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dinner/drinks near Beverly Hills/Century City

I'm looking for a fun place for dinner & drinks near beverly hills/century city or within 5 miles. nothing outrageously expensive, but looking for a fun atmosphere place with good food and full bar. $15-25 price range. any type of cuisine. thanks for the recs.

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  1. X Bar is pretty cool for a hotel bar. It's in the Century Plaza Hotel.

    1. Nic's in Beverly Hills has a great happy hour with food specials. Their dinner menu is pretty good too. Good atmosphere.
      http://www.nicsbeverlyhills.com

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      1. re: asnyder

        Second Nic's- great atmosphere. You can easily do $15-20 pp if you do the happy hour.

        1. re: PrettyPlaty

          Third Nic's.

          Also, Enoteca Drago and Nine-Thirty at the W Hotel.

      2. Thanks for the Nic's suggestion. Would it be a good place to go with 10 people?

        Anyone been to the new Trader Vics at the Beverly Hilton?

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        1. re: cycler15

          Trader Vic's might work, assuming you meant to include an extra "1" in front of your price range.

          1. re: nosh

            Did a new Trader Vics open? They were saying they were "moving" to Las Vegas, and there's definitely a Vics in Vegas now. I don't see a Beverly Hills Trader Vics on their website.

        2. I've always enjoyed Gulfstream in Century City - it's sort of like a seafood Houston's.

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          1. re: omakase

            It is a stretch to do Houston's on $15-25 per -- you can't order the ribs or the steak. If you get the burger (beware of the unadvertised mustard) you'll be ok but no starter, salad or dessert. Gulfstream is even more difficult.

            If you are ok for a happy hour, consider McCormick & Schmick. Big filling burger with fries in an elegant BH setting for just a few bucks, on top of the drinks.

            1. re: omakase

              ick. i used to love gulfstream, but my last couple of meals there were beyond disappointing. in fact, they were downright bad.