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Hollywood & Vine Diner mini-review

Chowpatty | May 20, 200402:39 PM

I recently attended an event at the new Hollywood & Vine Diner, which has been somewhat revamped since its closing due to Chapter 11 last year. It's a very nice room with a vintage feel, tile floors, counter seating and bar and lots of big booths. The majority of their customers seem to come directly from the Pantages in search of close pre-theater dining. The menu is contemporary American and prices seemed on the high side -- pastas at $16, mains around $25, although there are plenty of appetizers and smaller dishes for those who just need a snack. Our event was in the upstairs private room overlooking the restaurant, and we just had appetizers so it's hard to assess the overall menu, although the roast beef, crab cakes, duck spring rolls, roast asparagus and ahi with wontons were all well-prepared, fresh and appealing. Soon they'll be opening a large club with live music next door called Ultralounge. I'd say it looked worth checking out if you need a place to eat in central Hollywood and aren't on a tight budget. Hopefully this can be more than just a place to gouge the poor unsuspecting tourists.

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