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Dine LA best choices?

I live in Northern California, but will be in LA during Dine LA week. Which of the restaurants on the list do you recommend for dinner in the West Hollywood, Mid-City, Miracle Mile area?

We're looking to find some new favorites.

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  1. Personally, I'd go with bouchon or maybe Jar. the water grill downtown is always a safe bet. I'm curious to see what others think as well.

    1. I plan to check out Bazaar and Water grill during Dine LA week....I have not been to either restaurant so I cannot recommend but hope that others will check in on this topic

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      1. re: foufou

        FYI we booked a date on the 30th and they're already booked for peak times. (Bazaar)

        1. re: ns1

          thanks, I have reservations at both restaurants....it was hard to get a reservation before 9:30 p.m. at Bazaar! I'm looking forward to trying some new places

        2. re: foufou

          Loved the Bazaar in the fall of last year. Desserts were a little meh, but my tastebuds were probably dull at that point.

          1. re: jaykayen

            The flan at The Bazaar is the best I've ever had anywhere.

            1. re: jaykayen

              Agreed...I am a huge dessert freak but next time I go to Bazaar, I'll have a second liquid nitrogen caiprihna in lieu of dessert.

            2. re: foufou

              The Bazaar is interesting, but the fact is that after dining there, I have never once, even for a split second, desired for to return. If you do go, do not expect to leave full. That applies to both your stomach and your wallet.

              1. re: OC Mutt

                thanks, I must admit that your take on Bazaar is what I expect; I really want to go for the experience and will be pleasantly surprised if I love the food

                1. re: OC Mutt

                  I guess it's good that our reservation at Bazaar isn't until 10 pm. It sounds like a light meal. I had second thoughts after I saw the entire Dine LA menu on some TV show. How many times can fabricated olives, Philly cheesesteak, and cotton candy foie gras seem new? We'll try it once.

                  1. re: OC Mutt

                    i'm a pretty big eater and i was pretty stuffed when i left bazaar (fall dinela). granted we were a party of four and concocted a tasting menu (via the dinela menu) for the entire table.....but there was more than sufficient food. perhaps i ate more than the others? lols.

                    that being said. the dinner was good.....but i am not in a huge hurry to return.

                    1. re: OC Mutt

                      went to Bazaar Thursday and we fashioned a tasting of sorts from the DINELA menu...we had two appetizers, six tapas, dessert, Sangria, and coffee. Our tapas included the hanger steak, chicken croquettes, shrimp, Serrano ham, brussel sprouts, cauliflower couscous, japanese taco, philly cheesesteak, and cotton candy foie gras ((not on the DINELA menu), The only dishes that were great were the cauliflower couscous and the japanese taco. I really disliked the hanger steak and the philly cheesesteak even though many of the reviews recommended those items. Dessert was "meh"...the flan was bland and tasteless and the coffee was weak; I tasted the chocolate cake and was unimpressed. But I would return to Bazaar for appetizers and drinks with adventurous friends because I loved the look and feel of the restaurant. This is definitely not a place to go if you are really hungry but if you want a fun, unique experience and food it meets the mark.

                      1. re: foufou

                        I am surprised you didn't care for the cheesesteak. Though I am vegetarian, all of my dining companions rave about that dish. Bad batch?

                        1. re: running pig

                          I was really looking forward to the cheesesteak but I really didn't like it; perhaps my expectations were too high because of the reviews I had read....I don't think it was a bad batch though..

                  2. Went to Spago last year during Dine LA and it was wonderful.

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                    Spago
                    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                    1. re: wienermobile

                      I have gone to Spago the last 2 years and had a great meal both times. Be sure to pay the upcharge to order the homemade Agnolotti - fabulous! Last year we also went to Water Grill, where I think the service was better, but give higher points to Spago for the food.
                      This time, I will be going with a group to Lawry's - have not been in forever. Not sure if I will be able to catch another this time around, I will have to wait til the fall DineLA since we have 2 birthdays in October and like to take advantage of the special prices for bday dinner.

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                      Water Grill
                      544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                      Spago
                      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                      1. re: WildSwede

                        the Spago menus were intriguing; I really had dilemma

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                        Spago
                        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                        1. re: WildSwede

                          That's a great DineLA deal for Lawry's; prime rib and lobster for $44!!

                            1. re: WildSwede

                              Just added Palate Food+Wine to our DineLA list for this time around. Are thinking of doing another but have not decided yet.

                        2. re: wienermobile

                          I second Spago. It continues to be one of the best restaurants in the country.

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                          Spago
                          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                        3. Gordon Ramsey at The London in Hollywood has really good food and of course, The Bazaar at the SLS is ecletic

                          1. Culina, Jar, Josie!

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                            Culina
                            300 S Doheny Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90048