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"Hidden" restuarants around LA/OC?

Hello all,

Can anyone recommend a good "hidden" restuarant in the LA/OC (preferably OC) area? The only one I can think of is The Little Door, which I stopped going to a few years ago after some pretty terrible service.

Have some out-of-town friends coming in, and would like to take them someplace unique.

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The Little Door
8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  1. I don't know about unique, but I recently had some very nice sand dabs at Amelia's on Balboa Island.

    1. The first place that come to mind that fits your criteria is Saddle Peak Lodge.

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      Saddle Peak Lodge
      419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

      1. Sabatino's in Newport is pretty well hidden and excellent.

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        1. re: JAB

          2nd Sabatino's. It's amazing.

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          Sabatino's
          251 Shipyard Way, Newport Beach, CA 92663

          1. re: cls

            I was also about to rec the same place - in Silver Lake.

          2. If you can get reservations and can blow a boatload of cash, the only place I can think of is Totoraku.

            Maybe Varnish for drinks after?

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            Totoraku
            10610 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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            1. re: andytseng

              yeah, club 33 as disneyland might bee a good choice. i've hear messa in costa mesa is pretty hidden low-key.

              and totoraku is the ultimate in that kind of stuff, very pedestrina looking ffrom the outisde and on the inside, but once you tast teh bbq on that bincho grill all betts are off. yes, pricey, about 180 per person, without drinks, but beers are only like 3 bucks a piece. so not too bad.