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Lunch spots in Santa Monica near Broadway & 26th Street?

I just moved to an office in the Yahoo center (Broadway & 26th) and am looking for some recommendations for places to host client lunches in the area. Thanks!

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  1. Back on Broadway
    The Daily Grill

    1. Buffalo Club on Olympic East of 14th, particularly on the patio. Way too crowded and noisy at dinner but great for lunch.

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      1. re: New Trial

        Get along great with the manager, love the setup, HATE the food. Absolutely overpriced and fairly bland or "overwrought." Either way it's too expensive for what's served.

        Not sure if it's great for business clients but there's La Petite Cafe (28th block of Colorado) for an enjoyable lunch and Cafe Bizou (24th block of Colorado in the Water Garden development) which has a nice view, setting.

        1. re: brunello

          Cafe Bizou in the Water Garden is closed -- or it was the last I looked. It's not on the Bizou website anymore either.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            It's not part of the Cafe Bizou group anymore. I think its new name is Bizou Garden. I was there for dinner a few weeks ago and was very disappointed.

            1. re: whatsfordinner

              Yeah, best I could say about Bizou Garden nee Cafe Bizou is "nice setting"

            2. re: Das Ubergeek

              Cafe Bizou is not closed. It's where I take everyone for their interview lunches. It's a great place for interview/client lunches because it's quiet, private, and pretends to be upscale. The food isn't great, but it's easily walkable.

              The Daily Grill is also a good place for you and is walkable. I find the food and selection somewhat better, but still not great. A bit noisier, but can still be private if you need it to be. Both of the above restos cater specifically to client/interview/officey lunches, but I'd never choose to eat there on my own. Your client won't be wowed at either of these locations.

              The Lobster is a bit of a drive, but not far at all. It's better for clients becuase of the "wow" factor, and you simply can't beat the view. I like eating there on my own time, too. You won't have privacy and will likely experience noise.

              Le Petit Cafe is great, but the food and atmosphere are VERY French. I like French, but your clients might not. Downsides...no privacy and the service has always been somewhat slow. Not a problem if you're relaxing, but not if you want a 1-hour business lunch. Also, although it's walkable for you, it's not as close as Bizou or Daily Grill, so your client will likely notice the fact that s/he is walking.

              1. re: PlatypusJ

                I forgot about The Daily Grill. As for privacy at Le Petit Cafe, there's a back section (not the front area) that's a little more private

                1. re: brunello

                  I ate in the back area during my last visit and someone from the adjacent table was seated not 2 feet from me on the bench.

        2. A few of my favorites:

          Wilshire--on Wilshire & 25th
          Jiraffe--Santa Monica & 5th
          Violet--Pico & 34th (?)
          Abode--Ocean & Colorado

          1. This is easy. Drago. Great food, great service, and a very nice lunch vibe. Never too crowded.

            In short, the exact opposite of Daily Grill.

            1. Le Petit Cafe, on Colorado just east of 26th. Terrific little place.

              1. Ivy at the Shore is good for business meals.
                Food is so-so. But clients love it when you spend far too much money on them.

                1. Il Forno at 28th & Ocean Park is nice, although not fancy. Typhoon at the SM Airport can be fun too.

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                  1. re: aching

                    Forgot about Typhoon. What it lacks in sushi quality it makes up for in setting. Great for business if you can get over the drive and the fact that you're in an airport.

                    1. re: PlatypusJ

                      Do you mean The Hump for sushi? Downstairs at Typhoon they serve pan-Asian food. It's a fun place to eat. I love their garlic rice and Mongolian beef.

                  2. Chez Jay
                    LA Farm
                    Sunset Grill
                    A bit further away..
                    Fritto Misto
                    La Vecchia Cucina
                    Houston's
                    i Cugini
                    Il Fornaio
                    Chinois is probably too loud

                    For high end, The Lobster or Valentino