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Birthday Dinner Saturday - Santa Monica area

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Jack Flash Jul 7, 2006 06:24 PM

OK, so it's my birthday, and I get to pick where we go for dinner tomorrow (Saturday). And we're probably going to a 7:30 movie at the Aero in Santa Monica. Since I now spend virtually my entire non-working life in the San Gabriel Valley, I'm hopelessly out of it in terms of knowing where I might want to go. I probably haven't dined in Santa Monica in at least three years! So, I'm hoping for some suggestions. Guidelines: not ridiculously expensive (is there anyplace nice for around $50-$60/person, before tax & tip but including alcohol?). Not overly formal.

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    Nicole RE: Jack Flash Jul 7, 2006 07:24 PM

    My favorite restaurant in Santa Monica is Jiraffe. I'm not sure how much you plan to drink when you say "including alcohol"...drinks can drastically alter the price of a meal, no matter where you go. Anyway, my husband and I don't drink much and can easily eat there for around $100. Entrees are $20-$36, with most in the $26-$29 range: http://www.jirafferestaurant.com/menu...

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      Jack Flash RE: Nicole Jul 7, 2006 07:31 PM

      You know, I've never been to Jiraffe. That's definitely a possibility. Thanks for the idea.

    2. chica RE: Jack Flash Jul 7, 2006 07:27 PM

      What type of food do you like?

      I'd highly recommend Jiraffe, too, if you enjoy French food. Other fine French places include Melisse and LaCachette.

      Seafood-wise, I'd go to Ocean Ave. Seafood or The Lobster (great views).

      For Italian, a place like Il Forniao or I Cugini might do.

      For funky, Typhoon (ants and crickets!)

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        Jack Flash RE: chica Jul 7, 2006 07:33 PM

        I like just about everything, though I'm not much into seafood (except sushi). French is good. American, Asian, Italian, Mexican...really, just about any and all ethnics...

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        FoodieMcFood RE: Jack Flash Jul 7, 2006 07:47 PM

        Josie or Violet. Josie LeBalch of Josie and Jared Simons of Violet are two of the best chefs on the Westside. A bonus: at Violet, where they serve small plates, you could eat a solid dinner for about $30, meaning more money for drinks!

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