Santa Monica Dinner
I'm meeting my out-of-town friend tomorrow for dinner. She's staying at the Viceroy in Santa Monica, so I want to go someplace close by there. I don't think she's a fan of sushi or other Asian food.
I'm looking for a mid-priced, nice place to eat. I'm not a huge fan of Whist in the Viceroy. Any suggestions? Thanks.
So -- here's a few ideas:
Nook -- on Santa Monica Blvd (just East of Bundy) so it's actually West L.A. Probably be about $80 for two if you don't drink much.
Fritto Misto - casual, Cal-Italian, friendly service, laid-back vibe, yummy specials. about $40 for two; corkage is $1.50 per person; accessible wine list too.
King's Head -- old-fashioned pub food -- not my favorite food, but if your friend likes fish and chips, or shepherd's pie, then it will be a hit. Nice place to talk/hang out.
Thai Too -- On Wilshire around 11th. Not the most authentic food, but always yummy and a cool atmosphere. Maybe $30 for two?
Father's office -- burgers, tapas; if you go out earlier. Probably be a wait if you go later.
Literati II at Wilshire and Bundy and Nook (Santa Monica near Barrington) are probably the two best mid-priced eclectic (i.e., New American or California cuisine) restaurants nearby. You might want to try Rustic Canyon on Wilshire/12th (altho' it's gotten mixed reviews), which is considerably closer. For more money, the Lobster is on Colorado and Ocean at the Pier (down the street from the Viceroy) and the food is decent or, now that I think of it, I Cugini might be your best bet--quite decent Italian at Wilshire and Broadway (I think). There is also Ocean Ave. Seafood on Ocean but probably too pricey. Oh yeah--I have never been but Cora's (Kitchen I think it's called) right across the street from the Viceroy is owned by Bruce Marder. It's supposed to be very good, and while the menu is limited, it should be very decent. For best price/quality ratio--I agree with Nook--10-minute drive east.
I heartily recommend Violet on Pico at 33rd. Wonderful food and a great atmosphere, very low-key.
Joe's on Abbot Kinney, Lilly's on Abbot Kinney, Chaya Venice, and Piccolo. All are in Venice, which is very close to the Viceroy.
Three Montana Ave recommendations:
1. Blue Plate on Montana Avenue. They started doing dinner a while ago. Nice, informal stuff.
3. Cafe Montana