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Restaurant to impress an eighteen year old?

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My friend and her eighteen year old niece will be visiting from North Carolina. I would like to take them somewhere that will impress the teenager but also somewhere two fortyish women won't feel too out of place. Good food would be a plus but not necessary - the kind of scene restaurant I would usually never choose to go to is what I'm looking for. West LA or West Hollywood areas preferred though we're pretty flexible on location and we are looking to spend $50 per person or so for food only.

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  1. Michaels in Santa Monica

    www.michaelssantamonica.com/

    Fogo De Chao in Beverly Hills

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    Fogo De Chao
    133 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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    1. re: flylice2x

      I like Michael's...but it's a pretty old crowd. I don't think a couple of 18 year old would feel like they were someplace fun. The food at the Chateau Marmont is supposed to be pretty good, and that's a fun scene for visiting teenagers. Pizzeria Mozza is a fun atmosphere with very good food. Red O might be a good choice as well.

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      Chateau Marmont
      8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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

      Red O
      8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

      1. re: perk

        Thank you. I'm definitely looking for a restaurant with a young crowd. Chateau Marmont sounds interesting. Mozza is one of my favorites but I'm not sure the atmosphere is right for wowing a teenager. I'll look into Red O and Fogo de Chao.

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        Chateau Marmont
        8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

        Red O
        8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

        1. re: perk

          i agree that chateu marmont would be the kind of atmosphere that RMJ43 is looking for, but can't imagine a couple of 18 year olds actually feeling full on $50 of food there.
          maybe if the kids had hamburgers first, THEN went to chateau marmont. . . . .

          1. re: westsidegal

            Pretty funny (and good) idea....maybe a trip to 'N & Out Burger just before dinner.....

          2. re: perk

            I saw many young people at Michaels the times that I have been there....
            Need to know what the OP is looking for as likes / dislikes???

            1. re: flylice2x

              The only dislikes are Indian food and shellfish. Other than that pretty much anything would work. Looking for atmosphere more than a particular type of food here.

          3. re: flylice2x

            1) would not think of michael's for a $50/pp food budget, going there has always ended up much higher for me
            and
            2) michael's is the kind of place that appeals to the a) expense account crowd, and b) the old fogey crowd (like me).

            fwiw, my daughter really enjoyed having her sweet 16 birthday party at Geisha house in west hollywood. don't know if it is still "the" place for the young crowd . . .
            of course, the food there is NOT chowish, but that is not the primary focus for this meal.

            1. re: westsidegal

              Chowish is not my goal here so I'll take a look at Geisha house. Thanks!

            2. re: flylice2x

              Michaels!!! Too old, too expensive.

              A young hip crowd? Try one of the Katsuyas. The one in Brentwood skews pretty young (older'n 18, but a lot of 20-somethings), it has a stylish room you won't find in N.C. and you might be able to get away for $50 per if you watch yourself.

            3. I hate to say it...but the Ivy on Robertson?

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              1. re: LATrapp

                Is that too old fogeyish? Mediocre food is fine here so, if not, the Ivy could work.

                1. re: RMJ43

                  Yeah, too old. You get peole who used to be an agent, then a studio exec, failed at that, tried being a producer, failed at that, and now are managers. That's the crowd you get at The Ivy. Chaya is mucho hipper - more of a 30 something crowd, but skews both ways.

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                  Chaya
                  525 S Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                  1. re: foodiemahoodie

                    I find this type of stereotyping very condescending and annoying. BTW, I also don't find Chaya to be terribly hip. I am curious as to when you were last at The Ivy? On my last visit, a few months ago, I saw a good, eclectic mix of young, old, beautiful, not-so-beautiful. Most were nicely dressed and it was clear that they were enjoying the food. Clearly, you must feel superior to that group. I have no idea why.

                    1. re: maudies5

                      last time i had weekday lunch at the Ivy on robertson, there was a mix of middle-aged industry types and tourists that were being shuttled there and back by the hotel limos.
                      saw NO young celebs.

                      the last time i saw the paparazzi crowd was at mozza

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        Interesting. I'll probably take The Ivy off the potential list. I've been to Mozza many times so it doesn't seem that exciting to me but the out of towner's perspective would likely be different.

              2. you'd be surprised at the age range in many LA restaurants.

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                Angelini Osteria
                7313 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
                1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                Animal
                435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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

                Osteria Mozza
                6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Waterloo and City
                12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

                Lukshon
                3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

                Playa
                7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                Son of a Gun
                8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                The Spice Table
                114 S. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

                A-Frame
                12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

                Gjelina
                1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

                Manhattan Beach Post
                1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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                1. re: raizans

                  FWIW, I don't believe they could get into Father's Office, as it's technically a bar (not sure if that's the case with Waterloo & City and Rustic Canyon too?)

                  Lukshon or Playa Rivera would be good, though, as both are a bit more "only in LA" than some of the other fine options you listed.

                  1. re: Bradbury

                    oops. i forgot about the 21 year old thing.

                    1. re: Bradbury

                      Great food and no age restrictions at Rustic Canyon.

                      1. re: Bradbury

                        Father's Office is a bar, but Rustic Canyon is not.

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                        Father's Office
                        1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

                      2. re: raizans

                        Great list. Thank you. I know Fathers office won't work but one of the others might.

                      3. actually, they'd probably like Bottega Louie.
                        or Cole's.
                        or one of the Umami's.
                        or the cafe at Fred Segal's in WeHo.

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                        Bottega Louie
                        700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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                          1. re: maudies5

                            Rustic canyon sounds like a good choice. Thank you. Fred segal would probably be a good place to take her for lunch.

                        1. Some possibilities:

                          - Griddle Cafe

                          - Urth (Melrose Ave location)

                          - Umami (Hollywood Blvd location)

                          I'm well into my 40's and don't feel out of place at any of these.

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                          1. re: Peripatetic

                            I don't know Urth at all. I'll look into it. Thank you for the suggestions.

                            1. re: RMJ43

                              Reading your answers to DrBruin below, I think Urth Caffe is your place. It's so popular with celebs that TMZ had a live feed outside at one point.

                              http://la.eater.com/archives/2007/11/...

                              (I believe it was ultimately banned.)

                              I don't think Urth's popularity has waned.

                              This food isn't bad, either, and some of their desserts are outstanding. I love their pumpkin and coconut cream pies. Their cappuccinos are okay.

                              One suggestion: maybe get dinner someplace like Umami or Geisha House or Chateau Marmont and then go to Urth for dessert and coffee afterwords.