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Dinner in Burbank?

CafeKim Jan 24, 2008 08:41 AM

We'll be staying near the airport in Burbank and I'm looking for recommendations for our eclectic group. The requirements include
- must support either veg or seafood option;
- a waitstaff (there were strong requests for being seated and being waited on) and finally,
- a bar.

The specific type of cuisine appears to be less important although chains are less desired.


  1. j
    jillso Mar 28, 2008 06:11 PM

    Granville is down from an A to a very low B (almost C) rating from the health board....I hate when restaurants expand to a new location and everything goes downhill at the original location.

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    1. re: jillso
      barham turner Apr 29, 2008 12:06 PM

      FYI, Granville is back to an A rating as of 3/6/08.

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      so_hungry Jan 30, 2008 04:28 PM

      i heart bistro provence!

      345 N Pass Ave
      Burbank, CA 91505
      (818) 840-9050

      next to the starbux in a random stripmall.. but it rocks.

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      1. re: so_hungry
        teach Jan 30, 2008 05:30 PM

        Provence is pretty good. I went for the first time last week. You can't beat the prices.

        1. re: teach
          Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2008 07:14 PM

          Some technical issues but very tasty food for the price. $26 for three courses.

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        chowchow12345678 Jan 30, 2008 03:01 PM

        I was going to suggest Chadaka Thai also. They look upscale but their prices aren't. Good food.

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          mattesq Jan 25, 2008 08:58 AM

          What about French 75? Should meet all of the criteria. Decent food - nice atmosphere.

          French 75 - Burbank
          3400 W. Olive Ave
          Burbank, CA 91505

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            CafeKim Jan 25, 2008 06:23 AM

            These are great suggestions! I did check out the archive first but the entries weren't too recent -- a lot can change in a few months. Thanks!

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            1. re: CafeKim
              RaeRenee Jan 25, 2008 06:53 PM

              Trust me, I know how hard it can be to sift through things in the search on this board. I only knew about the recent thread that I posted to you before because I started it! :) Be sure to let us know where you pick and what you thought!

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              RaeRenee Jan 24, 2008 02:44 PM

              I know they have a good wine list. Not sure if they have a full bar - but Granville is great at night.


              Here's a good thread on restaurants that are good in Burbank.


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              1. re: RaeRenee
                WildSwede Jan 25, 2008 06:57 AM

                Agreed! And they have a good happy hour. Great space, too. Also, Burbank Bar & Grill would work, but I definitely prefer Granville in Burbank. Enjoy!

                1. re: WildSwede
                  carter Jan 25, 2008 08:53 AM

                  After looking at the Granville website, the place appears to be somewhat chain focused in decor, aka tacky, yet the food may be better. Any suggestions as to what they do best food-wise? Downtown Burbank is generally a food wasteland, and knowing a decent option would be revelatory, meaning with a booze and wine option.

                  1. re: carter
                    RaeRenee Jan 25, 2008 06:52 PM

                    Downtown Burbank is definitely improving. I am a new to the area, and I certainly haven't been disappointed. You might want to check out the thread I referenced - there are a ton of great places that people recommended. If you haven't been to Burbank in a few years, it might be time to give it a second look.

                    As for Granville, I've never found it to be tacky. Never judge a restaurant by its website alone! Their fish has always been good, and I've enjoyed the salads I've eaten there. Adam really liked the burger when we had lunch there. They do have a wine list. Like I said, I'm not 100% on whether there's hard liquor there.

                    1. re: RaeRenee
                      WildSwede Jan 31, 2008 03:01 PM

                      I think Granville is a very nice space. Not chain-y at all. We like the mac n cheese, burgers, sweet potato fries. Not so much the grilled cheese and tacos. Can't remember what else we ordered but we have always been pleased.

                    2. re: carter
                      Das Ubergeek Jan 27, 2008 09:53 AM

                      It's not that dire, Carter... Granville is pretty tasty, there's Picanha, and Northend Pizzeria, and the cold antipasto bar at Market City Caffe. Smokin Jack's is OK, and I like Gordon Biersch quite a bit. The Korean BBQ won't wqin any awards but is quick and tasty enough, and we like Knight Restaurant quite a lot.

                      1. re: Das Ubergeek
                        Lmo1823 Jan 30, 2008 12:44 PM

                        I have to completely disuade anyone from going to Smokin' Jack's. Had some of the worst food and service in my entire life here.

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                          El Gordo Jan 30, 2008 02:10 PM

                          I have to agree. I was completely disappointed. And to think they replaced a Tony Roma's for this junk.

                          1. re: El Gordo
                            Das Ubergeek Jan 30, 2008 03:08 PM

                            Better than Ribs USA... I suppose it's in what you do to it -- and I often crave that coleslaw.

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                              katieleigh Apr 29, 2008 04:20 PM

                              I have to say I've also had a terrible experience there, I would definitely not go back.

                  2. re: RaeRenee
                    Das Ubergeek Jan 27, 2008 09:50 AM

                    They're full service at dinner only, just fYI.

                  3. justanotherpenguin Jan 24, 2008 02:32 PM

                    you should check out "the ramp", which is on hollywood way (just like the airport), approximately 2-3 miles north. would meet all of your criteria.

                    1. barham turner Jan 24, 2008 09:43 AM

                      I really liked Chadaka Thai the last time I was there. It's an upscale Thai restaurant and it does have a full bar.

                      Chadaka Thai
                      310 N San Fernando Blvd
                      Burbank, CA 91502
                      (818) 848-8520


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                      1. re: barham turner
                        burbankfoodie Jan 24, 2008 10:14 AM

                        There's also the McCormick & Shmidts (sp??) over on Riverside (has great seafood and also has a full bar), sort of near studios as well.

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                        carter Jan 24, 2008 09:11 AM

                        Well, right opposite the airport is a Daily Grill, which satisfies all your needs. There is also an Arnie Morton's Steakhouse in one of the office buildings near the studios and it would satisfy as well.

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