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Want to take advantage of an expense account dinner Westside-ish

farnorthfood Jul 28, 2010 09:15 AM

My brother is in town for the day today and taking us out for dinner on his very generous, old school expense account. I normally don't spend alot of money on dinner out, so have no idea where to go to really take advantage of this opportunity. Need some great recommendations on the Westside-ish - willing to drive a little bit, Century City, Mid-city, but don't want to spend too much time in the car. Something with great, relaxed atmosphere and amazing food would be perfect.

I know I can count on the all knowing chowhounds to help me out. Thanks so much.

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    yummyy Aug 2, 2010 09:18 PM

    BAZAAR!! It's a fantastic splurge.

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      AAQjr Jul 28, 2010 05:20 PM

      Hmmm, " Something with great, relaxed atmosphere and amazing food would be perfect." Josiah's Cache in Santa Monica should fit the bill perfectly. Great atmosphere, casual almost like you are in a big enclosed patio, lot's of space, and the food is really pretty good.

      Another good expense acct place might be Chinois on main.

      2709 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405

      Caché Restaurant & Lounge
      3110 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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      1. re: AAQjr
        goodhealthgourmet Aug 13, 2010 07:18 PM

        i know this thread is a couple of weeks old, but thought you'd want a heads-up...i just read that Caché has closed.

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          AAQjr Aug 13, 2010 07:51 PM

          I just heard. I really liked the place, especially the burger and fries, but for someplace that was supposed to be more casual than Melisse the the prices were still rather high. At least for my budget.
          Hopefully the Chef lands someplace good, I thinks she's talented.

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        apple7blue Jul 28, 2010 04:58 PM

        I thought this was an invitation by the thread title, heh . . .

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          taylorhameggandcheese Jul 28, 2010 04:45 PM

          I 2nd the Capo rec and you can't get more westside. The rigatoni with the truffle meat sauce is one of the best plates of pasta i've ever had.

          1810 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

          1. aching Jul 28, 2010 11:50 AM

            I would do Providence, I think. I was initially thinking Craft, but I haven't been in a while and I've heard it's been slipping...

            1. mollyomormon Jul 28, 2010 10:47 AM

              If you're into sushi, I had an incredible meal at Mori last night. Definitely one of the top 10 of my life.

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              1. re: mollyomormon
                farnorthfood Jul 28, 2010 10:51 AM

                My brother is going to Katsuya for lunch. So no sushi for dinner. Thanks for the rec though, I love sushi and will have to try some time.

                Katsuya Hollywood
                6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                1. re: farnorthfood
                  mollyomormon Jul 28, 2010 11:53 AM

                  Ah, okay. I think I would go to the Bazaar or Cut, in that case.

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                  kevin Jul 28, 2010 03:05 PM

                  katsuya for lunch? doesn't that even count as viable sushi???

                  1. re: mollyomormon
                    exilekiss Aug 3, 2010 11:25 AM

                    Hi mollyomormon,

                    Nice! :) I love Mori. :) What were some of the highlights? :)

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                    jackattack Jul 28, 2010 09:52 AM


                    Had a great meal here last month and the out-of-towners really enjoyed the vibe and the view.

                    1. Servorg Jul 28, 2010 09:38 AM

                      The best non sushi meal (but not most expensive food) is at Animal. The best Japanese sushi and other dishes, and most expensive food is at Urasawa. Other expensive and good places are Providence, Spago, Melisse, Valentino, Ortolan and Bazaar.

                      5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                      Urasawa Restaurant
                      218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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

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

                      435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                      1. re: Servorg
                        albatruffles Jul 28, 2010 09:51 AM

                        Servorg pretty much nailed it. Urasawa is the most expensive restaurant in LA,~$500pp. I would go with CUT (Steakhouse - Beverly Hills), Hatfield's (American - Hollywood), Providence (Seafood - Hollywood), or Bazaar (Eclectic - WeHo) in that order. But if you want the best food and it's not that expensive, Animal has the best dishes you'll crave for years to come.

                        Urasawa Restaurant
                        218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                        1. re: Servorg
                          ipsedixit Jul 28, 2010 10:02 AM

                          Might be difficult getting a reservation for tonight at Urasawa ...

                          1. re: Servorg
                            AAQjr Jul 28, 2010 10:06 AM

                            small, but quality wine list at animal as well.

                            1. re: AAQjr
                              maudies5 Jul 28, 2010 10:20 AM

                              Capo has excellent food and is definitely for those on expense accounts.

                            2. re: Servorg
                              farnorthfood Jul 28, 2010 11:02 AM

                              Thanks so much for the list. My brother just told me yesterday that he was going to be in town and I went completely blank. I know of some of these (but couldn't think of them). I"m going to check out all the menus now.

                              1. re: Servorg
                                foodiemahoodie Jul 29, 2010 12:46 AM

                                Best is Animal? Huh? Providence and Melisse are heads and shoulders above Animal (the chefs there would agree and be embarassed anyone would argue otherwise).

                                But that might be too expensive for an "expense account" meal. Then again, you don't have to get the tasting menus. Then again, not getting the tasting menus at Melisse or Providence is almost criminal. It's a very special experience.

                                Urasawa is more expensive still - and there's not way to avoid that. Terrific, but I prefer the others. Even if someone else is paying. But if someone wants to take me to Urasawa? Who am I to blow against the wind?

                                Urasawa Restaurant
                                218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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