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Hollywood dinner spots-not too pricey.

Hello all!

I'm having dinner with a group of 4-5 ladies on a Tuesday night in Hollywood before a show. Our reservation would probably have to be around 5pm. We're all in our mid 30's and live on the westside so we don't get out to Hollywood very often.

We're looking for a fun place with good food at a reasonable price. We probably would want to shoot for around $50 a person with food and some wine or cocktails. Any suggestions?

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    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

      That's West Hollywood, not Hollywood.

      Littlefork or Hungry Cat would be my suggestions with a slight advantage to Littlefork since they offer $1 oysters during happy hour.

      1. re: bg90027

        I know where it is, thanks..... Guess I should be flogged with a wet noodle for suggesting something else in the neighboring area...since that never happens on this board....?

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          Also, OP said all of them live on the westside, so West Hollywood would be on the way.

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            I wasn't flogging you with a wet noodle and didn't mean any offense. I was just pointing out that it wasn't in Hollywood for the OP's benefit.

            It would probably be a fine recommendation if not for what I assume is a tight timetable to get dinner and drinks prior to the show. I don't think its by accident that every other recommendation has been walking distance from the Pantages. It's just a lot easier to get parked nearby first and not have to stress about traffic, how much time you have for dinner, and scrambling for last minute parking when there are 3-4 very good options within walking distance.

        1. Littlefork.

          Had the fiance's 30th there and we did a small dinner for 4, was about $200 after tax/tip.

            1. Second for Cleo! And you could go back to the Redbury for a drink after the show, if you wanted to. I like Littlefork as well.

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              1. re: perk

                Third for Cleo! Love that place. You can order a few dishes to easily share with the group to try a little bit of everything.

                1. re: mc michael

                  Protect the song birds. Feed 'em some cat food! (g)

                2. Wood and Vine. That's where we went before a show, and it was perfect. Went to W for drinks afterward.

                  1. Old School Hollywood at Musso and Frank's.

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                    1. re: wienermobile

                      If you order what you're supposed to at Musso and Frank's - brown liquor, dry aged beef, etc. - it ain't exactly inexpensive.

                      1. re: JeMange

                        definitely some pitfalls on the menu...but some gems that aren't too expensive ...sweatbreads there really nice, hashbrown potato thing, flannel cakes (ok not for girls nite out), lamb chops (well, 40 bucks), sandabs....many fond memories at mussos....haven't had the tuesday daily special there (corned beef)...

                    2. I agree with Yogachiks' recommendation for Wood and Vine.

                      I also live on the westside and was anxious to try Grill on Hollywood as I love Grill on the Alley in BH.
                      Other than the delicious lobster bisque I couldn't believe how different the two restaurants are.
                      Mediocre food with very poor service the night we were there.

                      1. If your show is at the Pantages I suggest Cleo, which is right around the corner. Great food and cocktails, tapas-style so everyone gets to try everything. Middle Eastern/Mediterranian. Beautiful space. Go easy on the cocktails, though, or you will quickly surpass your $50 cap.

                        1. Thanks for all of the suggestions guys!!

                          It looks like it will be either wood and vine or littlefork for us. Just depends on what the consensus of the group is.

                          Thanks again for all the great recommendations.

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                          1. re: Jamlynne

                            Please report back about how you and your group liked dinner -- and the performance.