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Hi all,

So my wife and I are moving to Chicago in a couple of weeks, and figured we should try one last restaurant that is "LA" before we make the jump. (i.e famous/popular restaurant that if someone were to ask us "Have you been?" we can say "No doubt.")

We've had our share of Japanese food, so that's out. No feeling steak so that's out. I'm allergic to shellfish so preferably no seafood.

With this in mind, we started looking and came across a place called Giraffe, a French restaurant. Any feedback on this place? Are there others that we should consider, that is LA, and also serves French cuisine?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and would keep us very much partial to this great city of LA.

Thanks all!

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  1. Jiraffe is casual. The food is pretty good, but...

    I think the place you're looking for is Spago in Beverly Hills. Wolfgang Puck's flagship restaurant is a familiar name to many people outside our fair city. Though it's been around for a long time, the quality of the California-French fusion cuisine food remains top-notch. While it's not old-school haute French cuisine, but Spago is essentially very "LA".

    When you order at Spago, you can easily mention your food preferences to them, and they will accommodate.

    Thanks for your service to our city, your honor!

    Enjoy Chicago! I'd suggest dining at any of Chef Grant Achatz's eateries while there.

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    Spago
    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Jiraffe Restaurant
    502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    1. re: J.L.

      I second Spago. A true California dining experience that you will take with you to Chicago.

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      Spago
      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    2. Some French places for you to consider are:

      Perch - new lounge in downtown LA for the scene
      Madame Chou Chou - in Santa Monica for the food & cozy(small), patio ambiance
      Petrossian - in West Hollywood for the food, chic ambiance, and the scene
      LOU - www.louonvine.com for an interesting wine bar experience and conversations

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      Petrossian
      321 N Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA

      Madame Chou Chou
      2518 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

      1. I agree with Spago. Love their duck and the smoked salmon pizza is unique. Sit on the patio.

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        Spago
        176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

        1. Thanks all, much appreciated. I've been to Madame Chou Chou - agreed, the place was a small and had a quaint feeling to it, plus the food was very nice.

          I'd also include Meet as a place that we were impressed by. Culver City's hidden gem!

          Let us know if there are other places we should consider. So far Spago looks promising, especially since we haven't been.

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          Spago
          176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          Madame Chou Chou
          2518 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

          1. Will you change your chow-handle along with residence?

            Sadly, the Ivy fits your request. But I too would go with Spago. Jiraffe is good but hardly a famous/popular place that people will ask if you've been to.
            A more of-the-moment place that people might ask you about is animal which is well known around the country these days.

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            Spago
            176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

            Jiraffe Restaurant
            502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401