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Jan 31, 2014 05:45 AM

What is currently the best Los Angeles restaurant located in a hotel?

Looking to make plans for my husband's bday, and for boring family reasons, I'm thinking that staying in a hotel and having dinner in a restaurant onsite is the way to go this year, Suggestions, please?

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  1. Surveying the immediate field here in the LA area we find:

    The Four Seasons on S. Doheny for Culina

    The Hotel Bel-Air for the new Wolfgang Puck run restaurant

    SLS Hotel and Saam or the Bazaar

    The Montage Hotel and Scarpetta

    The Beverly Wilshire and Cut Steakhouse

    Purely on the beauty of the grounds and the ambiance of its "away from it all" feeling, while you are actually still right in the middle of LA, I'd pick the Hotel Bel-Air.

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      1. re: kevin

        I beg to differ. I think that CUT is possibly the worst hotel restaurant in Los Angeles (food…improperly cooked very expensive steaks, service…terribly rude, ambiance…noisy beyond belief). I have previously posted a more complete explanation of how poorly we were treated there…shocking! I cannot possibly recommend the Beverly Hills Cut (although I hear that Las Vegas is quite good).

      2. re: Servorg

        Good list.

        I'd add The Belvedere in the Peninsula to this list.

        And perhaps the best motel restaurant is Trattori Amici.

        And The Polo Lounge in the Beverly Hills hotel is regarded highly by some, but not by me.

        1. re: foodiemahoodie

          I thought you liked Thr Polo Lounge ????

          Or maybe just for the scene ?

          1. re: kevin

            No, never liked the food much. Not bad, but I only go when someone else insists (or is paying)

            The scene - well, I've had weird experiences there (the Spector story).

          2. re: foodiemahoodie

            Polo Lounge has gone way down. Still good service and great patio, but crazy prices, limited menu and small portions. Other than that its great.

            By the way Amici just got its full liquor license.

            1. re: Thor123

              Amici is amazing in summertime. Their patio with all the little twinkle lights is so nice.

          3. re: Servorg

            I think this is a solid list and the most special occasion-y of these for me is Saam. Quiet, intimate room. Won't ever be seated too close to anyone else.

          4. All the above mentioned restaurants are great.

            After that it becomes more subjective than anything, based on location and what you're in the mood for.
            Hotel Bel Air, as far as location goes, is definitely IMHO, one of the most beautiful spots.
            I love Puck restaurants but I wouldn't say this is his best.

            I never hesitate to go for a bungalow at BH Hotel…your 'boring family reasons' will be insignificant the next day :-).

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            1. re: latindancer

              Don't get me wrong, I love the Pink Palace and its grounds are also quite lovely. But the restaurant choices (except for breakfast in the Fountain Room) no longer measure up to the other choices here as far as I'm concerned.

              1. re: Servorg

                Speaking only for myself…

                The BH Hotel is a place i know very well with familiar faces and top notch service.
                Anymore, in LA, I can't think of too many places where I have an urge to get right back to for the food…nothing is really very memorable anymore. I have a few places, with a few dishes, that I love but the list gets shorter and shorter year to year.
                I like Culina and Bouchon for the food. The hotels are nice but nothing, for me, compares to BH Hotel. It's where I go for comfort, privacy, great service and nice food.
                As far as 'measuring up' and comparing Polo Lounge to some of the others? That's totally subjective.

            2. Cut for steak
              Hotel Bel-Air for ambiance and good food
              Coast or One Pico at Shutters for a pleasant lunch with a view
              Bazaaar at SLS for trendy and fun

              1. How about The Montage? Bouchon is practically on site and the food is excellent.

                1. I haven't been to most of the ones listed here, but the one I like the best is Fig at the MIramar.