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Chef's Tables--do they exist anymore?

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diningdivala May 18, 2010 06:19 PM

I kind of feel like the chef's table has gone the way of fine dining. But I need one, the best one. Any kind of food. I know Providence and Patina both still have them, with direct views into the kitchen, but anywhere else? I'm looking strictly for Los Angeles (no OC, please)

  1. PommeDeGuerre May 21, 2010 01:25 AM

    You might try the Vault Room at Drago in downtown.

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

    1. parker394 May 19, 2010 05:06 PM

      Not that I would recommend it, but all Buca Di Beppo's have them.

      1. Servorg May 18, 2010 06:31 PM

        Melisse in Santa Monica (while not strictly LA it isn't in The OC) and Ortolan and even Spago has one I believe.

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        Spago
        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Melisse Restaurant
        1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

        Ortolan
        8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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          Servorg May 18, 2010 06:53 PM

          If you don't need a direct kitchen view then you might consider Saam at Bazaar: http://www.thebazaar.com/ and which has had at least one good recommendation here.

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          Saam at The Bazaar
          465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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            diningdivala May 19, 2010 10:02 AM

            I love Saam, and it's a great private room, and the menu, service and food are impeccable. But it's not really a chef's table the way I'm thinking. But thanks for reminders on Ortolan (although I'm surprised Eme would want people to see him in the kitchen; I've heard stories), Melisse and Spago.

            PS: I meant "greater LA" which includes all of the independent cities--Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, anything in the South Bay, up towards Pasadena.

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            Spago
            176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

            1. re: diningdivala
              ipsedixit May 19, 2010 04:52 PM

              In Arcadia, try Inaka. http://www.inakagourmet.com/chefstabl...

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              Inaka Restaurant
              61 Peninsula Ctr, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

              1. re: ipsedixit
                J.L. May 19, 2010 10:43 PM

                Hit "Like" button...

                1. re: J.L.
                  ipsedixit May 20, 2010 08:54 AM

                  One of the better kept secrets in the SGV.

                  Certainly not a destination place, and you can get better sushi elsewhere, but for what it does at its prices it's pretty good.

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            foodiemahoodie May 20, 2010 05:01 AM

            Melisse? A table in the kitchen or one looking in? I don't think so. They have a very serious tasting menu, but a chef's table (like Bel Air used to have?) I'd say no. (I've been there many times, and have seen the kitchen, but I don't remember a table. I think they would have let me know too.)

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