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

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naliang Mar 24, 2010 05:25 PM

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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    cls Mar 24, 2010 07:04 PM

    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

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      Nicole Mar 24, 2010 07:11 PM

      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. Ciao Bob Mar 24, 2010 07:15 PM

        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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          jkao1817 Mar 26, 2010 11:44 AM

          Definitely will make something special for the kids

        2. honkman Mar 24, 2010 07:27 PM

          Providence or Hatfields

          1. Jennalynn Mar 24, 2010 07:44 PM

            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.

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              andytseng Mar 25, 2010 04:23 PM

              I don't feel like C&S is kid-friendly. I love Lucques. The atmosphere is nice and the food has never disappointed me. I don't think you could ever go wrong w/ Providence.

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              Lucques
              8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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                jeffandnat Mar 26, 2010 10:19 AM

                Church & State will be too loud for a family dinner, unless you go early. A 6:00pm dinner will have you leaving just as things get crazy.
                Lucques is great. There rear patio area is perfect for family dinner.
                Place a call into whichever one you pick before you go, to make sure they can simplify a dish for your sis. (I would think the chef's at Lucques would come up with something sweet for her. Literally and figuratively!)

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                Lucques
                8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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

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                1. re: jeffandnat
                  honkman Mar 26, 2010 10:33 AM

                  The last 2-3 visits to Lucques were OK to disappointing. I would think that for example Hatfield's is about the same price but much better food.

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                  Lucques
                  8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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                  SeaCook Mar 26, 2010 11:36 AM

                  I had a lovely Sunday dinner at Lucques for my 50th birthday.

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                  Lucques
                  8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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