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upscale dinner anywhere in LA

best place for an upscale but not overly gourmet dinner anywhere in LA ie not a tasting menu not french or too fussy more general american or somewhere that has at least one relatively plain fish dish

advice please! thank you!

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  1. Lucques, Hatfield's, the new AOC?...

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    1. re: FranklinJefferson

      hatfield's only has one fish dish on the dinner menu -- it is slow roasted, and in general i am looking for a healthier option. that's why i lean toward places that have a grilled option -- somewhere like mastro's or hillstone. lucques is a good suggestion -- it's on my shortlist along with craft. i didn't realize the new aoc was open -- will add it to the list.

      1. re: Thor123

        thank you for the suggestions -- i'm not wild about italian -- i like it if there is a healthy choice but i'd prefer not to eat a very heavy or rich meal. i go out to eat often, and i want to be able to eat a regular dinner even at a special occasion place which providence, melisse etc are not right for me.

        the other people i'm dining with however do enjoy rich food.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          that's exactly what i want -- more places exactly like water grill that aren't in fact water grill. i thought roy's hawaiian might be a good fit for me along with some of the sushi places in little tokyo.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              nothing it's great, but i want more places like that -- i am going out 3-4 a week and would like variety.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  will do! menu looks great -- i'll check it out in the next month.

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            i had the impression it was very loud and a little too gourmet -- for example i like gjelina but it's a little much for me, and i generally prefer food that's a little simpler as well as a restaurant that allows subsitutions. that said i just looked at the menu for tasting kitchen, and i'll add it to my shortlist.

            1. re: oohmoomin

              It can get loud but if you have a reservation on the early side, it is fine. Food is described simply but executed spectacularly.