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Nice, quiet restaurant in Westwood

Friends from out of town are staying in Westwood, a neighborhood I'm not too familiar with. One of the guests strongly dislikes loud restaurants. Any ideas?

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  1. Wakasan izakaya: omakase only izakaya on westwood below santa monica blvd. very cute and tasty. (go to the rose market after for persian ice cream)

    1. Tanino's is excellent. Chef is one of the famed Drago brothers. The interior is like the Hearst Castle of Westwood....filled with ceilings, fireplaces, antiques from European castles/buildings. Lalique mirrors back the bar, gorgeous iron work doors...........and the food is very authentic, down to the espresso and limoncello on the patio for dessert. One of the owners with Tanino Drago, owns several Malibu restaurants: Allegria, Moonshadows, the Sunset and Padri's martini bar in Agoura.

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      1. re: MalibuAly

        I second Tanino's. Quiet, friendly and personal service, great food.

      2. Mio Babbo's is pretty quiet, with pretty good food, if you want to go somewhere more casual and less expensive than Tanino's.

        1. I vote for Tanino's -- and ask for a quiet table. The food is pretty good and the place is beautiful. Or you can go to Philly's West on a non-football night, but that's, er, well, a different experience.

          1. Tanino's is in the old Alice's Restaurant space, and does have beautiful accoutrements. The service is old-style and can be elegant, for Westwood Village, and they have valet parking in front. But with all of the tile, sound can bounce, and with much of the restaurant somewhat open to the patio and street, it can get chilly on a cold night. It is large and rarely crowded, so bring a wrap and mention your requirements when reserving and being seated.

            In a similar upper-moderate price range there is Gardens on Glendon. 9:30 at the W Hotel is uber-trendy, Napa Valley Grille or Palomino can be either deserted or noisy at night, and I'm no fan of Tengu. Eurochow was a spectacular space for a drink but the food never clicked.

            I've posted before that Thai House, on Gayley across from the Whole Foods Market, is a surprisingly nice tablecloth restaurant with good service and very moderate prices. It is rarely crowded or noisy at dinner.

            1. Is La Bruschetta (on Westwood between Wilshire and Santa Monica) still around? I haven't been in years, but it was always pretty good quality and quiet. Sprazzo, also south of Wilshire, is good Italian and shouldn't be noisy. I would put either above Napa Valley Grille, Palomino or Gardens. Pasta at Sprazzo should be in the $10-15 range.

              Slightly outside of Westwood is La Cachette (on Little Santa Monica heading to Century City). The food quality will be better than anything you can find in Westwood, although I've never been to Tanino, and it will not be noisy.

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              1. re: Jwsel

                Happy to report that La Bruchetta still there, and still as you remember it.

              2. The Palamino has THE BEST roasted chicken on the face of the planet. Juicy inside. Crisp outside. Mashed potatoes. Roasted veggies. LOVE IT.

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                1. re: MalibuAly

                  Palomino has great food, but it's always been very loud when I've been there.

                2. There are some nice Persian Restaurants on Westwood between Wilshire and Santa Monica Blvd. Extremely reasonable for lunch, but I think a little more expensive for dinner. I would stay out of Westwood Village (right next to UCLA) though, unless you like default places like cpk or bjs. Westwood Village is overprised and mostly subpar. Head South on Westwood Blvd.Oh yeah,and under NO circumstances even consider Gardens on Glendon.

                  1. I really liked Tengu, but it might be a bit louder than you want. If you're willing to drive a bit to Century City, you could go to La Cachette. For brunch you could hit up le pain quotidien.

                    1. Tanino for Italian; The Gardens for more classic American (and custom-made-to-order guacamole with a cocktail at the bar first); south of Wilshire on Westwood Blvd. try Delphi for Greek. Brentwood isn't far, and Pecorino has authentic Italian there. Wouldn't recommend the W-- not quiet and quite a bit of attitude...

                      1. tanino is kind of loud, if you ask me, and not particularly great. i'd go to la cachette if you want a quiet great meal.

                        1. If you don't mind a five minute drive, Bel Air Bar and Grill at Sepulveda and Moraga is good or how about the newly redone Mattio's on South Westwood Blvd. Don't know the noise level there.

                          1. matteo's is perfect for out of towners. I recently took my in-laws there and it is a fun LA experience without being loud and trendy. It has an air of the past which is always fun plus the food was terrific, especially the "classics menu". The space is also roomy and comfortable.