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Dec 5, 2008 10:34 AM

Hi. New to LA and looking for a good place in Santa Monica (entress below $30) any favs?

Moved to LA 2 months ago and taking some friends out to dinner soon. We want to try a new place in Santa Monica without braking the bank.... preferably a good spot where entrees are between $15 and $25... Thanks

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  1. You could try R & D Kitchen on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica (not certain about the price point however):

    1. Maybe try Riva on wilshire & 3rd...seems to fit the bill

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      1. re: JE33

        Riva's entrees START at $28. Unless they just get a pizza and some apps, and sit in the lounge...

        R&D entrees are about $30. There are a couple burgers that are about $15.

        How about Bar Pinxto?

        1. re: yogachik


          Entrees well below $30 (aside from the filet).

          I tried the meatloaf and enjoyed it. I liked this place. Only been once though.

          1. re: tykapfh

            Yeah, that's an old menu. They have made menu changes since opening.

            1. re: yogachik

              Just went last week. All options still under $30 aside from the filet. Basically the same menu. Anyhow... just pointing it out.

          2. re: yogachik

            Yum! I really enjoy Bar Pinxto! The have delicious tapas and great wines by the glass- all very affordable.

        2. La Serrenada on 4th is really good Mexican and across the street is Border Grill which is great too. Also fun is Chez Jay on Ocean Ave, but they can be pricey for a dive bar.

          1. Once again, the answer is Nook Bistro. It is just east of Santa Monica in W.L.A., in the back corner of the minimall on the S/E corner of Santa Monica Blvd. at Barry, a block east of Barrington. Entrees are generously portioned and most are between $18 and $20, with an excellent gourmet burger considerably less and a ribeye at $26. Share the excellent mac'n'cheese or mussels as a starter. The quality of the food, service, and decor is better than many restaurants at much higher pricepoints, and parking is convenient and free.

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            1. re: nosh

              Nook Bistro? sounds like it fits the bill perfectly, thank. Will def. check out Hillstone as well... Thank you

              1. re: SYG

                I love South of the Border on 4th St. in Santa Monica. Two famous female chef's have owned it for years. i have had lunch there many times...their turkey tostada is great. The price is not out of line, and the food terrific. Chinois on Main is also great, but a little more pricey.

                1. re: irene661

                  Just so other readers who come across this post by Irene above and perhaps become frustrated in their search for a place called "South of the Border" the name is the Border Grill and it's a restaurant by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger.


                  Border Grill
                  1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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