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It's DineLA Time Again: 1/22-27/12; 1/29-2/3/12

WildSwede Jan 4, 2012 04:52 PM

The last time around, we had great meals at Bazaar by Jose Andres and Spago. Very mediocre (at best) meal at Firefly in So Pas. The time before, I had a fabulous meal at Lawry's (the lobster tail was the best I have ever had!). I will probably go back to Spago again this time and want to try Scarpetta as well. Street and Grub are on my "hope to try" list as well.

Where are you planning on going? Previous hits/misses?


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    bohemiana Jan 4, 2012 05:34 PM

    I'm looking forward to seeing Spago's menu for the event. I got an email from Lawry's and it doesn't seem to be a better deal for the prime rib than you can get in the restaurant normally--I will skip although I really like Lawry's.

    I'd like to know what people think is a deal not to miss on this year's lineup.

    1. westsidegal Jan 4, 2012 08:57 PM

      for sure, i will be returning to Hosteria del Picolo (sp?)

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        granadafan Jan 4, 2012 09:36 PM

        We always enjoyed the meal at Craft LA in Century City. The service is impeccable and the food even more divine.

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          maudies5 Jan 4, 2012 09:54 PM

          Bouchon is always great and offers great value.

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          missy85 Jan 5, 2012 08:09 AM

          We went to Scarpetta last time and had an amazing meal. In fact, we're going back this time even though the menu appears to be the same. The best dishes were the creamy polenta and the agnolotti, though everything was really good.

          We've previously been to Craft and would easily go there again. Both places had great service to match the quality of the food. And unlike some Dine LA participants, they really seemed to embrace the concept.

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            attran99 Jan 5, 2012 09:04 AM

            Spago is amazing, and Fogo de Chao is too good of a deal to miss. I would like to try Craft and Scarpetta this time around.

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              L.A. Jay Jan 12, 2012 09:03 AM

              Fogo is our normal Restaurant Week destination. Thinking about trying Libra just for variety's sake. Anyone been to both and have a preference?

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                manku Jan 12, 2012 11:42 AM

                Looks like Fogo eliminated the desert this time around :(

                FWIW, I'm done with dinela...restaurants are pricing them so that it's basically a free desert at best, and too often the portions/dishes are decreased in quality and quantity.

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                  Johnny L Jan 12, 2012 08:47 PM

                  Aww man that sucks but I will go regardless it's been over a year since I last went and my friends and I enjoyed it. I never really order deserts anyway so I'm fine with it although I did enjoy their deserts last time I think this time being in that neighborhood I will make a trip to get desert elsewhere.

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                foufou Jan 5, 2012 10:14 AM

                My DineLA hits include Lukshon, Hungry Cat, and Water Grill. I will probably check out Spice Table and Scarpetta if available.

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                  kelviny Jan 11, 2012 02:45 PM

                  I'm trying to decide between dinner at Craft, AOC, or Lucques. Anyone have any thoughts on those?

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                    jsandler Jan 11, 2012 02:59 PM

                    Craft's last Dine LA dinner was wonderful.

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                      TonyC Jan 11, 2012 03:54 PM

                      second/third/fourth, and fifth, for Craft.

                      The rest of the "$$$" DineLA restaurants should just not bother.

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                        groover808 Jan 11, 2012 09:14 PM

                        Menu for Craft looks great, isn't it family style though? Can a couple come in and order 2 apps, entrees, and dessert?

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                          westsidegal Jan 11, 2012 09:23 PM

                          are you asking if they will let you split one DineLA 3-course dinner between two people?

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                            groover808 Jan 11, 2012 09:25 PM

                            No, if a couple dines, if you each can order a different app, main, and dessert. I thought with Craft and some other DineLA places it was family style and you had to have like 4-5 people to receive all the different dining options? Or maybe I'm just totally imagining reading that...

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                            jsandler Jan 11, 2012 09:27 PM

                            Yes, Craft Dine LA Menus are served family style. Regardless of the number of diners, you receive all of the appetizers and desserts and they are portioned according to the numbers of diners, and each person chooses one of the entrees.

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                              Jack Flash Jan 12, 2012 10:44 PM

                              We just made our reservation at Craft (one of, if not the only, restaurant that has its DineLA menu available on Saturdays). We've gone there in the past for DineLA (and other times, too), and have not been disappointed at all. They do not skimp at all on the portions, either.

                              It's worth emphasizing that although the appetizers, sides and desserts are served family style, each person ordering the menu gets to pick a main course of his or her own choosing. Everyone gets all of the apps and desserts (or at least gets to fight over them!); you don't have to choose.

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                                groover808 Jan 13, 2012 06:28 AM

                                Oh wow, you get all the apps and desserts no matter what, I'm in! Reservation done and for a Saturday too. Can't wait, everything sounds delicious and nice to hear about the portions too.

                                I think it was Lukshon I was reading awhile back where they had 3-4 entree choices and a group of 2 only got one entree choice, a group of 3 got 2 entree choices and so. So you had to have at least 1 more person than entree choices to get everything family style.....lame.

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                                  foufou Jan 13, 2012 06:36 AM

                                  Not my experience at Lukshon....my dining companion and I each had different selections and in fact that was one of my best DINELA experiences....

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                                  jsandler Jan 13, 2012 08:00 AM

                                  Actually my one minor qualm about Craft Dine LA last time was the portions, which I thought were a bit small. I went with a group of four, so we shared everything except one of the five entrees offered. We didn't leave hungry, but certainly could have had a bit more. We ordered cocktials ot start, and we wished we had skipped the cocktails, whcih we thought weren't anything special, and ordered an additional entree of the menu.

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                        bohemiana Jan 11, 2012 09:32 PM

                        Between Lucques and Gordon Ramsey's The London, which is better AND has the best deal for restaurant week? I have tried to cross reference restaurants' regular menu prices with the $44 deal and quite a few don't really offer a savings. By the way, are the portion sizes the same?

                        Truthfully, I'm a little worried about Gordon Ramsey's being overhyped and not worth the money. Although the menu at Lucques doesn't really excite me. Frankly, we have waited so long, there are not many places with availability any more.

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                          msmd310 Jan 12, 2012 08:33 PM

                          did Gordon Ramsey Dine LA last year- not impressed.

                          went there for tea last month(not my choice)- REALLY NOT IMPRESSED.

                          for dine LA- we are going to Fogo and Craft- already have reservations
                          maybe Sotto if we get a last minute urge
                          FYI- Craft does the DineLA menu on Saturday nights also!

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                          Jack Flash Jan 12, 2012 10:51 PM

                          We're going to Craft and Drago Centro for sure. I had Drago Centro's DineLA menu last time, and it was a really good deal. The portions seemed normal sized (they're not known for gargantuan servings to begin with), and very well-executed.

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                            fdb Jan 18, 2012 12:01 AM

                            Some of the places I've been to: Culina (good), Rivera (good), Water Grill (good), Spago (good), the Bazaar (good), Kiriko (good), Zengo (good), Bouchon (disappointing), Ombra (disappointing). Planning on going to Lukshon, Mezze, Starry Kitchen, Picca. Maybe Spago and Kiriko again.

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                              chris1621 Jan 18, 2012 07:52 PM

                              I've had great dineLA meals before at the Bazaar and BLT Steak. So far have reservations at Scarpetta, Cleo and Fig & Olive. Can't wait until next week!

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