I Have Theater in Westwood / Where do We Eat?
I have not eaten in Westwood since Monty's closed 8 years ago. So now we are posed with the idea of having dinner there this Saturday night before theater. OK guys, I need some help here!
Palomino is quite horrible. Skip the very mediocre Napa Valley Grille also and head over to the Gardens on Glendon (across the street from NVG) - they make the best tableside guacamole.
The NY pizza at Lamonica's (on Gayley) is quite good and has withstood the test of time (and countless UCLA grads). Acroos the street from Whole Foods Market (on Gayley) is Thai House, with excellent curries.
Disagree completely with J.L. re Palomino (funny, my initials are JL also!). Sure you wouldn't go there for refined cuisine, but for what it is, I think it's fine. It's an attractive, modern and casual restaurant with generally very good service and rather tasty food. The pizzas in the bar are quite good, and the fish and beef entrees in the dining room are well prepared and satisfying. I think it's perfect before or after the theater. It certainly is in a league with what Monte's was!
Danube Bulgarian Restaurant
1303 Westwood Blvd., Westwood, (310) 473-2414
I think it's BYOB, and no corkage, but call to verify
Food in Westwood is mostly either good but low-rent, or fancy but underwhelming. Where you want to go depends on what you're looking for... good food or a nice "pre-theater" experience. Palomino, Napa Grille, that restaurant in the W hotel... all will supply the fancy/overpriced/underwhelming food experience. Any of the italian places on Westwood Blvd are safe in-between choices... pleasant dining experiences with okeedokee food. Further afield.... Nook. 10 min away by car on Santa Monica Blvd.
If you'd like ethnic, you could check out Shamshiri, as well as Sunnin Lebanese Cafe.
Would you be willing to eat in Brentwood on San Vicente, say at Palmeri or Pecorino?
Napa Valley Grille and Gardens on Glendon are all right, nothing outstanding, options. Palomino IMO is best for happy hour.
Where are you coming in from, as there might be somewhere better along the way in?
check out this link for westwood village restaurants--
i haven't been to some of these places in years, but for an elegant atmosphere with what i remember to be good food, try the gardens on glendon. or, i noticed they just opened up a pain quotidien, if you'd like more salad/little sandwich stuff ...personally, i drive 45 minutes out of my way for native foods, a fantastic restaurant (vegan)...have fun!