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Need help finding restaurant for Sat. Night

Snoopy Mar 18, 2009 08:37 PM

So, I want to surprise my husband with a dinner out on Saturday night (got a babysitter). I am thinking of something similar to Jar or Lucques in type of food and price point. Thought about Craft but it's a little bit more pricey than I was looking for. Open to West Hollywood area, Westside, Santa Monica or Venice, though Santa Monica/Venice would be ideal. Right now I have a reservation at Hal's in Venice, but a friend just described it as mediocre.

Many thanks!!

  1. Emme Mar 18, 2009 10:09 PM

    Wilshire or JiRaffe, in your neck of the woods... the former would be lovely on the patio.

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      nosh Mar 19, 2009 06:43 AM

      Craft might be doable considering their new Craftbar menu with smaller plates and very reasonable prices. If you were considering Hal's, read the recent thread on Gjelina a bit further south on Abbott Kinney -- we had a really fun dinner there with wave after wave of food. I especially liked the lamb sausage pizza -- great crust with a real blistered char and a lot of spice in the topping. One last thought -- I still love Chinois on Main, and it can be a really tasty experience, not horribly pricey if you stick with the smaller dishes and split one entree -- the sliced filet in szechwan sauce or the whole deepfried catfish with ponzu.

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        westsidegal Mar 19, 2009 07:31 AM

        nosh, i agree with all you said, but particularly agree that the catfish served at chinos is delicious.

        at gjilina, we loved virtually everything that arrived at the table--the roasted cauliflower was a revelation, the pizza was terrific. . . .

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          Snoopy Mar 19, 2009 09:06 AM

          Tried to make a reservation at Gjilina on Tuesday and they were booked.

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        ElissaInPlaya Mar 19, 2009 08:57 AM

        Second recommendation for Wilshire. I also recommend Axe or Nook.

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          Nicole Mar 19, 2009 12:26 PM

          Hal's is good but nothing special. In Santa Monica/Venice, I would probably do either Jiraffe or Josie. Josie is a little more expensive and formal, Jiraffe is a bit more relaxed, both have very good food. I haven't been to Wilshire yet but it's certainly well-recommended on this board. Another thought is Anisette...I've been for brunch a few times, but never for dinner, but other hounds seem to enjoy it for dinner as well. This is a more casual bistro, but prices are probably still similar to Jiraffe.

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            AquaW Mar 19, 2009 01:03 PM

            Lately I've been rather fond of Fig in Santa Monica - nice seasonal fare and I like their preparation of Steak Frites. Jiraffe is nice but it can get pretty noisy.

            Hatfield's is also a viable option, esp. with their $46/person market menu.


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            1. re: AquaW
              Nicole Mar 19, 2009 02:50 PM

              If you request to be seated upstairs at Jiraffe it is not noisy, and you have a nice view overlooking the restaurant.

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              woofer Mar 19, 2009 01:56 PM

              the patio at wilshire is great suggestion.

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