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Drago, Bistro LQ, Wolfgang's Steakhouse or LIttle Door?

sbkat May 13, 2010 06:08 PM

I know, a very weird question perhaps, but I am taking a last minute trip down to LA for a night and want a great dinner - as guessed, reservations for Saturday night are slim pickings on a Thursday, so based on availability, which one would you choose? Thanks for you help!

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Wolfgang's Steakhouse
445 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Drago Restaurant
2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

Bistro LQ
8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  1. J.L. RE: sbkat May 13, 2010 06:20 PM

    Wolfgang's Steakhouse.

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    Wolfgang's Steakhouse
    445 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      sbkat RE: J.L. May 14, 2010 09:41 AM

      Yep, my husband agrees with you, J.L. The menu is basic, but I'm guessing there is nothing basic about the restaurant. It looks classic.

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        maudies5 RE: sbkat May 14, 2010 10:05 AM

        Wolfgang's Steakhouse

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        Wolfgang's Steakhouse
        445 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      2. re: J.L.
        wilafur RE: J.L. May 14, 2010 10:32 AM

        the steaks are awesome at wolfgangs but i found their sides to be medicore and their desserts to be pretty damn bad.

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          sbkat RE: wilafur May 14, 2010 08:46 PM

          Good to know Wilafur. Fill up on steak!

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        carter RE: sbkat May 14, 2010 10:16 AM

        Steaks are steaks most of the time, yet there is only one Bistro LQ, and it is wonderful in a non-traditional kind of way. Very special food and evening ahead if you make this choice. If safety is the issue, then the others are acceptable.

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          ipsedixit RE: carter May 14, 2010 10:35 AM

          One word of caution on Bistro LQ ... it's not for everyone. Some people will really feel enthralled by the experience; others will be completely put-off.

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          Bistro LQ
          8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

          1. re: ipsedixit
            sbkat RE: ipsedixit May 14, 2010 05:26 PM

            What did you (or others) feel put-off about? Thanks!

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              ipsedixit RE: sbkat May 14, 2010 06:57 PM

              I've enjoyed it -- although not as much as I would've imagined, esp. since I've always been a fan of Chef Laurent during his days at Bistro K in Pasadena.

              For the naysayers, Bistro LQ can sometimes border on form over function. Sona-lite, if you will.

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              Bistro K
              30100 Town Center Dr, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

              Bistro LQ
              8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              1. re: ipsedixit
                sbkat RE: ipsedixit May 14, 2010 08:45 PM

                Yep, gotcha. That was my first impression too actually. Too much flash.

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          mc michael RE: sbkat May 14, 2010 10:46 AM

          If you are downtown, Drago Centro is good and has nice ambience.

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

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            foodiemahoodie RE: sbkat May 14, 2010 05:54 PM

            I'd recommend Drago's. One of the best meals I ever was at Drago's with a group of six. And we asked them to put geother a tasting menu. Great. (you can always order make your own tasting menu - just split a couple appetizers, pasta dishes, etc.)

            Valentino's is also very good (they have a new chef) - not far from Dragos - one can usually get in there.

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            Drago Restaurant
            2628 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90403

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