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Quiet elegance on the westside!

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josephnl Jun 1, 2013 11:41 AM

We're taking an elegant and very sophisticated elderly lady to dinner in a few weeks. Although she has more brain cells than 99% of people half her age, at 95+ years, she has become increasingly frail. We've taken her to the Peninsula dining room and Melisse many times...and although both are really quite perfect for her, we'd like something different. We need a place with easy access (no, or very few steps), reasonably quiet, very nice ambiance, with very good food and service. It needn't be as elegant as the Peninsula or Melisse, but it must be very nice. We'd like it to be somewhere between Beverly Hills/West Hollywood and Santa Monica.

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  1. wienermobile Jun 1, 2013 11:46 AM

    Craft (they will even drive you from the valet to the front door in a golf cart to avoid the steps) Wonderful food in a beautiful setting,

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      maudies5 Jun 1, 2013 11:47 AM

      Hotel Bel Air

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        josephnl Jun 1, 2013 12:34 PM

        Rather long walk from valet parking to dining room!

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        whatsfordinner Jun 1, 2013 12:34 PM

        Josie

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          Dirtywextraolives Jun 1, 2013 12:56 PM

          Chez Mimi

          1. Servorg Jun 1, 2013 01:03 PM

            A few step down on to the patio at Michael's http://www.michaelssantamonica.com/ in Santa Monica

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              nosh Jun 1, 2013 03:08 PM

              Wilshire. Really nice enclosed patio in the back with dramatic lighting.

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                nosh Jun 1, 2013 03:15 PM

                Chinois on Main -- fantastic food. Less noisy if you go early. Really great service. Get the lamb in the radicchio cups and the grilled sliced filet with szechwan sauce. Really great bold flavors and '80s decor.

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                  lizziee Jun 1, 2013 03:55 PM

                  Valentino - absolutely perfect and great food and service

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                    ipsedixit Jun 1, 2013 06:35 PM

                    Bingo.

                  2. perk Jun 1, 2013 06:57 PM

                    Valentino? And it's for sale....so might be a nice time to visit while you can.

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                      cujo Jun 1, 2013 08:52 PM

                      FIG at the Miramar Hotel. Any time after 6 pm. Prior to 6 is their happy hour and gets crowded. They have indoor and outdoor seating.
                      The Penthouse at the top of the Huntington Hotel has spectacular views and the food is very good. Once again, do not go during their Happy Hour.

                      Both venues are handicap accessible.

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                        josephnl Jun 12, 2013 09:35 PM

                        Still haven't decided, but have just read about Il Grano on another thread. Would ths fulfill the requirements in my op?

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                          cujo Jun 12, 2013 10:46 PM

                          It has been a year since I was there. If it is still the same, than my answer is 'yes.'

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