"Special" date lunch, east of La Cienega, west of downtown
If you want to go out to a great, upscale, date-appropriate lunch on the east-ish side of down, where on earth do you go? I was thinking of Lucques, but it's closed on Mondays. Mozza isn't open for lunch. Most of the places that would fit the bill (Bouchon types) are in Beverly Hills or further west.
Any suggestions? Prefer to stay in the zone roughly between the Grove and the Americana, if you know what I mean.
Palate has lunch Friday and Saturdays.
Hillhurst and Vermont (in Los Feliz) have tons of fab restaurants.
There's the katsuya at The Americana...
Hollywood has so many more options than it used to - Delphines, The Hungry Cat.
But I'd be tempted to go old school and hit Musso and Franks - it's just such fun.
Pizzeria Mozza is open for lunch. May not be upscale enough for you....but it's very good. I like Vermont (on Vermont) in Los Feliz. Good food and service. Nice room. Dominick's on the patio?
Is Marino on Melrose open for lunch on Mondays? I can't tell from the website, but I think it is a sorely overlooked restaurant in the city. It's old school, southern Italian, but the room is nice and definitely has the atmosphere you're seeking.
6001 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Open Mondays for lunch is a tough call, I've been there... BUT, The first thing that comes to mind though is Osteria Mama.