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

denisewallacela Aug 2, 2007 05:16 PM

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!

  1. Emme Aug 3, 2007 09:39 PM

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

    For high end, The Lobster or Valentino

    1. aching Aug 3, 2007 03:12 PM

      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
        PlatypusJ Aug 7, 2007 05:26 PM

        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
          fdb Aug 7, 2007 05:33 PM

          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. stollingrone007 Aug 3, 2007 02:57 PM

        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.

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          ozhead Aug 3, 2007 01:17 PM

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

          1. j
            JE33 Aug 3, 2007 10:38 AM

            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. f
              fdb Aug 3, 2007 01:56 AM

              A few of my favorites:

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

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                New Trial Aug 3, 2007 12:09 AM

                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
                  brunello Aug 3, 2007 03:15 AM

                  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
                    Das Ubergeek Aug 3, 2007 02:58 PM

                    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
                      whatsfordinner Aug 3, 2007 03:10 PM

                      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
                        brunello Aug 3, 2007 07:56 PM

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

                      2. re: Das Ubergeek
                        PlatypusJ Aug 3, 2007 04:39 PM

                        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
                          brunello Aug 3, 2007 07:58 PM

                          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
                            PlatypusJ Aug 7, 2007 05:22 PM

                            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. m
                    maudies5 Aug 2, 2007 05:28 PM

                    Back on Broadway
                    The Daily Grill

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