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Feb 7, 2009 10:10 AM

Restaurant near Westwood, Brentwood, Santa Monica (under $20 person)

Hi! We're going to the Geffen Playhouse tonight and would like to find a nice place for dinner that is less than $20 per person in the Westwood, Brentwood, Santa Monica area. We're not looking for fancy or trendy. Just good food. Perferably not Mexican or Italian. Everything is so expensive!! Any suggestions?

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  1. Without alcohol? WIthout tax and tip?

    Pizzicoto in Brentwood on San Vicente is the only thing that comes to mind. Oh, and the Arsenal on Pico at Bundy.

    1. Sham on Santa Monica Blvd. or Shamshiri Grill on Westwood Blvd.or Darya on the WLA / Santa Monica border would all be good candidates.

      Shamshiri Grill
      1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

      12130 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      Sham Restaurant
      716 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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      1. re: Servorg

        you will need to order carefully to get out of shamshiri grill for under $20/pp.
        keep in mind, that they are likely to charge a splitting fee if all the adults don't order an entree.

        1. re: westsidegal

          Yeah, Shamshiri is lame like that. They charge a splitting fee but give you one plate.

          1. re: jaykayen

            they gave us an extra plate when i was there.. . .

            they have never been 'lame' to me.

            1. re: westsidegal

              Sorry. I meant that I am ok with a split charge if they split they plate in the kitchen. I am not ok with a with it if we just order one dish and share it. I've had below average service there about 50% of the time.

              1. re: jaykayen

                i am not so demanding when a restaurant provides the price/quality and price/quantity ratios that shamshiri does.

                if their prices were about 50% higher,
                and their quantity was 50% less,
                and their quality was reduced to the quality of the food at Tajrish (in marina del rey)
                then, i'd agree with you.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Shamshiri has established itself as my clear favorite among the Persian/middle eastern options up and down and along Westwood. In my experience, they are the best. Big portions, good food. Yes, they struggle to make a profit, thus their charge for sharing (in my opinion, a reasonable policy, given the size of their portions and the resulting motivation to split) and for me the more bothersome refusal to offer lunch specials on some "holidays" like three-day weekends. I've never had the bad service that others have complained about, but I understand the motivation to give precedence and "favors" to regulars or friends. I appreciate that they deliver. I've learned that their chicken shawarma is usually more moist than the beef, and the koobideh is tastier than most of the kebobs. I like their shirazi salad, the flatbread, and even the grilled vegies. But a main part of the attraction of Shamshiri is chowing down and then having leftovers to bring home -- it wouldn't be my first choice before an evening at the theatre.

                  1. re: nosh

                    'ya mean that everyone doesn't always keep a cooler in their trunk with a frozen cold pack?

                    1. re: nosh

                      I had the Ghormeh Sabzi last Friday with lamb neck (lamb neck available Mondays and Fridays only). Delicious. Green herbs stewed and poured over roasted neck. A generous portion and so tender, it makes the shank seem tough. The dish was a mere $11.95. I think it would be pretty easy to make it out under $20pp.

                      1. re: Porthos

                        you would need to watch what you spend on beverages or starters, especially if the $20 number included tip and tax.

          2. re: Servorg

            Second Sham but am not so wild about the food or service at Darya. I prefer Javan for Persian in the area.

          3. My favorite place for a civilized yet inexpensive dinner in Westwood Village is Thai House, on Gayley across from the Whole Foods. Solid Thai food -- start with the mee krob, share a curry and a stirfry, get a noodle dish. Entrees are about $10 (a couple bucks more for seafood or duck) and starters about $7. Also important, the place is just much nicer than the similarly priced mills in Westwood -- carpeting, tablecloths, real glassware and plates, and very attentive service. Admittedly, the food won't knock your socks off, but it is solid, clean, prepared as described and requested, and generously portioned. You can park once (there is a public structure on the east side of Broxton) and cut one block west to Thai House, then walk three short blocks to the Geffen.

            1. I think Sushi Masu (just south of Santa Monica on Westwood) is really good, and not so expensive.

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              1. re: veggieyummy

                Sushi Masu is good, but I'm not sure if you can get out of the door for under $20pp, though....

                1. re: veggieyummy

                  if the budget is firm, i would not go to sushi masu

                  1. re: veggieyummy

                    If you don't factor in tax and tip, Sushi Masu has chirashi (bowl of rice with sashimi on top) for $17 and it's been good whenever I've had it.