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Jul 10, 2007 01:58 PM

QUIET restaurant on Fri nite in WLA/SaMo/W-wood

i'm looking for a QUIET restaurant for some girlfriends and i to chat about one's recent break-up (tears may be involved). it'll be fri nite.
we'll be having a LIGHT meal & wine or cocktails. just tapas would be fine, or a bigger menu.
she does NOT want to go to nook (i've already suggested it).

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  1. What about Punch Grill on Wilshire?

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    1. re: mollyomormon

      yum...looks good, but maybe a LITTLE on the price-y side for this group. i was thinking more $15-22 entrees.
      thanks, though.

    2. If you are four or less then Sprazzo on Westwood Blvd. across the street from Borders Books would work. You can reserve one of their booths (they will actually reserve one for you even if they don't "know" you). Wine but no cocktails.

      1. Violet
        Divino (perhaps too pricey)
        Literati Cafe
        Gardens on Glendon
        Napa Valley Grille

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        1. re: Emme

          For your described justifications, I truly feel that Violet would work out the best. Divino, while a VERY good restaurant, just does not fit your economic parameters, nor for that matter do most of the rest on Emme's list. If your budget were higher, then many more options would be available.

          1. re: carter

            I agree Divino is too pricey for 15-22, but most others can reasonably be done on the budget. The OP didn't say 15-22 per person; he said per entree.

        2. Cucino Paradiso maybe?

          I also second Napa Valley Grille and Literati Cafe.

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          1. re: ElissaInPlaya

            I like Cucino Paradiso, but that room is wide open and might not afford enough privacy unless they are in a corner. Also, I find their wine list to be extremely overpriced.

          2. Violet would seem to fit the bill. Also, Upstairs (the restaurant above the wine shop on Cotner, just off the 405) would also seem to be a good choice.

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            1. re: glutton

              Upstairs 2 has very good wine and tapas menu, but the tables are so close together that you can easily hear others' conversation.....something to consider in your circumstance.

              1. re: fdb

                Good point... I had forgotten how tight the space can be.

                You might also consider Lilly's, the french bistro on Abbot Kinney. It's a laid back, moderately priced place where you can linger and talk.

              2. re: glutton

                I agree with either Violet or Upstairs 2. I don't think the tables are too close together to have a private conversation. Another suggestion would be primitivo in venice.

                1. re: foodseeker

                  I have found Primitivo to be uncomfortably loud to the point where I give up taking part in the conversation at the table. That is definitely true for the inside tables. The patio tables are a bit better, but they can still be pretty loud.