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Elegant Saturday ladies lunch in Beverly Hills - Any suggestions?

J.L. Feb 2, 2010 10:04 PM

Hi Gang,

Mrs. J.L. is in charge of finding a nice place for Saturday lunch for her and 2 of her good friends so they can catch up and celebrate the upcoming nuptials of one of the friends.

Any advice? Locale: Beverly Hills or environs. Budget not a big issue. Just not too boisterous a place so they can chat a bit.

Brunch would be best, but Saturday brunch is not offered in many of the hotels in the area, so lunch is fine.

As always, thanks in advance!


  1. c
    cls Feb 2, 2010 10:30 PM

    I would go with one of the hotels. Peninsula, Four Seasons, or Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire. The Hotel Bel Air restaurant is still open during the hotel renovation as well. BTW, I think any of them will accommodate a brunch request if you ask.

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    1. re: cls
      buttermarblepopcorn Feb 2, 2010 10:52 PM

      Afternoon tea at any of the above-mentioned posh hotels in BH would be perfect!

      1. re: cls
        Servorg Feb 4, 2010 10:35 AM

        I had read (in the LA Times) that the entire Bel Air had closed for their renovation. Where did you hear that they are still open?

        ADD: Their own (Bel Air Hotel) website seems to indicate that they are completely closed until mid 2011 - http://www.hotelbelair.com/future

      2. p
        pinpei Feb 2, 2010 11:33 PM

        Also, the Montage or Mariposa at Neiman Marcus

        1. n
          New Trial Feb 2, 2010 11:49 PM

          I would suggest Bouchon, the Polo Lounge or Spago,

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          1. re: New Trial
            fatassasian Feb 4, 2010 11:05 AM

            I second lunch at Spago.

            Brunch at the Beverly Wilshire is also a great call.

          2. d
            degustateur Feb 3, 2010 12:12 AM

            My vote:

            The Grill on the Alley
            9560 Dayton Way
            Beverly Hills, CA 90210
            (310) 276-0615

            Saturday lunch is served from 11:30am. Location, ambience, food and service are all superb, with a nice dose of old school charm that, I’m sure, the ladies would appreciate.

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            1. re: degustateur
              westsidegal Apr 6, 2010 11:11 AM

              i agree with degustateur,
              would add:
              not only is the food superb, but it is CONSISTENTLY superb.

            2. J.L. Feb 3, 2010 01:21 AM

              Thanks for all the (quick) recommendations! Keep 'em coming!

              I forgot to mention in my original post that afternoon tea is out because the ladies need to finish by about 2PM, at the latest.

              Polo Lounge intrigues me - We've been there for dinner (sat next to the Spellings), but never for lunch. Is the patio nice during the daytime?

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              1. re: J.L.
                degustateur Feb 3, 2010 01:38 AM

                The patio at PL is lovely anytime the weather is nice since it's largely open. I love their Caesar Salad followed by the Lamb Chops and their Pear Cobbler for dessert. The Scallops are great too.

                1. re: J.L.
                  Phurstluv Feb 4, 2010 10:27 AM

                  You can't really go wrong at Mr. Chow's. But it's not the newest shiniest penny......

                  1. re: Phurstluv
                    J.L. Feb 4, 2010 10:43 AM

                    Respectfully disagree with Mr. Chow's.

                    1. re: J.L.
                      Ciao Bob Apr 6, 2010 09:38 AM

                      I think it is perfectly OK to disrespectfully disagree with Mr. Chow's, the place is godawful and prices satanical for horrible fake Chinese food. FedEx ought to use the dumpling skin to protect fragile items in shipping.

                      Mr. Chow
                      344 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                      1. re: Ciao Bob
                        maudies5 Apr 6, 2010 09:05 PM

                        Damn.That is really funny and spot on:)

                        1. re: maudies5
                          J.L. Apr 6, 2010 09:09 PM


                    2. re: Phurstluv
                      westsidegal Apr 6, 2010 11:15 AM

                      respectfully disagree with the recommendation of mr. chow's.
                      imho, their food ranges all the way from boring to insipid.

                  2. g
                    gnarlex Feb 4, 2010 12:49 PM

                    Lucques is not far from BH, and their Saturday lunch is a well-kept secret. Lovely quiet patio, fine service. Short-ish menu, but always delicious food.

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                    1. re: gnarlex
                      songtothemoon Feb 5, 2010 06:51 PM

                      I'd like to add to the OP's question: Recommendations for an elegant ladies' lunch in BH for a larger group 8-12 women in a private room?


                      1. re: songtothemoon
                        maudies5 Feb 5, 2010 07:00 PM

                        I have had an elegant private lunch at the Peninsula with 12. Worked very well.

                    2. J.L. Apr 6, 2010 03:33 AM

                      Reporting back:

                      Mrs. J.L. wanted to thank all the 'Hounds who helped with this thread. She ended up choosing The Polo Lounge at Beverly Hills Hotel for her party.

                      It was a big hit! The ladies enjoyed the casual upscale setting, and the staff were very accommodating. The food was tasty, and most importantly, there was no sense of rush whatsoever, so the conversation lingered well into the early evening.

                      Thanks again, everyone!

                      Beverly Hills Hotel
                      9641 W Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                      1. b
                        bruinike Apr 6, 2010 08:02 PM

                        BOUCHON in Beverly Hills would be my suggestion.

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