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Reasonable dining near Culver City

dimsumgirl Oct 22, 2008 08:54 AM

A friend is taking me shopping in Culver City and we plan to have dinner afterwards. Is there anything close by that is reasonable where we can have a good conversation while enjoyiing tasty food?

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    nosh Oct 22, 2008 04:14 PM

    If by "reasonable" you mean really casual and inexpensive, I recommend Victor Jr.'s. It is on the north side of Washington across from the studio. You order at the counter, if I recall correctly, and they will bring the food to the tables on the outside patio, which would be very pleasant on a warm evening like this week. Really good eggplant parm or meatball subs, a nice Italian salad, and big goodlooking pizzas. You could split a salad, a sub, and have soft drinks for about $10 per person -- add a pizza or more dishes for a bit more. Only open weekdays, closed weekends.

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      arkline Oct 22, 2008 12:32 PM

      Tender Greens is a great salad place with outdoor seating. Also, Le Dijonaise is a small French restaurant with great prices, and I think the food is really good for the price. Ugo is also reasonably priced, with a fantastic outdoor patio - and fabulous gelato! I frequent all of these places.

      Tender Greens
      9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

      Ugo Italian Cafe
      3865 Cardiff Ave, Culver City, CA 90232

      La Dijonaise Cafe
      8703 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

      1. Servorg Oct 22, 2008 09:07 AM

        Brunello Trattoria
        6001 Washington Blvd
        Culver City, CA 90232

        Previous CH Review Here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/555769

        3 Replies
        1. re: Servorg
          kevin Oct 22, 2008 12:44 PM

          Brunello is pretty good, the tiramisu not so much though.

          The thing that blew me away here was the amazing freshly baked bread hot from the pizza oven and the dynamite lobster ravioli in pink sauce, this is one of the best dishes I have had in a long time. And at not a terribly expensive price point.

          1. re: kevin
            Servorg Oct 22, 2008 01:35 PM

            My wife had one of their chocolate covered gelato desserts and I didn't even get a single bite, from which I can infer (deduce?) that she loved it.

          2. re: Servorg
            bulavinaka Oct 22, 2008 03:50 PM

            We went to Brunello for lunch last week and truly enjoyed the food and service. Short but good wine list, great oven-baked ciabattas(?), pasta was prepared to perfection, and even the pizza was very respectable for a non-wood-fired oven. And as Servorg's wife will attest, the desserts were delicious as well.

            As an aside but something that I have to point out - my wife didn't finish her pizza - still had about three slices left. She asked our waiter if he could wrap it to go, and as he walked off with it and some other things, he accidentally dropped a plate. This evidently distracted him and he forgot to wrap the pizza to go - probably tossed it. As we were about to leave, we asked for the pizza... Ooops - no pizza. Without any delay, they (I believe one the owners) immediately got to making my wife a whole new pizza to comp us - we told them it was okay, but they insisted - really insisted. In other words, they really want to please all of their guests, and will always do things, if not make things right. Hats off to Brunello!

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