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jamielauren Oct 14, 2006 02:13 AM

Need recs. for family b-day dinner before the real fun begins. SOLID food, good atmosphere, not too loud, for party of 7. Westside/Malibu please. No Asian, price doesn't matter.

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    NAspy RE: jamielauren Oct 14, 2006 10:04 PM

    Sounds like you want to have a decent dinner before the heavy drinking starts. If it's for family and your parents would like a nice place with good food, I recommend Josie. A lot of posters rave about the place; when you mentioned the word "solid," that's the place that came to mind: somewhat innovative food (emphasis on game dishes but you can get plenty of other things) with fresh ingredients and excellent execution.

    Good service, adult atmosphere, but not stuffy.

    1. Emme RE: jamielauren Oct 15, 2006 02:29 AM

      I did mine at Capo. It was good; then of course, I went "out out."

      1. chica RE: jamielauren Oct 16, 2006 06:59 AM

        For Malibu, Geoffrey's. You might get in some fun post-dinner at Moonshadows, too.

        Or, for a bit more high-end and reliably good food, go up the canyon to Saddle Peak Lodge.

        1. amandine RE: jamielauren Oct 16, 2006 07:13 AM

          Literati II, at Bundy and Wilshire.

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            AquaW RE: jamielauren Oct 16, 2006 09:20 AM

            Cafe Del Rey is a nice place to have a classy & substantial dinner and get a sophisticated drink or two down before the real festivities begin.

            http://www.cafedelreymarina.com/

            I also second Josie - also Jiraffe's & if you're going for less pricey, Violet.

            ~ AquaW

            http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

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              glutton RE: jamielauren Oct 16, 2006 02:56 PM

              Joe's in Venice is a nice option.

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                noshortibs RE: jamielauren Oct 16, 2006 05:33 PM

                Personally I would wait for the real fun and just go to Kings for the family dinner ; )

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                  jamielauren RE: noshortibs Oct 16, 2006 10:11 PM

                  Thanks for the recs.

                  Noshortribs: that's an interesting name. Sorry, but I only go to Kings for drinks.

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