Long Beach, CA
The first review (from 2008) no longer applies. Au Lac is definitely not casual. After a revamp of the interior, it is now white cloth napkins, servers in uniform, marble floors and much more upscale than before. Yes, you can come in jeans and t-shirt or dress up. Everyone's welcomed, especially by notorious hugging Chef Ito of the raw kitchen, and no one should feel out of place.
Higher prices, smaller portions - at least for the raw vegan menu - so be warned if you haven't been in a while. However, there's no place better. Nope, not even those Santa Monica restaurants. This one is it.