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Any dinner places in walking distance of Beverly Wilshire Hotel?

Aimee Jan 6, 2014 06:17 AM

I know LA isn't much of a walking town but we'll be flying in and hoping to get some dinner without getting back in the car. I know there are restaurants in the hotel but I'm hoping for something less pricey and more interesting! Thanks so much.

  1. ipsedixit Jan 6, 2014 08:28 PM


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      latindancer Jan 6, 2014 08:12 PM

      Piccolo Paradiso…small space, intimate environment, with some of the best pasta dishes in LA.
      Excellent, attentive service.

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        Aimee Jan 6, 2014 06:38 PM

        Oh wow - I didn't expect this many replies! Thanks so much. I think my six year old (and my husband) will love Frida's! And we have mediocre Mexican here in NYC.

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        1. re: Aimee
          Thor123 Jan 7, 2014 10:01 AM

          At Frida, the Short Ribs are really good (ask for aside of corn tortillas with it). Also, very good is the Carnitas Platter and the Cochinita Platter. All are very large portions.

        2. JeffW Jan 6, 2014 05:01 PM

          I'd vote for Il Pastaio

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            kevin Jan 6, 2014 04:46 PM

            E Baldi maybe ????

            Mastros ?

            If you have to go chain, then maybe Ruth's Chris.

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            1. re: kevin
              wienermobile Jan 6, 2014 04:50 PM

              Not Ruth's Chris. Expensive and Mediocre.
              South Beverly Grill is a much better choice.

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              maudies5 Jan 6, 2014 04:35 PM

              My 3 top dining choices within walking distance are:
              The Grill on the Alley
              Il Pastaio
              Bouchon Bistro or Bar Bouchon. When the weather is nice, the Bar Bouchon patio is great for people watching.

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              1. re: maudies5
                steve h. Jan 6, 2014 05:25 PM

                Bouchon Bistro, at the pewter bar, is excellent for fried chicken night. Bar Bouchon is a .goto place for lunch and late-night drinks, lots of decent nibbles and the house quiche. The calamari is second only to Sand Bar in Monterey.

                Scarpetta has good pasta. A more informal experience is sitting at the bar, ordering the short rib app, the creamy polenta app and mixing the two together. The barkeep will smile and nod when he/she takes your order. The bar crisps are good. They build decent drinks, too.

                THE Blvd bar at the Beverly Wilshire is very good. Pepe and his team are the best.

              2. wienermobile Jan 6, 2014 04:18 PM

                Sprinkles Cupcakes on Little Santa Monica has a 24 hour Cupcake ATM (no kidding).

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                  Thor123 Jan 6, 2014 03:39 PM

                  For a less pricy but very good Italian Da Pasquale is a family operated place just a few blocks away on little Santa Monica. Its nice with a full bar and moma does a nice job in the kitchen. A neighborhood gem if you will.

                  1. steve h. Jan 6, 2014 02:09 PM

                    Red Medicine and Il Buco are also walkable.

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                      Thor123 Jan 6, 2014 03:36 PM

                      Red Medicine would be a long walk. If you are going to walk to Red Medicine, you could walk Restaurant Row.

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                        steve h. Jan 6, 2014 03:55 PM

                        I like the walk. I get a chance to poke my nose in all the fancy car dealerships.

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                          Thor123 Jan 6, 2014 04:04 PM

                          Its a good walk for that for sure.

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                            steve h. Jan 6, 2014 04:06 PM

                            The best.

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                      kevin Jan 6, 2014 12:33 PM

                      The grill on the alley is pretty close, great Crab louise and great slabs of cheesecake.

                      And a couple stiff martinis.

                      Let us know if you need any hounds to join you. :)

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                        westsidegal Jan 6, 2014 09:43 PM

                        in all the years i've gone to the grill on the alley, every dish and every drink has been served perfectly.

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                          latindancer Jan 7, 2014 08:06 AM

                          Completely agree.

                          However, having said that, my recommendation would be to stay away from Grill on Hollywood…

                          Ate there recently after a film and it was awful, food wise and service wise.

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                            budlit Jan 8, 2014 05:02 PM

                            Agreed. The Grill in Hollywood is pretty bad.

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                        kevin Jan 6, 2014 12:32 PM


                        Next question.

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                          Thor123 Jan 6, 2014 12:34 PM

                          For some reason, I didnt think you were a Cut fan.

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                            kevin Jan 6, 2014 12:35 PM

                            How come ????

                            Mabye not anymore. Though, maybe you're right.

                            But it's still good stuff. Though pretty fucking pricey, right ?????

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                              Servorg Jan 6, 2014 12:38 PM

                              No, not Cut as the OP wrote " I know there are restaurants in the hotel but I'm hoping for something less pricey and more interesting!"

                              Next suggestion.

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                                kevin Jan 6, 2014 12:45 PM

                                Yeah, I missed that.

                                Skipped the body and just read the title.

                                Just realized that now.

                                Thank man.

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                                Thor123 Jan 6, 2014 12:44 PM

                                I only ate there once. Found it very sterile and cold feeling. For sure expensive. Also, did not like that the bar is separate from the restaurant. Just didnt have a cool vibe. Again, only once. Much prefer Mastro

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                                  kevin Jan 6, 2014 12:46 PM

                                  Yeah, if we are talking about cool vibes. That's not Cut for sure.

                                  I kept thinking the side bar next door might have a cool vibe though it dind't really.

