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Looking for restaurant with fine arts display and private room

charmo Jul 19, 2013 09:39 AM

Hi all: a friend of mine is hosting his monthly book club meeting and would like a restaurant to tie in to the book they'll be discussing. They're reading 'The Value of Art' by Michael Findlay. It's a group of businessmen/CEOs, so the preference is for a restaurant on the mid to upscale side, private room/patio ideal. Located on the west side or central LA, please. ANy ideas?

(I did a search on Yelp and came across Tamayo's as a start...)

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  1. cookie monster RE: charmo Jul 19, 2013 09:53 AM

    Cecconi's in West Hollywood has a private room called the Butterfly Room, named after the giant Damien Hirst piece hanging on the wall.

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      charmo RE: cookie monster Jul 19, 2013 11:32 AM

      Thanks so much - the place looked beautiful! However, hostess declined saying that a party of 8 would feel overwhelmed in the room. Pity - but i'd love to dine there.

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      maudies5 RE: charmo Jul 19, 2013 09:56 AM

      Michael's in Santa Monica has fine art on display. They also have a beautiful patio. Perhaps, cocktails could be indoors near the art and dinner outdoors. Lovely venue.

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        tonee RE: maudies5 Jul 19, 2013 04:10 PM

        Michael's also has a very nice private room upstairs. However, I'm not sure there's any art in the room.

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        Thor123 RE: charmo Jul 19, 2013 11:48 AM

        You could really spice it up by doing a field trip to Picasso at the Bellagio in Vegas!

        1. steve h. RE: charmo Jul 19, 2013 02:07 PM

          You might want to consider taking a large table in the garden at Cafe Pinot. It's in the shadow of LA's iconic downtown library which just happens to open into the garden. The library has a fantastic archive..

          Food is good, wine selection, too. A sunset meal in the garden easily evolves into a memorable urban snapshot.

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            ilysla RE: charmo Jul 19, 2013 02:48 PM

            There won't be art in the room, but does The Restaurant at the Getty have a private room? You'll certainly be *close* to a lot of art....

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              archer RE: charmo Jul 20, 2013 01:35 AM

              No private room, but from the patio of Ray and Stark's @ LACMA, you'll have a view of Chris Burden's striking Urban light and in the distance on the other side, you can see Heizer's Levitated Mass (which I admit not everyone considers art...) plus you're of course surrounded by the art inside the museum. Excellent food and drink. I believe they should be able to push tables together to create a nice space for you on patio.

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                Servorg RE: archer Jul 20, 2013 08:33 AM

                "...you can see Heizer's Levitated Mass (which I admit not everyone considers art...)"

                Hey, if Whistler's Mother is art and Robert Motherwell produces art then Mother Nature can be an artist too! (g)

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                foodiemahoodie RE: charmo Jul 20, 2013 11:16 AM


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                  charmo RE: charmo Jul 22, 2013 10:26 AM

                  Thanks all for your recommendations! I like the idea of dinner at Ray+Stark but fear it may be a bit too casual. Pinot is likely the top contender - looking into the Getty and Melisse now.

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                    wienermobile RE: charmo Jul 22, 2013 10:28 AM

                    FYI The Getty is only open for dinner on Saturday nights but does server lunch everyday the Getty is open and brunch on the weekends . Good food.

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