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I am taking my visiting 60-something parents for dinner tomorrow night & my 2 teenagers. Any suggestions for a place on Montana that would suit that range of people, and serve good food?

I live near Montana but never eat there because (I think) it's pretentious and expensive. Is there anyplace that might prove me wrong on that assumption (and allows the under 21 crowd)?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Does it have to be ON Montana? Really, the only place I can think of for you, on Montana, is Rosti, but it can get loud. Cafe Montana is good, but inconsistent, especially with service. Locanda Portofino is fantastic, but pricey.

    1. Well, you're right that it's expensive and pretentious. But a nice evening can be had. Try Cafe Montana. I've had great meals and not so great meals there...it isn't always perfect. But stick to the grilled meats - prime rib, lamb - and the fish specials and you'll probably have a great time. It's a nice spot to sit and talk and it's where I used to take my parents when they were in town. There are other options on the street but I'd be hard pressed to come up with one that works better for your occassion.

      1. Vicenzo's (not sure of the spelling), between 7th and Lincoln has pretty good Italian.

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        1. re: whatsfordinner

          Spumoni is neither expensive nor pretentious.

          It will leave you with a gut bomb if you eat until your normal full feeling. Also, make sure you like a lot of garlic before going here.

          I wish Rosti were better. It's so disappointing because it could be so great if they would use better ingredients. The only thing I've ever had there that I'd get again is the half grilled/roasted chicken. Sides? good luck is all I can say.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I've had good meals at both 17 st. and Cafe Montana. I also like Babalu.

            1. re: Emme

              babalu is very inconsistent. plus, the layout doesn't make it too comfortable for such a large party when they're busy.

          2. Could you take them to Warszawa over on Santa Monica and Lincoln instead? That's about a 2 minute drive and neither pretentious nor expensive.