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Dec 10, 2008 11:57 AM

Looking for a Venice/MDR restaurant for a nice Sunday early evening dinner with son-in-law

He's flying in to town on business, and we will have only a few hours to schmooze and eat a nice dinner. He's a mid-westerner, so Venice or the Marina is really a treat for him. We've been to Hal's, and he really liked it, but we want to mix it up a bit and go somewhere else. Any suggestions?

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  1. How about joe's in Venice on abbot kinny or Cafe del ray in MDR..both nice

    1. guidelines in terms of your budget and/or cuisine preferences would be helpful. but without knowing any details, i'd also suggest Axe on Abbot Kinney or Chaya on Navy St.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        We don't have any real guidelines...I thought about suggesting something, but changed my mind when I realized that this is my son-in-law. How could I put a limit on it? (someday maybe he'll be taking care of me, in my dotage...) Thanks for the rec.

      2. A hidden gem in Venice.

        5 Dudley Ave, Venice, CA 90291

        1. i strongly second cafe del rey.
          the view of the boats will be lovely
          the decor is nice
          the food will be good
          the wine list is great
          the service will be great

          you will not be rushed through,
          the place is quiet enough to hear each other speak
          there is a comfortable lounge with couches and a fireplace should you decide to have an after-dinner drink away from the table.
          if not, you can stroll around the boat docks without needing to move your car.

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          1. re: westsidegal

            Cafe Del Rey is my favorite place to take out-of-town guests on the way from or to LAX. Their website is excellent, including their various menus with prices:

            My other recommendation would be Chinois on Main in lower Santa Monica. Wolfgang Puck's original fusion restaurant is delicious and a lot of fun, with bold flavors and all dishes served to share. Concentrate on the starters and small plates, and share just one entree -- either the sliced filet in szechwan sauce or the whole fried catfish with ponzu. Excellent service, a real buzz, and the over-the-top '80s decor.

            1. re: nosh

              i love chinois on main too. (That catfish is the stuff of my dreams.)

              Chinois opens for dinner at 6pm.
              I don't know how early a dinner Golem was wanting.

              Cafe del Rey is open straight through from lunch to dinner.

              1. re: westsidegal

                i just looked at their website and saw that chinois opens at 5:30 on sunday for dinner.

          2. 26 Beach Restaurant I have seen the owners of Hals eating there.

            26 Beach
            3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292