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TOP 4 dinner recs under $60/pp???

VinnyNix Oct 19, 2007 07:49 AM

Hey guys,

We are vistors from the east coast and will be in LA the first week of November. We are looking for some solid recs from the locals.

We are staying in WeHo and are looking for dinner res for Sat and Sun and the following Thu and Fri.

We enjoy almost all ethnic foods, fusion, and american styles. I'd like to keep the dinner bill around $120.00 or less (we do not drink, so alcohol need not be a factor). Atmosphere is important but still falls in behind the meal.

My initial plan is Beverly Hills/Hollywood area for Sat and Sun and Santa Monica/Malibu for Thu and Fri but can adjust if necessary.

Any help would be appreciated.


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    AquaW RE: VinnyNix Oct 19, 2007 09:43 AM

    $60/pp and no alchy should yield some pretty good options - here are my top 4:

    K-Zo (japanese fusion sushi in Culver City, you can get a tasting menu of sorts for $48)
    Grace (contemporary American fare, big on seasonal & local ingredients, save room for desserts)
    Josie in Santa Monica (also great modernized American cuisine with focus on fresh & in-season foods)
    Osteria Mozza (*the* italian place to try in LA right now, try to go really early if you don't have a reservation)


    1. hrhboo RE: VinnyNix Oct 19, 2007 09:47 AM

      Since you're not drinking, your $60pp will go a long way!

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        Diana RE: hrhboo Oct 19, 2007 10:26 AM

        $60 pp will get you mozza food, but not all you want to try!

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          hrhboo RE: Diana Oct 19, 2007 11:04 AM

          It'll get each of them an appetizer and a main. Probably even dessert.

          Same with the pizzeria, $60pp will get each of them an appetizer, a pizza and a dessert and cover the tax and tip too.

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            ipsedixit RE: Diana Oct 19, 2007 11:11 AM

            "$60 pp will get you mozza food, but not all you want to try!"

            Agree, but then that's why you go BACK and eat again. I don't think there's ever been a restaurant where I've been able to sample all that I've wanted to try in one visit, tasting menus included.

        2. mollyomormon RE: VinnyNix Oct 19, 2007 10:02 AM

          You should reserve for Sunday Supper at Lucques!

          1. ipsedixit RE: VinnyNix Oct 19, 2007 10:05 AM

            Lots of good suggestions already, but let me pile on with some different choices:

            Saddle Peak Lodge
            All' Angelo

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                nick_r RE: VinnyNix Oct 19, 2007 10:24 AM

                If you're not drinking, you could eat at Spago for around that without much difficulty. In Malibu, Geoffrey's is a beautiful spot but it does tend to have similar food (New American/Continental) so you might not want to eat at both on consecutive nights.

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                  marlane RE: nick_r Oct 19, 2007 11:10 AM

                  I am a fan of Geoffreys but the food can be hit/miss. The atmosphere is unbeatable IMO.

                  LA Times did a review of a new place called Terra that had me intrigued. I wonder if anyone has been?

                  I'd hit up Chinois1st choice in Santa Monica.

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                    perk RE: marlane Mar 23, 2008 01:52 PM

                    I haven't personally been to Terra, but friends of mine who live at the beach say it's really quite good. I've always liked that space in its other incarnations--the last one Lino.

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                    westsidegal RE: nick_r Mar 23, 2008 09:58 PM

                    even without drinking, i find it practically impossible to get out of spago for $60pp including tax and tip.
                    i love the restaurant, but honestly would not recommend it for this poster.

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                    Diana RE: VinnyNix Oct 19, 2007 10:31 AM

                    Some of My Faves:
                    Angeli Caffe italaian/californianin Weho

                    Hugo's american/prganic/fusion/good tea in Weho

                    Rahel ethiopian on Fairfax in Little Ethiopia (close to WeHo)

                    Musha Japanese Santa Monica

                    Laconada (SP) Del Lago Italian in Santa Monica

                    the Lobster, Santa Monica

                    Taverna Tony's or Tony's Taverna for greek in malibu

                    Chez Mimi for french and VERY VERY nice atmosphere in Santa Monica

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                      ipsedixit RE: Diana Oct 19, 2007 11:09 AM

                      Why the Lobster?

                      The only reason to go to the Lobster is to get a drink at the bar and take in the view. Even the chef at the Lobster doesn't eat lobster.

