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Where (and when) was your most recent 'great' dinner experience?

The Oracle Oct 22, 2012 12:19 PM

I know places change all the time, new ones crop up, others decline... and, I suppose, there are the trusted few that never change.

In any case, I'm looking for a handful of spots to visit in the next few months (for b'day celebrations, relaxing dinners out, etc) and am wanting to refine my list.

I'm looking for:
1) Delicious Food
2) Good/welcoming Service

No specific geographical area desired (other than it to fall within LA County).

My last 'great' dinner experience was August 2012 at Mo Chica downtown. I was pleasantly surprised by the food and cocktails and enjoyed the experience very much.

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  1. wienermobile Oct 22, 2012 12:29 PM

    Mezze (in September) and Son of A Gun (in June). Both wonderful food and service. Would go back to both in a minute.

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      whiner Oct 22, 2012 01:05 PM

      My last 'great' dinner was at Il Grano a couple of months ago. My last phenomenal dinner was at Melisse in July. But I also have high standards. I've had very good dinners at plenty of other places more recently.

      1. boogiebaby Oct 22, 2012 01:09 PM

        Rivera, last month for my birthday. Excellent food, great service.

        1. ipsedixit Oct 22, 2012 01:09 PM

          In the past 4 months (since June):

          Sushi Ici

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          1. re: ipsedixit
            linus Oct 22, 2012 04:59 PM

            ipse, can i ask what you order at racion? i went there once, and while it was a fun place, thought the food was only so-so. perhaps i ordered wrong.

            1. re: linus
              ipsedixit Oct 22, 2012 07:23 PM

              Previous report here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8552...

              But their menu changes quite often, if not weekly.

            2. re: ipsedixit
              Porthos Oct 22, 2012 07:17 PM


              Shunji (twice since July)

              1. re: ipsedixit
                J.L. Oct 23, 2012 09:56 AM

                Sushi Ici is new? (French for "Sushi Here"!)

                1. re: J.L.
                  ipsedixit Oct 23, 2012 10:14 AM

                  Fuck. That should be "Ichi" (not Ici)

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                Dirtywextraolives Oct 22, 2012 01:48 PM

                Tar & Roses in May

                Melisse in June

                Craft in June

                Son of a Gun in September

                The Tasting Kitchen last Friday night

                1. westsidegal Oct 22, 2012 05:01 PM

                  sushi zo.

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                    TailbackU Oct 22, 2012 05:06 PM

                    2 weeks ago, at L&E Oyster Bar. Most amazing clam chowder I've ever had.

                    1. J.L. Oct 22, 2012 05:10 PM

                      Yamakase - Sept. & Oct.
                      Shunji - July & Aug.
                      Red Medicine - Sept.
                      The Penthouse at Mastro's - Last week
                      n/naka - June

                      1. TonyC Oct 22, 2012 05:19 PM

                        Tar & Roses
                        Wood & Wine
                        (any restaurant with an ampersand in the middle?)
                        Osteria Drago

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                        1. re: TonyC
                          linus Oct 23, 2012 07:48 AM

                          y'know, i had dinner at craft a couple weeks ago and it was really, really good.

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                          Juji Oct 22, 2012 05:42 PM

                          Tar & Roses
                          Mercato di Vetro
                          and this is probably too far north to count, but Suzanne's in Ojai

                          1. perk Oct 22, 2012 06:37 PM

                            Had the "caviar 301" dinner/tasting at Petrossian last week. Pretty spectacular. Food was very good. Not just food with caviar, but a tasting of about a dozen varieties of caviar. Washed down with champagne and vodka. And there was lots of information from the delightful general manager of the restaurant. I think they do it once a month. Pretty impressive.

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                              Thor123 Oct 23, 2012 11:05 AM

                              Had good meals at Sotto and The Grill. Unintentionally, had the brick chicken at both. Sotto was out of the pork chop. Both do brick chicken very well. Fries at the Grill are also very good.

                            2. Novelli Oct 23, 2012 12:18 PM

                              Over the last 2-3 months.

                              Superba Snack Bar
                              Tar & Roses
                              Osteria Mozza

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                                granadafan Oct 23, 2012 03:11 PM

                                Cicada Club Restaurant last month. Service was great and the seafood special was quite tasty. It's a great atmosphere with a fun show.

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