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Corporate credit card lunch

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If someone with a corporate credit card offered to take you to lunch anywhere between Miracle Mile and Santa Monica, where would it be?

Let's not abuse the privelege too much.... mid range is better than Beverly Hills extravagance.

Thanks hounds!

Mr Taster

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  1. Would Craft or La Cachette be too extravagant?

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      Hmm, I'll bounce it off my friend and report back.....

      Suddenly Nook sprang to mind.... never been, right in the middle of my geographic boundaries, though it hardly requires a corporate card.

      Mr Taster

      1. re: Mr Taster

        Nook is open for lunch, but no reservations and the menu is mostly soups, salads, and wraps. Wouldn't use my credit card privileges on it.

      1. At the high end I'd do Spago or the Grill on the Alley in BH. For the best food I'd go to Chinois on Main in Santa Monica, open Wed-Fri for lunch. For a "get away from the office" relaxing setting I'd consider Cafe Del Rey in the Marina or one of the Santa Monica Beach Hotels. I'd also consider Ocean Avenue Seafood or one of the Italian places on San Vicente in Brentwood.

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        1. re: nosh

          GREAT reply, nosh.
          I love love love your recommendations!

          fwiw, the santa monica beach hotels can easily end up costing as much as spago or the grill on the alley.

           
          1. re: westsidegal

            how pricey is cafe del rey? and is the food any good? is it supposed to be pacific rim fusion? in the vein of cafe blanc, mako, and the old chaya, grill lyon, etc.

            1. re: kevin

              Cafe Del Rey has an excellent website, with dinner, lunch and weekend brunch menus that include prices: http://www.cafedelreymarina.com/.

              The restaurant is easy to find, just off of Admiralty Way in the Marina west off of Lincoln, with easy valet parking. I must admit I liked their (very) old menu better, before they added the sushi, with the kung pao shellfish sausage one of my favorite dishes ever. But it is still one of my favorites for out-of-town company, particularly to enjoy a relaxing meal after picking someone up at LAX and heading back to the westside.