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Ultra High End Dining in L.A.? Help please!

I am not fimiliar with Los Angeles so I will need your advice on this topic.

My friend is arriving from Europe and is planning to propose to his fiance at a fine restaurant! He is looking for the MOST EXPENSIVE restaurant in L.A. He is expecting to spend +$300 for a entree, desert, and wine. What would be the best restaurant for this occasion? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Urasawa is the most expensive restaurant in LA.

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

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    1. re: monku

      Well, I would say it's one of the more expensive restaurants in LA, it's certainly possible to beat Urasawa in price depending on what you eat/drink at other expensive restaurants.

      10 seats only, 1 seating per night, 3-4 hours of dining experience. High end Japanese fare, some sushi with some cooked dishes, Kaiseki style.

      It would be very cozy to say the least, there is a small room off to the side but you really want to sit at the bar anyway. Unsure how proposal would work here as there would be 8 total strangers in a small space, unless he wanted to rent out the entire restaurant, all 10 seats ^^

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

      1. re: monku

        Is he OK with up to $450 per person? That was the price of our last meal at Urasawa. Hope they like sushi.

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

      2. Urasawa is the most expensive in terms of how much you HAVE to spend. But there are plenty of other places where you can easily spend the same or more. Wolfgang Puck's "Cut" comes to mind, for instance. Unless he's trying to impress his lady with how much he's going to spend on her, maybe he'd do best to take her to another really nice restaurant where the food and ambiance will impress her and make the evening more enjoyable and memorable than simply making how much he spends the only consideration. Most woman would like somewhere romantic and very nice more-so than somewhere that's necessarily hyper-expensive. Besides, Urasawa is not a good choice unless both of them are serious sushi eaters.

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

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        1. re: HastaLaPasta

          "Besides, Urasawa is not a good choice unless both of them are serious sushi eaters."
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          Or if either of them do not want to spend 4 to 5 hours on a single meat.

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

          1. re: ipsedixit

            My suggestions would be Providence, Capo or Melisse.

        2. The most expensive restaurant in LA is not necessarily the most romantic, nor the most appropriate place to propose (Urasawa would be the worst place to propose).

          I would suggest Melisse, Cut, Capo for expensive and romantic. Chateau Marmont or Asia de Cuba for view/atmosphere. Penthouse at the Huntley is another idea.

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          Chateau Marmont
          8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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          1. re: yogachik

            Certainly not the most romantic, but I do feel like Hiro-san would come up w/ a brilliant way to serve up the ring if you contacted him ahead of time.

            I don't think I would propose at Urasawa though... The space just feels a little small for that, and unless they sit at the table (which, to me, defeats a lot of the purpose of going to Urasawa), they'll be sitting side-to-side, instead of being able to look into each other's eyes most of the time.

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

          2. It would be easier to make a recommendation if you or your friend post the following information:

            1. What type of dishes are preferred? (e.g. spicy, raw, vegetarian, Thai, etc.)
            2. What type of dishes are to be avoided? (e.g. seafood, beef, spicy, etc.)
            3. Do they want an ocean or city view?
            4. Is music desired?

            1. Such a shame that it's gone, but L'Orangerie would have been perfect for this. It's where I got engaged.

              I'm not sure what the priority here is - atmosphere, price (that's what it sounds like) or food.

              My favorite romantic spots are:
              Ortolan
              Bel Air Hotel (has it reopened yet? check it out)
              Four Seasons in Westlake Village
              Ritz Carlton in Laguna Beach
              Whist at the Viceroy, on the patio

              There used to be a restaurant in B Hills, I believe, and it was Indian, and they would serve you on beds. I think it was called Nirvana, but I could be wrong. Haven't heard much else about it since it was profiled on a tv show, but it was considered pretty sexy & romantic at the time.

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              1. re: Phurstluv

                Hotel Bel-Air is out of the running til at least 2011.