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One notch down from Providence/Melisse - recommendation sought

Any help would be appreciated. Places with an option to order a la carte would be great.

We have one non-seafooder so a place with great food, but not an emphasis on seafood would be preferable.

New American/French/Cal Ital would all be fine.

Thank you.

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  1. La Cachette Bistro
    Fraiche
    Foundry
    JiRaffe

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        of the ones mentioned by ipsedixit,
        i would rank La Cachette Bistro and JiRaffe as being superior to Fraiche.
        haven't tried Foundry.

      2. Lucques

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        Lucques
        8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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        1. re: coffeebrownies

          Definitely Lucques.

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          Lucques
          8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

        2. To the recommendations already made (though I think Fraiche has lost some of its creme.), I would add:

          Craft, Eva, Hatfield's and Tavern for American/Cal

          Bouchon or Le Saint Amour for French

          Drago Centro, Valentino's, Villetta or Vincenti for Italian

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          Craft
          10100 Constellation Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90067

          Hatfield's
          6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

          Vincenti Restaurant
          11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

          Drago Centro
          525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

          Le Saint Amour
          9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

          Tavern
          11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

          Bouchon Bistro
          235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

          Eva Restaurant
          7458 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

          Villetta
          246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

          1. in what part of town? where are you staying? or, from where will you be coming?

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            1. re: westsidegal

              Will be staying in Century City. I appreciate your help!

              1. re: KansasTornado

                Foundry is notches below Providence. La Cachette is in an uninviting office building. Fraiche... has severe chef retention problems.

                New Trial's list seems more fitting.

                I'd add Ray's & Stark Bar to that list. The diamond chairs are as delicious as the food. Of course, if you're already in Century City, Craft just makes sense.

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                Fraiche
                9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

                La Cachette Bistro
                1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                1. re: TonyC

                  fwiw,
                  i don't find the building that houses La Cachette uninviting.
                  maybe that's because i like their food, and my taste buds dominate most of my thinking. . . . . ?
                  they also have some booths, and i'm partial to booths.

                  1. re: TonyC

                    Foundry is of course not the dining experience of Providence, but it has a beautiful, inviting patio, carefully prepared, very well-priced food (as well as no or very low corkage) and entertaining jazz in bar to enjoy w/ a post-dinner drink.

                    Also agree w/ Ray's recommendation--particularly nice if you tie it to a LACMA visit

                1. re: samtron608

                  Agree. Hatfield's fits the description perfectly.

                2. I thought of Hatfield's because they have a traditional tasting menu. But their one chance at a first impression left me a bit disappointed. Just didn't tweak my culinary monkeybone.

                  You've got a great place right there in Century City at Craft. They have a traditional tasting menu (or didn't when I was there last), but you could assemble one with wine pairings if you wanted. Or go a la carte. . I've never been remotely disappointed there. Contemporary, creative and delicious. Much prefer it to Hatfield's. And you can order a la carte. (BTW - Melisse and Providence are my favs.)