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Providence offering an $80 tasting menu throughout June

Just rec'd word from Providence that they are offering a four course tasting menu for all of June to celebrate their 9 years in L.A. The menu will change daily.
They will reopen on Wednesday May 28,2014 after remodel.

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  1. Celebrate Nine Years of Providence

    with our Specially Priced Four-Course Menu During the Month of June!

    June marks our ninth anniversary at Providence and we are on...well..cloud nine! We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our loyal guests, for your enduring support. "We feel so fortunate to be a part of the ever-evolving Los Angeles food scene. At times, I look back and can't believe it's been nearly a decade. It feels like we just opened yesterday!", says consummate host and co-owner of Providence, Donato Poto. In honor of this auspicious occasion, Providence is providing some incentive for you to celebrate along with us. Beginning on our May 28th reopening, we are offering our four-course tasting menu, for $80 a person, during the entire month of June. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you!


    Four-Course Tasting Menu $80
    Menus change daily
    (exclusive of tax, gratuity and beverages)

    *Parties of 10 or less only. Reservations during our anniversary celebration fill up quickly. For reservations please call (323) 460-4170 or Open Table.
    We look forward to celebrating with you!


    http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/169691/802...

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    1. re: ns1

      Thanks, ns1, yours is copied right from their email; when I tried to cut and paste that, it would not paste even after trying to copy it at least 5X!

    2. Should we be suspicious? This sounds like a restaurant week type of promotion. Wouldn't it make more sense for people that have never been, to go for a longer tasting and pay full fare? Just an idea.

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      1. re: orythedog

        They do this every year. No gimmicks, just a shorter prix fixe at a discount.

        1. re: chrishei

          the 4 course prix is also on the regular menu @100, so this is a $20 savings.

          1. re: ns1

            sounds good, always wanted to go

            1. re: orythedog

              In addition to what everybody else has said, the price goes up every yr. When I had it ~4 yrs ago, it was $55 (I think)....

              1. re: ilysla

                Wrong. The Cheapest it has ever been was 70

        2. re: orythedog

          I don't think so...four courses is a great option.
          This is the real deal; prepared, cooked and served with love and respect.

          1. re: VenusCafe

            We were very pleased w/ the four courses we rec'd. Definitely the real deal, just fewer courses.

            However, those of us at the table (not me) who ordered the longer tasting menu seemed to more than get their money's worth in terms of difference of cost.

              1. re: set0312

                No, alas, it was many yrs ago (~4, as I said above).

                Is it "worth" it? Hard to say. At the $55-65, I paid, I thought it was a good deal. $80 would probaby be the very upper limit of what I'd be willing to pay (esp since all the "really" good dishes like the uni [I think] were part of the longer tasting menu).

                The service was excellent and unobtrusive, the ambiance was very much what you'd expect from a high-end restaurant, and the quality of ingredients + presentation of the food were excellent. However, I can also understand how someone might find it kind of... boring (a BacoMan did below).... maybe "staid" is a better word? This is not a happenin', hip joint place that's on the cutting-edge (whatever that means) of food....

                Not been to the other places you mentioned, so I can't compare.

        3. this may sound like a very naive question (and it is) but is Providence that good? Should I drop 80 a person on this, or from a food standpoint would I be better suited at Trois Mec or Alma or something like that?

          It seems I rarely see CH reviews on Providence.

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          1. re: set0312

            widely considered one of the best restaurants in the city. just named #1 on jonathon gold's list. and i think if you did a search, you would see lots of chowhounds posts. it's been around for a long time, and has a standard of excellence so there's really not a lot to say about it. i've been to trois mec and alma. and they were both very good. but i keep going back to providence. it's a top rate dining experience, with an emphasis on beautifully executed seafood.

            1. re: set0312

              I actually wonder the same thing. My friend's mother recently went and thought it was spectacular.

              Kevineats just went again and said it was great.

              But I actually don't see that much that interests me personally.

              Alma and Trois Mec seem more interesting.

              And if you went seafood dedication...why not just go to Shunji, N/Naka, Mori, etc...?

              Of course...you know, J Gold considers it to obviously be by far the best restaurant in LA.

