Mother-in-Law and Aunt B-Day Dinner Westside
I am taking both my aunt, who will be 88 and my mother-in-law, age unknown out for a dual birthday dinner on Tuesday. Aunt lives in the Culver City area, I am keeping mom in my house in Pacific Palisades. Nothing too spicy or unhealthy for these ladies, and I don't want to keep them up too late. Where to?
I went there with a 60+ and 70+ couple, and they did not enjoy it because our waitress kept pushing us to share the dishes, "family style", while the dishes really did not lend themselves to that type of dining. I could ignore that, but my guests, though they liked the food, were really annoyed because they could not enjoy it to the fullest. But maybe it just depends on the server. The food was delicious.
I love Chinois, it has a buzz and some of the most flavorful food around, though it's a bit crowded and loud. If quiet professionalism is the goal, consider La Cachette for French-themed food off of Santa Monica Blvd. just west of Century City. If budget is an issue, Nook Bistro. Upscale fusion seafood with some sushi and a marina view -- Cafe del Rey. Good basic seafood -- Ocean Avenue Seafood.
Nosh's suggestion of La Cachette is a great one. Valentino's or Vincenti might work as well. While I love Chinois, it is crowded, noisy and uncomfortable.
La Cachette Bistro
1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Valentino (Santa Monica)
3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
We recently took my mother to Jiraffe for her 65th birthday and she loved it. While it can get loud in there, on a weeknight at 6:30 it was not loud at all. I requested a table upstairs b/c of concerns about the noise, but I don't think it would be a problem downstairs on a Tuesday either if stairs are a problem. The food was wonderful and interesting without being weird (which is my mom's usual complaint about where I take her--too weird). And my husband and I usually don't like the food if we go somewhere "more normal" but everyone was thrilled and it is my new go to family occasion restaurant. The service was good and it was comfortable and unrushed.
I am guessing you want to remain westside, but if you feel like traveling just a bit to Beverly Blvd, Pane e Vino has a lovely patio, and it doesn't get *too* loud there.
Jiraffe and Josie are both lovely choices as well, as suggested above.
If you want to be closer to Culver City so auntie doesn't have to drive too far (unless you're picking her up), Fraiche might be a good choice.