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Water Grill's Sunday Clambake Dinner

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I get asked more often than I can handle for recommendations for where to eat in Los Angeles. And it's a hard question to answer because there are not only a staggering number of excellent options, but also it's so often a matter of personal taste and finding the right spot for the right occasion. For the past four or five years, however, if you ask me what my favorite special occasion restaurant in Los Angeles is (not counting the epic $500 sushi of Urasawa, mind you) I will without hesitation say The Water Grill.

Neither new, nor particularly trendy, what The Water Grill has going for it is consistently excellent food and the kind of service you might actually write home about. In a time when customer service has devolved from the phony cheer of a Gap door greeter to the frustrating melange of automated phone "press one for English, two for Spanish" systems that lead you to an unintelligible and often ineffectual person halfway across the globe, the Water Grill can be counted on for a personal, warm, comfortable, welcoming, and high-quality dining experience. This is why, without hesitation, I joined my fellow web-writers Caroline on Crack, e*starLA, and ShopEatSleep for an intimate meal hosted by The Water Grill to check out their Sunday Clambake Dinner.