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hbgrrl Oct 11, 2010 12:26 PM

Is this even possible?

I've been reading all the reviews of Providence, Ortolan, XIV, Melisse, etc.
While they all make me swoon, so does the hefty price tag.
Does one need to spend hundreds in order to have an exceptional dinner?

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XIV
8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

  1. wienermobile Oct 11, 2010 12:49 PM

    Gjelina
    http://gjelina.com/

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    Gjelina
    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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    1. re: wienermobile
      aching Oct 11, 2010 01:01 PM

      Second that. It's also possible to get out of Animal and AOC without a huge bill if you order carefully.

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      AOC
      8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      1. re: aching
        wienermobile Oct 11, 2010 01:06 PM

        We were a party of 4 and had a wonderful meal at Animal and left stuffed including dessert at under $50 per person without wine if that's in your budget.

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        TailbackU Oct 12, 2010 10:01 PM

        HUGE 2nd on this rec

      3. wienermobile Oct 11, 2010 01:12 PM

        You still have time (until Oct 15th) to dine at Spago or Craft for only $44 per person as part of Dine LA week. Wonderful meals for a true bargain. I ate at Spago last night from the Dine LA menu and it was great as was the service.
        http://discoverlosangeles.com/restaur...

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        Craft
        10100 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

        Spago
        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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          Nicole Oct 11, 2010 07:15 PM

          Jiraffe and Josie, both in Santa Monica, are somewhat expensive but leagues less expensive than Providence, Melisse, and the like. Both have excellent food. While their regular menus may be do-able for you, Jiraffe also has a "bistro menu" on Mondays that is 3 courses for a good price (used to be something like $35, but it may have gone up, it's been a while). Josie has an excellent farmer's market inspired pre fixe on wednesdays that is 3 courses for something like $40. Both are also participating in restaurant week. You might also consider Hatfield's (I don't consider this on the West side, but in my book neither are Providence and XIV). They have a wonderful prix fixe with several courses for $59, available every day. In my book, Hatfield's gives the most bang for the buck of any fine dining restaurant in L.A. Yes, Animal also has excellent food, but it is comfort food in a no frills space so it doesn't feel a special occasion place (which is what I assumed you were looking for).

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          Jiraffe Restaurant
          502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

          XIV
          8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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          1. re: Nicole
            nelehelen Oct 12, 2010 02:14 PM

            totally second Jiraffe & Gjelina!

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            Jiraffe Restaurant
            502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

            Gjelina
            1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

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            hbgrrl Oct 12, 2010 06:07 PM

            Thank you all for your thoughtful suggestions!

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              toonoble Oct 12, 2010 07:55 PM

              Lucques and Eva Sunday Supper is a good economical option

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              Lucques
              8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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