Will be in Los Angeles for my birthday. My host has suggested Rivera, Hatfield, and Lucques as possible dinner choices. Thoughts?
I would rank them this way for a 60th b-day celebration.
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Not sure what the OP's background is, but in Japanese culture, the 60th marks a turning point in a person's life, both in work and personal goals. It is so important, the 60th b-day even has its own name, called a "kanreki", and is celebrated as a sort of festival by all who know this person.
So yes, a big deal to find a nice place to mark this turning point.
Just spent our 13th wedding anniversary at Hatfield's
It was wonderful and a great special occasion spot. I have not been to Rivera, but Hatfield's definitely blew any meal at Lucques we had in the past, out of the water.