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Best Bargain Tasting Menu and Wine Pairing

jayspun Mar 23, 2010 11:50 AM

Hey Hounders. The wifey is taking me out this Saturday for my birthday so we're looking for the best tasting menu and wine pairing that L.A. has to offer... that is as long as the cost does not exceed $75 a person. I'm really open to any genre of cuisine; I just want some nice attention to detail and some unique wine pairings. Thanks for the help!

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    NYCnowLA Mar 23, 2010 01:39 PM

    with wine pairings...i think that is a tall order. the best i can come up with is Oliverio at the Avalon Hotel in BH. 65 dollars for 5 courses and an extra 35 for the wine pairings. i think it's a good deal, maybe someone can come up with better.

    and if Peter is still the sommelier there he does a nice pairing.

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    Avalon Hotel
    9400 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

    1. JAB Mar 23, 2010 01:41 PM

      If Costa Mesa isn't too far, check out the menu at Old Vine Cafe.

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      Old Vine Cafe
      2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      1. westsidegal Mar 23, 2010 01:43 PM

        are you saying that the FOOD cost should not exceed $75/pp, or are you saying the cost of FOOD AND WINE should not exceed $75/pp?

        also, what about tax and tip?

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          RicRios Mar 23, 2010 02:02 PM

          Vinoteque fits your budget:

          3 wines + 3 appetizers + 3 course dinner = $70.10

          http://www.vinotequela.com/SipandSwir...

          Oops! That's Tuesdays only. Oh well.

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            jayspun Mar 29, 2010 11:02 AM

            Very enticing indeed!

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            la2tokyo Mar 23, 2010 03:34 PM

            You may already know this, but splitting a wine pairing is a great way to save money and have fun. I can't drink a full wine pairing with ten courses at a place like Melisse and drive home safely - half a wine pairing is just about right when you have that many course, especially if you have a cocktail first. Obviously Melisse is out of the price range, but I personally would prefer two tasting menus and a split wine pairing at a higher end place, rather than paying for a larger quantity of lower quality wine.

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              la2tokyo Mar 23, 2010 03:37 PM

              OMG I just looked the anniversary menu at Grace and it's perfect! You can both do a 5 course menu ($57 each) and split a wine pairing ($37). I seriously doubt you can find a better meal with wine pairing for that price. They have a 3-course thats a little cheaper if you both have to have your own wine pours.

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                foodiemahoodie Mar 29, 2010 10:33 PM

                Good advice.

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                maggielyn Mar 24, 2010 06:35 AM

                Palate in Glendale. Price varies - but food for tasting menu usually around $45. Wine pairings can be tailored. And the food is spectacularly good.

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                  foodiemahoodie Mar 29, 2010 10:34 PM

                  Second that recommendatiuon. Palate allows you different size (and priced) pours.

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                  cynthia105 Mar 24, 2010 10:53 AM

                  Hatfields has a spring prefixe for around 50. the beef was amazing!

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                    mrhooks Mar 30, 2010 01:06 PM

                    Bistro LQ has a 9-course degustation menu for $85. At less than $10 per course, it's a good deal. They also have 6 courses for $65. I don't know how much wine pairings are.

                    Unfortunately, "the best tasting menu and wine pairing that L.A. has to offer" will cost several times your budget of $75 per person. Even a la carte at that price point can be rather difficult.

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                    Bistro LQ
                    8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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