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Feb 28, 2007 03:18 PM

Where to take an LA foodie in Sherman Oak or Encino?

Need to meet some friends for dinner in either Sherman Oaks or Encino this Sunday night.
Usually I go over the hill to meet up with them. In the past we've dined at Grace, A.O.C., Patina, get the picture!

Any suggestions? They are majorly into wine and know their stuff. They are not so much into "ethnic" places (indian, thai, etc.). I'm just looking for some solid dining in a nice atmosphere.

Help! I need some ideas!

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    1. re: Veggietales

      I know a few people who have actually enjoyed meals there but I had one of the worst meals I have ever had at MAX - service was horrible - wines were too - and the food was just so bad - it really is nothing like the fine restaurants you mentioned. I really think "when in the valley" - eat ethnic - if they are true foodies they should appreciate that - there is just nothing like those in these parts.

      1. re: howchow

        My one time at Max, the food was just ok and the service was terrible and it was cramped

      2. re: Veggietales

        For quality food and wine selection, Max and Boneyard Bistro are the winners.
        Mistral is not open on Sundays, even though their food is good but the wine list sucks. No better filet than Max, nor better bone-in ribeye than at the Boneyard.
        Boneyard's wine list is the better of the two, btw, assuming you like syrah, zinfandel, pinot. for more details

      3. I think Max & Pinot Bistro are both outstanding. I've never had anything approaching a poor meal at either of them. For Sherman Oaks & Encino, they're as close as you can get to the places you mentioned.

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        1. re: rudy buci

          MAx and Pinot are just can you say that it's's more hypey

        2. i was actually a huge fan of boneyard bistro.

          1. I have always been disappointed in Pinot Bistro. In my very humble opinion, the Valley does have some very good restaurants, but not very "foodie" restaurants like AOC. It may have upped its game over the last year or so. Mezzomondo is very nice, great food and terrific service.

            1. I've always had a good meal at Mistral, really good bistro fare

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              1. re: rednyellow

                I'll second Mistral. Small, personable service and excellent food. They excell at beef tartare. Reasonably priced.