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