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Looking for downtown recommendations

I'm traveling to LA in a few weeks and hosting a dinner for 8-10 clients, all women, some vegetarians. We are looking for a fun ($$ to $$$) atmostphere, not too loud, good cocktails, great food.

Any suggestions?

Thank you!

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  1. Is this for a week night or weekend? What's the group's age range? How vegan are the vegetarians? If all else fails, Pacific Dining Car is a good middle of the road choice.

    Pacific Dining Car
    1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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    1. re: mc michael

      PDC being a good "middle of the road choice" may well depend on whether the "vegetarians" in the group get squeamish if they see and smell giant hunks of cooked cow being carried about them, wafting and presenting grilled flesh odors to their delicate olfactory and sight sense organs at close range... ;-D>

      1. re: Servorg

        Works for me! :-D So, I should have said Animal?

        1. re: mc michael

          Here's the rub: Monday night. Ages mid-30s to mid-40s.

          I think we're looking more upscale and the vegetarians are very accommodating and lovely people (ahem).

          1. re: mousemissie

            If the vegans eat fish, then Roy's would be good. Otherwise, given the night and the demographics, I'd go with PDC.

    2. I like Roy's downtown. I don't know about the veggie options on the menu, but the 3 course prix fixe menu is one of the better deals IMO, and they have a whole variety of tasty cocktails.

      1. You could try Chaya Downtown

        Chaya Downtown
        525 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

        1. Ciudad does have some nice vegetarian options.

          445 S Figueroa St Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          1. Many more options than there were just a year ago: Chaya, as noted, Rivera (sleekly modern Mexican cooking and great cocktails), Drago Centro, although it may be at the high end of your price range, and possibly Lazy Ox, although it might be on the high end of your noise range. If you're not going on the night of a Lakers game, the Wolfgang Puck Grill in the L.A. Live complex might be a good bet too.

            Drago Centro
            525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

            1. I second the suggestion for Ciudad. Sunday night used to be Tapas night and that could be pricey but fun and yummy. Regular menu is delish too!

              445 S Figueroa St Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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              1. Cafe Pinot. http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurant...

                First and Hope. www.firstandhope.com

                Cafe Pinot
                700 West Fifth St., Los Angeles, CA 90071

                1. MUST, must, must go to Rivera. John Sedlar's place katty corner to the Staples Center, it's a pan Latino elegant place with the craziest , most gorgous cocktail menu. Oaxacan historical cocktails. Super interesting flavor pairings and booze you've never seen on a menu. It's so cool, in fact, you won't find a --tini anything there anyway...the mixologist is way past that. The wine list is all Latin and very cool too. The food is beyond amazing. The art on the plates will blow you away. The historical story Sedlar tells thoughout the space is interesting. Tequila on tap. Seriously....don't miss it. Flowers embedded into the handmade tortillas that is artful....but the food..........mmmmm.

                  Staples Center
                  1111 S Figueroa St Ste 3100, Los Angeles, CA 90015