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Solo Birthday Dinner in or Near Century City

OCSteve Aug 6, 2013 11:09 PM

I will be in Century City on my birthday next week and want to treat myself to dinner. I will be dining solo, so bar seating would be preferable, but it's not an absolute must. I'm open to just about any type of cuisine, and money is not a huge concern. Casual preferred. Thanks in advance.

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    cujo Aug 21, 2013 07:21 PM


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      J.L. Aug 21, 2013 11:18 PM

      ... right. OP indeed ended up at Craft (OP said so on Aug. 19).

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      OCSteve Aug 19, 2013 03:12 PM

      Thanks again for all the recommendations. I ended up at Craft and actually had a friend join me.

      We started with the calamari salad. Calamari was cooked perfectly, and the salad was fantastic.

      We split our entrées. The braised short ribs and the lamb. The lamb was cooked to a perfect medium rare, and the short ribs were fall apart tender and very flavorful.

      The sides we had were the beet greens and the sweet corn, both of them very good.

      Thoroughly enjoyed the meal, and the service was great. My friend knows I hate birthday fanfare, especially in restaurants, so I'm guessing that somebody on the staff must've heard my friend wish me happy birthday because they brought out a free dessert, which I thought very nice touch.

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        nosh Aug 21, 2013 11:40 PM

        We had a wonderful family meal at Craft a few months ago. There were eight of us. Food, service, everything was top notch.

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        JudiAU Aug 12, 2013 09:00 PM

        I'd eat at Craft

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          OCSteve Aug 7, 2013 02:05 PM

          Thanks for the input. Craft is looking like a winner, but you guys had to throw the Stinking Rose at me. Bastards! Now I'm totally confused.

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            Thor123 Aug 7, 2013 02:37 PM

            Go to Craft and save Stinking Rose for the next REALLY special occasion.

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              kevin Aug 7, 2013 03:26 PM


              Skip The Stinking Rose.

              These comedians were just messing with you.

              And the consensus states that the winner is Craft by a proverbial landslide.

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                OCSteve Aug 7, 2013 03:36 PM

                I know. Apparently I need to work on my online sarcasm. It always comes across so clearly in person...

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                foodiemahoodie Aug 7, 2013 03:32 PM

                Stinking Rose? Not in the same realm as Craft. If you're serious about food, then it's going to be Craft.

                If you want a scene and a good steak - Mastro's in Beverly Hills (about a 5 minute cab ride). Go to the bar on the top floor where you're going to find high priced hookers on their day off. Like Vegas but without the fat people in shorts. Wear a condom.

                Hinoki/Bird - great room, food is creative but not as delicious as Craft.

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                  kevin Aug 7, 2013 03:35 PM

                  "Go to the bar on the top floor where you're going to find high priced hookers on their day off. Like Vegas but without the fat people in shorts. Wear a condom."

                  This is by far the best post of the entire year.

                  And even if the steaks were as bad as the Stinking Rose...

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                    Thor123 Aug 7, 2013 03:37 PM

                    But they are not. The steaks at Mastro's are really good! Great place to go alone for a birthday.

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                      kevin Aug 7, 2013 03:39 PM

                      This going to sound crazy but is any of the fish here, or any other seafood good too ?

                      Stiff drinks too ? i'm presuming a martini would set one back about 17 bucks and a scotch and soda at least 15 ?

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                        Thor123 Aug 7, 2013 03:40 PM

                        The sea food tower is out of this world. One of the best anywhere. The martini's are huge and must be $15.

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                          kevin Aug 7, 2013 03:41 PM

                          I think this place will make Tana's look like McD's.

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                            Thor123 Aug 8, 2013 10:50 AM

                            You mean price wise? Not really. It is about the same on the mains, maybe a bit more. The sea food tower can be very expensive if you get carried away as they add whole lobster(s) and tons of oysters etc

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                              kevin Aug 8, 2013 11:07 AM


                              And for the high priced hookers.

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                    kevin Aug 7, 2013 03:38 PM

                    though i think they'd be way too high-priced for my slimmed down pocketbook.

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                      OCSteve Aug 7, 2013 03:50 PM

                      So if I wear shorts it will be just like Vegas? ;)

                      I've been to the Mastro's in Costa Mesa and was underwhelmed. Steak was tough and overcooked. I'm guessing I caught them on an off night, but it's not at the top of my list. I'll make sure I stop by a pharmacy if I go that route.

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                        jgilbert1000 Aug 7, 2013 04:24 PM

                        The Mastro's in BH is on a whole different level from lowly Costa Mesa.

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                          TripleAxel Aug 8, 2013 11:24 AM

                          BTW, the week after is Costa Mesa Restaurant Week, if you feel like giving them another try with their $40.13 3-course prix fix dinner... I've been down there twice before and was not disappointed...

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                      kevin Aug 7, 2013 12:48 PM


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                        Thor123 Aug 7, 2013 01:46 PM

                        With all due respect, that is not very inspired for a Birthday dinner! How about Stinking Rose???

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                          JAB Aug 7, 2013 01:53 PM


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                            Thor123 Aug 7, 2013 01:56 PM

                            I hear they have the best steak in town!

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                              JAB Aug 7, 2013 01:56 PM

                              I've heard.

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                              kevin Aug 7, 2013 03:25 PM

                              btw, is that a picture of our gold friend, gilabets ?


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                                JAB Aug 7, 2013 05:08 PM

                                I don't understand?

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                                  kevin Aug 7, 2013 05:21 PM

                                  I meant, I guess, if the guy playing the drums in the video linked:


                                  is this OP guy:


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                                    PeterCC Aug 7, 2013 05:24 PM

                                    I don't understand?

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                                      kevin Aug 7, 2013 05:33 PM

                                      shoot, i don't think i can explain.

                                      i'm kind of confused to explain now myself.

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                                      JAB Aug 7, 2013 07:29 PM

                                      No, that video is of the Ba Dum Tsssssh sound which typically follows a joke such as the insider / running joke that Thor123 told on the preceding post. You are correct however in that the insider / running joke is in relation to the post that you linked.

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                                kevin Aug 7, 2013 03:23 PM

                                I don't know.

                                Mentioned Century City and nothing came to mind personally (I haven't tried Hinoki yet though).

                                Ok, thor, i'm guilty as charged on my comment.

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                              Thor123 Aug 7, 2013 09:40 AM

                              Hinoki and the Bird is right in CC and is a very cool setting with a great bar and interesting food. Sotto is just down the street and has great Italian food and bar seating. That would be my preference.

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                                Dirtywextraolives Aug 7, 2013 09:26 AM


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                                  wienermobile Aug 7, 2013 09:52 AM


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                                    TonyC Aug 7, 2013 01:52 PM


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                                      linus Aug 7, 2013 03:47 PM

                                      y'know, to this day, i think my favourite meal at craft has been at the bar.
                                      of course, that was 42 and half chefs ago, but you get my drift.

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                                  TracyS Aug 7, 2013 07:26 AM

                                  Lots of options in Century City and nearby Beverly Hills and Culver City, depending what you feel like. Going from casual to more upscale --

                                  Westside Tavern
                                  Freddy Smalls
                                  Waterloo & City
                                  Red Medicine

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