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ASN16 Mar 26, 2011 10:51 AM

We will be visiting LA from London shortly, during which my partner will be celebrating a special birthday. We only have 4 days during which I want to ensure we have some great dining experiences and visit a few nice bars as well. Any recommendations of not to be missed places for the best of Californian cuisine?

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    New Trial Mar 27, 2011 12:47 PM

    For the best of California cuisine, the tasting menus at Providence (seafood centric but the tasting menu always includes an excellent meat course) and Spago (Wolfgang Puck's flagship) would be natural choices, especially for a special birthday.

    5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      yogachik Mar 26, 2011 01:52 PM

      Where are you staying? Will you have a car?

      Gjelina is a must.

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

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      1. re: yogachik
        bulavinaka Mar 26, 2011 07:14 PM

        Tasting Kitchen is just a couple of blocks down for Gjelina. They're no slouch either and they do have a full bar with intriguing drinks as well.

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

        Tasting Kitchen
        1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

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        sdv231 Mar 26, 2011 12:43 PM

        Bazaar , hands down

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        1. re: sdv231
          ipsedixit Mar 26, 2011 01:12 PM

          Bazaar, just for the OP's sake, is not Californian cuisine.

          But if one were to go to Bazaar, I would recommend Saam, instead of the front of the house dining room.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            sdv231 Mar 26, 2011 04:01 PM

            You are so correct..........sorry didnt read that part. It is however, a not to be missed dining and drinking event

        2. wienermobile Mar 26, 2011 11:40 AM

          This is a good starting place for you, this link is to Chowhound's 2010 vote for favorite restaurants in LA in two categories under $25 and over $25 done by our fellow chowhounder maxzook. Good luck and welcome to LA.
          and part two at this link:

          1. Local Mar 26, 2011 11:30 AM

            Rivera, downtown at LA Live, for food and drinks...i love the sea bass and ceviche...for drinks, from the menu, try the Donaji or one of the rye whiskey drinks - transcendental, and most definitely not your mother's margarita.

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            1. re: Local
              J.L. Mar 26, 2011 02:40 PM

              Agree with Rivera. Excellent mixology, and featuring intruiging, well-made nueva Latina cuisine.

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