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Looking for a fun and hip Westside Restaurant with phenomenal food...but not stuffy...

Hi, I am looking for a restaurant in the Westwood-Santa Monica-West L.A.-Brentwood area that has delicious food and a fun, lively scene...Any suggestions? We were thinking Katsu-ya in Brentwood, but I have heard mixed reviews on the food...

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  1. Hate to sound like a broken record but I gotta recommend Musha again! Its just such a cool restaurant with amazing food. Very good atmosphere and great, fun and interesting dishes. Here is a link to my previous post.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/338497

    1. Musha is definitely good, but I wouldn't call the scene lively or hip, necessarily. It's kind of hit-or-miss for ambiance in my experience.

      Katsu-ya, the food should be good, I think it depends on what you order. But it's definitely the hippest restaurant I can think of on the westside, if by hip you mean people are glammed out.

      I think Venice is your best bet for a cool vibe and great food. There are a bunch of places like Axe, Joes, Beachwood (is that still open?) that should satisfy that.

      1. Nook bistro on Santa Monica boulevard. It's hidden in a nondescript strip mall, but it's all the things you describe.

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        1. Literati II fits your description to a T. Wilshire at Bundy. I love love love this place.

          1. Violet seems perfect for your needs!

            I second the Beechwood suggestion above, and I like Primitivo on Abbot Kinney too.