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Newish high end places

I have a birthday tradition of doing a special dinner somewhere I've never been to. I'd wanted to go to Bistro LQ for my birthday, but I hadn't realized it was gone. Any newly opened places (within the last year or so) that are spectacular?

I've never been to Church and State, is it still good? What about Patina? I haven't been since it moved to Disney.

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Bistro LQ
8009 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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  1. Bazaar, Animal, the relocated Hatfield's, maybe a Mozza.

    1. Scarpetta.

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      Scarpetta
      225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I really like Scarpetta, especially for lunch!

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        Scarpetta
        225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        1. re: BombayUpWithaTwist

          i haven't been there for lunch, but i've enjoyed *excellent* dinners there...and i don't even eat the pasta!

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I agree about the food. But had spectacularly bad service there one night. Really awful.
            But, to the restaurant's credit, I e-mailed Scott Conant the next day (I'm sure it didn't reach HIM)....and I got an almost immediate reply from the general manager who apologized profusely and asked us to come back as his guest. We didn't do that, but I will go back for the food. Maybe lunch is a good idea.

            1. re: perk

              the table service the first time i ate there was definitely lacking, but its been smooth sailing for me since then. i'm not surprised that they jumped on the issue so quickly to smooth things over with you - management there has been stellar since Day One.

              1. re: perk

                Perk, that's great that they responded to your complaint so quickly! I've been for both dinner and lunch and I actually prefer lunch. There was just 2 of us and we ordered 5 dishes and said we were just going to split everything. They brought it to us like a tasting course and gave us each a plate of each item. It was a nice touch!

                Hope you give them another try. The 3 times I've gone the service has been very good. The first time I went, I was able to get a tour of the kitchen and met Chef Conant:o)

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Wow, what a beautiful place, have you eaten there?

            1. re: Funwithfood

              Just took a good look at the Royce Menu. Everything sounds delicious. Definitely one to consider in looking for a "newish high end" venue.

              1. re: Funwithfood

                Yes, fantastic.

                If I had more time to spare these days (and a willing partner in crime), I would go back more often.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  the menu does look spectacular. no partner in crime? the juice chick wasn't a keeper after all, huh? bummer.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                Looks great. Have you been? Can you expound?

                1. re: sku

                  Was there in January, and had a fantastic 12 course chef's tasting menu. Can't remember all the courses, but some of the highlights were the seafood courses, incl. poached lobster, hamachi topped with uni and oysters.

              3. Went to Providence for my birthday...pretty spectacular. The John Dory was the best piece of fish I've ever had.