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  • issey Mar 18, 2010 11:02 PM
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I'm looking for a great restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. I was considering Drago Central, Church & State and The Water Grill. I would greatly appreciate further suggestions and/or comment on the locations that I am considering. I have not limitation on the type of food but just looking for the best tasting food. Thanks!

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Water Grill
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Drago Restaurant
2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

Church & State
1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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  1. Water Grill
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    Anything else.

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    Water Grill
    544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    9 Replies
    1. re: sillygoosedown

      Sorry, but most (including SIV) would consider Church and State and Drago Centro the best food downtown. I haven't been to the Lazy Ox yet, but that might be up there, although very different in style. Also, when it's on, Sushi Gen omakase at the bar can be very good.

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      Drago Centro
      525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

      1. re: cls

        Might as well throw Rivera into the mix too, just for the fun of it...(and I notice that our CH-Ronco late night infommercial product that is the equivilent of one that slices, dices, chops and mascerates (none of which you want) has automatically added Drago Restaurant in Santa Monica to the list...lol

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        Rivera Restaurant
        1050 S Flower ST #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

        1. re: Servorg

          Food is meh at Rivera IMHO, but their mixology is superb.

          1. re: J.L.

            "Food is meh at Rivera IMHO...."

            The latest review here either indicates the food has gotten better or?

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6971...

        2. re: cls

          Haven't had Sushi Gen omakase in ages. Do they have days that they are not 'on' now?

          1. re: issey

            IMO, sushi Gen can be off even for omakase at the bar. They do so much volume, that in my experience they are inattentive around half the time.

          2. re: cls

            Most on this board would. But this board is full of hype for new restaurants. All of them are supposedly terrific--Rivera, Drago Centro, Church & State, Chaya--and better than the old classics--Water Grill and Patina. But they're not. It's all hype. Drago Centro is the only one of them that is in the same class, IMHO.

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            Drago Restaurant
            2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

            Church & State
            1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

            1. re: sillygoosedown

              Manzke's Church and State is not just hype: tried the house made charcuterie, the vegetable cassoulet, or prime filet mignon with foie gras and black truffles?
              I like Water Grill but have had more than one disappointing meal there and would not consider them as good as Drago Centro right now.

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              Water Grill
              544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              Drago Centro
              525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              1. re: cls

                I think Church & State is overhyped. They do a good take on basic French bistro fare but small portions, high prices, and spotty service mar the experience. I like the cool space and their cocktails are very good, however not enough to keep me coming back

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                Church & State
                1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

        3. I personally did not think Church and State was anything special and we tried a lot of things. I sadly won't be returning.

          Great atmosphere and staff though.

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          1. re: upstarter

            first place that comes to my mind is drago centro and water grill

            1. re: rickym13

              Drago Centro and Water Grill is what I'm leaning towards now. Anyone have comments about Rivera compared to either Drago Centro or Water Grilo?

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              Water Grill
              544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              Drago Centro
              525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              1. re: issey

                Here's a link to Jonathan Gold's review of Rivera. It might change your mind.

                http://www.laweekly.com/2009-03-26/ea...

                1. re: Bob Brooks

                  I've been to Rivera once. I thought everything I ate was mediocre to poor. But it was plated very nicely.

                2. re: issey

                  I have eaten at each several times and I really like them all, but they are very different. They're all upscale, but Water Grill is old-school, Drago Centro is modern, and Rivera is hip. I think a dinner at Water Grill would set you back more than one at the other two. Drago Centro has these amazing cheesy sticks at the bar and really excellent pasta. At Rivera, I love the cocktails and the tortillas with guacamole. So it really depends what you're looking for...

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                  Water Grill
                  544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                  Drago Centro
                  525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            2. Rivera is very good food, drink and atmosphere.
              With head chef Walter Manzke leaving Church & State, who knows what may happen to it.
              While Drago Centro is very good as well, it is quite expensive, as of course is Patina and Water Grill.

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              Water Grill
              544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              Drago Centro
              525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

              Church & State
              1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021