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Birthday Dinner- Need Rec's- We love yummy food

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My bday is this weekend and hubby is taking me out. I'm down to try AOC or Animal but am thinking we're too late on the reservations. Would love additional rec's, especially ones in the South Bay, Long Beach/Seal Beach area.
Thanks. Would like it to be great vibe with amazing food.

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

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  1. I would definitely call today and try to get a reservation at Animal if you've been dying to try it. I doubt you're too late to score a reservation for Saturday night, it just might not be right at prime time.

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    1. re: mollyomormon

      Might not be festive enough, but we had a five minute wait to get seats at the bar at Animal last Saturday night at 8.

    2. Tasting Kitchen in Venice, or Park Ave. in Stanton ?

      1. For the South Bay area I'd recommend Cafe Pierre in Manhattan Beach - chef Remi Lauvand (from Citrus at Social) is there now and he's great.

        but I agree w/ others I don't think it's necessarily too late to score a reservation now for either Animal or AOC.

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

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        1. re: burumun

          Agreed, especially if you're flexible on the time. And Animal blows AOC out of the water.