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Dinner for Out of town guests on Westside (SM, Venice, WeHo, etc)

It should be someplace a little Sceney but with good food and drink. Anywhere in Santa Monica, Venice, WeHo or West LA is good. Its for Thursday night...

Was thinking of Comme Ca but want some other options.

They are from NY so something fun and nice.

Throw your suggestions at me!!

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  1. I'd probably do AOC. I'd worry about Comme Ca with out of town guests -- I don't know if you'd have much comfort about getting your table -- check out my post on the Comme Ca thread right on this page.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/458189

    1. In SaMo, I'd take them to the Penthouse for drinks and then up the street to Musha for dinner.

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      1. re: mollyomormon

        2nd Penthouse. Or Abode or Catch or Whist - all in Santa Monica.

      2. Pizzeria Mozza is definitely a scene if you can get in there. My New York relatives always want sushi when they visit, so maybe Koi (for something sceney).

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        1. re: Obessed

          Pizzeria Mozza is good, but next door is OSTERIA MOZZA which is even better in my opinion. They have a mozzerella bar.

          1. re: sn14

            both mozzas may be a "scene," but they're also not necessarily "destination" resaturants fro new yorkers. i know they're more nancy silverton than mario, but still, batali's got several restaurants in nyc, and new yorkers can always get fabulous pizza and italian back east. better to go for something more "l.a." that they can't find back home. [i.e. beachy places, scene-y sushi, or one of wolfgang puck's restaurants.]

        2. Katsuya in Brentwood... very scenie. Make reservations.

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          1. re: sn14

            I think they just opened a Katsuya on Sunset...

            1. Will they be going to the Getty? Dinner at The Restaurant there can be unique, particularly early enough to catch the sunset. Follow up with drinks at West in the round hotel just down from there at the N/W corner of the 405 and Sunset.

              Orris on Sawtelle for small plates meant to share.

              If great food is the focus, Chinois on Main still does an outstanding job. They might enjoy eating at the Wolfgang Puck original fusion restaurant, particularly since it would be difficult to get into Cut or Spago.

              If a view is a priority, Cafe Del Rey in the Marina might work, or a drive up the coast to Moonshadows or even all the way up to Geoffrey's.

              1. I love the bar/lounge area at Beechwood in Venice - 822 Washington Blvd. On a Thursday night, it shouldn't be as crowded or crazy as the weekend. This place serves upscale American comfort food, tasty appetizers to make a meal out of, full bar, nice outside patio with fire pit. You can also sit in the main dining room, but I've haven't done that yet. The bar seems to be the big attraction.

                1. Thanks everyone! I think we are going to go for drinks at The Penthouse. I think I will try these places even without guests.

                  1. From what direction will you be coming for the Penthouse? Since there is so little good Mexican food in NYC, it might be a fun stop and interesting contrast to grab a bite first at Tacos Por Favor, on the S/E corner of Olympic and 14th. Get and split a couple of their chorizo and cheese tacos, and supplement with some al pastor, carnitas, and carne asada. Maybe a tostada with a little lettuce. Good salsa roja from their salsa bar. An entire meal for less than a round of drinks at the Penthouse, and MUCH better food.