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Quiet but "hip" in Bev. Hills, Hollywood, Cent. City, LA West

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I'm putting together a family dinner for about five folks that include two young adult nephews and a "more mature" cousin. The cousin is actually a relatively adventurous eater, but prefers places where the music is really low, so we can talk - for example, she loved the food at Sotto, Picca and Ink, but just found the music too loud. My nephews see me as the aunt that takes them to the "hip" places with good selections of beer or wine and good food - they loved the Hungry Cat and Bludso's.

So I'm looking for a place in Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Century City, or LA West (near the Grove or Beverly Center or West Hollywood), that has good food but is not too "fuddy-duddy," and is relatively quiet.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations.


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  1. Pizzeria Fico http://www.pizzeriailfico.com/ Go early and sit outside for the best in ambient noise reduction tactics. Or the new AOC http://www.aocwinebar.com/ space in which you should "go early and sit outside" to achieve a less noisy environment for your party. It's just that "hip" in the areas you are looking for don't translate into a "quiet" atmosphere.

          1. re: OCSteve

            the food is darn good at craft, but it's not what i would call "hip".
            a lot of agents and lawyer types.

            1. re: linus

              Who sez lawyers & CAA agents can't be hip?!

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                You just beat me to it. I was just going to inquire if he thinks "hip agents and lawyers" is an oxymoron.

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Not to mention that I personally resented the implication that I can't be hip (given how hard I try).

                    1. re: Wayno

                      I don't blame you, Friend! My better half works there, and he's waaaay hipper than me..... He knows all the new music..... ;0)

                    2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                      Also, DWEO, the info we talked about can now be found in my profile under "real name." Will be there for a day or so.

                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    i was only applying the criteria established by our resident expert on all things hip.
                    i'll leave it to y'all to figure the rest out.

          2. Bouchon, if you sit outside on the balcony. Inside is loud.

            1. Bazaar, Craft, Tavern, Hatfield's, Lucques

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              1. re: TracyS

                Hatfield's is always my go-to for quiet but not fuddy-duddy. I love that I can actually have a conversation there without losing my voice the next day.

                1. re: TracyS

                  Lucques manages somehow to be both hip and classic at the same time. And quiet.

                  1. re: mc michael

                    Agree with your assessment of Lucques

                2. Not sure how Bazaar and Mozza got on this thread. Neither are "relatively quiet" unless the comparison is to a jet engine. Scratch Bar will up your hip quotient. Bucato will as well, but it is Culver, not the areas you mentioned. I suspect Hinoki and the Bird may have quit corners (but I have yet to sit in one).

                      1. re: pnutbuddah

                        Love Culina.

                        I have their food delivered at least once a week and it's just as good as if I'd ordered it at the restaurant.

                      1. re: maudies5

                        You could do A-Frame on the patio, but inside you can't even talk to yourself.

                      2. Friends:

                        I want to thank everyone for their recommendations and suggestions - everyone was so helpful. Ultimately, my nephews desire for an interesting beer selection won out, and my cousin was perfectly happy with somewhat exotic sausages - so we ended up at Steingarten on Pico, around 4:30 pm, when it wasn't crowded - I'm not sure what the noise level is like when it's packed.

                        My cousin liked the bratwurst with the curry ketchup - it was moist and tasty without being incredibly heavy or greasy. I had a duck and bacon sausage that was tasty, although just a little bit dry for my taste - but their pretzel bun for the sausage was delicious. Everyone loved the apple and bacon sauerkraut - including my sister, who usually isn't the most adventurous eater.

                        Finally, my nephews said they that have trouble finding Lost Abbey beers at the BevMo or bars close to where they live, so they were delighted to get them at the restaurant. I don't know anything about beer - apparently, their favorites were Devotion and Mo Betta Bretta.

                        Again, I appreciate everyone's suggestions, and will be likely to check them out for future family dinners.