Dinner near UCLA, Royce Hall. Westwood?
Looking for a nice place for dinner before a Saturday show at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
Any terrific spots in Westwood or otherwise nearby?
Thanks in advance for any advice!
Il Moro in West L.A. (Purdue/Olympic) is quite pleasant; especially on the patio. I second Nook, and always enjoy Orris (which only takes walk-ins; so fine if you're early enough - otherwise, probably won't work for you.)
...or otherwise nearby?
How about Italian in Brentwood? They have a Italian dining density factor approaching "Little Italy" status.
Pizzicoto - Cozy & Afforable for the area - But tougher then ever to get a reservation after Dustin Hoffman revealed on the Tonight Show that it's his favorite place (310) 442-7188
Vincenti - Classy and $$$$ Expensive (*).
Peppone - Small (12 ? cozy red booths), $$$$, Old Worldish, Dark, and Old Italian style that some people love but to some others ______________!
(*) Capo = $$$$$, Urasawa = $$$$$$
Garden's on Glendon is dependable, and sometimes really good. They make guacamole tableside that's tasty (but request hot if you want any kick at all) It's definitely a place for a "nice," but not super-expensive,dinner. I'd say it's the type of place UCLA students only go to when mom and dad are paying. It's in Westwood, near Wilshire.
Gardens On Glendon
1139 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Instead of Peppone, I'd go across Barrington to Divino in the little center across the way.
In Westwood proper, I really like Palomino, Gardens on Glendon, and Napa Valley Grille.
Delphi Greek - small restaurant, nice owner, decent Greek Food (1383 Westwood Blvd), next door is Sprazzo (Italian) - also a small restaurant, nice owner, delicious homemade balsamic vinegar served with bread before meals. Both menus available on menupix website. I also recommend Sushi Isshin as mentioned below by Oh Robin. Parking is a bit tricky for Sushi Isshin. You can try the rooftop. Sushin Isshin is located on Linbrook Blvd., next to Denny's across the street from Palomino (which I do not recommend!). I'm all about supporting the small business/family owned restaruants.
OK, go early, fill someone's pocket with change for a parking meter, and proceed north on Westwood from Olympic. We will play "dinner parking roulette." If there are spaces across from Feast from the East, you can have a good Chinese chicken salad supplemented by potstickers and bao -- split the large salad and assorted appetizers for each two people and you're having a tasty meal for about $10 per. Up before Santa Monica Blvd. is the surprisingly tasty dive bar Philly West, with parking in the back and the best cheesesteak and superlative burger on the Westside. Split some fries (well done, extra crispy) and again you are out for about $10/per with a softdrink. In the stripmall on the east is Eduardo's for tacos and burritos.
When you cross Santa Monica Blvd. heading north Shamshiri will be on the right/east if you can grab a parking space. Huge main portions of rice, shawarma (get the chicken) and koobideh (get the beef) with great flatbread and shirazi salad. Great place. More than halfway up towards Wilshire on the other/west side is Delphi, but damned if I've ever been able to park close to them. Too scared to try their back alley.
In Westwood Village there is Palomino to the right, then Napa Valley Grille and Glendons a block over to the right, and Tanino across on the left/west, all with valet parking options. But you are now talking closer to $50/per person for anywhere near as complete a meal. My Westwood Village favorite reliable is Thai House on Gayley across from Whole Foods -- a surprisingly quiet, nice atmosphere with good service and tasty Thai food at reasonable prices. Get the mee krob and yellow curry, along with other dishes. For at least one dish per person with drinks, tip and tax maybe $15 per person. I always end up so much happier and more satisfied than at CPK or BJ's or Chili's or the expensive places.
Pomodoro and Sprazzo on Westwood Blvd are both great! DONT go to Pizzicoto! we just came from there and we had the worst food! i've had better food on an airplane plus we felt totally ripped off! DONT TO TO PIZZICOTO