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ISO an amazing restaurant with a chef's table.

I have a dear friend visiting from Japan next month. When he visits we always try to have at least one amazing meal. We have done Mistral, Sona, etc. We were disappointed in Sona, mostly because it just didn't live up to the astronomical price we paid, I think about $1200 for the three of us. It was a lovely meal, just not $1200 worth of lovely, and I took him there expecting French. The meal was very Japanese inspired, which would have been fine except for the fact that I would never have taken him for Japanese. He can get that at home! For this trip I would like to up the ante and take him somewhere with a chef's table. I think there is one at Bazaar, but the reviews are so mixed there that I hesitate. Has anyone had an extraordinary, fun meal somewhere in LA at a chef's table? ( Not Japanese.) I really appreciate the help.

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

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  1. Have you done Providence or Melisse?
    Do you really want a separate room chef's table, or would a good tasting menu in a regular dining room work for you?
    If the latter, suggest Hatfield's.

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    1. re: carter

      Providence and Melisse are both amazing experiences, but be prepared to spend lots and lots of $$$$! You can easily spend over $150 per person with wine, tax and tip.

    2. Patina, Providence or Spago.

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      Spago
      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      1. Why don’t you take your friend to Disneyland? Seriously, I recommend the Chef’s Table at the Napa Rose in the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland’s California Adventure. Under the realm of Executive Chef Andrew Sutton, your senses and palate will be transported to the land of true culinary bliss. Indeed, one of the finest dining experiences of my life. Albeit several years ago, I recall about five courses, each seemingly surpassing the one that preceded it. I was literally taken aback. Pure magic.

        Napa Rose
        1600 S. Disneyland Drive
        Anaheim, CA 92802
        (714) 956-6755

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        Napa Rose Restaurant
        1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

        1. I went to Saam recently, the small room at the back of Bazaar that does just the tasting menu. It was 22 very small courses. And I thought it was lovely--really inventive, creative food with wonderful flavors. The only thing I found odd was the wine (non) pairings.
          Since there are so many courses, they serve wine with some of them...and recommend that you "fill in" around those. But the tastes of the food vary quite a bit, and it's difficult to do that. I didn't think they were all that helpful with suggestions on how to "fill in" successfully. But that said, it was a wonderful meal.
          I would also echo the recommendations for Providence and Melisse. Both have fabulous food and service. Not inexpensive, but you won't have the experience you mentioned at Sona--spending a lot of money and being disappointed. Both provide top notch dining experiences.

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          1. re: perk

            I should have mentioned that we have been to Melisse. It was an exquisite meal. I live in Woodland Hills, so that Napa Rose really is to far, but I am intrigued and the next time I am in OC I will have to try it, thank you. Providence looks good, also Saam, and I read that Ortolan has a chef's table. We really do want a true chef's table as it will be a new experience for all of us. We have a nice budget, but I don't want to exceed $200 each inclusive, if possible.

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            Napa Rose Restaurant
            1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim, CA 92802

          2. I also high recommend Providence, but it'll be tough to get out of there for less than $200pp unless you guys don't do wine.