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Sep 9, 2008 12:26 PM

3 Nights in LA - bistro casual, high end & laid back surfer

I'm coming from SD to LA for 3 nights in November and already really excited by my options and don't want to make a bad choice. Night 1 - with Dad, thinking a casual bistro type atmosphere, he doesn't drink so no wine bar, like fresh food good ingredients nothing too heavy. Day 2 - thinking Craft, I'm paying so I figure why not do it right. Want creative great food, something I'll remember long after the meal. Day 3 - surfer husband, won't stray far from ocean - casual, most likely flip flops, but not willing to sacrifice the quality of the food. Too much to ask for? Great food, low key casual atmosphere. Not too loud or too hip but a barlike atmosphere ok - if the food is distinct and excellent. Any help?

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  1. The first night (and I'm going to give all westside options) I would recommend Anisette or Rustic Canyon. The third I would recommend Chaya Venice or Primitivo or Joe's (although I wouldn't wear flip flops, it is casual) or even 3 Square. I love Craft, but don't know how memorable it is - Spago would be more memorable.

    1. Hi runningforfood,

      Agree with yogachik's recommendations. :) I think Anisette could work nicely for either your Day 1 or Day 3 options that you're asking for. They open early for a nice Breakfast / Brunch and they have a nice Dinner menu (classic Brasserie, fun, relaxed feel). Here's a review I wrote about it, and some pictures (to give you an idea if you'd want to go or not).

      For the Day 2 "high end" place, if you want one of the best dining experiences in L.A., I'd recommend Urasawa (but note that it's pretty expensive). Do a search and you'll find many reviews on this place. :)

      Or like yogachik mentioned if you've never been to Wolfgang Puck's flagship, you might consider Spago and their Tasting Menu. Or Valentino or Providence (nice Chef's Menus). Enjoy~

      5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      Urasawa Restaurant
      218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      Valentino (Santa Monica
      )3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

      Anisette Brasserie
      225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

      1. I agree with yogachick and exilekiss re. Days 1 & 2! For Day 3 especially with a surfer in flip flops I would humbly suggest Malibu Seafoods. Great Fish and Chips, other Fish and Seafood and Mini Loaf of Bread with and ocean view and BYOB with no corkage. You could bring a little cooler with Craft Beer or Wine that you would enjoy, some folks bring stemware and a picnic type table cloth and a couple of candles for the table!

        Malibu Fish & Seafood
        25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265