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

belladre Nov 28, 2006 10:23 PM

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. CarlieInLA RE: belladre Nov 28, 2006 10:39 PM

    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.


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      EREDSON RE: belladre Nov 28, 2006 10:42 PM

      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.

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        AppleSpam RE: belladre Nov 28, 2006 10:44 PM

        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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          Francesca RE: AppleSpam Nov 29, 2006 03:52 AM

          Nook for sure

        2. amandine RE: belladre Nov 28, 2006 10:47 PM

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

          1. hrhboo RE: belladre Nov 28, 2006 10:52 PM

            Violet seems perfect for your needs!

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

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              Cinnamon RE: belladre Nov 29, 2006 04:39 AM

              Jiraffe is definitely not stuffy and is definitely delicious - whether it's actually 'fun' - dunno, too busy eating.

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                Frank_Santa_Monica RE: belladre Nov 29, 2006 04:55 AM

                The Ivy in Santa Monica is fun. What about Buffalo Club? Or Viceroy?

                Hal's is fun (food isn't spectacular, though).

                Katsu-ya? I think you can do a lot better than that.

                1. SauceSupreme RE: belladre Nov 29, 2006 04:11 PM

                  You know, I like the food at Joe's and Jiraffe, but I would certainly classify them as stuffy. Am I wrong here?

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                    Bria Silbert RE: belladre Nov 29, 2006 06:03 PM

                    I recently took a friend to dinner at Literati II - no liquor, one entree and one salad per person, a single cup of coffee and the bill was $94. I didn't feel the food or the experience was worth that kind of money.

                    1. jcwla RE: belladre Nov 29, 2006 06:15 PM

                      Amen to that!

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