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Aug 29, 2011 04:13 PM

Picca or Bazaar? looking for small plates place for anniversary dinner

3rd anniversary coming up.
first one, we went to Providence. 2nd one we went to Hatfields.
For 3rd, im deciding between Picca and Bazaar. Thinking we do small plates style this time around.

I like Picca since the plates around around $7-10 each and we could easily do like 10-12 small plates + a couple drinks each for $150.

But Bazaar intriugues me due to the high praises it rec'd. Only thing that worries me is the hype and scene factor there..although some people have said it has changed for the better.

Any suggestions?
price: $100-200 total
Food: any type. we are open to all styles. just looking to try small plates.


9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

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  1. I've been to Picca a few times now, and while I enjoy the food and drink, it can be loud in there. The two of you could probably secure a corner spot or by one of the windows to take you out of the middle of the room, but the acoustics might be magnified there. Never been to Bazaar - sorry.

    Someone's got to be working on restaurant acoustics. Seems as a rule, restaurants don't consider or care about this issue...

    1. Bazaar is certainly more scene-y than Picca, but they're both quite good at what they do.

      I think Bazaar is more of a special occasion restaurant than Picca, but you'd be hard-pressed to get out of there in your desired price range without still being hungry - the total really starts to add up when you include cocktails or any of the cart selections. I had a birthday meal there a few years back and it stands as one of the most expensive meals for two still (over $350 after tax and tip I think).

      Since you've already tried Picca, other good small plates spots are Lazy Ox Canteen, AOC, Matushisa, maybe an izakaya if you don't mind a more casual setting (Aburiya Toranoko, Furaibo, Musha, Torihei).

      8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

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

      9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

      1. Mako on Beveryly has wonderful small plates, mostly Asian and great service. At least that has been my experience. Haven't been in a while and I hope they are still as good as I remember.

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        1. Based on the previous anniversaries, I think SAAM at Bazaar would be more fitting. Unfortunately, that will be out of your price range (way out of the price range if you got some drinks/wine). It's throwing me off a bit that your first 2 anniversaries took place in more romantic settings. Both Picca and Bazaar don't really fit that bill.

          9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

          1. Personally, I think Bazaar is crap. Everything about it: crap. Style over substance to the hilt. Except I kind of like the fake olives.