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Dinner in Santa Monica

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HI
I am going to Santa Monica today with my husband and I need a dinner place. I am a transplanted NYer and I am looking for something with good atmosphere, moderately priced, preferably trendy. Could be Italian, American, Med etc.
thanks so much!

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    1. Rustic Canyon fits all your requirements. It can get kinda loud, but I think most places in NY are loud too, so you might not even notice it. Great wine and food (American fare, and they try to use seasonal and local ingredients). I love their burger.
      http://www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com/

      1. Abode - but without a reservation you will need to sit at the bar area and order off the bar menu (which is moderately priced)
        Rustic Canyon - (reservation required)
        Chaya Venice - (bar area)
        Anything along Ocean - Sushi Roku, Boa, I Cugini, Makai (which fits the trendy & atmosphere request, but maybe not the moderately priced request)
        Beechwood's patio/bar area (Venice)
        Lilly's on Abbot Kinney fits all requirements.

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        1. re: yogachik

          chinois on main is fun

          and i like chaya

          1. re: kalyse

            thanks everyone!
            we had a change of plans, and we are going to try Bistro Verdu instead!