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Apr 10, 2007 11:30 AM

late night saturday group dining in the marina del rey area? (NO FAST FOOD CHAINS PLEASE)


We'll be attending an event in the Marina del Rey area in the upcoming weeks, and I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for late night group dining in that area. I'm sure that we are okay with driving to santa monica, etc. We will be at an event, and well, we won't feel like partying more afterwards, and would rather eat good food and enjoy everyone's company.

For late night events we have a history of going to K-town, norm's, in and out, denny's, ihop... but i'm looking for something a little more different. there are folks who are going to be coming from around the country who were previously angelenos but have since moved to places where they don't have many options as to late night dining except for most of the above. if all else fails, i'm sure we'll hit up k-town.... but if anyone knows any place closer, i'll bring it up to them =)

i'm thinking the event will be over between 10:30 pm and 11:00 pm...

thank you =)

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  1. La Cabana is open late.

    It's on the corner of Lincoln and Rose, so it's between MDR and SM.

    La Cabana is, IMO, better than average combo plate Mexican. There are places I like better. There are places I think are worse. But it is open late. They are open until 3 am as a matter of fact.

    If you asked for a rec in this area and time was not a factor, I doubt I'd recommend it. But if late night dining is your need, then you could do worse than La Cabana. It's not the greatest late night restaurant area, to tell you the truth.

    La Cabana has good food and pretty good drinks. Their beer is cold. Their tortillas are made right in front of you on a little grill. Fresh corn tortillas tip the scales, they make an average meal better than average.

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    1. re: PaulF

      I was going to suggest La Cabana as well -- it can be very good if you know what to order (the guacamole, chips, salsa and tortillas are very good, as are the albondigas soup and the quesadillas), and it is definitely open late.

    2. Musha in Santa Monica is open until at least 11:30 on weeknights, probably 12. I think it's open later than that on the weekends. I also think La Cabana, as Paul said, can be a very fun late night place and they have some pretty good food and killer margaritas.

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      1. re: mollyomormon

        Beechwood (Abbot Kinney and Washington) serves the bar menu until fairly late and I've enjoyed the burger and lamb meatballs and albacore there; I didn't like the pressed pork sandwich.

        The only other place I've eaten late night, and I've regretted it every time, is Toi, on Wilshire. It's a Thai restaurant that serves dinner until 3a.

        1. re: mollyomormon

          thanks for the great recommendation molly! i love japanese food =) i actually like to eat anything.. ahahah anyway, i looked on the website and it stated that it was "Izakaya Style." out of curiosity, do you know what that means?

          1. re: kinipela

            I do! It's japanese bar food served small plates style. It's a great place to go with a group of people because then you have an excuse to order lots of different dishes and share them. Plus, it's very affordable and it's a fun, clebratory atmosphere. One thing to keep in mind is that you'll need a reservation because it's popular. Depending on the size of your group, they have a private room in the back that's cool. It's one of my favorite restaurants in LA so I hope you get to try it at some point!

        2. I like La Cabana as an option as well.

          Right in the Marina, not a Chow Favorite, is Jerry's Deli, open until very late. The food is so-so, but not bad for late night and it's right there in the heart of the Marina, just off the 90 freeway.

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          1. re: Ogawak

            oops thanks for the reminder ogawak!!! we also used to go to jerry's a lot also.. i'm not that big of a fan unless i'm incredibly desperate...

            thanks paul, molly, wolfgang, and ogawak re the la cabana rec =) i have some time before our trip, so i will note la cabana as an option since folks have lots to say about that place =)

            if anyone has more recommendations, that would be great.. then i can make a list of about 3 places or so and ask what everyone will prefer when the night approaches... =) this is my second chowhound posting, and i'm loving all the great input everyone has =)

          2. Hal's on Abbot Kinney and James Beach both serve food till after midnight on the weekends.

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            1. re: hrhboo

              Mao's Kitchen in Venice on Pacific and Winward is decent and open late. It's not my favorite but does have some good dishes and I enjoy to eat there every once in awhile!

              1. re: DMojoD

                and i believe they have free corkage!

                1. re: westsidegal

                  wow they are open til 3 am!!!! hahah the ex-angelenos are gonna wonder why they ever left with all the late nite choices that aren't limited to the ones i listed above... this is getting exciting =)

                  1. re: kinipela

                    This place is like Las Vegas casinos - a seemingly windowless environment. With a few drinks, some good conversation and a gullet full of food, you lose track of time and keep ordering more drinks... maybe that's why they stay open until 3AM - you need at least 1 1/2 hours past last call to sober up to crawl into a taxi...

            2. Wonderful tapas place (small) just around the corner in Playa del Rey that's open till midnight: The Minotaure.

              Basically from the Marina you hang a right on Lincoln Blvd., hang a right on Jefferson Blvd., and where it dead-ends into Culver Blvd. at a light, go left. From there the restaurant will be just a bit farther, on your right.