Long weekend in Santa Monica/Malibu
Due to a family function in July, this Boston-based traveler will find himself in Santa Monica and Malibu soon. I was looking for places to grab some good eats while on the West Coast and would love to hear your recs.
I'll need a really nice (price not a prob, so long as it's worth it) dinner spot for 2 on a Friday night, then some casual places for lunch and breakfast.
Any thoughts? Thanks!
There's much better sushi to be had than Nobu. I'd suggest heading over to Sawtelle Blvd in West LA and trying out Kiriko or heading over to National Blvd for Sushi Zo. Both are first rate sushi places. They cannot match the celebrities at Nobu, but they definitely have better sushi.
In Santa Monica, for a nice dinner, you could try Josie, Joe's on Abbot Kinney (Venice), Michael's, or Jiraffe.
If you want good Mexican, I suggest Monte Alban in West LA -- it's the best Oaxacan in LA and something that is really difficult to find elsewhere in America.
If you're up for a burger, try out Father's Office. It can get crowded, but even the dissenters on this board will generally acknowledge that it's a good burger. And they've got a great beer selection on tap.
For dinner try The Lobster in Santa Monica - great seafood - good view. Geoffreys in Malibu can be a bit inconsistent but very lovely. BOA Steakhouse in Santa Monica is good. Have drinks outside at The Viceroy by the pool.For breakfast/lunch - Shutters in Santa Monica is good and the view is nice. The Georgian Hotel serves a good breakfast on the porch - as well as Jinkys in Santa Monica. For a great dive bar breakfast try Hinano in Marina del Rey - greasy, old fashioned breakfast. Have fun!
For three solid casual lunch choices and one a notch above casual, go to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.
Lilly's French Cafe & Bar
1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
3 Square Cafe
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
I highly recommend that you try the recently opened Anisette by Alain Giraud on Santa Monica Blvd (between 3rd Street Promenade and 2nd Street).
Santa Monica and Malibu are 20 minutes apart. How long will you actually be in Malibu, meaning, which meals and how many?
Allegria in Malibu is incredible italian and is open for lunch. Via Veneto in Santa Monica is also incredible italian and great for 2 on a Friday night.
I also recommend Anisette in SM for lunch, and Library Ale house for lunch, also in SM.
Breakfast: Anisette, Jinkys, Jack and Jills, or go to Montana Avenue and take your pick from many, many great breakfast and lunch spots. Just choose a menu you like.