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      1. XIV, on Crescent Heights and Sunset. I refer to it, as my precious. XIV, or "Fourteen", by Michael Mina, and Sam Nazarian's SBE, is like none other. The menu is delightfully creative, yet well developed and sophisticated. You can do tasting at 8 bucks an item, or traditionally sized portions. There are vegetarian and vegan menus that parallel XIVs list of both Michael Mina classics and some exclusive surprises. I know I sound like an advertisement, but this place is amazing. Being able to see and be seen, at a prime SBE property, while dining on a 9 corse Michael Mina vegetarian tasting menu, is inspiring to say the least. The drinks are amazing, if you decide to indulge. They make a kick ass Mojito, and there is a new drink on their SBE classics menu called they call the Cucumber Pomegranate Deluxe. It is my new favorite, and a must try. Check out the XIV dinner, vegetarian and vegan menus online.

        1. Joe's on Abbot Kinney used to offer a vegetarian tasting menu - you'd have to call to find out if they still do.

          Joe's
          1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd
          Venice, CA 90291
          310-399-5811

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Trying Melisse out tonight, will be doing the Im excited to see what Chef Josiah Citrin has going on there. I was a fan of his for quite some time at Giraffe. I AM partial to XIV, because you can choose different items to create your own tasting menu...but I'm trying to eat outside my box.

            2. if $$$ isn't an issue then, without question, Sona -- http://www.sonarestaurant.com/
              they can do a vegan one too...

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              1. re: organic snob

                vfxKyle, I just looked at Michael Mina's vegetarian menu and it looks incredibly good. Our son is a vegetarian - I could be but my husband won't go out to dinner and pay for a vegetarian tasting menu. Would our son (he's 26, not a kid) get enough of an experience in just ordering from the vegetarian menu since the three of us will never be able to coordinate a tasting menu to fit all of us? Thanks for this great tip!

                1. re: Bria Silbert

                  XIV is extremely accommodating. Especially if there is a vegetarian in the party. Jacob the GM and Giancarlo the captain will work with you. So long as you don't mind getting food at different paces, they will do different tasting menus for each guest (this gets harder the larger your party is).
                  Your son will love it; I went veg just in the past few months, XIV was a huge part of it, it convinced me veg CAN taste good. My younger brother has been veggie for quite some time now, he loves XIV too. It IS expensive, but if you keep the drinks to a minimum it helps a lot. You can also do a tastings smaller than 8 courses. Its basically 8 bucks a pop, so you could do a light tasting meal of 5 items...which is more than satisfying. I usually spend at least a few of my 8 courses on cheese/desserts. You could do a tasting of 5 items, and go out to baskin robins for desert. BUT, the brandied bananas and marinated peaches are amazing! ;)

                  1. re: vfxKyle

                    A more general question - I drove by XIV recently and I was surprised about a loud party on the patio with people dancing on the tables. I was interested in XIV but I am now wondering how loud is XIV.

                    1. re: honkman

                      Sundays, the Michael Mina kitchen closes, and it is a big SBE dance party on the terrace. There are tons of good drinks, and soooooome small bites, but nothing like the regular XIV dinner menus.
                      it is possible you saw the patio on a very very busy regular dining night (Monday-Saturday), but Im willing to bet it was the Sunday "club xiv" (as i call it).
                      However, in general, XIV is a lively, exciting, energetic place. Music playing in both the restaurant and on the terrace. For me, its a refreshing change from stuffy quit traditional restaurants. But I would imagine it would be rough for someone who is hard of hearing, or looking for a quite night. But then again, I've had some quite nights at XIV out on the terrace, on a week day. It can be very quiet and pleasant. Especially as winter sets in (the terrace is somewhat enclosed and heated).

                      1. re: vfxKyle

                        It was indeed on a Sunday. And I like it if a restaurant is not too stuffy but without knowing that they have a club night I was surprised to see people dancing on the tables in a restaurant.

                  2. re: Bria Silbert

                    All the non-vegetarian options are paired with vegetarian / vegan versions, and they strongly recommend that you go this way. This works in some cases better than others, but overall, it's a positive experience, and it's nice that everyone gets (sort of) the same thing.

                    Long post about it:
                    http://www.runawaysquirrels.com/2009/...

                    I have been to a bunch of the places mentioned here (including Mélisse), but have to give special mention to Joe's, because they did such a great job.
                    http://www.runawaysquirrels.com/2009/...

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                    Melisse Restaurant
                    1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

                    Joe's Restaurant
                    1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291