Visiting Santa Monica for a month
Hello all...I am visiting Santa Monica for a month and would like a few suggestions for restaurants (some casual, some fine dining). I am staying at Wilshire & Beverly Glen. I'm here with my wife and we are in our early 30's and like lively, fun spots with great food and wine. Thanks for any suggestions!!!
one of my favorite places for breakfast is The Rose Cafe in Venice ....they have a self serve area and a sit down area in the back with a different menu...I usually eat in the sit down area....try the eggs San Pietro......they also have one of the best fruit bowls in the city....17th Street cafe on Montana Ave has great food for breakfast and lunch...for a romantic dinner ...Locanda Portofino on Montana Ave ..great very authentic Italian food excellent wine list...on Abbott Kinney in Venice try Three Squares...they also have a great bakery next door
re: Burger Boy
if you get any one of the great burgesr at 26 beach they will throw in either a salad or fries; get the fries.
also, their extensive menu of declicious entree salads should not be overlooked nor should the fact that they serve raymond chardonney by the glass.
ambiance there is shabby chic, so it actually feels like a date restaurant with extremely reasonable prices;
I love going to The Border Grill for their happy hour at the bar, its fun and lively, with great prices and the quality of the food is deserving of a try!
Also for a great ambience, check Whist at the Viceroy. You can head to the bar or a table and you will be very pleased!
For something thats a little secret, check Enoteca Drago in Beverly Hills. They have an amazing wine selection and the carbonara is to die for! I frequent the place for their extensive wines by the glass, ah the Brunello. You can go big at this place or keep it minimal. Its patio is great for people watching when weather permits.
Just an FYI... that's not Santa Monica, that's Westwood/West LA/Century City area... here's some recos that are all over the map in terms of price and to a certain extent geography
Assuming you have a car...
head to Primo's on Sawtelle for buttermilk bars
Bread and Porridge or Snug Harbor
Porta Via in BH
for really casual quick lunch
Eduardo's is at Santa Monica and Westwood
in Westwood, Sunnin Lebanese Cafe
Bay Cities Deli (if you head into Santa Monica)
if for some reason you're in Hollywood, try the Griddle Cafe for over-the-top
Food on Pico
heading into SaMo, try Tacos Por Favor or Tacomiendo, and Monte Alban
for nice places
you're so close Craft
Upstairs 2 on Cotner
in Beverly Hills, Spago and Wolfgang's
the new Montage chef's table :)