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broccoliluv Jan 31, 2013 12:21 PM

Hi Hounds -- I need a little help with a SFV rec. I need to find a spot for a business lunch in Sherman Oaks / Studio City area for my boss. These lunches happen infrequently, and in the past we've used the Patina Group's Pinot Bistro -- turns out it is now closed. So... would love recommendations for a fairly high-end professional lunch spot. Small group (3 men), and tilt more toward steak than sushi. A quick search on Yelp suggested Mistral, Le Petit Restaurant, and Panzanella. Any thoughts on those? other ideas? Thanks for any help you can give. Love the LA Hounds! :-)

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    broccoliluv Feb 2, 2013 06:34 PM

    Thanks all. All of the places look and sound great. My boss chose Bistro Garden, based both on the menu and also the slightly larger / lighter feel which works better for a biz lunch. Appreciate your time and input.

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      New Trial Jan 31, 2013 03:25 PM

      Nearby where Pinot Bistro was is the Bistro Garden at Coldwater. I have not been in years but remember it as very attractive and definitely suitable for business lunches.

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      1. re: New Trial
        Thor123 Jan 31, 2013 03:43 PM

        Bistro Garden would be a great choice.

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          carter Jan 31, 2013 09:18 PM

          Bistro Garden and Mistral the best two options.
          Never Tiramisu, nor Panzanella for that matter, but if you cannot do without Italian food, try Ca de Sole on Cahuenga/Lankershim in the Universal Studios area.

          1. re: carter
            Thor123 Feb 1, 2013 07:35 AM

            "Never Tiramisu"? Its not as fancy as Mistral or Bistro, but the food is very good. You dont agree?

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              carter Feb 2, 2013 10:11 PM

              Reminds me of Maria's, and that is not a compliment.
              Ownership is nice, I only wish the food was a match.

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                Thor123 Feb 3, 2013 08:23 AM

                Night and day. When did you dine there?

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                  carter Feb 3, 2013 09:49 AM

                  Several times with choice made by others. Every time, food nearly tasteless, and the menu shows no inventiveness. Same old, same old menu you saw 20 years ago.
                  I would pity the people of Italy if that was all they could eat for dinner every day.

            2. re: carter
              archer Feb 1, 2013 01:06 PM

              Over the years, have had several business lunches at Ca' del Sole and highly recommend it. Food is fresh, well-prepared and tasty, service is good and ambiance is lovely (quiet and elegant inside, delightful patio if day is nice).
              Agree that the closing of Pinot Bistro leaves a real void in this type of lunch dining in the Valley.

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            Jwsel Jan 31, 2013 02:10 PM

            Slightly to the west of your area, but Larsen's Steakhouse in Encino (at Woodley) would be perfect for what you describe. It's only about 5 minutes west of Panzanella.

            Mistral is nice, and Rive Gauche has already been mentioned.

            There also is Stanley's, which is like an 80s time warp for "California" cuisine.

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              foodnmusic Jan 31, 2013 02:08 PM

              Mistral is very good as are the steaks and fries...

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                medrite Jan 31, 2013 01:57 PM

                Panzanella is very nice, not sure if they're open for lunch though.

                Another option might be the Rive Gauche Cafe at Hazeltine & Ventura.

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                  Thor123 Jan 31, 2013 01:45 PM

                  I like Il Tiramisu a lot for business lunch. Very good Italian on Ventura and Woodman,


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