Going to LA staying downtown
We are New Yorkers and we hit all the NY and Brooklyn hot spots. We are visiting LA and staying downtown at the Biltmore which is where the wedding party is staying, can you give me a great place for dinner close to the downtown area. A place where the food is great anything will do, price is not an issue. Just give me a unique to LA place no chains, it can be classic, it can be California cuisine, or new and inventive, don't care. Thanks
I'd rank the restaurants like this (I tend to prefer fine dining/more traditional):
Water Grill (seafood focused) is next door to the Biltmore. Drago Centro and Patina are short walking distance.
Patina if you want elegant and beautiful contemporary ambiance.
Water Grill if you want something less fancy.
Both have terrific food.
I'd also highly recommend Rivera. Jonathon Sedlar, the man behind Rivera, was one of the founding fathers of Southwest cuisine, back in the 80's, oddly enough at a French restaurant in Manhattan Beach. At Rivera, he is doing wonderful things that are not easy to categorize but have been called "Pan-Latin fusion". I'd say this is very much what LA is all about - also, the cocktails are amazing !