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Dinner in Santa Monica

foodie123 May 25, 2004 01:31 PM

Will be visiting LA next week and was going to go to Crustaceans too....that is until I read the reviews here. Can you recommend some good restaurants in both Santa Monica and Pasadena (near the Promenade)? Californian, Asian Fusion, Italian, Continental in the range of about $30 to $60 per person. Casual or casual chic. Not too picky on type of food. Just good value for money and good food!

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    EOE May 25, 2004 03:06 PM

    Drago on wilshire. or valentino, both italian, but very good. or try Josie for something different, but it tends to be a bit expensive. great wine list however.

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      markn May 25, 2004 05:51 PM

      IMHO Valentino is the most overpriced, overhyped, over-pretentious restaurant in LA. Josie is good and certainly less expensive than Valentino.

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        Just Larry May 25, 2004 10:49 PM

        If at all possible, go to Drago. It is a fraction of the price of the other places mentioned and the food is just excellent. Fine suggestion.

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        cvc May 25, 2004 03:20 PM

        ROCCA on 4th, JIRAFFE on the corner of 5th and Santa Monica, JOE'S on Abbott Kinney a little south in Venice, DIVINO on Barrington Plaza a little east in Brentwood. Enjoy your stay.

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          EOE May 25, 2004 03:32 PM

          disagree on the Joe's rec. very average-at best food, but cool area to hang during the day anyway.

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            markn May 25, 2004 05:44 PM

            have to disgree with your disagreement......we've always found the food at Joe's to be very good and I think it's one of the best values in town for the price.

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              carter May 25, 2004 08:26 PM

              Agree that Joe's is very good value and good food.
              As to Pasadena thoughts, Parkway Grill and Arroyo Chop House, next door to each other on Arroyo Parkway just north of California, are very good dinner choices. Parkway is open for lunch, the chop house is not. Other options might include Bistro 45 on Mentor, between Colorado and Green. Had a great cassoulet there last Sat. eve at $23.95, that I would reorder again any time. Wine list is a little stiffly priced. At $60 a person, these 3 just fit into the range.

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              G. Bowker May 25, 2004 08:15 PM


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                Just Larry May 25, 2004 10:48 PM

                Joe's is excellent again. Quality dropped a couple of years ago but it is as good as it ever was now. Excellent price/quality ratio. It is one of our regular haunts. Open for lunch Sat. and Sun.

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                Elle Woods May 26, 2004 03:09 PM

                Had dinner at JiRaffe on Monday night. The food is solid and the service attentive. Entrees run ~$22+, though. If you go there, the banana cream pie is absolutely divine.

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                Jerome May 25, 2004 05:16 PM

                Ivy at the shore - sounds like what you might like. Also, drinks at the bar at Michaels on 4th street. And drinks or snax at the lobby of the casa del mar hotel.

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                  MichaelS Feb 17, 2007 12:00 PM

                  Ivy at the Shore is a great place for a visitor. Great scene and food. Good wine list. Very generous on the cocktails so use moderation.

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                  Suze May 25, 2004 06:09 PM

                  Are any of these places open for lunch on Saturday?

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                    igj May 25, 2004 06:17 PM

                    I can tell you that Rocca is NOT open for lunch Saturday, or any other day. I don't know whether I think that is a good thing (for my wallet and my waist) or a bad thing (an appetizer and two primi would make a nice lunch).

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                    sbiesman Feb 17, 2007 10:09 AM

                    Divino's--Brentwood (California) is excellent--pricey, but excellent Italian food.


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                      markethej Feb 17, 2007 11:43 AM

                      For some reason, I want to where you're visiting from. Don't want to try and replicate/duplicate what you have at home!

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                        hrhboo Feb 17, 2007 11:49 AM

                        I think this person's visit has long come and gone!

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