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Recommendations for birthday dinner with family? Lucques, Hungry cat, Church & State, Hatfields, Providence...?

I have never been to any of the above restaurants; I have heard great and mixed reviews about these restaurants so its making my decision difficult. I went to Sona and loved it, took my family to Bazaar and we all loved it, even my 7 year old sister. I've been to AOC and is why I wanted to try either Lucques or Hungry Cat, but I'm not so sure after reading mixed reviews on yelp. I've been wanted to try Providence but then dont know if my 7 year old sister will like anything. Help me choose where to go!

Any information would be greatly appreciated!

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The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

AOC
8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Sona
401 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

Lucques
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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

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  1. Providence might be tough with a 7yo.
    Church and State would be fine (although it's loud) I haven't been since Manzke's departure so I am not sure if the quality is still there.
    Hungry Cat IMO was much better before the expansion and is nothing special and overpriced now.
    Lucques can be very good, has a great atmosphere, but I have also had a couple average meals there. It is a solid spot for a family birthday dinner though.

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    The Hungry Cat
    1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    Lucques
    8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

    1. I wouldn't bring a 7-year-old to Providence. From your list, I would definitely pick Hatfield's (with the caveat that I haven't been to Church & State). Hungry Cat isn't in the same league as the others on your list, and Lucques is good but not exciting. Hatfield's has delicious food, with less formality and a wider menu (thinking that all lot of kids don't like seafood) than Providence.

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      The Hungry Cat
      1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

      Lucques
      8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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

      1. Providence --- the menu sounds less accessible than it really is --- I am sure they will make something amazing for the kid.

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        1. re: Ciao Bob

          Definitely will make something special for the kids

        2. Providence or Hatfields

          1. If your sister loved Bazaar... she'll be fine at Providence. I had the best birthday dinner of my life at Providence.

            And the staff is so lovely there. They will absolutely make certain your sister has something wonderful. You won't be disappointed.