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2 Nights in LA - need a great California style restaurant with a scene

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Hi, Im styaing in LA at the LA standard downtown, would love some dinner reccomendations preferably in that area, but willing to drive as well.
I got so many suggestions
Katsuya
Boa
Dan Tana
Ivy
stk
Really not sure what the right place is, Im a foodie and would rather avoid mediocare overpriced food. any suggestions?
would love a place thats a great scene, but also not a factory turning over tables, plus a great representation of California food.
thanx

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Dan Tana's Restaurant
9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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  1. Rivera

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    Rivera Restaurant
    1050 S. Flower Street, #102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

    1. I love Dan Tanas. It is old school LA Italian/steakhouse with a great bar scene. Need to sit on the bar side. Spago is as LA as it gets and the food is still very good. Sit on the patio.

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      Spago
      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      Dan Tana's Restaurant
      9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

      1. It's not Californian food, but I think you'll like Bazaar at the SLS hotel. If you're a foodie and dont' like mediocre overpriced food, don't go to any of the restaurants you mentioned.

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        1. re: TailbackU

          Bazaar & Spago are highly recommended.

          For upscale Mexican, Rivera as mentioned by Servorg or Playa its kid sister on Beverly.

          Picca for Peruvian food on Pico near Beverwil.

          But all these places are west of La Brea, or La Cienega, while in Downtown, Lazy Ox Canteen could be a fun place, as could Wurstk├╝che for the sausage/beerhaus environment.

          You would not really need to leave downtown to have some very good food, fun, and not even the need for a car!

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          Spago
          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          Lazy Ox Canteen
          241 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

          Picca
          9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

          1. re: carter

            I actually rec'd Rivera because it is downtown and would be convenient for the OP.

        2. 2nd spago as great l.a. dinning scene.....also cut, not so much of california cuisine but most likely will see some celebrity in the room

          1. While I love Dan Tanas and the Ivy, it isn't for the food, the food is okay, but not foodie good. I love them for the atmosphere combined with decent food, but you are borderline "mediocare overpriced food" at both.

            For sushi, LA has much much better, Kiyokawa, Matsuhisa, Sushi Zo, Kiriko, Sushi Gen, and a dozen more. Ditto for steak, CUT, Wolfgang's, Nick & Stef's and I'd even say Pacific Dining Car are better than Boa, although no "scene" at the last two.

            For representation of CA food look at Providence, Joe's and Michael's Santa Moncica, which has the scene if not the food.

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            Sushi Zo
            9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

            Matsuhisa
            129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

            Kiriko
            11301 W Olympic Blvd Ste 102, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            Dan Tana's Restaurant
            9071 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069

            Pacific Dining Car
            1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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            1. re: scottca075

              Nick n'Stefs and the Dining Car, and even Wolfgang's are not to me better than BOA. Almost every time I'm at the Santa Monica DIning Car something is sent back. It is a restaurant in decline. BOA Santa Monica is consistently very good, great sides and is an LA scene. Only CUT consistently outperforms, and at a price. Jar is a better steakhouse than those mentioned, again, except for CUT.