                                  This is not Tana's if you know what I mean.

                                  Though every now and then i may hit Cut's bar for some of those gougeryes that I love so much.

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                            nosh Jan 6, 2014 12:25 PM

                            Can't believe nobody so far has recommended The Grill on the Alley. Great American fare with old-time, professional service.

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                              Thor123 Jan 6, 2014 12:27 PM

                              Another very good choice. Great brick chicken. Similar to Sotto that dish.

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                                kevin Jan 6, 2014 12:34 PM

                                I did.

                                shoot, my bad,

                                just realized you beat me to it.

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                                maudies5 Jan 6, 2014 10:39 AM

                                Il Pastaio is always a good choice. About a ten minute walk. Easy.

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                                1. re: maudies5
                                  Thor123 Jan 6, 2014 11:06 AM

                                  It is a good choice. You could crawl in 10 min. 3 blocks away.

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                                    JAB Jan 6, 2014 12:14 PM

                                    From experience? ;>)

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                                      Thor123 Jan 6, 2014 12:15 PM


                                2. Wayno Jan 6, 2014 10:02 AM

                                  I work right across the street from the hotel. I highly recommend DOMA on Camden just north of Wilshire - a 2 minute walk. Very nicely done Italian and wood-fired pizza, in a very pleasant atmosphere with ultra nice service.

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                                    jessejames Jan 6, 2014 10:09 AM

                                    hi wayno i work in the area too ... never even heard of doma, sounds nice.

                                    it's not shunjis, and i know many hounds hate it, but i'm on record enjoying sugar fish and bar nozawa from time to time.

                                    1. re: jessejames
                                      Thor123 Jan 6, 2014 10:34 AM

                                      DOMA is owned by the woman who now owns Dan Tanas. Much more low key vibe though. Its also less than a mile walk to Sotto and Picca - two of my personal favorites.

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                                        kevin Jan 6, 2014 12:34 PM

                                        but there's only one tana's, right ?????

                                  2. Ciao Bob Jan 6, 2014 09:31 AM

                                    A 10-15 minute walk will give you a ton of options in Beverly Hills
                                    From the heavy hitters (cut, Spago, e baldi, Bouchon, Scarpetta, Mastro's, Urasawa, Ruth's Chris) to more reasonably priced options (Urth Cafe, S Beverly Gill, Frida's, Momed, Xi'an, California PIzza etx).

                                    A 25 - 30 minute walk takes you to Century City (big Westfield Mall with many options), craft, Hinoki and the Bird.

                                    Cabs or lyft/Uber are plentiful if you don't feel like walking back.

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                                    1. re: Ciao Bob
                                      wienermobile Jan 6, 2014 10:57 AM

                                      No need to walk all the way to Century City unless you want to go to Tom Colicchio's wonderful Craft.

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                                        black_lab Jan 6, 2014 04:12 PM

                                        The hotel is also pretty liberal with the use of their house car in my experience.

                                        I'd just run across the street to Urasawa, but it is the anthesis of inexpensive.

                                        1. re: black_lab
                                          Thor123 Jan 6, 2014 04:17 PM

                                          For sushi, a few blocks down South Beverly is Sushi Sushi which is outstanding. Not cheap, but nowhere near Urasawa. A bit further on Olympic just west of Doheney is Sushi Sasabune.

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                                            black_lab Jan 6, 2014 04:40 PM

                                            I've had some great lunches at sushi sushi for sure!

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                                        budlit Jan 6, 2014 07:50 AM

                                        Momed's duck schwarma

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                                          budlit Jan 6, 2014 07:19 AM

                                          Piccolo Paradiso
                                          Scarpetta in the Montage

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                                            jessejames Jan 6, 2014 07:29 AM

                                            Pp is really good

                                          2. Servorg Jan 6, 2014 07:14 AM

                                            Close to your hotel is Frida's for Mexican http://www.fridarestaurant.com/beverlyhills/ and if you like Deli then in the opposite direction from Frida's (but about the same easy walking distance) is Nate 'n Al's http://www.natenal.com/ or, while it's a chain it's darn good one, South Beverly Grill (part of the Hillstone/Houston's group) http://www.hillstone.com/#/restaurant... (they have a prime rib French dip that is absolutely delicious)

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                                            1. re: Servorg
                                              Thor123 Jan 6, 2014 07:37 AM

                                              Agree on all counts. Short ribs at Frida are really good. Chicken sand at South Beverly's Honor Bar is great.

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                                                bringiton Jan 6, 2014 10:02 AM

                                                +1 for South Beverly Grill. Nice atmosphere, live music in the bar area and pretty reasonable ($20-35 entres) and yes, the French Dip is sublime. It also features grilled fish, sushi, steaks and salads.

                                                Your area of BH is actually quite walkable. Mastros is an expensive steakhouse but has good food and some amazing people watching.

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                                                  jessejames Jan 6, 2014 10:05 AM

                                                  i like sbg - but the prices don't justify going there when so many great places at a similar or just slightly higher price point...$22 french dip, $18 burger -- you're honestly better off at the real Grill, the one on the alley, for a great burger...nice beer selection tho.

                                                  mastros is a hoot.

                                                  not for dinner but the chaumont bakery has nice sandwiches and breakfast food.

                                              2. re: Servorg
                                                curiousgeo Jan 6, 2014 10:42 AM

                                                Grilled skirt steak and enchilada plate at Frida's is great! Guacamole is a good start to the meal too.

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