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Dinner in the Gaslamp

I'll be staying in the Gaslamp this Saturday night and am looking for a good place for dinner. Only priority is great food. Any suggestions?

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  1. Jsix at the Hotel Solamar
    Grant Grill at the US Grant Hotel
    Top of the Market at the Fish Market Downtown

    1. Basically, stay away from 5th ave. While I haven't been/heard about all the restaurants there..every personal experience and first-hand account has been miserable.

        1. re: cstr

          Had a horrible meal at Donovan's Prime Seafood.....I did however write the management to express my concerns and they invited me back in for a 5 course dinner, cooked personally by the executive chef. This meal was unbelievably good...but probably not the norm of what you'd expect at DPS.

          1. re: yanks26dmb

            You wrote to Donovan's about a horrible meal and management comped you a 5 course dinner cooked personally by the executive chef....Wow, that is over and beyond the call and extremely generous.
            I would praise them endlessly.

            1. re: Beach Chick

              No, you are right. It was extremely generous of them, and far beyond anything I had expected. Great customer service. That said, I wouldn't want to recommend them to someone based on a meal that is highly unlikely to be recreated in typical circumstances.

              1. re: yanks26dmb

                can you elaborate on your experience, Donovan's does not want any customer to have a bad meal, did you advise your waitperson or ask for the manager?

                1. re: cstr

                  He wrote in his post that he contacted the management afterwards which is often the best way to follow up in such situation

        2. Make a short trip over to Northpark and visit Urban Solace. There are some foie activists that are planning to protest - a sign that they have great food :D

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          1. re: Rodzilla

            Interesting...any time I can cross the foie picket lines, I'm in.

            1. re: FattyWantsCheese

              love to hear that! I looked at your list of top dishes in LA, and I think the Urban Solace menu will really appeal to you. A lot of them are heavy hitters, so I hope you have a friend to split a few dishes.

              Don't forget to add a biscuit with orange honey butter.

              1. re: Rodzilla

                I wish I had taken your recommendation. Ended up walking across the street to Nobu and was sorely disappointed.

                1. re: FattyWantsCheese

                  mannnnnn, they had a foie special that evening as well! I've never been to Nobu - though it would be my first choice for a chain restaurant. :p