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!
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.
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.
A few of my favorites:
Wilshire--on Wilshire & 25th
Jiraffe--Santa Monica & 5th
Violet--Pico & 34th (?)
Abode--Ocean & Colorado
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.
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.
A bit further away..
La Vecchia Cucina
Chinois is probably too loud
For high end, The Lobster or Valentino