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Scarpetta vs. Gordon Ramsey or...?

We are going to take an extremely elegant older woman out for dinner. She's been everywhere, loves wonderful food and restaurants, and has truly been entertained by royalty. She has said that she has not had dinner at either Scarpetta at the Montage, or Gordon Ramsey at the London, and is "curious about them". We want to take her somewhere that, of course, has very good food, but equally important is somewhere where the ambiance is very nice, and comfortable conversation is possible. Would either of these fit the bill (we'd like to take her somewhere she'd like to try)...or is there somewhere else somewhat new that you would recommend? She's been to Providence, Melisse, Water Grill, Patina and all of the obvious places and also would not be comfortable if we took her somewhere that is overly ostentatious. What would you recommend?

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Water Grill
544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Scarpetta
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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  1. "We are going to take an extremely elegant older woman out for dinner. She's been everywhere, loves wonderful food and restaurants, and has truly been entertained by royalty."
    I guess you could be describing me. :) How about taking the "elegant older woman" to the Apple Pan or Animal or The Hungry Cat @ Hollywood and Vine? If the elegant lady isn't up for seafood you might suggest Papaya King. It;s nearby.

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    The Hungry Cat
    1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    Apple Pan
    10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Papaya King
    1645 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    1. i can't speak to GR as i've never been, but i adore Scarpetta. the food is excellent, the space is lovely, and i've always had good-to-great service. noise has only been an issue for me there once, and it was due to an extremely loud & boisterous large table seated a few feet away from us.

      if you do go there, be sure to ask for a pillow/cushion for her chair...and you might want one for yours as well. the seats are pretty hard which can get uncomfortable rather quickly unless you have ample built-in padding ;)

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      Scarpetta
      225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      1. I wear shorts and tee-shirts about 90% of the time, so elegance is probably out of reach. Many say I was raised by wolves, so my entertainment skills are a little on the "wild" side. I've been threatened with great bodily harm most everywhere (probably having to do with the wolf raising thing). But that said it sounds like Villetta ought to be part of this conversation too: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788071

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        Villetta
        246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

        1. The Royce or Saddle Peak Lodge.

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          Saddle Peak Lodge
          419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

          1. If she is open to outstanding but more unusual food Saam (Jose Andres restaurant within Bazaar) would be a great choice. The food is unique and great, service was some of the best we had in LA and the room is quite and elegant