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friends from paris

and they are "fabulous". need recommendations for drinks, for dinner - design and scene as important as the food. price not an object. thanks much.

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  1. In the old days you could take Parisians to Disneyland and they were happy. Now that they have EuroDisney, this gets problematic. Answers might include some of these: Getty Center, WP24, R23, Bazaar, Rivera, Yamashiro, Cicada, Drago Centro, Cut, Geoffrey's, Chateau Marmont.

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

    Getty Center
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

    923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

    Drago Centro
    525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

    1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

    900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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    1. re: mc michael

      Maybe even someplace that is unique to the whole LA area like Saddle Peak Lodge.

      Saddle Peak Lodge
      419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

      1. re: Servorg

        In addition to Saddle Peak, I will add my reqs from this thread


        The Inn of the Seventh Ray or you could drive up the coast to Neptune's Net for the leather/beach vibe.

    2. The Prince

      Indian Restaurant

      Musso & Frank


      Food Trucks at either 7th+Fig (downtown LA) or at LACMA

      Ocean Star for dim sum on the weekends

      Parks BBQ

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        fabulous in quotes because beautiful people and great room are in order - but food has to be good too. was thinking bazaar or downtown - havent been to rivera. are church and state or bottega louis options? chateau is fun but hate the food and the service. love saddle peak, too far out, we're making a night of it. thanks much.

        1. re: griffinmad

          Ix-nay on Bottega Louie. Nice room, but noisy and so-so food.

          Bottega Louie
          700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

          1. re: griffinmad

            Bazaar is where I would bring "fabulous" people.

            1. re: griffinmad

              I wouldn't take French people to Church & State. I'm French and I avoid it like the plague.
              Take them to a great sushi place.
              Sushi & Japanese food are ordinarily (with a few exceptions) dreadful in Paris.
              I really like to take French friends drinking the best dry martinis in the world (to my French palate, at least, we're not big on cocktails back home) at Musso & Frank, or have drinks at the Dresden Room when Marty & Elaine are playing.

              Dresden Room Restaurant
              1760 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              Church & State
              1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

              1. re: bad nono

                Parisian sushi is quite dreadful, I agree.

                Marty & Elayne? Absolument.

                1. re: bad nono

                  Yes, great sushi or even fantastic Mexican? Both would be hard to find in Paris.

                  Katsuya Hollywood -- stylish & sceney resto -- I enjoy the Cai-sushi fare.

                  Katsuya Studio City used to be good for celeb spotting.

                  Drinks -- rooftop of Standard Hotel, Downtown -- used to be if you got there before 7pm you could get in without paying the $20 cover charge. Lovely place to watch the sun set and the city light up.

                  Fancy Mexican in a stylish location -- Mas Malo sounds like it would fit the bill -- I haven't gone there myself, yet...

                  Maybe Everleigh on Sunset -- nice views out back, Aussie fare (again, untried but I've heard it's great.)

                  Standard Hotel
                  550 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                  Katsuya Hollywood
                  6300 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

                  Mas Malo
                  515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

            2. we have good friends from paris who come to town once a year. they always want to eat mexican food & korean bbq. they are in love with soot bull jeep but it sounds like you need nicer so i'd recommend Parks bbq.

              1. R23, Pizzeria Mozza, Providence, and Langers

                923 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                Pizzeria Mozza
                641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                1. I'm inclined to suggest Rivera. (Though, in the interest of full disclosure, I've only had cocktail/appetizer there).

                  Every decade or so, Mexican food becomes trendy again in Paris. And - speaking from some experience from my years living in Europe - Parisian Mexican is dreadful, even (perhaps especially?) at the high end.

                  1. Do they like Chinese or Vietnamese food?

                    1. Providence...amazing food there, The Bazaar at the SLS...eclectic food and good scene, STK, Red O, Bottega Louie, Izaka-ya by Katsuya...good sushi, Zengo at the Santa Monica mall, Hatfield's, Pizzeria Mozza...I can keep going...these are all pretty places with good food and eye candy!

                      Bottega Louie
                      700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

                      Red O
                      8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

                      395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                      1. Fabulous how? Fashion fabulous?
                        I hate to say it, but although some fine restaurants are mentioned here, in my experience fabulous European guests are looking for more of an LA experience than fine dining or even unique to the area food.
                        Chataeu Marmont, never disappoints (that is food aside.) Great place for drinks even if you don't eat there.
                        Bazaar would be a good rec, but the style of food is a bit "common" nowadays. i.e. every major city seems to have it's own molecular gastronomy experimental restaurant.
                        Drago Centro, and other downtown restaurants are great if your friend's already know LA and want something a bit different. I usually can't get the fashion crowd that far East.
                        Mexican, Korean, Chinese? Tough sell if you want "fab."
                        Sushi is also a pretty reliable choice, Nishimura, WA, and Yabu, all have atmosphere and good food with Nishimura at the top of the food list.
                        Over the top for Europeans are Cut, and Mastros. They can be a lot of fun and will have a good scene.

                        Yabu Restaurant
                        521 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

                        8684 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                        Drago Centro
                        525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                        Mastros Restaurant
                        2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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                        1. re: cls

                          I can not think of a more spectacular setting than the Getty.

                          1. re: cls

                            A second vote for Cut. Wolfgang Puck, movie stars and meat. What more could you ask for?

                            9500 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212

                            1. re: cls

                              2nd Nishimura for fabulous-price-not-an-object sushi dinner prepared by a master itamae (served on ceramics by Mineo Mizuno) in a beautiful minimalist room across the street from PDC. Plenty of places close by for trendy mixology with beautiful, fabulous people. ;)

                              8684 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                            2. Dinner at the Tower Bar at the Sunset Tower Hotel might be just the ticket. Lots of history there and the occasional celeb.

                              1. I hate the idea of fabulous but I think Rivera is a good suggestion.

                                If they are a bit more adventurous I would agree one of the nicer Korean restaurants (my favorites are in OC so likely geographically undesirable).

                                And perhaps something Peruvian..would they be too fabulous for Mo Chica?

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                                1. re: mlgb

                                  Mo-Chica is located in a food court in an unfabulous area. I love their food, but this place is about as unfabulous as it gets.

                                  3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007