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Apr 10, 2007 06:11 PM

montana of santa monica: is there a best?

haven't hit on a place to rely on for a great dinner. any ideas for one on montana? (i've tried 17th st cafe, pradeep's, rosti, blue plate and found none of them to be adequate.

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  1. How about Father's Office or the new Montana Lounge (where Yu used to be)?

    1. Really? Me too. There just isn't a great place on Montana, unfortunately. And, take it from me, I can walk to all those places.

      Have you tried Locando Portofino and Father's Office? There's also that new place Montana Grill. There are some strong supporters of Blue Plate, but I'm not one of them.

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      1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

        yes, forgot about father's office, which is decent. but i wanted somewhere to go to with children.

        i'll try locando portofino--- just wishing someone would open a recommendable place.

      2. Locando Portofino. It's not "every day," but it's always good. The pasta portofino keeps me coming back. Also, it requires some work, but Patty's Pizza (take home and bake yourself) is very reliable and higher quality than expected. Desserts from Babalu or Cafe Montana are good - banana brownie pie is great.

        1. I think Vincenzo is often overlooked when people talk about Montana. Definitely a cut above Rosti (which I like for a quick bite) and not as cramped as Locanda Postofino. If you aren't totally locked into Mpontana, it is only 3 blocks down 11th St to Wilshire where you could try Rustic Canyon.

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          1. re: MrShoop

            still no posts on Rustic so I haven't been. + not sure if it is quiet. i'm not one for the loud

            1. re: epop

              I have posted on Rustic before and it is indeed loud, although I've heard that they plan to install sound panels which should help. I've never seen children there, so I'm not sure how that would be.

              1. re: mollyomormon

                Kids would be fine at Rustic, especially if you score a booth, and I love their burger, but it is a loud place.

                1. re: LisaStitch

                  I would definitely recommend Rustic Canyon, but it is loud. However, it's not on Montana, which was the specific question.

                  1. re: yogachik

                    OP said he would be open to Rustic several posts above and asked about the noise level and whether kids would do well there.

          2. Portofino is one of my favorite restaurants in all of LA. Their penne vodka is fantastic.

            Marmiton is always great. And they have ready-made dinners that you take home and heat up - gourmet meals to go.

            Montana Lounge isn't a restaurant, per se, it's a bar that serves food. Everyone is nuts for the bacon wrapped scallops (which I don't eat), I love the kobe burger. I had a chili dog there last night that was suprisingly really good! And only $4.50.

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            1. re: yogachik

              Agree w/ Le Marmiton. Also like Cafe Montana and Babalu.