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Apr 14, 2008 07:53 PM

Santa Monica without a car

I will be staying at the JW Marriott on Ocean Ave for about a week with some friends, but we won't have a car. Can anyone recommend some good restaurants within walking distance of the Marriott? We like all kinds of food, but are hoping to stay away from anything too expensive ($40 pp or less and we don't drink). Some suggestions that you think are a little trendy and fun would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Three places come to mind:

    Jiraffe is California/French cuisne. They use the freshest farmer's market ingredients. Monday bistro night--three courses for $35.

    Musha offers an array of interesting and tasty Japanese small plates. Reasonable prices. It gets busy so go early or call for a reservation.

    Bar Pinxto, a new Spanish tapas bar. I haven't been to but looks like fun.

    They all require a little bit of walk but should be manageable. Also, you should walk over to Arizona & 2nd on Wed. morning for the Farmer's Market.

    Jiraffe Restaurant
    502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

    424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Bar Pintxo
    109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    1. re: fdb

      You can find a plethora of great places near the Promenade by your Hotel. Off the top of my head you can get some Fish and Chips at the Lions Pub.

      ---- - General LA Message Boards

      1. re: LAFooder

        Where is the Lion's Pub? Never heard of it.

      2. re: fdb

        Another inexpensive decent Italian place within walking distance: Fritto Misto on Colorado & 6th.

        Fritto Misto
        601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        1. re: fdb

          Fritto Misto is great if you live in the area. I would warn against it if you're in town for a few days and want to try something truly great. It's not a destination spot, although i do enjoy it myself.

      3. Promenade Area (Walking Distance from where you'll be)
        Dinner: Jiraffe (a bit pricey but worth it), Musha, Sushi King (whole in the wall but great sushi), Ma'Kai (for small plates, drinks, and a scene), The Lobster (nice seafood)
        Lunch or Breakfast: The Penthouse (for Brunch or Breakfast & a great view), Bay Cities (best deli sandwich you can find)

        Main St. (long walk or short taxi, but definitely worth checking out:
        Via Veneto, Library Ale House, Farmer's Market (Sunday) for breakfast

        1. Take the bus, your budget is pretty large and since you don't drink [alcholic drinks] you are even better off . . . Otherwise I agree with Promenade there is a place that sells crepes and paninis which is great, Cafe Crepe . . .

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          1. re: apple7blue

            "apple7blue" beat me to it....I've only gotten to use the Santa Monica bus a few times, but it's not bad.

          2. $40/pp is a decent budget. Some good choices here already mentioned.

            I would add Cora's for breakfast.
            Richie Palmer's and Joe's are two places with good NY style pizzas. RP is more of a sit down joint. Some like the sandwiches there.
            The Lobster has already been mentioned, but it's the best place for a combination of good food and an ocean view.
            CeFiore has the best frozen yogurt in the area.
            Father's Office on Montana is a bit far, but maybe the best hamburger around.

            1. You're across the street from Chez Jay, which is a great dive bar. The food they serve is actually pretty good, so you shouldn't rule that out.

              If you walk south from your hotel, you'll hit Main Street and Venice, where there are many options. You could get Italian at Piccolo, a tiny restaurant just off the Venice boardwalk that usually is packed, so reservations would be wise. Or you could head down Main St. and check out Library Alehouse for a casual place with burgers and salads. And on Sundays, you could eat at The Victorian House, which is adjacent to the farmers market on Main Street.

              I do have to make one suggestion, though. You're going to be visiting for a few days. This is a driving city, so you really might want to reconsider not having a car. You don't need to drive all over the city, but even in Santa Monica/Venice, a car would be helpful.