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wineguyAWC Feb 7, 2011 06:48 AM


My wife and I will be in LA this next week for a wine event for our small Oregon winery. We are looking to have a nice dinner while we are in town. I am looking for some high end and something special to the LA food scene. The spot I have seen on the board, Rivera, Water Grill and Drago Centro all look good but a bit corporate. Any suggestion on something small chief owned and completely unique?

We like all kinds of food so we are wide open to suggestions. We will be staying in Costa Mesa and also we have an pouring event in Beverly Hills so any thoughts of food stops in those area would be greatly appreciated.


Wine Guy AWC

Water Grill
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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

  1. Servorg Feb 7, 2011 07:05 AM


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    1. re: Servorg
      Ciao Bob Feb 7, 2011 08:10 AM

      Bistro LQ is a great suggestion.
      So, too, are Hatfields, Gjelina, Tasting Kitchen, Lukshon.
      Gjelina and TK are not "chef owned" though.
      I don't know what is "corporate" about Rivera.

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

      Bistro LQ
      8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

      1. re: Ciao Bob
        wineguyAWC Feb 7, 2011 12:34 PM

        Hi, thanks for the replies. Chef owned is not a require but more general vibe kind of thing.

        1. re: wineguyAWC
          Ciao Bob Feb 7, 2011 01:16 PM

          I know the "vibe" you speak of -- Tasting Kitchen and Gjelina have that vibe and feel.

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

          1. re: Ciao Bob
            wienermobile Feb 7, 2011 01:36 PM

            Another big vote for Gjelina in Venice. Love their Crispy Niman Ranch Pork Belly with Soft Polenta, Bitter Greens & Apple Cider.

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

    2. JAB Feb 7, 2011 12:56 PM

      Check out Old Vine Cafe and or Marche Moderne in the Costa Mesa area.

      Marche Moderne
      3333 Bristol St 3001, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      Old Vine Cafe
      2937 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

      1. wienermobile Feb 7, 2011 01:43 PM

        Animal is certainly special to the LA food scene.

        435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. J.L. Feb 7, 2011 04:44 PM

          2 recs:

          1. Bistro LQ. Chef Laurent Quenioux is on top of his game.

          2. I haven't tried the latest iteration of Bastide, but the experience may be what you are looking for...

          Bastide Restaurant
          8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

          Bistro LQ
          8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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          1. re: J.L.
            wineguyAWC Feb 9, 2011 09:52 AM

            We had dinner last night at Bistro LQ and it outstanding in every respect. Thanks for all the great reconmendations, it was right on for what we were looking for!

            Bistro LQ
            8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            1. re: wineguyAWC
              J.L. Feb 9, 2011 04:39 PM

              Thanks for reporting back!

          2. ocshooter Feb 8, 2011 07:34 AM

            Check out Tabu in Laguna Beach. It is about 20 minutes south of Costa Mesa, but well worth the drive. I do not know if it is chef owned, but it is definitely not corporate. Not only is is great food, but the type of place I would want to pour my wine if I had a small, upscale winery.

            To me, Water Grill is corporate only in that it serves a corporate clientele. It is in the King's Fish House empire, but it is certainly not like a King's, which I like, but it is very corporate.

            Tabu Grill
            2892 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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              mlgb Feb 8, 2011 08:04 AM

              Rivera is not "corporate" except that it is upscale and in Downtown so you may see some suit-wearing diners especially at lunch. John Rivera Sedlar is the chef/owner.

              1. Grog Feb 8, 2011 08:35 AM

                All people associated with the wine trade should make a visit to Lou on Vine and Palate Food & Wine in Glendale.

                Lou on Vine
                724 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                1. yinyangdi Feb 9, 2011 04:52 PM

                  Salt's Cure in WeHo.

                  Salt's Cure
                  7494 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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