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I go to the LAX area for business and seem to find nothing but chain restaurants. I am looking for good food, upscale if possible. Can anyone help? I am open to anything.

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  1. Go to El Segundo. Lots of cool restaurants, ranging from sleek (Second City Bistro) to more homey (Richmond Bar and Grill). My faves are Richmond and also El Tarasco.

    Venice isn't too from you if you're willing to drive North, and Manhattan Beach isn't too far if you're willing to drive South. How far do you want to drive?

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    1. re: SauceSupreme

      fwiw, i wouldn't consider any of the el segundo recommendations 'upscale.'
      in particular, el tarasco is one of a chain of popular hole-in-the-wall dives, serving amazingly cheap, greasy, bland mexican food.

    2. Just a couple of minutes from LAX in Westchester is Truxton's. The dishes we tried there have been good, solid American food, the service is attentive and the ambiance is very nice. I don't think they take reservations but they have plenty of free parking in the lot out back or on the street in front or around the corner on Manchester.

      http://www.truxtonsamericanbistro.com/

      1. go directly to cafe del rey in marina del rey.

        1. I also like Chef Hannes in El Segundo (on Main between Holly and Pine). For upscale, many people here recommend Avenue in Manhattan Beach, though I've never been.

          1. Second City Bistro and Chef Hannes in El Segundo serve good food and are solid choices, but are not upscale. Truxton's has dissappointed me several times.

            For upscale choices, I second the recommendations for Avenue and Cafe del Rey. I also recommend Petros in Manhattan Beach.

            A bit further north, I recommend exploring Abbot Kinney (blvd?) in Venice. There are lots of interesting choices - ranging from Beachwood on the Northeast end to Axe on the Southwest end.

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            1. re: ElissaInPlaya

              True enough about Abbot Kinney... but Beechwood's on the south(east) end, and Axe's farther north(west).

            2. Second street Bistro....average at best
              Avenue......good
              Petros......real good
              Cafe Del Rey....real good
              Chef Hannnes....good...big portions
              Truxtons...average.....Buggy Whip....better

              1. I would agree with the suggestion of Avenue, in Manhattan Beach. I think that's the best food you can find anywhere near the airport.

                1. Think the Palm Grill Restaurant at the Four Points Sheraton might meet your needs. My brother-in-law an attorney brought me there for dinner one night and I couldn't figure out why we were dining at a hotel restaurant at LAX. To my surprise it was upscale kind of California cuisine food. Food and ambience was good and the prices reasonable. He found it because he and another attorney friend needed a quiet central place to meet near LAX. (free validated parking)

                  Palm Grill Restaurant
                  Four Points Sheraton Los Angeles International Airport
                  9750 Airport Blvd. (98th St.)
                  Los Angeles, CA 90045
                  310-645-4600

                  http://www.gayot.com/restaurantpages/...