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Mar 5, 2007 01:00 PM

Staying at Shutters, any Santa Monica tips?

NYC gal visiting Santa Monica and staying at shutetrs (never been before, dno't know area at all). Any reccomendatsions for interesting eats? Am partial to Middle Eastern, Ethipian, and any casual French bistro type places. Saw the sushi postsings, but my weekend getaway companion is pregnant and off sushi for now.

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  1. Are you looking for places that are near Shutters, or general recommendations for LA?

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    1. re: Miss En Place

      Near Shutters, apologies, I should have mentioned that!

    2. It's definately not ethnic, but very close by is Chez Jay, a long time Santa Monica dive restaurant/bar. The prime rib is average but the sand dabs are quite good. Also close by is The Galley, reputed to be the oldest continuously running restaurant in Santa Monica. If you like steamed clams, this is the place. Steaks are OK but reasonably priced. Do a search on this board for both places and you'll see a variety of comments. For upscale, expensive (but good) hotel food there's One Pico in your own hotel and Oceanfront at the Casa del Mar hotel across the street. Even if you don't eat at Oceanfront, go to Casa's bar to watch the sunset. It's sort of scene but a view of the Santa Monica beach and sunset that money couldn't buy. Their bar menu is reasonably priced and good. and the hotel itself is magnificent, dating from the 20's.

      1. I second all of TomSwift's suggestions, and if you're willing to walk a while (or take a taxi or shuttle bus - the Big Blue Bus is really nice, actually), you can get to loads more good places. JiRaffe is a great choice for French bistro food, and it's relatively near you. Again, this isn't exactly ethnic, but Chinois on Main is a pretty classic SoCal fusion restaurant. There's no really good Ethiopian or Middle Eastern near you as far as I know.

        1. The only casual french bistro would be Lilly's on Abbot Kinney in Venice -- or Marmiton on Montana Avenue. I recommend Chaya Venice on Main Street, Holy Guacamole for tacos (very casual), Chinois on Main, Whist at Viceroy, and you can walk to any of the restaurants along Ocean, from your hotel, and have fun and find a great meal.

          The Tide Shuttle is 25cents and will take you all around - your hotel will have a map and bus schedule (every 15 minutes, I believe).

          1. At night, enjoy a glass of port on the patio at Shutters. Look out at the ocean. Listen to the waves lapping on the beach. Feel the 80 degree weather. In March.