I am planning a dinner next month for a group of fashion industry folks from LA, atmosphere is number 1 food would be number 2. Price not an issue and our group is staying at the Sofitel. Being from LA as well all I know of is Buddakan, but that's the extent of my knowledge. Also will probably looking for swank lounge type places after dinner.
Walked in around 9:30 last night and was able to procure a table.. Kevin H post is on the money for the most part. I wish we would have had your server, our server STRONGLY recommended we order at least 8 dishes for each of us (total of 24), being it was our first visit we felt he was the expert so we followed his advice...SHAME ON US..3 hours and approximately $700 (including spirits, 3 per person) dollars later we felt exhausted and duped. Courses flowed too slowly and many dishes tasted similar. Overall most of the items were tasty and I don't have a problem with the decor (it works for a WEHO outpost). I will return but now know better, the tasting menu is the way to go.