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Can some recommend a "special occasion restaurant in Santa Monica that is not to trendy & has good food.

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    1. re: tony michaels

      I agree. Josie would be my first choice. Order the venison.

    2. Via Veneto on Main has fantastic food, is small, very romantic. Also very expensive though.

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      1. re: Eczander

        Via Veneto is my favorite restaurant in LA! Definitely special occasion. Fantastic Italian food and great service. Worth every penny in my book. Reserve now because they book up for dinner fast.

        1. re: LisaStitch

          Via Veneto, Caffe Delfini, Giorgios, Whist, or Locanda Portofino.

          1. re: yogachik

            I'd have to disagree on Whist - it's VERY trendy (though I do love the food).

            1. re: CChow

              Whist isn't trendy anymore. The food is solid if a little unexciting.

        1. Joe's on Abbot Kinney in Venice. It's not Santa Monica, but it's damn close.

          1. I never think of the enduring classics as trendy such as Capo, Michael's, Drago, Valentino or Melisse. I'm probably even forgetting a few but the food at each of these places is amazing.

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