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Oct 4, 2013 05:02 PM

Foodie Group Birthday Dinner

Group of 4 women who get together every month to catch up and try different restaurants around town. Planning a birthday dinner for one in the group and torn between hitting a known favorite (Rivera, Osteria Mozza) or trying a new spot (maybe Tar& Roses, or Connie & Ted's have been suggested).

We're open to anything Westside, downtown, hollywood, generally anywhere in LA (Pasadena is probably too far out for us to travel).

Definitely looking for a place with great food first, a fun vibe but not too loud (we could barely carry on a conversation at Ink by the end of the evening it was so loud!) and would really like to find a spot that also offers an interesting/creative cocktail menu.

We have been to Hinoki & the Bird and Scarpetta recently, so would not want to repeat those.


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  1. Red Medicine? It gets loud later in the evening...but if you went fairly early, you'd be ok. Terrific food. Nice atmosphere and service. Fun cocktails....

    1. Tasting Kitchen
      Tar & Roses
      Freddy Smalls

      Go early to any of those.

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      1. re: Dirtywextraolives

        We do love Tasting Kitchen and they have great cocktails...thanks for the reminder, it's also very well located for our group

        1. re: itshea

          Have you looked into Paiche, in MDR?

          Also, Nobu Malibu is very pretty, tho a bit of a drive.

          Also, don't be deterred by the fact that Freddy Smalls is mainly a bar. Their bartenders (or mixologists, I guess now is the term) are wonderful, and the food is incredible. I don't know how big your group is, but they do have a couple of extra large booths that can accommodate more than four. This place is one of my hubby & I's standard date night place, we just love sitting at the bar and enjoying all the delicious food and cocktails.

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            I've been to Paiche a couple of times and had mixed experiences - the first visit (2 for lunch) was amazing, all the dishes were spot on and the drinks were great, attentive service was also a plus. Second visit (4 for dinner) was the opposite - food was not cooked properly (pasta was WAY under done - and I like al dente) and over seasoned (multiple dishes). Cocktails were OK and service was horrendous. I may give them another try, but not for a birthday event.

            I had not considered Freddy Smalls - how is the noise factor?

            1. re: itshea

              It's not too bad, as it's a small place, and they actually have a line waiting to get in when it gets later, so they control how many people get in. Even though it's a bar, everyone is there for the food, it is that good.

          1. If you choose Tar & Roses, ask for the back patio as it is quieter. Connie & Ted's is also terrific so you will not be disappointed with either. One not mentioned by you: Hatfield's,

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            1. re: New Trial

              Hatfield's definitely not too loud, and may actually be too quiet to be "fun" (more on the romantic end).

              1. re: PeterCC

                Agreed - I love Hatfields, but think it's more of a date night/couples place than a gals' night birthday dinner