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AMAZING restaurants in West LA?

My bf and I want to try some new restaurants in the West LA area. We're not so interested in looking for romantic super expensive places...but rather places that have EXCELLENT food. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!! Thanks!

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  1. Angeli Caffe
    Providence
    Rahel
    are my regulars over there.

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    1. re: Diana

      unfortunately none of those restaurants are in west la. they are more along the lines of mid city/miracle mile.

      as for resto's in west la:
      1. sushi zo - great sushi
      2. orris - good japanese/fusion tapas
      3. nook - good comfort food
      4. sasaya - tasty izakaya
      5. vincenti - great italian
      6. la cachette - french

      brain freeze.

      1. re: wilafur

        I agree with all of the above recommendations and simply want to recommend that you check out many of the restaurants on Sawtelle Blvd, north of Olympic, and you will find yourself happily occupied for a while: Kiriko (excellent sushi, though Zo is my favorite); 2117 (french/japanese); Blue Marlin (just try it!!); and Orris, which is often forgotten as one of the early great examples of Franco-Japanese cooking and still going strong. They don't take reservations but two of you can easily get seated at the bar.

        Also some ramen places on that block -- Chabuya, and Asahi.

        There's also a Beard Papa and Baby Blonde waffle place on that stretch.

        1. re: wilafur

          Nook. All the way. I felt like I had "insider information" just knowing about it. Great mid-level wines!

      2. Sushi Zo

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        Sushi Zo
        9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

        1. orris
          manpuku
          both on sawtelle

          1. My ideas of AMAZING are restrictive and would only include Kiriko in West LA. They manage to be a balanced place--not 'only fish that were native to the waters off the southwest coast Osaka circa the year 376' sushi purist, nor 'Flaming Spicy Californiadelphia Roll with a Twist TM' wacky. They do a good job with sushi, sashimi and cooked foods, and that is not as simple a task as it sounds. They also have great house smoked salmon and homemade ice creams.

            That's it for AMAZING in my book.

            A notch below that is The Nook Neighborhood Bistro, but not being a beef/pork eater, I am not sure I can give that a fair shake. Even so, I eat there (or takeout from there - with a 15% discount) almost weekly.

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            1. re: igj

              I love Kiriko too, but really, there are other amazing places in w.l.a., you just haven't been to them.

              1. re: budlit

                Or I have and I don't think they are amazing? :)

                Seriously though, since I don't eat meat, I can't really fairly judge many of the places that people say are amazing. And price/value comes into the equation for me as well (so I have never eaten at Valentino, for example)...

                1. re: igj

                  Have you had omakase at Sushi Zo?

                  1. re: Servorg

                    depends upon if igj considers fish to be meat, and is a strict vegetarian.

                    For a non-fish vegetarian, omakase would be futile, except fot at that vegetable sushi place in burbank.

                    1. re: Diana

                      See their first post in this thread above

                      1. re: Diana

                        Diana, his post says he eats sushi, sashimi and house smoked salmon at Kiriko. No beef or pork

                        1. re: budlit

                          Oh! Sorry!
                          Go for it then. I've always wanted to try Zo. But I wanna do Sushi Gen first, and Asanebo again. And House of Taka....

                          All out of the OP area..sorry

              2. I agree with the Orris recs. I would add Musha and Nanabankan.