My husband and I are going to the opera at the L.A. Music Center next weekend, and we'd like to go out to a nice dinner beforehand. We don't know the downtown area at all. But my research tells me that Water Grill, Cicada, and Checkers seem to be the best places in the area, and seem to be close to the Music Center. Where do you recommend for the best food and overall experience? We are also open to other places...whatever is good. Also, I have heard that some restaurants in the area have a shuttle to the music center...what's the deal with that? Finally, given the speed of service, what time should we make the reservation for, in order to make it to a 7:30 PM show on time?