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Sunday brunch near opera house?

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We will be celebrating my mother-in-law's 70th on a Sunday in December with brunch and the Nutcracker. I'm looking for a brunch place that, ideally, meets the following characteristics: has a moderate sense of ceremony, given the big birthday; is a pretty close walk to the opera house (some people joining us aren't big walkers); and takes reservations. Some of the places I've found meet 2 of the 3, but I'm wondering if I've overlooked anything or if there are general Chow-ish opinions?

Options I have found:
- Bistro du Midi - Would be perfect if it took reservations
- Sip - No reservations, and questionable food/atmosphere (right?)
- Four Seasons - a bit longer walk, and spendy ($48pp)

Thanks for your thoughts!

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  1. I've never actually eaten there, but the Parker House might be worth considering.

    The Ritz Carlton is just around the corner and serves brunch in its restaurant, Artisan Bistro.

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    1. re: wandergirl

      you don't want to eat at the parker house.

      food at the ritz is ok, but i'll plus one on the rec since it fits 3 out of 3 needs.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Thanks so much for the recs! I had actually forgotten about the Ritz (was thinking it was residences only), but I think that will fit the bill. So excited to pay lots of money for a mediocre breakfast! ;) (but will report back!)

        1. re: ClippyZ

          lol. the service will be quite good!~

    2. Thanks for the suggestions. We went to Artisan Bistro in the Ritz, and it fit the bill perfectly. The food was good, there was a reasonable sense of occassion for a brunch, and it wasn't as insane as some of the other places (4 seasons!). We spent about $25pp including tip. I'm really glad I made reservations - they weren't taking any walk-ins -- even someone staying at the hotel couldn't get in!

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      1. re: ClippyZ

        I'm so glad it worked out for you. Thank you for reporting back!