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mid-wilshire location for birthday dinner

Looking for a dinner location for Friday night. Would like family style but anything would work. The friend is a vegetarian. So definitely need options for her. We enjoy all kinds of food and open to all options. But looking for budget friendly as well.

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  1. When I lived in the mid-Wilshire area, I fell in love with both Sonora Cafe and Campanile, but neither are particularly budget friendly (sigh--a tough treat) and Sonora is definitely not for vegetarians.

    How about La Brea Bakery which offers simpler fare, like paninis and salads, with their award-winning artisanal breads? They are kid-friendly and open in the evenings for cafe-like fare.

    1. Luna Park on La Brea just north of Wilshire would probably be a good selection. Prices are reasonable and the food is good. Service can be a little funky, but it fits the vibe and the drinks are good too.


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      1. re: tony michaels

        Yeah, that's a great option. I forgot about Luna.

        1. re: AtetotheBar

          It was your La Brea oriented suggestions that made me think of it.

      2. I'd vote Luna Park too.

        Or Surya or A Votre Sante also on La Brea.

        1. How about Ethiopian? It seems to fit your criteria of being veggie and wallet friendly in addition to being served family-style.

          1. Thanks so much for the suggestions! Looking into all the suggestions!

            1. Larchmont isn't too far off and has some good offerings...

              Le Petit Greek
              Chan Dara

              1. Depends on your budget:

                $30 Person(Add $10 per person for wine) Luna park on La brea

                $15 Person: (Bring your own wine, no corkage) Café Flore On Robertson

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                1. re: puran_sugar

                  The dinner entrees at Luna Park run from $12.25 up to a max of $16 and they do allow byob ($12.50 for corkage).

                2. I've never been and have been meaning to go, but what about Opus? I read about their tasting menu ($30/person or so?) and that seems like it would be fun to do, though I'm not sure if it's really a family-oriented place...

                  1. We settled on cobras and matadors since we have fewer people now.