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One Dinner if Cost is no object in L.A.

I am from Florida and am going to be in Santa Barbara for my anniversary. We are going to have one night in L.A. We are big foodies. I was curious about the best place to go if cost was no object? Thanks in advance.

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  1. Urasawa with out a doubt

    Kevin Eats journals his 5th visit with photos here: http://www.kevineats.com/2009/08/uras...

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    Urasawa Restaurant
    218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      1. re: Servorg

        How the hell can so many people afford to eat at Urasawa all the time? I will have to save up 10 years before eating there.

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        Urasawa Restaurant
        218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        1. re: assassin

          I've got the money to go. I'm just worried about my bleeding inner ears when my wife screams YOU SPENT HOW MUCH FOR DINNER!!!! ;-D>

          1. re: Servorg

            We have the opposite problem. Mr. JudiAU wouldn't blink an eye at a high price I simply don't have the money to go. So I don't. Boo boo

      2. The grand tasting menus with wine pairings at Melisse and Providence. Providence if your tastes run more toward seafood, but Melisse can put together a terrific seafood tasting menu (especially with a short fair warning).

        Urasawa is an excellent bad choice, but only if your tastes run heavily toward impeccably prepared and adorned raw fish.

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        Urasawa Restaurant
        218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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        1. re: foodiemahoodie

          Urasawa is an excellent bad choice, but only if your tastes run heavily toward impeccably prepared and adorned raw fish.
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          Have you ever been to Urasawa?

          It's not a sashimi (or even sushi) restaurant. It's kaiseki ryōri style dining, at it's finest.

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          Urasawa Restaurant
          218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Yes, I have. A few times. I love it. But no, I agree, it's not a sushi restaurant, but ...

            Oh! Whoops! I made a mistake. Excellent "bad" choice? Not even sure why I had "bad" in there. (I think I must've said "not bad" or something and forgot to take it out" So...take that out! It's an excellent choice...etc.

            My point was - there are people who don't love or appreciate raw fish, no matter how it's prepared, presented or sauced. (and you get a lot of that at Urasawa). If so, I'd choose Melisse or Providence.

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            Urasawa Restaurant
            218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        2. Urasawa in a minute if I could ever afford it, or should I buy a new car instead?

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          Urasawa Restaurant
          218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          1. "One dinner if cost is no object" doesn't always necessarily mean "I wanna eat at the most expensive joint in town."

            BUT... in this case, the most expensive place in town DOES deliver the goods. Urasawa is a must-try dining destination, if you have the means. Make a reservation and prepare to pay $350+ per person (food only), and prepare to be blown away.

            I will include some of my amateur photos from my 5th visit to Urasawa to (hopefully) entice you.

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            Urasawa Restaurant
            218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
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            1. re: J.L.

              You're not even playing fair now are you JL? :)

              As always amazing photos.

              1. re: J.L.

                Darn, why do you gotta do that?

                Btw, is there a toro tartare with beluga caviar for one of the courses?

                And the tamago looks like buttery pound cake, i presume it's almost lightier than air?

                1. re: kevin

                  Though the ban on beluga caviar has been lifted, I doubt it's easily found in the states due to sustainabilty concerns. Even Masa in NYC at $500+pp is using osetra on his bluefin toro tartare with caviar. Most toro tartare with caviar preps are probably going to be osetra tops.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Sorry, guys... :-)

                    Yes, Hiro-san's tamago was truly the embodiment of fluffiness, second only to the housemade tamago at Shibucho.

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                    Shibucho
                    3114 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057

                2. Urasawa is my most memorable meal in LA. But I think many of the dishes require some cultivation of a Japanese palate. I'm not sure Urasawa is a good choice unless you know you're into this kind of food. You probably don't want to spend $500 per person testing out whether you like tofu custard, spoons full of sea urchin, and lots of scantily seasoned raw fish.

                  My answer would be Spago. Why? Because I haven't been to Melisse and because I prefer the overall Spago experience to Providence. Providence's food is too precious and its service too pretentious for my tastes.

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                  Spago
                  176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                  Urasawa Restaurant
                  218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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                  1. re: sushigirlie

                    sushigirlie has a good point. If you're not into Japanese-style kaiseki ryori or sushi, Urasawa may not be your best bet.

                  2. All, this is very helpful... Thanks. I was also considering Patina, Saam, XIV, Cut, and Muse. Based on below I will research Urasawa, Melisee, and Providence.

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                    Urasawa Restaurant
                    218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                    XIV
                    8117 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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                    1. re: andrewjhow

                      Instead of approaching this from the standppoint of the best /most expensive restaurant in town, another way to go might be to consider who the best chefs in town are and whether you can get one of them to do a special meal just for you. Maybe an in kitchen or chef's table thing. Maybe just a custom meal. Now, who are these folks and what is their availability? Don't know, but someone here does.

                      1. re: andrewjhow

                        Muse at The Montage closed long ago. It has since been replaced by Scarpetta, which isn't a bad choice if you're feeling Italian. See a report here: http://www.kevineats.com/2010/10/scar...

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                        Scarpetta
                        225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                        1. re: andrewjhow

                          Patina=good to keep in the mix. If you are staying downtown, a no-brainer.

                          Saam=I think you are refering to the place in the Bazaar. Good choice if you are staying mid-city.

                          XIV=Sadly as much of a "club" as a restaurant it seems these days. You can still eat very well but "Ed Hardy" and "Jimmy Choo" are gonig to be getting bottle service on the patio and trying to get the TMZ bus to notice them.

                          CUT=Short List. If you like steak, it has to be considered.

                          Muse=closed. As noted by Kevin.

                          Patina, Providence, Bazaar, CUT, Urasawa, Melisse, Valentino, Osteria Mozza and Spago would be my short list depending on what part of town you are in and what type of food you like to eat.

                          And just a note, it never hurts to call ahead and tell them what you are doing. Amazing sometimes what a little heads-ups will do....

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                          Spago
                          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                          Urasawa Restaurant
                          218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                          Osteria Mozza
                          6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                          1. re: ellaystingray

                            Respectfully disagree. Have not ben but little doubt Usawa should g get the call. Next is wide open depending on choice of cousine. Given the age of this post, where did you go?

                            1. re: ellaystingray

                              I would put forth my own negative opinion of XIV if 1) my angry posts didn't constantly get yanked on this topic, or 2) the restaurant hadn't already closed, although not before the streetwalkers there caused me to MOVE.

                              However, if by "money is no object" you meant not the most expensive restaurant in Los Angeles but those destined to be really good meals regardless of expense then

                              Providence, Melisse, Spago, and Lucques are excellent options.