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alliebear May 13, 2008 10:28 PM

I've lived in Los Angles for two years and I should know the answer to these questions by now. Unfortunately, I don't get to eat out as often as I like. Been reading previous threads for two hours, but I have some specific questions that keep coming up.

I have guests coming in Sunday and I'm looking for brunch and dinner recs. For brunch, I want someplace relaxing, patio seating, mimosas. We will have a car but mostly be in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Venice.

I was thinking of Joe's, but I want something casual. Is this a casual place? I want good food, of course. But people watching is always a plus with out of town visitors. We need someplace that serves mimosas. I don't want to take them to The Griddle because we went there on their last visit. I'd also rather it be in an area like Venice where we can walk around after we eat.

For dinner, they want to go to Dolce or something similar. I've never been, so any thoughts or with recommendations on what to order? Is there someplace we should consider instead with similar pricing and atmosphere?

I've always wanted to go to Hungry Cat. Would that be a good option for brunch or dinner? Thanks for any guidance.

  1. Emme May 13, 2008 11:16 PM

    Joe's is a great brunch option. If you want more casual, try 3 Square not too far away.

    In Santa Monica, there's Snug Harbor as well as Bread and Porridge, both good brekkie/brunch places, though the mimosa req't not so much met. i Cugini does offer mimosas and has a pretty good brunch.

    People watching brunch also great at The Ivy, with good Robertson walking around after.

    For dinner, the newly cheffed Dolce isn't all that bad, but if you can get them to go to Hungry Cat, Hatfields, the Mozzas.... you'll be better off mixing hip/trend and food.

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      alliebear May 14, 2008 08:49 AM

      I'm going to try to steer them to Mozza. Are reservations necessary there for a week night dinner?

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        Emme May 14, 2008 12:29 PM

        yes i'd definitely make res.

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      Diana May 14, 2008 12:52 PM

      3 Square on Abbot Kinney would be nice for Brunch. they also serve mimosas!

      http://www.rockenwagner.com/cafe.html

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        alliebear May 17, 2008 03:54 PM

        This is on the short list. The menu looks good. Thanks.

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        bulavinaka May 14, 2008 10:51 PM

        If you're looking for a stroll in the Venice area after brunch, I think Emme and Diana have already mentioned it. Both Joe's and 3 Square will fit the bill. Joe's has the nicer patio area IMO (more like an outdoor room), but is almost a zero on people-watching since it is enclosed. 3 Square's is directly adjacent to the street (and more centrally located on Abbot Kinney) which is great for general peoplewatching but feels very asses&elbows - it's tight in there.

        Both have great food - that comes down to what you and what your guests lean toward. Enjoy your weekend!

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          bulavinaka May 16, 2008 09:10 AM

          I forgot to mention Lily's (three doors south of Joe's)... they do have a very nice patio area - maybe more of what most picture to be a patio to dine in - but I don't know how their Sunday brunch is. The patio has views of the hidden garden that is encircled by the complex of buildings. Their entrees are usually quite good and their desserts are wonderful. It is very French by Venice standards, a very nice space, and a full bar with good wines (of course) as well. You might want to check their online menu. The weather this Sunday should be near-perfect for brunch... enjoy!

          http://www.lillysfrenchcafe.com/

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            New Trial May 16, 2008 12:28 PM

            This Sunday is the Venice Family Clinic's Art Walk so Abbott Kinney, around where Joe's and Lilly's are, will be closed to automotive traffic (other than shuttle buses) and crowded with pedestrians. I am also unsure whether Lilly's will even be open. I would suggest calling first (to make sure it will be open) and making a reservation for any restaurant on Abbott Kinney that day. The Art Walk itself is lots of fun [tickets are $50] and there will be food from local restaurants for sale at the Westminster School on Abbott Kinney. www.veniceartwalk.info

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              alliebear May 17, 2008 03:56 PM

              Thanks for letting me know. I'm not a fan of crowds, so maybe we will hang near Abbott Kinney on another day.

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