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URGENT- Boss is coming from out of town!

OK - SO the boss is coming to visit from Chicago in less than two weeks. He would like to take his group out for a nice dinner. We have to make the arrangements. We work in Thousand Oaks. There are six gals in the department, and our boss, but I digress.

We'd like to go to a great restaurant where we can watch the sunset and give him a bit of an LA vibe. We thought of The Lobster and Shutters on the Beach. Our last outing was to Moonshadows for lunch. We don't want to drive much further south.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Do you have to watch the sunset? There are so many more options with truly excellent food (although I enjoy the Lobster, it is what it is) if you can veer from the sunset scenario.

    Pop over the hill from Thousand Oaks on Crescent Heights and go to one of the following:

    Jar
    Simon
    Lucques
    Comme Ca

    or even better, stay on your side of the hill, drive to Calabasas and have a meal outside while the sun sets behind the canyon at Saddle Peak Lodge. Probably my favorite restaurant in SoCal.

    1. http://www.thehuntleyhotel.com/pentho...

      And driving towards (or past) Moonshadows is heading north. South is towards Venice and then Marina Del Rey.

      1. why not cut your travel in half and go to saddlepeak lodge in calabasas?

        1. forget the sunset -go for the better food

          CUT
          Spagos
          Comme CA
          Saddle Peak Lodge - haven't been, but I agree this might be a good idea if you want outdoorsy feel

          Lobster is OK - you will come out feeling dissapointed

          1. How about dinner at the Restaurant at the Getty? Amazing view and a good place to check out for an out-of-towner. Dinner only served on Fridays and Saturdays.

            1. I believe you can have a great view AND great food, no need to drive inland when you want to do a beautiful coastal dinner and know that you're in LA and ONLY in LA.

              Catch at Casa del Mar is always good, and is a beautiful room, views can't be beat.
              One Pico at Shutters is also very good, also a beautiful room with beautiful views.
              Moonshadows is inconsistent, but it's gorgeous.

              1. The Restaurant At The Getty

                1. The Lobster for the LA experience (it's not the best in town but guaranteed to blow him away.) It is further South than you're looking for.
                  Saddle Peak for a unique albeit much more subtle experience. They specialize in game and it's a gentleman's club feel, so make sure that's what you want.
                  Nobu Malibu for the celeb experience. It's not for the sushi snob (please don't anyone start) but it's tasty.

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                  1. re: cls

                    i didn't realize nobu at the colony had a view! and you are right. the food is good.

                  2. An idea: the Hideaway Cafe on Westward Beach in the Zuma area of Malibu. It satisfies the geographic requirement and the sunset ocean view requirement (being just north of Kanan off PCH, it's actually may be the closest restaurant to Thousand Oaks with an ocean view!) However, I've only had breakfast there (which was very good, and service / view was lovely), cannot personally attest to dinner. Maybe someone else can.

                    http://www.malibucountryinn.com/hidea...

                    Strictly speaking food in Malibu, I'd say that Bui Sushi and Sage restaurant are the two best restaurants in Malibu (though neither have any view.)

                    1. My suggestion is to book a table near the front window at Yamashiros in Hollywood. The food is delicious, & you are looking out from a cliff perched perfectly above a dynamic panoramic- view of Los Angeles. I think the vibe & locale make it the quitessential L.A. Vibe place to take a gawking out-of-towner. It's sure to impress. Have fun!, JET

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                      1. re: Jet

                        I think the food at Yamashiro is just OK, but you can get a drink, and agreed, the view is excellent.

                        1. re: Jet

                          I think that's the first time I have heard anyone say the food at Yamishiro is even edible.

                          1. re: Jet

                            The last time I was at Yamashiro, my chicken teriyaki was garnished with a maraschino cherry.

                            Just sayin'.

                          2. Inn of the Seventh Ray
                            amazing vegetarian food with incredible views.
                            http://www.innoftheseventhray.com/
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                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/54802