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617 S Olive St,
Tel: +1 2134889488
It doesn't get much more glamorous than this in L.A. Located in the historic, gorgeous Oviatt Building, Cicada occupies what was once a haberdashery with a design inspired by an Art Deco oceanliner from the 20s. The 30-foot-high ceilings, supported by soaring hand-carved maple columns, are etched in gold leaf, while a mezzanine level is lined with colorful murals. Also upstairs is a swanky bar whose sofas and leather club chairs invite guests to relax with a cocktail before dinner or linger with a grappa afterwards. Cicada, loaded with precious Lalique glass, is surely among the most dramatic dining environments in town, making it ideal for romantic occasions. The modern Italian menu includes items such as ahi tuna carpaccio with wasabi caviar; duck ravioli with shiitake mushrooms, sweet peas and shallots; veal chop with sweet potato gnocchi and red cabbage; and filet mignon with foie gras and green apples in a Cabernet sauce. In what is just another of the restaurant's nice touches, pre-theater diners are whisked to the Music Center.
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