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Oct 16, 2007 03:17 PM

Santa Monica - dinner recommendations?


A client will be in Santa Monica, near the pier, with a dozen other people in town for business for a few days. Does anyone have dinner recommendations for 12 people in that area? They might have access to a few cars, but they are staying at Ocean View Hotel and will mostly be around the 3rd street Promenade area. Sounds like they are hoping for a nice dining experience, so it can be moderately priced.

Thank you!

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  1. Within walking distance, I like Jiraffe. I also love Abode, but they have a new chef and I haven't tried his food yet.

    They might also enjoy Josie, a short drive east on Pico.

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    1. re: hrhboo

      Abode doesn't have a "new" chef, it's the Sous Chef taking over.

      1. re: yogachik

        Good to know, thanks. I hope the food will remain as good as it's always been.

    2. What's their budget? Do all 12 eat together? A table for 12?

      Warzsawa on Lincoln
      Sushi Roku practically next door to the hotel
      Boa is nearby
      Il Fornaio
      Basically, any of the restaurants along Ocean Ave, on either side of their hotel...They're all nice dining experiences, all anywhere from moderately priced to higher priced (Ivy, Whist, and Abode).

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      1. re: yogachik

        oh, how i wish people would STOP recommending sushi roku in s.m. it's awful!

        if they do have access to a car, chaya venice and typhoon are good options for sushi...and i second the rec for josie.

        Chaya Venice
        110 Navy Street, Venice, CA 90291

        2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

        3221 Donald Douglas Loop South, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Actually, the place on top of Typhoon (the Hump) is great for sushi...Typhoon is the call for the deep fried whole catfish, is more of a cooked food place.

          1. re: JE33

            oops, thanks for catching that...i meant the hump.

      2. I second the Jiraffe rec, and Rustic Canyon isn't too much farther away. Nothing mind-blowing in terms of food, but a great atmosphere.

        1. Love Ivy At The Shore - American comfort food. And those zippy umbrella drinks will put everyone in a fun mood. Also love Capo. Both on Ocean Ave.

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          1. re: omakase

            Ivy at the Shore....moderately priced?

            1. re: perk

              Perk, you're right. The Ivy is sort of on the more expensive side. But I can't help it - I love this place.

          2. We've always loved Michaels for a good dining experience. Haven't been in about a year though, so can't comment on current quality.