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"LA" Dinner/Drinks on Westside

This is my first post - I just moved to the Brentwood area and have a friend visiting from NY staying in Century City. Any good suggestions for a moderate$ "LA" place for dinner/drinks after work?

Or if anyone has general must tries on the Westside - I'd love to hear!


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  1. Try 3rd Stop, Village Idiot, Lucky Devils

    1. The Wilshire is very L.A., and has a nice bar scene (although the space is better than the food).

      1. if you want to stay in century city, they just opened pink taco in the mall. they have a fun patio. it's kind of rock n roll mexican.

        1. Father's Office - absolutely a must try, best burger in LA/in the country according to some, very fun/crowded after work place, more a bar than a restaurant

          Rustic Canyon - very LA kind of menu, American cuisine, great for wine

          Chaya Venice - French/Japanese fusion, sushi, some American food too, very very fun after work for drinks/sake, great bar area as well as nice dining area

          Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
          1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Father's Office
          1018 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

          Chaya Venice
          110 Navy Street, Venice, CA 90291

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          1. re: LisaStitch

            I like the way you alway give map points! SO helpful!

          2. For moderately priced great food on the Westside, the ever-popular choice is Nook Bistro. It is tucked into the back corner of the minimall on the south side of Santa Monica Blvd. at Barry, one block east of Barrington.

            Another possibility would be drinks at Houston's in Century City or at his hotel, then a great amazingly inexpensive dinner at Monte Alban, in the minimall on the north side of Santa Monica Blvd. at Brockton, a block or two east of Bundy, for Mexican food from the Oaxaca region.

            A third way to go would be to search the board for favorites on Sawtelle, a block west of the 405 San Diego freeway. The stretch between Olympic and Santa Monica Blvd. is a real restaurant row, specializing in Japanese fare. There are a few sushi, curry, and ramen places, a shabu shabu restaurant, and the star seems to be Orris, which specializes in small plates of French-inspired Japanese food ideal for sharing.

            1. A very LA place for drinks is the new bar at the Century Plaza. It's a great patio and a hot spot during happy hour if you aren't bothered by the CAA vibe.

              1. If the Farmer's Market isn't too far east for you, I'd vote for drinks at the little French wine bar they have, Monsiuer Marcel. Great people watching. I haven't eaten there in awhile, and lately have read mixed reviews. But you can always get drinks there, and then grab a meal at one of the other stalls. The Farmer's Market is a VERY L.A. experience, and very fun.

                1. If you're a wine loving pair, you might decide to try AOC Wine Bar or Bin8945, both solid for food and drink!

                  LA place? Yes it has its haters on here, but I vote for the Huntley... great view.

                  More casual, different direction would be World Cafe on Main.

                  Other LA bar places would be The Club Bar at the Peninsula, the Standard Lounge, the W, Social Hollywood...

                  1. Arsenal on Pico at Bundy for a low-key hipster vibe and great food.
                    Montana Lounge is still open (rumored to stay open beyond the July 31 date) - very LA.
                    Don Antonios on Pico near Barrington for Mexican food and a local vibe, very affordable, and there's nothing more LA than Mexican food. Wed nights is taco night - $1ish a taco.