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Mar 14, 2011 01:37 AM

Suggestions for one dinner in LA/Beverly Hills/Hollywood

I'm possibly going to be in LA for one night and trying to find one great meal. I don't keep up much with west coast food because frankly I haven't been there in 12 years. I'm looking for a nicer place where "dressy" jeans are still ok. I know this is pretty wide open, but I'd like to find a restaurant that is an example of LA from both a food, culture and lifestyle perspective. The location isn't that important, I'm willing to drive/cab/car service to get to the restaurant. A great california wine list would be nice, but a list with funky small producers is ideal.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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  1. Since LA doesn't really have a "culture" or "lifestyle" that defines us (except for the idea of change being our one constant) you may well want to experience something along the lines of Spago. More old school now than cutting edge, it still gets it right when you go for the tasting menu. Then you can go for one of the newer, more experimental places like Bazaar or Animal or Son of a Gun (S of a G is by the same two guys that run Animal). Finally, if you want to throw the rule book out the window then you can try a meal at Urasawa and be certain that you aren't going to find the same thing waiting for you when you get back home.

    5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Urasawa Restaurant
    218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Son of a Gun
    8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    1. Maybe Bottega Louie in Downtown?
      Also Animal and The Bazaar as BeanTownGolfer mentioned are good choices as well.

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

      1. Tasting menu at Providence

        1. The wine part is a very interesting question.. there is not a lot of wine list talk on here. So who does have a good California-centric wine list? I do like Animal's small well edited list, but off of the top of my head I can't recall if they are more Cali or international focused

          I know Campanile doesn't get a lot of talk recently, if you are taking culture-lifestyle into account, the building itself speaks to local history and it's a nice room, and the food is a good example of the Cal-Med style IMO.

          1. Tasting menu at Spago. Their patio is wonderful this time of year.

            176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210