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                        hrhboo RE: ipsedixit Oct 19, 2007 11:12 AM

                        It is horribly overpriced and the food just isn't very good. I like having brunch there at the weekend (the lobster melt is lovely), but dinner is really not worth it. $60 won't get anyone a complete dinner there, unless they're not planning on ordering any lobster.

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                          Diana RE: ipsedixit Oct 19, 2007 01:25 PM

                          Not because she doesn't like it, she's allergic to shellfish. The only good thing, and it's really good, is the steamed maine lobster.

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                            hrhboo RE: Diana Oct 19, 2007 01:58 PM

                            I agree, the steamed lobster is fine but it won't work with a $60 budget.

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                        anothernotch RE: VinnyNix Oct 19, 2007 11:13 AM

                        You may consider grilled cheese Thursdays at Campanile. Always a good time and a really inventive menue.

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                          AquaW RE: anothernotch Oct 19, 2007 11:35 AM

                          Or the family 3-course prix-fixe on Mondays, around $40/pp I believe.


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                            goodhealthgourmet RE: AquaW Oct 19, 2007 11:45 AM

                            i was going to suggest mozzarella mondays at jar, but the OP doesn't mention that particular day.

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                            hrhboo RE: anothernotch Oct 19, 2007 11:36 AM

                            Or Burger Night at Grace. I haven't been but it's at the top of my list.

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                              SauceSupreme RE: hrhboo Oct 19, 2007 01:08 PM

                              Burger night is a lot of fun. Mmm... truffle burger...

                          3. SauceSupreme RE: VinnyNix Oct 19, 2007 01:45 PM

                            In Malibu, one of my favorite spots is Taverna Tony. It's part of the country mart complex where you might even see a little celeb spotting.

                            Sunday Supper at Lucques is a great suggestion.

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                              larud9233 RE: VinnyNix Oct 19, 2007 10:25 PM

                              The most obvious choice is sundays at Dominick's 3 course 15.00 prixe fixe with very drinkable wine for 10.00 a bottle. Since you don't drink the new sushi restaurant Itzaka-ya on 3rd St...even La terza also on 3rd.

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                                omakase RE: VinnyNix Oct 20, 2007 01:04 AM

                                I second Campanile. If you go on a Thursday, they have an amazing sandwich menu for dinner. Sandwiches for dinner you say? Yes, they're absolutely scumptious. You can also order off the excellent regular menu, but the sandwich menu is a "can't miss" and very affordable. They only do this on Thursday's, though.

                                1. tatertotsrock RE: VinnyNix Oct 20, 2007 09:12 AM

                                  K-ZO in Culver City

                                  VIOLET on Pico

                                  GRACE on Sundays for Burger Night

                                  BASHAN in North Glendale on Verdugo in the old Bistro Verdu Space (since you don't drink alcohol, you will at least be able to enjoy your own press pot of coffee or tea)

                                  HUNGRY CAT can easily be done for $60 if there is no alcohol invovled.


                                  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: VinnyNix Oct 20, 2007 11:04 AM

                                    wow, without drinks your options expand immensely...

                                    ford's filling station
                                    all' angelo
                                    hungry cat
                                    chaya brasserie or chaya venice
                                    table 8

                                    1. Emme RE: VinnyNix Oct 20, 2007 07:56 PM

                                      Bin 8945 is doable w/ no alcohol.

                                      Il Pastaio in BH



                                      Lou on Vine

                                      Ethnically speaking...
                                      Shamshiri for good persian, Los Balcones de Peru, Sanam Luang or Jitlada for Thai,

                                      Out in Malibu, Duke's is doing well, and if you like views, Geoffrey's.

                                      Abode or Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica

                                      Hidden on Main

                                      [sorry it's not four]

                                      1. J.L. RE: VinnyNix Mar 23, 2008 10:44 PM

                                        Not in Bev. Hills or Hollywood, but one can easily FEAST on San Gabriel Valley Chinese food for $30 per person. The SGV has some of the best Chinese food in the U.S.

                                        If that appeals to you, then go try Mei Long Village, in San Gabriel (301 W. Valley, SG, CA, in a mini-mall). Get their xiao long bao, lion's head (pork meatballs).....

                                        Langer's deli has an amazing pastrami - go for lunch.

                                        In-N-Out burgers are a must in SoCal. Order a double-double, animal style.

                                        Agree with Geoffrey's for that quintessential Malibu experience.

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