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nice downtown LA business lunch, but not too fancy

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I'm coming down from SF for a business lunch in downtown LA. I'm looking for a recommendation for nice, but not too fancy (i.e., a price point below the Water Grill), reasonably quiet place for a sit-down lunch. Any suggestions most appreciated.

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  1. Maybe Drago Centro. Or Engine Co. #28.

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    1. re: mc michael

      Drago Centro is on price point with Water Grill and Engine Co (IMO) is way past its prime. Spice Table is good and pretty quiet at lunch.

      1. re: Thor123

        Sadly, Spice Table is no longer offering lunch, though. Morton's at 7th & Fig would probably work or, as others have mentioned, Drago Centro or Engine Co.

    2. Drago Centro would fit what you're looking for.

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      1. re: TailbackU

        How is Drago Centro a price point below Water Grill and not fancy? Its not Cicada fancy, but its as fancy as Water Grill.

        1. re: Thor123

          Drago Centro is indeed an elegant space and I would never call it casual, but its lunch menu is definitely a prince point below Water Grill's (compare on-line menus). The menu offerings are very different, but you can have pasta @ Drago for $16 -18 and fish entrees are in low $20s. Conversely, lunch entrees are high 20s--low 30s @ Water Grill w/ very few lower priced alternatives (apps & a couple of salads). Agree w/ Drago Centro recommendation; good food, likely w/in budget, attractive and conducive to business conversation (i.e. quiet).

            1. re: steve h.

              The best selection, given both location, setting, and quality of food. And you can byo wine with no corkage if that perk might be of interest.
              Adjacent to the Central Library in the Maguire Gardens at 5th & Flower.
              If the day is warm, a patio table is even more enticing.
              And no way do you go to Engine Co. #28, period.

          1. Rivera has been pretty quiet when I've been there for lunch, and the lunch menu is pretty reasonably priced.