjr Oct 27, 2009 07:01 PM

      Lol Providence is more in the suburbs of Santa Monica! Try JiRaffe, Maybe Joe's in Venice (I know some pretty negative reviews here) They had a nice write up in the latest Art Culinaire, and still have some real talent in the kitchen. How about Chinoa on Main.. or Josiah's new place 'Cache' (cant find the link but it's on Main)

      Anisette? Not really upscale, but Alain is really personable and is capable of charming special guests.

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      1. re: AAQjr
        DrBruin Oct 27, 2009 11:42 PM

        Yeah, Providence isn't really in WLA/SanMo... kinda overlooked that part of the request... but it's so worth the drive.

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        AAQjr Oct 27, 2009 07:03 PM

        lets try this link thing again...

        Jiraffe Restaurant
        502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Joe's Restaurant
        1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

        2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        Anisette Brasserie
        225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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          New Trial Oct 27, 2009 07:16 PM

          Depending on what you want to do about wine/drinks, Melisse would be the best option in that area. www.melisse.com

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            Phurstluv Oct 28, 2009 09:38 AM

            I would second Melisse if you're staying in the WLA/SaMo area. I wouldn't suggest Jiraffe's, since the chef is busy with his second restaurant. And Joe's has been inconsistent of late. And you're not getting a pop-in with Puck at Chinois. Unless his guests are super into the chef scene, they won't know who the "chef" there is.

            Haven't been myself, but I think there's a private room at La Cachette Bistro, and Jean-Francois is still cooking there, I believe.

            1. re: Phurstluv
              AAQjr Oct 28, 2009 02:57 PM

              IIRC Melisse does have a 5 course tasting menu for $105 or some such. BUT you start adding wine and supplements and it moves up quickly! you wont get one a visit from WP at Spago either. WP is more Chef Emeritus than anything else. Chef Mata can take care of business though.

              Rafael Lunetta has a second restaurant??? what is that. Not Lemon Moon, he's not spending time there...

              176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

              Lemon Moon
              12200 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              1. re: AAQjr
                Phurstluv Oct 28, 2009 04:01 PM

                Cache. On Main in SaMo. Or, I guess that's Josiah Citrin's. Okay, now I'm totally cornfused I thought Lunetta was gone.

          2. J.L. Oct 27, 2009 11:49 PM

            Saam, in the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. Upscale & hip. It's part of The Bazaar - Quixotic, fun cooking. AND it might fit your budget... $95 per person prix fixe.


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              JE33 Oct 28, 2009 12:44 PM

              Il Grano.
              Outstanding charismatic chef who will visit the table at every course. Great at wine pairings. You don't see a lot of chefs come to the table with a live spiny lobster before dinner, serve spiny lobster crudo in the first course, and use the rest of the lobster meat in the third course. And besides spiny lobster season, it's truffle season as well.

              Il Grano Restaurant
              11359 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                fdb Oct 29, 2009 12:15 AM

                Beware Sal Marino, owner/chef of Il Grano, can be very rude and moody. He once told me "Never come back to my restaurant!" after his employee failed to cancel my reservation. He refused to accept my explanation (I did call in to cancel 3 days prior to my reservation date) nor investigate the slip up by his employee. Alas! He has hence lost a regular customer!

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                krick Oct 28, 2009 04:48 PM

                La Botte would be perfect, except no private dining room, although if that's not an absolute requirement, I would check it out.

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