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  • Kaelin Jul 25, 2011 02:32 PM

Hi all,

My boyfriend and I are heading to LA and need a few recommendations: two dinners, two brunches/lunches.

I know absolutely nothing about LA and, admittedly, have done minimal research. I am going to list my favorite restaurants/restaurant types in NYC, San Francisco, and Chicago. Please give Los Angeles suggestions that are along these lines (if you are familiar). If you haven't eaten at these places, I would describe them as not scene-y, ingredient-focused (duh), really warm and welcoming, pretty small, nice but not formal. No specific cuisine preference.

Chicago: Avec, Publican, Frontera Grill, Hot Chocolate, Takashi
San Francisco: Frances, SPQR, Locanda, Firefly, Bar Tartine
New York: Perilla, Little Owl, Momofuku, Joseph Leonard

Of course, these are rough guidelines (what I love!) but if there is something distinctly "LA" that might fit in here -- by all means, let us know. We are staying in Beverly Hills but have a car.

Thanks!
Kaelin

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  1. in what part of town are you staying?
    LA is very spread out.

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    1. re: westsidegal

      From the OP....

      "Of course, these are rough guidelines (what I love!) but if there is something distinctly "LA" that might fit in here -- by all means, let us know. We are staying in Beverly Hills but have a car.'

      Thanks!
      Kaelin

    2. For dinner Il Piccolino - Italian just east of Beverly Hills or Dan Tana's old scholl Italian Steakhouse in West Hollywood.

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

      Il Piccolino
      350 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

      1. Some of my favorites that are distinctly "LA" are Wolfgang Puck's Spago in Beverly Hills and their wonderful patio, Animal in West Hollywood for their original and creative take on meats, Providence for some of the best food and seafood in our city and both Pizzeria Mozza (the more causal) and next door Mozza Osteria with their great mozzarella bar just a few miles east of Beverly Hills. And for lunch try Gjelina in Venice and the Getty Center in Brentwood.

        http://www.mozzarestaurantgroup.com/
        http://www.providencela.com/
        http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/restauran...
        http://www.animalrestaurant.com/
        http://www.gjelina.com/

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        Providence
        5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

        Spago
        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        Getty Center
        1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

        Animal
        435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Pizzeria Mozza
        641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Osteria Mozza
        6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Gjelina
        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

        4 Replies
        1. re: wienermobile

          +1 for gjelina
          book your reservation early.
          can't remember if they have valet parking. if not, leave PLENTY of time to try to find a parking spot.
          the food is worth it.

          1. re: westsidegal

            Gjelina would work for brunch as well (assuming the OP is going on the weekend). I don't know what time they open for brunch, but I was grabbing breakfast next door at GTA around 9AM and observed diners walking right in - unheard of during lunch or dinner.

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Brunch at Gjelina is weekends 9am to 3pm. Their plates (other than breakfast) begin being served at 10:30am.

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              Gjelina
              1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

              1. re: bulavinaka

                fwiw, during the week i have been able to "walk right in" at about 1:30 for lunch at the communal table and have always been able to snag a seat immediately.
                probably it's because i only need a single seat at those times.

          2. Craigs on Melrose Blvd, just 2 blocks east of Doheny Drive. Reservations are a must. Craig is a fantastic owner as well as host. He was over at Dan Tana's for years and years a staple in West Hollywood, the food is comfort food but out of this world. Chicken parmigiana that two people can share. A relaxed atmosphere, low key but upscale at the same time. Always a star siting or two.
            Villetta in Brentwood. Again, Antonio owner as well as host. Sit outside on their patio. Very romantic and the food and wine delish. again....nice low key

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

            Villetta
            246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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            1. re: skinanny

              I was really rooting for Craig's. In 3 tries I have found it hit or miss on the food. Atmosphere and service are great. Still prefer Dan Tanas.

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

              1. re: skinanny

                Respectfully - and strongly - disagree with this recommendation: Craig's is nothing special and does nothing to show what's tasty, fun and unique in LA.

                Gjelina is a great place.

                Near Beverly Hills you could check out Picca or Sun of a Gun - both have a lot of space for walk-ins with a little patience if you cannot score an actual reservation. I love animal but the walk-in seating is a tiny bar.

                Playa is also a special place not far from BH.

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                Gjelina
                1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                Picca
                9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

              2. Thanks, everyone. We are going to try for Gjellina (brunch) and Animal (though reservations may be difficult to get -- we're coming this weekend), and are adding Luques to the agenda.