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Great place to take my 20 something son to dinner near Griffith Park

I am coming from the Bay Area to visit my son, who recently moved to LA -- he is living near Griffith Park. We are going to dinner on Sunday night -- is there a place around there (or near enough) that has great food, great atmosphere, is hip and fun? I am not so much worried about price, but great food is important, and a wine list that maybe goes beyond California wines would be a huge plus. We love rustic italian food, tapas, asian, most anything.

Thanks so much for any advice you might have!

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  1. Wine list for you, or wine list for you and your 20 year old son?

    The answer to this question may lead to very different results.

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      1. If Silver Lake/Los Feliz area is not too far, I would recommend Canele or Cliff's Edge.

        1. Canele or Barbrix would be my recommendations. Canele has a cool neighborhood bistro vibe while Barbrix has a more hip vibe, but both serve great food and wines.

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          1. re: TailbackU

            i'm dying to know what the difference between "cool" and "hip" is.

          2. L&E Oyster Bar in Silverlake has also been getting high praise...if you're into oysters/seafood.