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bonita May 23, 2007 04:04 PM

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

  1. tony michaels May 23, 2007 04:07 PM

    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:

    http://www.carminesla.com/

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      mollyomormon May 23, 2007 04:11 PM

      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).

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        1_healthnut May 23, 2007 11:38 PM

        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 :)

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          whatsfordinner May 24, 2007 10:01 AM

          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.

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          bulavinaka May 23, 2007 04:13 PM

          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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            sarahvagaca May 24, 2007 12:15 AM

            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.

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            New Trial May 23, 2007 04:28 PM

            La Cachette is just West of Beverly Glen.

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              littlefrenchgirl May 23, 2007 06:05 PM

              La Cachette is fantastic.

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

            2. Emme May 24, 2007 12:47 AM

              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
              BreadBar

              1. smak34 May 24, 2007 01:31 AM

                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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                  Pei May 24, 2007 09:06 AM

                  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: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37586...

                  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.

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                  misstastt May 24, 2007 09:34 AM

                  La Cachette would be top notch for the closest dinner place, there food is soooo good. I live right down the street from them, so we do a lot of take out and have had them cater a couple of our dinner parties. The food is always fantastic.

                  I also recently tried French 75 at the mall and was plesantly surprised..a little pricey, but i thought the food and atmosphere was nice. We sat outside on the patio for an early dinner on sunday, and my boyfriend was a HUGE fan of the tall 750mL Chimay beer for $20.
                  With the high alcohol count..he was definitly a little tipsy after our meal..unfortunately not quite tipsy enough for a stroll through louis vuitton :) HA!

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                    hazelnutty May 24, 2007 11:08 AM

                    Breadbar is for lunch...
                    Try French 75 that way you can park at the mall, less hassle.
                    Haven't been to Gulfstream in a while, but last time I went it wasn't great. When they first opened it was really good. I was so impressed, especially since it was in a Mall.
                    Clementine is alright, more for lunch though and parking isn't always easy to find, in fact it can be brutal.
                    Houston's and Gulfstream I believe have the same owners. I don't care for Houston's...

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