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We want to celebrate our 17 year old daughter's acceptance letter to her top choice college. We live in OC, but want to go to the Westside. My wife & I are interested in great food and our daughter wants to see celebrities. I had suggested Spago, but I was informed that "old" celebs go there and she wants to see young celebs. Can you suggest any non-sushi restaurants that meet our criteria?

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  1. Non-sushi celeb haunts:

    Chateau Marmont
    The Ivy (lunch)
    Dakota (steak too!)
    Ortolan (actress Jeri Ryan is the hostess there)

    Congrats on the acceptance!

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    1. re: JL

      Definitely The Ivy for a weekday lunch. A friend recently took her visiting teenaged niece there--specifically to see celebrities--and they scored with spottings of Mischa Barton and Hugh Grant. Also consider Mr. Chow.

      1. re: floorpie742

        The Ivy on Robertson is an almost 99% guarantee for celeb-sitings ... Ivy at the Shore, more like 75% (but I've seen plenty in my day) ... then stop at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on the Sunset Strip or on Hillhurst Ave in Los Feliz ... where many sitings have occured. And I've heard the latest hangout is the trendy Urth Caffé on Melrose Ave.

        If you're up for an evening, try Dolce on Melrose (owned by Ashton Kutcher)

        1. re: yummy

          Giorgio Baldi for dinner in Santa Monica/Palisades is a for sure celebrity hangout. I have never not seen at least one major celebrity if not 3 or 4 when eating there. Hanks, Spielberg, Kurt and Goldie, Billy Crystal on and on.

          1. re: Paliman

            I agree that giorgio baldi is packed with celebs, but not sure if it would appeal to a 17yr old since it's not "trendy".

            as far as lunch spots go i have also had luck at the m cafe de chaya

            1. re: Paliman

              I've never been to Giorgi Baldi. Is it actually tasty food? Their website talks philosophy, but no hint on menu (or prices for that matter). What's the scoop?

              1. re: igj

                there was a recent, scalding, review of the place by irene virbella (sp?) the LA times restaurant critic.

            2. re: yummy

              You might skip Dolce, it's pretty played out. I would agree Dakota is the place, I've seen many young celeb's (Joaquin, Paris, Lohan)...and one of the best steaks I've had in recent memory. Try the NY bone in. Best to go on Tuesday night, as that's the night their bar Tropicana is jumpin' and they eat before they go the bar. Just don't blame me when they have to put you in traction from craning your neck.

              1. re: Rick

                FYI. for winter, most of the crowd has moved indoors to Teddy's, although I think stuff still happens at the tropicana. The door policy at teddy's is stiff stiff stiff. tuesdays are the night.

        2. Definitely Ivy on Robertson- I have not yet seen anyone on Sundays though..

          1. Cut in Beverly Hills. Saw Tom Hanks dining with Larry David there last week.

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