Group of 4 women who get together every month to catch up and try different restaurants around town. Planning a birthday dinner for one in the group and torn between hitting a known favorite (Rivera, Osteria Mozza) or trying a new spot (maybe Tar& Roses, or Connie & Ted's have been suggested).
We're open to anything Westside, downtown, hollywood, generally anywhere in LA (Pasadena is probably too far out for us to travel).
Definitely looking for a place with great food first, a fun vibe but not too loud (we could barely carry on a conversation at Ink by the end of the evening it was so loud!) and would really like to find a spot that also offers an interesting/creative cocktail menu.
We have been to Hinoki & the Bird and Scarpetta recently, so would not want to repeat those.