Jones Cafe on Santa Monica Blvd.
Definitely and most importantly, Jones is a "see and be scene" spot with ambiance in spades (inexplicably my Mom and boyfriend LOVE it). The food is above average but not stellar, it's pretty reasonably priced. Grilled fish/meats, pastas and salads, done inoffensively and well. They used to have a trout grilled on cedar plank with mashed sweet potatoes and crispy spinach (tossed in olive oil and baked, I think) which was just heavenly, but generally I'm a little underwhelmed by their menu.
The bar is gorgeous but cramped and loud. If you get there early enough you can sit, sip cocktails, nosh on appetizers and watch the beautiful people...then maybe go eat somewhere else. :)
re: Lisa Bee
I was there a few weeks ago, after not having been there in a few years.
Lisa's review pretty much sums it up. The scene kinda looks like out of a beer commercial. Good looking twentysomething crowd, w/ loud music blaring on the Friday night I was there. If you want a warm-up before hitting the Hollywood clubs, then this is your place. Otherwise, better meals can be had elsewhere.