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Moderate priced restaurant in West L.A./Santa Monica

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I am looking for a good restaurant in West L.A./Santa Monica for dinner on Saturday. It would be great if it wasn't too noisy so we could actually have a nice conversation with dinner. Oh yeah, it should serve alcohol or wine.

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  1. Depending on how you define moderate, Nook, Literati II, and Violet might fit your bill.

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      1. re: BabyLitigator

        Second all of these.

        If you head over to Sawtelle, I'd recommend Orris, or Kiriko.

        Don't know what moderate is for you, but I also like Palmeri and Pecorino on San Vicente for Italian.

        Farther east, I'd recommend La Dolce Vita or Madeo.

        And a bit farther, Angeli Caffe.

      2. I really liked Babalu on Montana in Santa Monica.

        1. Sounds like Nook fits the bill perfectly. They have a small but reasonably priced wine + beer list and have great food at great prices. Check out my review of the place for an idea of what kind of food/environment, etc. it has.

          Good luck!

          http://dimelife.blogspot.com/2006/01/...

          1. Nook is great. Another good place is Sakura House on Washington, down near CostCo. Japanese BBQ, though it sounds a bit South of where you want to be.

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            1. re: marvistalous

              I echo recommendations for Nook, Orris and Literati II. For more casual, inexpensive fare with alcohol, I also like Fritto Misto and Guelaguetza.

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              Fritto Misto
              601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

              Guelaguetza
              11127 Palms Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

            2. There are so many places on Sawtelle:
              -Sawtelle Kitchen has lots of reasonably priced east/west dishes and you can bring your own wine for a reasonable corkage fee. I highly recommend the seabass w/ crispy mushrooms on top and citrusy sauce. I think it's only about $18.
              - Hide has excellent sushi at very good prices unless you're looking for a romantic atmostphere. My DH and I get stuffed for about $60 total.

              The best thing about that area is that you can walk to Beard Papa's after for some incredible cream puffs and coffee for desert.

              Closer to the beach:

              - This place may be too casual but if you're right by the beach, Cha Cha Chicken has a cute outdoorsy patio and heat lamps and very good jerk chicken or ropa vieja w/ plantains and cuban style rice for about $7 or 8. It's BYOB w/o any corkage.
              - Primitivo on Abbot Kinney has a lot of "tapas" plates for under $15 and a very good wine selection.
              - Lily's on Abbot Kinney has a great atmosphere and a very cute garden. Excellent French food and very good wine. Don't know what you mean by "moderate" but two can eat very well for under $100.