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westside restaurant with a view

dinner companion has good but conventional taste. a place with beach or highrise view, not too terminally hip or noisy?

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  1. The Restaurant at the Getty. Spectacular views.

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    1. re: nosh

      Ditto this: 310 440 6810 ext 2 for reservations.

    2. You might also consider Geoffrey's.

      Moonshadows has a good view and is closer, but the food not as outstanding.

      1. Moonshadows (the outside patio) is amazing. Really one of the best places in LA.

        Also - the bar at Casa Del Mar (if you can get a window seat) is great. It has bar food that is ok - but the view is of the beach and the Santa Monica Pier. It's very nice.

        1. Cafe Del Rey?

          Great place, not sure if the view is great enough.

          1. One Pico, at Shutters on the Beach. The food is quite good, it's not a terminally hip place, it even has a fireplace. Keep in mind, the view is of the beach which isn't so great at dinner-time in January (it's dark out!) But you can also see the S. Monica pier in the distance, which works a bit better at night. Oh, the service is top notch, it's not noisy, but not stuffy either.

            1. A fun place with a view is at the Santa Monica Airport. There are 2 restaurants - The Hump and Typhoon. You can watch all the planes take off and land.

              Typhoon is sort of Asian/fusion, not the greatest food but perfectly capable, and the seating places you right by the wonderful view.

              The Hump is a serious sushi place, on the top floor. Unfortunately, the seating arrangements and decor of the place actually shut out the view.

              In either case, the best place for the view is out on the deck, right over the runway.

              So you can have your choice, sit by the window at Typhoon and eat sorta-okay coconut shrimp and enjoy the wonderful view, or have a beer outside on the deck at The Hump and then go inside and focus on the sushi.

              And I just descovered another wonderful airport dining location, at the Long Beach Airport. Only I didn't eat, I just had a drink on the deck waiting for the Jet Blue from Kennedy to land. Has anyone eaten there?

              1. Hotel Angelino the restaurant at the top is called West. It used to be the Holiday Inn next to 405 @ Sunset Blvd.. Amazing view - windows all the way around in the restaurant.

                1. and I am pretty sure it isn't tragically hip or snobbish :)

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                  1. re: Francesca

                    I'm not so sure about that! Check out the LA Times review. It looks like it can be very hip and very LOUD depending upon when you go. http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/cl...

                  2. It's pretty low key during a conventional dinner hour which is when I've been. Late nights/Saturday nights - couldn't say. Doesn't sound like the OP will be going during the crazy hours. If so, I'm sure they can handle it :)