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Best Fine Dining - Last Two Years

sku Apr 2, 2013 05:36 AM

Hey all, I'm looking for a nice place for dinner for a couple of birthday celebrations and want to try someplace new. What are the best fine dining type operations that have opened in the past two years...any type of food, any price, preferably east of the 405 to (and including) downtown. Thanks!

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  1. Servorg RE: sku Apr 2, 2013 06:21 AM

    Can it be new to you? Or does it have to be "newly" minted, as you indicated in your post (or maybe you've been to all the other places)? I have a friend who has extolled the virtues of the new SBE restaurant http://www.sbe.com/mercatodivetro but I haven't been. She also called me yesterday to say they tried the new David Myers place, Hinoki and the Bird http://hinokiandthebird.com/ and really liked it. Haven't been there either (although this would probably be the first choice for me based on what I've read and their menu).

    What do you like for fine dining right now? That could help with coming up with a suggestion that you might like elsewhere.

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      sku RE: Servorg Apr 2, 2013 06:55 AM

      Thanks Servorg. New to me is fine, but I wanted to avoid listing every place I've been to. Lately, I've been lazy about researching so I'll just hit Mozza, Craft, Melisse, Church & State or another old haunt for special dinners. I figured I'd branch out. Mozza's new place is an option, but I'm also woefully ignorant of the new downtown scene and I figure I've missed a lot of good places that have opened more recently.

      The new Myers place looks great.

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        Porthos RE: sku Apr 2, 2013 08:18 AM

        If you've done Mozza, try Sotto. Great pastas and Neapolitan style pizza.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/869175

        Also go to Red Medicine if you haven't yet.

        Downtown scene is booming and hard to keep up with. Alma was just okay for me.

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          cls RE: sku Apr 2, 2013 08:19 AM

          Alma, The Parish, the redesigned Water Grill, and Bestia, are all good new downtown choices.

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            wienermobile RE: sku Apr 2, 2013 12:28 PM

            I love Craft and In my opinion the best fine dining service in Los Angeles.
            http://www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/cr...

            Although West of the 405 the new Nobu Malibu is right on the ocean and one of the most beautiful restaurants in all of LA.
            http://www.noburestaurants.com/malibu...

            Also if you have never been to Saddle Peak Lodge in Malibu Canyon you will find wonderful game meats and great food in a romantic one of a kind rustic setting.
            http://www.saddlepeaklodge.com

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          Thor123 RE: sku Apr 2, 2013 11:13 AM

          Puck at the Bel Air is very nice.

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            Thor123 RE: sku Apr 2, 2013 02:05 PM

            Yamakase is unreal!

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              kevin RE: Thor123 Apr 2, 2013 03:52 PM

              damn. I want to go now. But either I'll have to wait a couple years now, or maybe someone can foot the proverbial bill.

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              maudies5 RE: sku Apr 2, 2013 05:07 PM

              Ink.

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                kevin RE: sku Apr 2, 2013 05:09 PM

                shunji's, by far, bar none.

                NEXT !!!

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