I need to have a dinner on a Tuesday night for 6 for a group that is coming from both Pasadena & the Westside. It's a business dinner with spouses. It shouldn't be casual, but absolute high end is not necessary. Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Latin are already well covered at other times.
Ideally, something downtown would be geographically convenient. Someplace with a moderate tasting menu would be nice ($40-$60) Water Grill would be great, but 2 members don't eat seafood. Cicada and Zucca for Italian would work, but I get mixed reviews for the food.
If I were on the Westside, restaurants I would pick would be Valentino's, Drago's, Joe's and Josie's.
The restaurants in Hollywood, West Howllywood and Beverly HIlls seem a little difficult travel time from the freeway since everyone will be traveling toward the end of rush hour.
Comments and suggestions?