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San Francisco foodie needs recommendation for "date night" restaurant in LA

My wife and I are traveling to LA for a relaxing weekend and would recommendations for a sophisticated, top-notch restaurant in LA. Bonus points: our ideal restaurant would be new, unique to LA, mostly for locals, and not filled with tourists (like us!).

Thanks!

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  1. I think from what you describe you would like Animal for wonderful meat dishes or Son of a Gun for seafood, both from the same creative owners and chefs.
    http://www.animalrestaurant.com/

    http://www.sonofagunrestaurant.com/

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    Animal
    435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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

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    1. re: wienermobile

      What about Lukshon? Might be a tough rez though.

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      Lukshon
      3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

      1. re: wienermobile

        Ooo, you beat me to it, wieney!!

        How about A-Frame?

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        A-Frame
        12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

        1. re: Phurstluv

          Another good choice! Remember they don't take reservations.
          http://aframela.com/

      2. Don't know about unique, but it is sophisticated, top notch and new. http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

        Or maybe Rivera.

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        Rivera Restaurant
        1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

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        1. re: mc michael

          Yes on Rivera, but what about Rivera's hermana resto, Playa? It's pretty new and probably off most tourists' maps. I haven't been yet but it J. Gold gave it a smile:

          http://www.laweekly.com/2011-03-17/ea...

        2. Rivera might fit. Note that there are different menus for different rooms.

          Some other ideas here.

          Patina has reinvented itself so that might qualify as new.

          http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

          http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

          1. What area?
            I'm a fan of Bastide for a great sophisticated, date night, LA type experience.

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            Bastide Restaurant
            8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

            1. Unique to LA is Park's BBQ in Koreatown. Some of the best cuts of meat in the city. Wonderful flavors and service. A true dining experience with all the meats grilled at your table. If you go make sure you order the boneless short ribs they are truly incredible. Open late too.
              http://www.parksbbq.com/

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              Park's BBQ
              955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

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              1. re: wienermobile

                "sophisticated" doesn't come to mind when I think Park's.