              1. re: BacoMan

                And if you went seafood dedication...why not just go to Shunji, N/Naka, Mori, etc...?
                ---------
                Cuz those options are waaaaay more expensive than the 4 course providence meal we are talking about

              2. re: set0312

                Providence is indeed that good. I too would consider it LA's top high end.

                Alma's cooking is not on that level in terms of refinement, level of cooking, or quality of ingredients.

                1. re: set0312

                  No
                  small portions
                  ridiculous prices for said "bites"
                  nothing craveworthy
                  tons of bs like "foams" of this and that.

                  been 5 or 6 times but not in a few years in fairness...

                  1. re: set0312

                    Best meal I've every had in Los Angeles...

                    1. re: set0312

                      I think $80 is a good way to get an introduction to Providence. You might see less about Providence because it doesn't lend itself to as much debate on these forums. Even with the complaint-ridden J. Gold 101 thread, Providence's placement at the top only gets mentioned once or twice.

                      Personally, if I just wanted a solid, excellent meal, I would choose Providence. If I wanted something that was a little more thought provoking, Trois Mec.

                      1. re: set0312

                        >> "...is Providence that good?" <<

                        Yes. Absolutely.

                        (even if JGold says so)

                      2. Does anyone know roughly how long the 4 course meal takes?

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                          1. re: OCAnn

                            No way... 30 minutes per course? That sounds absurd.

                            1. re: BacoMan

                              There are complimentary amuse bouches. Last night I had the 9 course and Mr OCAnn had the 4 course and it took 3 hours, 15 minutes.

                        1. For anyone curious, here is last night's (Sun 01Jun2014) market menu (* indicates 4 course menu item):

                          Wild East Coast Fluke*
                          Santa Barbara Sea Urchin (American caviar, $20 supplement)
                          Spot Prawn
                          Sea Scallop
                          Wild Alaskan Halibut*
                          Choice of*
                          - Liberty Farms Duck Breast
                          - A5 Wagyu (3oz, $50 supplement)
                          - Wild King Salmon
                          Artisanal Cheeses
                          Lemon Cloud
                          Chocolate Marquise*

                          We also had 4 amuse bouches and 2 additional dessert offerings (with our 4-course/$80 and 9-course/$140 dinners). For our options, we went with the wagyu and duck--both which were awesome.

                          Pics:
                          1. Amuse 1, cocktail gelee
                          2. Amuse 2, scallop w/sushi rice taco
                          3. Amuse 3, wagyu beef cigar
                          4. Amuse 4, salmon skin chip & roe dip
                          5. Amuse 4 (served with above), soup w/peas
                          6. Course 1, fluke
                          7. Course 2, halibut
                          8. Course 3, wagyu (his)
                          9. Course 3, duck (mine)
                          10. Course 4, chocolate marquise
                          11. Complimentary Dessert 1
                          12. Complimentary Dessert 2

                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
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                          1. re: OCAnn

                            Thanks for that. Food porn! It was good for me. I'm going in a couple of weeks. Can't wait....

                            1. re: OCAnn

                              Thanks for the photos! I loved my meal at Provence. The SB sea urchin was one of the best dishes I have ever had.

                            2. It's good, but I think Joe's in Venice is better bang for the buck.

                              1. Going by myself later this month to do this - my last visit was almost 3 years ago.

                                Slightly off-topic: my roommates went last week, and said that the decor hasn't really changed very much.

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                                1. re: chrishei

                                  Me too. We make a point of going on a Monday (6/30 this year) to double-dip with the waived corkage fee night.
                                  We typically supplement in one course ( eg Spot prawns) and also add a cheese course and it makes for a really great meal. Even for meals outside the June window, I prefer to do the market menu and supplement. I'm a serious eater, but the chef's menu though great, is a serious investment in time and volume.

                                  1. re: john gonzales

                                    Enjoy your dinner sir.

                                    My last 2 meals there were the chef's menu, but this is definitely a good chance to revisit w/o the $ commitment (especially since I'm going out a lot this month).

                                  2. re: chrishei

                                    Regarding the decor, the ceiling shells are still there. There's new wall paper, carpet, reupholstered banquettes & linen--all in a handsome dark (not navy) blue. It looks more like a refreshment than a complete make-over.

                                    1. re: OCAnn

                                      I was expecting more of a marine look, so this is actually a good thing. Not that I care about decor though...