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May 23, 2007 04:04 PM

Near Century City Mall

Dinner near Century City Mall? Not mall food, please. Restaurant. Gulfstream?

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  1. We have been pretty dissapointed in our last couple of meals at Gulfstream. Outside of the mall just west on Santa Monica Blvd. is an old school Italian / east coast type of place called Carmines that we like. Here's a link to their website:

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    1. re: tony michaels

      I like Carmine's a lot too. You're very near Westwood Blvd. which has a ton of Persian options as well as good Indian (Ambala Dhaba) and good Lebanese (Sunnin).

      1. re: tony michaels

        ditto on both.

        my last experience at gulfstream was awful, food- and service-wise...i'd definitely skip it.

        i've only been to carmine's once, but it was a memorable, enjoyable meal...and i grew up eating old-school italian in jersey :)

        1. re: tony michaels

          I agree on Gulfstream. Very disappointing the last two times I was there both in food and service. I haven't been to Carmines, but I do love Matteo's on Westwood Blvd around Olympic, now that Don Dickman is chef. His pastas are fantastic and don't miss the mussels.

        2. Clementine across the street from Gulfstream on Ensley and Santa Monica is open until 7:30PM. Don't know if that's too early or casual for what you're looking for - more like supper - but I'd eat just about anything in there. It's comfort food central for this neighborhood...

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          1. re: bulavinaka

            I second Clementine's. It's more of a sandwiches and baked goods sort of place, but it's really good. There's also The Bread Bar in the mall--I haven't actually been there, but I've heard they have amazing breads which they use to make delicious sandwiches. Again, a more casual sort of place.

          2. La Cachette is just West of Beverly Glen.

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            1. re: New Trial

              La Cachette is fantastic.

              If you want something less $$$, I like Houstons for meeting friends.

            2. Definitely not Gulfstream. Houston's is fine.
              Upstairs 2 on Cotner would probably be my first choice (given you don't want to $$$ on La Cachette)
              You could head over to Westwood Blvd for Shamshiri.
              Javan for Iranian food.
              Breeze at the Hyatt

              1. Breeze @ Hyatt Century Plaza: Sushi Bar, Good Meats, and fresh seafood....very california.

                Crustacean: Its a 5 minute drive going east on Santa Monica. Very consistent...pricey though.

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                1. re: smak34

                  Breeze is very expensive, especially the sushi. I think some of their nigiri top $10 a piece (or was it $10 for two pieces? Either way it's expensive).

                  As for Crustacean, you might want to search the board first:

                  There are more delicious alternatives closer to the mall at all price points. Are you specifically looking for walking distance, or is a short drive okay? Culver City has many good eats nowadays.

                  Fraiche, especially, is the restaurant du jour. I have tried THREE times to get in, unsucessfully. First time it was my friends' fault--our group grew to double the original size and I had to cancel our reservations. Then, Fraiche was closed on Monday. I tried again yesterday, but there was a 20 minute wait for a party of two on a Wednesday night. Yikes! So if you decide to go, go early and/or have a reservation.