Santa Monica, CA
Desperately searching for good restaurant for ladies lunch in Santa Monica...good food, quiet enough to catch up on life, etc.
How about the Tudor House's tea brunch, at SMB and 2nd st.? Food is good enough, and the room(s) are conducive for engrossing chats. If things become too staid, cross the street and knock back a few pints of cider at the King's Head... Further north on 2nd st. (at Wilshire) is Houston's, where the food is better and more substantial, but not at all conducive to the dissemination of lilting voices...
I think a little more info would make any suggestions more helpful:
a) Cuisines you like?
b) Cuisines to avoid?
c) Budget - How much for food before tax, tip? Does this include a Starter & Entree or would it be just a big salad entree (no starter)?
d) Budget add-Ons - Dessert & Coffee?