CHEZ MIMI or LE PETIT CAFE for a nice French meal in Santa Monica?
Both are really good. Le Petit is a little more casual, with menus on the chalk board and nice, but not excellent service. I like to go and split a main with my wife (for $4 you get full sides on both plates, worth it), a bowl of french onion soup and we split a dessert. With a glass of wine, I think that comes out to about $100 total. Here's my review of Le Petit:
Chez Mimi is a bit higher end, with formal menus and formal service. It's also a bit more expensive. The duck with cherry sauce was very good. Here's my review of Chez Mimi:
As to which I prefer, I go to Le Petit more often, because for the price, I think that it is a better value. If money was no object, I would probably still split them 50/50. If I was trying to impress someone I would go to Chez Mimi. If I was looking for a more lighthearted, fun dinner with friends, I would go to Le Petit.