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colls Apr 16, 2008 11:12 AM

We're staying in Santa Monica (SM Blvd/26th) and are looking for a place that would suit all of us. I dont want to go to 3rd Street Promenade, and I'd like to stay within about a 15 min drive. I'd like to stay below $25 or so per person. No sushi or Japanese. We have 1 vegitarian, 1 grandma who is not terribly adventurous but will deal with whatever, and I really hate seafood.

Any suggestions? I looked at the Library, but they dont take reservations. Anything similar? Pref. not a chain.

I tried to do a search on the board but wasn't terribly successful.
Thanks!

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  1. westsidegal Apr 16, 2008 11:34 AM

    does your $25 number include tax, tip, and beverages or is that for entree only?
    how about valet fees? would you be adverse to paying additional money for parking?

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      colls Apr 16, 2008 11:36 AM

      $25 for food only; there are only a few drinkers in the group. Parking fees not included.

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        westsidegal Apr 16, 2008 11:50 AM

        i'd drive south to 26 beach.
        26 Beach Restaurant 3100 Washington Blvd. (just west of Lincoln), Venice • 310-823-7526

        http://www.usmenuguide.com/26beachres...

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      Diana Apr 16, 2008 12:48 PM

      Is Joe's within the OP's budget?

      8+ is a bit much for 3 square, but it may be OK.

      Will you go NEAR the 3rd street?

      1. mollyomormon Apr 16, 2008 01:08 PM

        Maybe the communal table at Nook? 3 Square also has a communal table.

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          mollyomormon Apr 16, 2008 01:27 PM

          There's also the patio at Wilshire. It's close to your budget limit but could work if everyone orders carefully.

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            westsidegal Apr 17, 2008 09:19 AM

            have you ever taken out a party of 8 people and told the group to 'order carefully?'
            i've never seen that work well.
            imho it's far better to select a restaurant that comes in at the desired price point.

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              Diana Apr 17, 2008 09:28 AM

              I concur. You don't take people out for a meal and then set a limit on thier ordering. It's not right.

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          NYCnowLA Apr 16, 2008 01:10 PM

          i have never been there so if somebody wants to chime in feel free, but Bistro of Santa Monica seems to be in your area and price range.

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            mollyomormon Apr 16, 2008 01:20 PM

            Perfect location for OP, but the food is not good.

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            smfoodie Apr 16, 2008 01:53 PM

            Did you mean Library Ale House? Definitely would be too loud for Grandma!

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              Nicole Apr 16, 2008 02:21 PM

              Maybe Violet? Small plates place located in West L.A., not too far from where you're staying. Not sure if they could do a large party, call and ask. (BTW, Joe's is too expensive for your budget, as Diana wondered.)

              1. cookie monster Apr 16, 2008 02:38 PM

                Joe's and Wilshire and both definitely out of that price range. 26 Beach is a good suggestion. Il Moro for Italian? Upstairs 2 for small plates? Maybe one of the Persian places in Westwood (I don't know them well enough to say which is best).

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                  westsidegal Apr 17, 2008 09:20 AM

                  il moro will not normally come in at $25/pp for food.

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                    westsidegal Apr 17, 2008 09:32 AM

                    the persian food idea is a good one.
                    since there will be a vegetarian in the party, the best persian choice, imho would be shamshiri grill because:
                    1) they have a huge portion of their menu devoted to vegetarian food
                    and
                    2) their dolmas are made with a delicious lentil stuffing which is a good vegetarian source of protein

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                    fdb Apr 17, 2008 01:08 PM

                    Sounds like Bizou Garden Bistro would work for you. It's only a couple blocks from you.

                    http://www.bizougarden.com/menu_dinner.html

                    Fritto Misto is good for what it is, if you like pasta.

                    http://www.usmenuguide.com/frittomist...

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                    Fritto Misto
                    601 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                    Bizou Garden Bistro
                    2450 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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