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Jun 19, 2007 01:04 PM

Solo Dining - Santa Monica near 3rd St Promenade

I'll be near the 3rd street promendade area on business this week - do you guys have suggestions for a solo dinner in the area (walking distance)? Something that is in the $25-30 range.

Any good dinner takeout suggestions would be great as well!

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  1. Eat solo at the bar: Ivy on Ocean, Houstons, Adobe

    Table for one? Michaels (I've done it), Ocean Ave, Crepe Cafe, La Serenata

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    1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica

      While Michael's has it's good points, I think you missed the OP's budget ceiling. If you ordered the cheapest starter and entree your already at $48 food only. Ivy on Ocean is most likely too expensive as well.

      Observation - As the 3rd street promenade is a tourist destination and has plently of restaurants, yet every rec so far is not on it!

      1. re: JBC

        actually the ivy's not necessarily outside that price range...the place has such ginormous portions you never need appetizers/extras.

        i also second the suggestions for jinky's, houston's, fritto misto & la serenata.

    2. California Pizza Kitchen - solo at the counter (*) - has take-out.

      Border Grill - solo at the bar - decent happy-hour deals.

      Ocean Avenue Seafood - solo at the bar for happy hour specials only, otherwise too $$$.

      La Serenata de Garibaldi - solo at table.

      (*) I haven't eaten at that location, but assuming that its has a counter like the others I've been to..

      1. Houston's, at Wilshire and 2nd street... Musha, at Wilshire and 4th (?) street... And Fritto Misto, at Colorado and 6th street...

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        1. re: silence9

          Musha is the best recommendation I've heard yet. You'll be happy sitting at the bar and might even make a friend. The food is wonderful.

          1. re: glutton

            Musha is a good option - but evenings only, unfortunately - no lunch.
            There are also Warszawa and Sham Restaurant; they fall safely into your price range.

            Lunch in that range gives you a lot of options:
            -Houstons (bar is easiest place to dine solo)
            -Jinky's for California-style breakfast options
            -I Cugini - although not the best Italian seafood, a decent enough option for lunch in that area

            1. re: igj

              I'm actually looking for dinner, not lunch options - thank you though!

        2. Bay Cities Italian Deli at Lincoln & Broadway (about 6 blocks from the 3rd St Prom) has fantastic sub sandwiches. Place your order via phone or fax for takeout - they are open weekdays until 7pm (but closed on Mondays).

          1. Darn, too bad it has to be walking distance...I would have suggested VIOLET on Pico just west of Centinela.
            I've dinned solo several times and had a great experience...small plates of exciting tastes...lovely selections of wines by the glass.
            Wonderful quality, fresh and seasonal, so reasonably priced with perfect portions..mmm, the sort ribs! any risotto related object, super tastey salads, I love the soups (but they're even better if you can request some of their cumin croutons to trow on top) sexy desserts...all good.
            If you can grab a bike, horse, donkey, taxi, check it out!