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Native hound coming home for the holidays

Wife and I looking to get out for a couple of nice meals during a 10-day stay. We are also open for some quick lunches, but may have the baby in tow for those.

Haven't been around for almost 3 years, so I'm sure my list needs a refresh. As always, I defer to you fine folk as wisdom of the hounds usually prevails (with a little tweaking).

Here's my old list, recently updated:
A.O.C.
Lucques
Spago B.H.
Providence
Josie
Mozza
Geoffrey's Malibu

Note: We may want to skip Mozza if it's anything like Babbo in NYC, where we were a couple of months ago. And is Geoffrey's really good for anything but the view? I'm wondering if the drive is worth it.

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  1. I don't know if you've already skipped over these, but I'd add to my list...
    Bin8945
    Sona
    Tasca
    Bastide (maybe)
    Angeli Caffe
    Via Veneto
    Melisse
    Saddle Peak Lodge
    Hungry Cat
    Jar

    Maybe do some Thai for lunch (Jitlada or Sanam Luang)
    Griddle Cafe would be great for breakfast/lunch with kid
    Quality and Toast would both work too

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    1. re: Emme

      Hungry Cat is closed for renovation for the next 2-3 weeks.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Hungry Cat isn't closed yet, it will be closed from the 25th of November till the 10th of December.

      2. re: Emme

        Only heard of Saddle Peak, Melisse, Jar, and Angeli. What do the others offer up?

        1. re: biscuit

          Bin and Sona offer some great tasting menus.

          Via Veneto is great Italian down on Main St. in Santa Monica

          Tasca does small plates.

      3. Skip Geoffrey's. It's a summer time restaurant.

        Don't do Mozza if you have access to Babbo. At least skip the Osteria side, the Pizzeria might be worth considering, however.

        Other places not on your list worth considering: Bin8945, Lou's, Grace, Cut, Valentino and Water Grill.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Sounds about right. Heard good things about Grace, Cut, Valentino and Water. Don't know the others.

          1. re: biscuit

            Lou might be worth checking out. Lou and Bin8945 are both very wine-centric, if that matters to you.

            Enjoy your stay.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            Regarding Mozza, Babbo probably cancels out the Osteria, but the Pizzeria should still be visited. In fact, I'd say Pizzeria Mozza should be their first stop between the two, Babbo or not.

          3. Second Valentino
            Craft
            Melisse
            Last meal I had at Josie sucked service wise.