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Westwood - nice special occasion restaurant?

Need a nice spot for taking guests for an anniversary dinner. Should be nice, but not overly formal, reasonable noise level, nice drinks, food and service. Should have relatively straight-forward American or Italian cuisine. Guest are not too adventuresome. Cost not important. Thinking about Blvd 16, but haven't heard too much about it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. Josie would fit the bill. It is in Santa Monica, but is reasonably close to Westwood.

    In Westwood itself, Napa Valley Grille and Tanino should both be all right for your needs.

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    1. re: J.L.

      I agree, Josie is great and not too far from Westwood. I would do Napa Valley Grill if you want to stay in Westwood proper.

    2. I recommend Osteria Latini on San Vicente in Brentwood. Five minutes West of Westwood. However they do not have a full bar.
      Matteos on Westwood Blvd. is somewhat redone with new ownership and a new chef. Have had a couple of good meals there.
      Skip Napa Valley Grille and Tanino is just OK. Dark.
      If you like Japanese, Tengu on Lindbrook is very pretty and quite good.

      1. In Westwood proper I concur that Napa Valley Grill and Tanino are your best choices. For a more casual yet tasty option, you can also consider La Bruschetta.

        1. I've only been to Blvd. 16 once, but I would definitely choose it over Napa Valley Grill. Food is better, service was much better, atmosphere is cool. The only thing is if you want to sit outside they don't have a patio. Also, the drinks are really interesting and good and the noise level is not a problem. Maybe go by and take a look at the room and the menu first.

          1. Agree w/ Napa Valley.

            As another idea, we did the W Hotel for Mother's Day, and it was actually quite nice - you have the option of the restaurant on the left when you enter or the patio/garden out to the right. Service was accommodating, and the ambience nice.