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goodhealthgourmet Sep 6, 2010 09:52 PM

OK fellow Hounds, here's the challenge. Mom & Dad are coming to visit at the end of the month and I need to find at least one good place to meet them for dinner after work. They're used to high-end NYC steakhouses & Italian, Mom is *highly* allergic to all seafood, and Dad isn't into anything even remotely exotic and he's extremely picky with a very unadventurous palate . They're both a little hard of hearing at this point so noisy places aren't the best, and since neither of them should be driving very much at night, particularly when they don't know their way around, I need to keep it as close as possible to their hotel - they're staying at the Sofitel by the Beverly Center.

So, having said all that, they loved Angelini Osteria when I took them there years ago, but it's too noisy. I'd love to take them to Jar because the menu would make everyone happy, but I'm concerned about the noise. French doesn't fly with Dad, so Lucques, Ortolan et al are out, and the food at Bastide is too fussy for him. They love Spago, but we've been there several times and I don't want them driving that far anyway. And finally, Mom just had mouth surgery, so though she'd LOVE to dive into a nice rare steak at Cut or someplace similar, that's not happening, she'll need to have something softer & gentler.

So...at this point I'm thinking Locanda Veneta may be our best & only real option. I've actually never been, but it gets a lot of love here on the board.

Does that sound like a good choice? Any insight or other suggestions would be great, because I'd like to have at least a couple of options in case my work schedule permits more than one midweek dinner with them.

TIA!

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Angelini Osteria
7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Spago
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Bastide Restaurant
8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Lucques
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Locanda Veneta
8638 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

  1. goodhealthgourmet Sep 7, 2010 02:21 PM

    thanks for all the feedback guys, i really appreciate it. i'll keep Lucques on the back burner, though the menu would probably be a rough one for Dad, and there aren't many soft options for Mom. Tasca is a possibility, and i'll definitely consider Madeo...i just didn't want to go for 2 Italians since i already decided on Locanda Veneta.

    for the record, i didn't even mention the fact that i have to consider my own restrictions - Celiac disease and soy intolerance! we're quite a bunch, huh ? :)

    i'll report back & let you all know where we ended up and how it was.

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    Tasca Restaurant
    8108 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Lucques
    8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

    Locanda Veneta
    8638 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    1. Hughlipton Sep 7, 2010 01:20 PM

      Missed the part about Mom's mouth. Sorry. Although Arnie's may have something on their menu that will fill the bill. Google their menu and take a look

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      Arnie Morton's, the Steakhouse-Beverly Hills
      435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

      1. Hughlipton Sep 7, 2010 01:13 PM

        Make it easy on yourself. Arnie Morton's. I think the La Cienega location is the nicest of any that I've been to and the steaks have always come out as ordered.

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        Arnie Morton's, the Steakhouse-Beverly Hills
        435 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048

        1. aching Sep 7, 2010 10:28 AM

          Gosh, Grace would have been just perfect for your needs - it's such a shame that it closed. Tasca might work for you - it's in the neighborhood, has a quiet ambiance, and the food is very good.

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          Tasca Restaurant
          8108 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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          1. re: aching
            aching Sep 7, 2010 10:30 AM

            Here's a link to the menu, so you can evaluate if it's too weird for Dad:

            http://tascawinebar.com/dinner_0408.pdf

            Each time I've been, they've also had a pretty extensive list of specials, which have been excellent.

            1. re: aching
              goodhealthgourmet Sep 7, 2010 02:22 PM

              i know, i loved Grace :(

            2. Ciao Bob Sep 7, 2010 08:56 AM

              I would not call Luques "French" at all - I would call it delicious, though, perhaps it may be too "exotix/adventerous."
              Madeo is also a wonderful idea.

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              Madeo Restaurant
              8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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              1. re: Ciao Bob
                ipsedixit Sep 7, 2010 10:00 AM

                The problem with Lucques it that a needs a serious refresh of the menu and kitchen mojo.

                It's like a Ferrari that's been left in the garage and ignored for far too long. It's still got good potential, but until you give it a nice wash, a new battery, an oil change, and maybe a brand new set of tires, it ain't going to run like the stallion it's nameplate depicts.

                1. re: ipsedixit
                  Ciao Bob Sep 7, 2010 10:08 AM

                  When I used to go alot, she used to rotate the menu alot.
                  Has that stopped?

                  1. re: Ciao Bob
                    m
                    maudies5 Sep 7, 2010 11:08 AM

                    She still rotates the menu. Also, bar menu is now available all evening. I love the food and ambience at Lucques. Have never been disappointed.

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                    Lucques
                    8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

                2. re: Ciao Bob
                  m
                  maudies5 Sep 7, 2010 11:09 AM

                  Agree on both counts.

                3. n
                  New Trial Sep 7, 2010 01:01 AM

                  While Jar can indeed get noisy, I would not write it off yet--if you ask to be seated in that squared off area behind where the hostess stand is, it will be quieter and a bit more intimate; there is also that area beyond the bar if it is not set up for a large table that night.

                  Another thought, for Italian, is Culina in the Four Seasons. I have enjoyed two meals there and thought that the crudo, small plates and pastas were all excellent; the mains were fine but less interesting to me but the desserts showed more creativity than the norm. A nice assortment of olives is brought out at the start of the meal along with some good breadsticks and bread (not a selling point for you, I know) and a nice olive oil. The noise level comfortable, the room very attractive (and not in a hotel dining room way) and the service quite good. Culina also has a nice outdoor patio with Italian made heaters but perhaps not the best option with the Parents.

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                  Culina
                  300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                  1. ipsedixit Sep 6, 2010 10:31 PM

                    How about Valentino? And maybe Cicada?

                    Would First & Hope be too "fussy"? Personally, based on your criteria, I think it would work. Here's a recent review .. http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

                    Never been to Locanda Veneta ... sorry

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                    1. re: ipsedixit
                      goodhealthgourmet Sep 6, 2010 10:36 PM

                      great suggestions ipse, but all too far away...it needs to be as close to the Sofitel as possible. they did love Valentino when i took them there years ago, and i'd take them again in a heartbeat if i was picking them up and doing the driving!

                    2. b
                      bad nono Sep 6, 2010 10:22 PM

                      Madeo, old school Italian food, your mother could have a great risotto, the noise level is perfectly fine and it's really not far from the Beverly Center.

                      Never been to Locanda Veneta.

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                      Madeo Restaurant
                      8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                      Locanda Veneta
                      8638 W. Third Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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                      1. re: bad nono
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                        handlertaper Sep 6, 2010 10:33 PM

                        Locanda is great, not noisey and close to the Beverly Center. My parents love it too! Good suggestion from bad nono re Madeo-We love it too-

                        The Belvedere at the Penninsula is quiet and very grown up but may be to far for your parents. Also, the Grill on the Alley in BH has excellent food, a large menu, and is quiet.

                        1. re: handlertaper
                          goodhealthgourmet Sep 6, 2010 10:39 PM

                          awesome, thanks. i think i'll just make a res at Locanda and call it a day!

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