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Old Time restaurants in Beverly Hills area.....needed NOW!

Looking for old style Hollywood type restaurants in the Beverly Hills area to take a visiting New Yorker. We've already been to the Polo Lounge. Anythink like a Musso & Frank but in Beverly Hills area?

I think there's an Italian restaurant on Beverly Blvd. near Cedar Sinae and the Beverly Center (Mateo's???); is that any good and can anyone help me out the name?

I'm looking for a place reminiscent of the old Jimmy's but not real loud like Mastro's gets.
And I need to be able to get in without a reservation tonight around 6:30pm.

Help!!

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  1. It's actually Madeo's that you're thinking of. 8897 Beverly Boulevard .Haven't been there in some time but it was always excellent.

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      1. re: Servorg

        No doubt at all.. You will be ok at 6:30. Sit i the bar room.

      2. I think the one you are referring to is Domenick's.

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        1. re: mucho gordo

          The Ivy on Robertson is good choice. . Another vote for Madeo. Great food, booths and service,

        2. Try Craig's on Melrose. Madeo is a good call too.

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          1. re: beaubourne

            The most amusing thing about the Craig's web site is their link to a NY Times article about Mr. Susser and his restaurant that ends up almost being more about Dan Tana's (where Mr. Susser worked for 23 years) than it does about Craig's. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/20/fas...

            1. re: Servorg

              Dan Tanas is MUCH better than Craig's. I am really sorry about that and wanted to like it. I really like Craig and want him to succeed. The room is great but the food just misses. Craig told me they recently switched chefs and tightened up the menu, but my last visit was not memorable. Go to Dan Tanas. Its what you are looking for..

              1. re: Thor123

                Since when is this a comparison? Dan Tana's was already recommended, I was trying to bring up alternatives. I thought the vibe inside Craig's was kind of what the asker was seeking out. The food could be kicked up a notch, sure, but it's just a suggestion. Relax.

                1. re: beaubourne

                  "Since when is this a comparison?"

                  Pretty much (every day?) since this site came into existence AFAIK... ;-D>

                  1. re: Servorg

                    ya i realize Servorg but this thread isn't a restaurant battle nor does it need to be. I think the Ivy is anything but a rat-packy hang out but i didn't say that (until now XD)

                    1. re: beaubourne

                      Really, it's okay to compare, contrast and even impugn (the restaurants) as much as one would like. That sort of spirited debate is the life blood of this site and why it keeps most of us hanging around (a lot more than we should be - the hanging around time). And I'll agree that the Ivy doesn't have the right sort of ambiance to me for this particular "ISO" post - at least based on the OP's stated requirements.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        And I wouldn't have it any other way! The epic battles (In N Out vs Five Guys, Philippes vs Coles) are what brought me here in the first place.

                  2. re: beaubourne

                    I am relaxed. It was not an attack on you. As I said, I personally like Craig and want it to succeed. However, the food is not very good and the buzz has died way down. I am sorry if that hurts your feelings.

                    1. re: Thor123

                      Wow! I thought that only Langer's was untouchable on this site. Criticize its pastrami and be attacked big time by those with hurt feelings! I agree that both compliments and criticisms, even harsh ones, about restaurants are the essence of this site.

                      1. re: brwencino

                        NOTHING, except Urasawa maybe is untouchable on this site.

                        1. re: beaubourne

                          Criticism of Red Medicine could get you black listed.

            2. La Dolce Vita in Beverly Hills. Old Rat Pack hand out. Great stories from the servers.