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Business Lunch in Beverly Hills

angie4451 Jul 25, 2012 05:53 AM

I'm visiting L.A. and need to host a lunch meeting for 7 in Beverly Hills. A colleague suggested Kate Mantilini on Wilshire, but mentioned it might get kind of loud, which I'm hoping to avoid. My boss is asking for something that feels modern/fresh. Price is not really an issue, as we are entertaining world-class surgeons.
Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!

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    maudies5 RE: angie4451 Jul 25, 2012 06:52 AM

    Bouchon or Scarpetta would be my recommendations.

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      ipsedixit RE: maudies5 Jul 25, 2012 07:45 AM

      Second the rec for Scarpetta.

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        wienermobile RE: ipsedixit Jul 25, 2012 12:35 PM

        Another fan of Scarpetta. Wonderful room and service too.

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          maudies5 RE: wienermobile Jul 25, 2012 12:56 PM

          Service is incredible at Scarpetta. Also lovely is the basket of bread immediately brought to the table. Some delicious surprises inside of that bread. Your colleagues will be very happy dining at Scarpetta .

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      New Trial RE: angie4451 Jul 25, 2012 11:14 AM

      Consider Craft or Culina.

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        iOnLa RE: angie4451 Jul 25, 2012 02:31 PM

        every time I've been to Montage during the day, Scarpetta looks closed. Are you all sure it's open for lunch?
        my suggestion is the rooftop terrace at the Montage—a lovely shaded terrace, separated from the pool, with round tables, good menu and fab view toward the hills of Beverly.

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          wienermobile RE: iOnLa Jul 25, 2012 03:51 PM

          My mistake. You are correct Scarpetta Beverly Hills is not open for lunch, only dinner and Sunday Brunch.

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            wienermobile RE: wienermobile Jul 25, 2012 03:53 PM

            If this lunch is in late September or after Spago Beverly Hills should be back open with their new menu.

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              iOnLa RE: wienermobile Jul 26, 2012 01:13 PM

              off-topic, but the entire restaurant has been taken down to the studs—even the olive tree is gone. thought this was just going to be a paint job/new menu, but obviously they're doing a major reno. will be interesting to see the refreshed Spago whenever it reopens.

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              maudies5 RE: wienermobile Jul 25, 2012 05:42 PM

              I wonder if this is a recent development as I have had lunch at Scarpetta a few times (albeit, not recently).
              I would go with my Plan B which is Bouchon.

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                perk RE: maudies5 Jul 26, 2012 01:01 PM

                It used to be open for lunch....didn't know that had changed.

          2. J.L. RE: angie4451 Jul 25, 2012 04:58 PM

            A newcomer to the Beverly Hills dining scene is Yojisan.

            I suspect many physicians have already been to "the usual suspects" (Scarpetta, Bouchon, etc.) in Beverly Hills area (ask me how I know). Don't get me wrong - Scarpetta indeed has great service and fine food, but if the occasion calls for "modern/fresh", try a newer place.

            1. carln RE: angie4451 Jul 26, 2012 08:58 AM

              Il Pastaio is great, but small and fairly noisy. Via Alloro is a good alternative.

              1. westsidegal RE: angie4451 Jul 26, 2012 09:36 AM

                absolutely do NOT go to kate mantilini.

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                  Baron RE: westsidegal Jul 26, 2012 09:39 AM

                  "absolutely do NOT go to kate mantilini"......good advice.

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                  BSW6490 RE: angie4451 Jul 26, 2012 10:16 AM

                  What happened to the Grill?

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                    Omniverous RE: BSW6490 Jul 26, 2012 12:37 PM

                    Its hard to get a table during prime lunch hours at the Grill...and even if she does, a group of surgeons may not enjoy being second-class citizens to the entertainment industry regulars who command the best tables. Bouchon is a good idea.

                    Setting aside the quality of the meal for the price (and the "modern/fresh" request), you could get a private room at Mr. Chow. Likewise, if you get your boss to exclude (or better define) the modern/fresh criteria, I'd consider some of the Beverly Hills hotel restaurants, like the Polo Lounge or the Four Seasons - either of which is posh enough to impress and can easily accommodate a business group.

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                      Servorg RE: Omniverous Jul 26, 2012 12:41 PM

                      Or - http://www.opentable.com/roof-garden-...

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                    nosh RE: angie4451 Jul 26, 2012 01:38 PM

                    OP wants modern/fresh. Craft.

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                      Omniverous RE: nosh Jul 26, 2012 02:01 PM

                      She also wants Beverly Hills. But if she wants nearby Century City, Craft is a fine idea if she opts for a private dining room; otherwise, as with The Grill, I would not subject a group of surgeons to the lunchtime seating politics of the de facto CAA/ICM commissary.

                      If she ventures in the other direction just beyond BH, Lucques would be a nice choice - elegant, contemporary, and not particularly an industry scene at lunch.

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                      BSW6490 RE: angie4451 Jul 26, 2012 09:28 PM

                      Patio at Polo Lounge.

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                        maudies5 RE: BSW6490 Jul 26, 2012 09:42 PM

                        Patio at Lucques.

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                        bruinike RE: angie4451 Jul 26, 2012 10:05 PM

                        Culina at the Four Seasons, Bouchon Bistro, Craft, Mr. Chow,, E. Baldi

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