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?
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.
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: www.cafedelreymarina.com
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.