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Apr 17, 2013 08:18 AM

Places you like but would never spend your own money at?

You know, the perfect "expense account restaurant"?

For me the list would be something like this (probably a few I'm forgetting):

- Pacific Dining Car
- Valentino
- Nick & Stef's
- Bottega Louie
- Craft
- Bestia

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    1. re: ns1

      My problem with Bazaar is I don't like it.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I was fine with Bazaar until I got the bill and went home.

    2. Why did Bestia make your list Ipse?

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      1. re: JAB

        Overall I like Bestia, although the food can sometimes be uneven (tasteless pizzas and mushy pastas) but when it hit it's high notes it sparkles.

        With all of that said, if I were spending my owns money, I'd much rather go to Sotto, for arguably the same kind of food but just a wee little better.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Oddly enough, that's kind of how I feel about Sotto except - mushy pizza and tasteless pasta.

          Haven't been to Bestia, (been IN, but haven't tried the food) but I was looking forward to it. Now, not so much.

        2. re: JAB

          Darn, I was really looking forward to Bestia in a couple weeks for a birthday (I'm paying).

          1. re: granadafan

            Doubt that it is that expensive. Have friends who go there once a week. They are not super-rich, but love the food

        3. Mastro's
          The Ivys

          I'm noticing a steakhouse theme here.

            1. re: la2tokyo

              Farmshop? They're not exactly pricey.

              1. re: foodiemahoodie

                Strictly in response to the OP's question, there are places that I like but I can't justify spending the prices they are asking because the dining experience doesn't justify the price. I would rather spend $400 at Melisse than $150 on dinner at Farmshop. At Melisse I feel like the price is justified. $40pp brunch (when you add coffee, pastry, tax and tip) served at a communal picnic table at Farmshop is not something that I really feel satisfied treating myself to if money is tight. That said, I still like the food.

            2. Mastro's, Nobu Malibu