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orangepeel85 Sep 29, 2010 09:00 PM

I'm planning on a birthday dinner around the first weekend in November. I've wanted to go to Providence for a while now and would like to go there for my birthday. How long in advance do I need to make a reservation? I would like to do Providence on Saturday and maybe try and go to the Bazaar, Lawry's or WP 24 on that Sunday. How long in advance do those places require a reservation? Thanks

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    Burger Boy Sep 29, 2010 09:06 PM

    I would call and do it NOW!

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      la2tokyo Sep 29, 2010 09:07 PM

      It may be a bad idea to wait until the last minute at Providence or Bazaar, but I wouldn't worry too much at any of them. They're all on Open Table, so why don't you just reserve now? You can always cancel if your plans change.

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      1. re: la2tokyo
        DrBruin Sep 29, 2010 10:07 PM

        I second that motion. I was worried about getting seated at the Bazaar and thought initially it was bizarre they were on OpenTable... but, it made life easier. You may still need to call far in advance for Saam (their private room, right?).

        The last crazy reservation for a dinner was calling Osteria Mozza 1 month to the day you wanted a reservation. I'm not sure you have to do that anymore since it was about 2-2.5 years ago and I feel people have moved their fanaticism to other places like, the LudoBites popup restaurants. Anyone with a more recent Osteria Mozza reservation experience?

        I think you probably still need to reserve far in advance for a place like Urasawa given it's a teeny restaurant.

        Lawry's... not a problem with reservations and on more than one occasion, we just walked in... had to wait 30-40 minutes, but it wasn't the end of the world... especially since they served these delicious free sandwiches to snack on.

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

        Osteria Mozza
        6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          maudies5 Sep 29, 2010 10:30 PM

          You would be amazed at how may walk-ins are accommodated.

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            orangepeel85 Oct 1, 2010 10:35 PM

            Thanks for the replies. Out of WP24, the bazaar or Lawry's would you recommend any one of these over the other?

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              Das Ubergeek Oct 3, 2010 07:40 PM

              I would de-recommend Lawry's unless you really want to go for nostalgic reasons. It's simply just not in the echelon of WP24 and Bazaar.

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              WP24
              900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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                orangepeel85 Nov 5, 2010 12:59 PM

                I haven't been to any fancy restaurants in LA yet and was wondering what the dress code was? I have a reservation at Providence this weekend and I was going to wear a dress shirt, tie and pants but seems like I gained a bit of weight lately and my dress shirts don't really fit me. Can I wear this http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/sh... and dark pants and be ok or should I be looking for a tailor?

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                  aventinus Nov 5, 2010 01:09 PM

                  you can wear a hip t shirt and jeans if you want. in fact, it's quite common at all those restaurants. It's more important in LA to look good than to look formal.

                  1. re: orangepeel85
                    aching Nov 5, 2010 01:11 PM

                    I think that checked shirt would be a little casual for Providence. You don't need a tie, but you probably should wear a dress shirt (IMO). You could wear a sweater over one to hide the fit - but it's so freakin' hot right now, you probably would melt. =)

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                      Das Ubergeek Nov 5, 2010 03:35 PM

                      I must respectfully demur. Throw a blazer on over that shirt (it's supposed to be cold and rainy this weekend anyway) and you'll be fine. Perhaps a little casual, but it's all about the confidence. If you look like you're rocking the look, you'll do fine.

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                      ns1 Nov 5, 2010 04:46 PM

                      I'd drop the tie but the rest is okay. slacks/NICE jeans + button up = good to go.

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