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Help with dining next week Manhattan Beach

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Staying at the Marriott for a conference, looking for some good places for dinner 5 nights with colleagues. Have never been to these places, but am considering: Mucho, Bora Bora, Petra (is that how you spell it? The Greek Place)...would appreciate your comments. Need dinners for Sunday through Thursday night, would prefer no repeats. I know that Il Forniao, Houstons, and PF Chang are supposed to be nearby, but looking for some other options. While I always appreciate the local "hole in the wall", some in my group might not. Thanks!!!

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  1. Petros.. is the Greek Place ( very good spot ).. Pass on Mucho ( go for drinks there nice scene ) Bora Bora is not up to par.. Try Second City Bistro on Richmond Street in El Segundo ( same distance and Monday they have a free wine tasting from 6 till 7 make reservations if you want to eat there on Monday as well)

    1. I know a Greek woman who comes to LA a lot and and says that Petros is the best she's found-- especially in a professional setting.

      1. Just found out that Bora Bora is closed, guess that is off the list anyhow. thanks for the replies! I'm outta here....

          1. re: westsidegal

            Uncle Bill's pancake house.

            Farm house in el segundo.

            north end cafe.

            1. re: kevin

              uncle bill's pancake house, as much as i like their breakfast/brunch fare, would not be for 'dining' or 'dinner' as gaa requested.
              imho, the farm stand in el segundo is on the poor side of mediocre. they serve, among other things, a number of dishes which are clearly inspired by, but poor renditions of persian dishes. to go there, when there are so many excellent real persian restaurants in the westwood area does not make sense to me. their salads are mediocre complared to the salads served at 26 beach. the cramped chairs and tables along with the nothing-with-nothing food make for a total experience that would not be nearly good enough for a dinner with business colleagues.

              1. re: kevin

                The Kettle 24/7 with a menu that covers a lot of territory.


                1. re: Servorg

                  fwiw, the kettle is an extremely informal neighborhood burger/salad/soup/sandwich place that caters to folks with kids wearing shorts and flip-flops.
                  again, not a place i'd take business colleagues for 'dining' if i had a choice.
                  it IS a place that i would go if i had a couple of toddlers in tow or if i wanted to order pancakes at midnight. . . .

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    They do a fairly robust business serving late night adult travelers going to and from LAX who are either filling up before flying or getting something before going home or to their hotel.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      the impression that i got from reading the original post was that gaa wants a restaurant appropriate for dinners with business colleagues that are in town for a conference. the op specified that a 'hole-in-the-wall' was NOT what s/he was seeking. the kettle is, imho, not much, if any, above a hole-in-the-wall. it serves no excellent food.
                      it's main advantage is that it's open 24/7 and that there is no dress code and practically no children's behavior code in place.

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        Missed the boat on this if the person was asking for dinner spots with business colleagues.

                        They could go to Flemming's it is a chain but there aren't too many of them out there.

                        come to think of it, there isn't really that much that's great about MB for dinner.

            2. Surprisingly good but not well known is the restaurant Matisse in the Ayres Hotel. Definitely not a hole in the wall, expensive but I'm assuming you can write the expense off. Kind of an overdone Tuscan style.

              It's going to appeal to an older clientele that appreciates good service. Not the Yelp crowd.


              14400 Hindry Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

              1. Why don't you try the Salt Creek Grill at the new center in El Segundo right around the corner from the Marriott. It's just off Sepulveda/PCH less than a mile away. Great atmosphere and food.

                Salt Creek Grille
                2015 Park Pl, El Segundo, CA 90245

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                1. re: trojan1990

                  Great idea, Trojan. I keep forgetting about this place.

                2. From a local resident - Petros, Darrens, and Cafe Pierre in downtown Manhattan Beach are the best choices (IMHO) and suitable for business dinners. Definitely a cut above the rest. Reservations essential. For before dinner drinks, go to Shade Hotel or Mucho for a young, hip crowd. All places listed are in downtown Manhattan Beach (ocean proximate relative to the Marriott) which is very charming and appealing. Good Italian choices in downtown would be Talia's or Mangiamo. Have fun!

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                  1. re: LMScalia

                    Another local-next door in Hermosa Beach.

                    Agree with Darren's and Petros-have not been to Cafe Pierre.

                    I recommend Chef Melba's in Hermosa, Catalina in Redondo Beach -both great for dinner. I am always disappointed in upscale Italian round here...

                    My fifth would be Japanese-What about Musha in Torrance (is it Torrance?) or closer to MB, Japonica on PCH in Redondo is enjoyable, especially for the ambience and saki.

                    If you like oysters and a good bar vibe on the water-check out Blue Water Grill in Redondo on Harbor Drive.

                    1. re: LMScalia

                      one more thing RocknFish on Manhattan Beach Blvd next to the strand is good for groups. I have had a few business dinners here (weeknights). Seafood/Steaks. Love the spicy macncheese. It's not haute cuisine but has something for everyone and is comfortable.

                      1. re: LMScalia

                        LMScalia.. from another Local.. "well said"

                      2. Aside from Petros (which is excellent) and Darren's (which I have not tried but from what I have heard it is worth a try), you may want to head down to Hermosa and go to Brix@1601 (1601 PCH in Hermosa) which is probably the best and most happening dining option in the South Bay at the moment. Also, for excellent and non-traditional Italian fare, try La Sosta Enoteca on the corner of Manhattan Avenue and Gould in Hermosa.

                        1. Reed's Restaurant in the MB shopping center is very close to the Marriot & is surprisingly charming (despite the shopping center locale). Solid bistro food, comfortable setting for business colleagues.

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                          1. re: archer

                            I want to second this recommendation - I've been to a number of lunches and a few dinners there - big surprise for a restaurant in a shopping center.