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Apr 8, 2011 06:37 PM

Vegetarian tasting menus at different prices

Hi all,

I am delurking to see if I can get some feedback on a dinner I am organizing. It's a celebration, so I want it to be something nice. It'll have a mix of vegetarians and non-vegetarians, and I was hoping to do some sort of chef's or tasting menu of 4-5 courses.

The sticking point is the price. I've read through the previous threads on the topic and the most fascinating, if it was up to me, would be Providence. But at $95 plus tax and tip, it might be out of the price range of many of my guests.

So I want to present people with a few options at different levels, but many of the places people recommend don't have the tasting menus listed on their Web sites, so it is hard to get a sense of cost. Do people have any recommendations for options less than Providence - things in the $50/$75 category (before tax, tip, and drinks)? Or do I need to give up the tasting idea if I go that low?

Ideally, it would be in central Los Angeles/Hollywood.


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  1. Mo-Chica. 45/person.

    3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

    1. Hatfield's has a veg tasting menu for $49 I believe and a reg tasting for $59? Not too shabby a deal, IMHO.

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      1. re: baloney

        Thanks! It's strange, I just happened to come across Hatfield's a half hour ago, from another link on this site. It does look good. It's not a true chef's tasting menu, but what can I expect for trying to cheap out.

      2. Not in Hollywood and not directly responsive, but Embassy Kitchen in San Gabriel has a great vegetarian 10 course menu. You can reserve a private room. Not elaborate decor, but adequate in the private room. I haven't done it in several year, and so the price is a bit hazy... probably about $300/table. Free corkage. I did something similar there to what you are planning and juiced it up with lobster and fish for the nonvegetarians.

        Embassy Kitchen
        218 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        1. XIV does a 7-course vegetarian tasting menu for $65.
          Il Grano does a 5-course for around $50.
          Joes' on Abbot Kinney would be another option but i'm guessing that's too far West for you.

          Il Grano Restaurant
          11359 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046