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Apr 28, 2010 09:32 AM

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