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We are 3 sisters spending a week in Santa Monica. Looking for recs on fun places with good food, good wine, good cocktails and good vibe. Perhaps with outdoor areas as we are coming from darkest winter and jonesing for some sunshine. Could be flip flop appropriate or Manolo appropriate. Inexpensive or not so. Our first night we are planning to go to the Lobster. Also looking for someplace in LA with a great city view for that all over effect.

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  1. If you want to dine with your flip flops in the sand then Back on the Beach, (which is actually on the beach) will be a good and hopefully sun drenched locale for the tres hermanas. If you want to get your Blanik's on then the new Penthouse restaurant at the top of the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica should float your boat, (go for the sunset).

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    1. re: tony michaels

      Love you! Sounds Fab! Now, someplace with an all over LA view.....

    2. If looking for a sensational city, try West at the Angeleno Hotel for cocktails at sunset.

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      1. re: vinosnob

        I love chowhounds.

      2. In yesterday's LA Times, a review of the Rustic Canyon Wine Bar seems appropriate to your needs. Fun place, noisy as hell, decent enough wines and food, yet a good place to spend some time with only modest funds required.
        http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/cl...

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        1. re: carter

          Funny, I think I read an abbreviated version of this recently on Eater LA. Sounds perfect as we are on vacation. No pressure.

        2. I think you would love the patio at the Viceroy. It has great food, great drinks and a very cool atmosphere. It's definitely a "scene" - so you would need to be in the mood for that.

          For a great city view, I would head to Asia de Cuba in West Hollywood. It's very trendy and quite a scene, but it has an amazing view along with good food and drinks. Yamashiro in Hollywood also deserves a nod for the view, but I don't think the food is up to par with Asia de Cuba.

          Another idea is to have lunch or weekend brunch at the Getty, which has unparalleled views of the city.

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          1. re: CChow

            We are coming from London and NYC where we have our very own versions of Asia de Cuba. I dont think we will do that but thanks for the idea. We are doing Chateau Marmont for a birthday dinner one night. Stayed there, Loved it. No view except for the crowd. Googling the Viceroy now....

          2. fun in Manolos:

            Beechwood
            Primativo
            Otheroom
            Viceroy
            Montana Lounge
            Penthouse at The Huntley
            Boa
            MaKai
            Brig

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            1. re: yogachik

              Do we need to know the doorman?