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Apr 1, 2009 10:07 AM

Suggestions in or near 4Seasons Westlake Village?

We will be staying at the Four Seasons Westlake for one much needed night away! Are the restaurants in the hotel good? Any other recs for places close by? Thinking Leilas might be good to try. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Don't know about the hotel restaurants but about 3 miles to a great steakhouse - Mastro's in Thousand Oaks:

    Mastro's Steak House
    2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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    1. re: Servorg

      Personally, I think Mastro's sucks. Portions are too damn big, they're total snobs and way overpriced.

      Here are my recommendations for better food, less money, and you'll feel welcome:

      For nice dinners:

      Best in the area is:

      The Grill on the Alley
      120 E. Promenade Way
      Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

      31943 Agoura Rd, Westlake Village, CA 0.22mi
      (818) 889-9105

      Ask for the patio if the weather is nice.

      951 S Westlake Blvd Ste 102, Westlake Village, CA

      For Breakfast or lunch:

      Brent's Delicatessen & Rstrnt
      2799 Townsgate Rd, Westlake Village, CA

      For Thai:

      Thai West Lake Cuisine
      900 Hampshire Rd Ste X, Westlake Village

      Leila's is very popular on this board but I went once and wasn't impressed and haven't been back.

      Let us know where you go and how you liked it!

      1. re: LesThePress

        We've only been twice so maybe too small a sample but the service was very good each time. Reserved, but I wouldn't call it snobby. They had steaks in various sizes (I had the rib eye both times and it was wonderful). Not cheap. But it didn't seem anymore expensive than the other high end steakhouses we go to on occasion.

        1. re: Servorg

          Yes, the service was good, but the Grill in the Alley is just as good and they greet you with smiles!

        2. re: LesThePress

          I had no idea there was a Grill on the "Alley" in Thousand Oaks! Is the service as frustrating as at other out-branches of the wonderful Beverly Hills original -- frequently charming, frequently incompetent? Nice roadhouse/steakhouse-style menu, high-quality meats, good wines-by-the-glass, and excellent desserts (although in this location I might be tempted to run across the street afterwards for Piatti's affogato di gelato or across the freeway for Brent's huge chocolate eclair)? Singles scene -- right? And the staff *is* friendly, at least they were at the San Jose Fairmont location.

          1. re: Harry Nile

            Went on Sat. night (5 of us), we've gone every month at least once since opening (Sept. 22nd) and we've NEVER had any problems with the service. Like at any busy restaurant, they may be some pauses, but none of them so long as to get upset (and I get upset easily if I wait too long). I had the lamb chops blackened rare, and they were perfect. We had Scallops (outstanding!), short ribs (best I've ever had in a restaurant) and filet mignon and chicken scallopini. Everyone loved everything (including the many martinis - go for the Ruby Red, unbeliveable!). The restaurant manager, Odette, is always waling around and checking on everything. The dining room manager, Jay is wonderful (if you go, tell him Les sent you, he'll take extra good care of you).

            Go, try it, you won't be disappointed. Blows Mastro's away.

            1. re: LesThePress

              Over eight or more visits you've "NEVER had any [service] problems"? That would be a restaurant first in my long experience (and certainly not necessary for me to think a place has very good service). I'll take a look at this miracle on my next trip back from Santa Barbara.

              1. re: Harry Nile

                Yes, that's right, which is one of the reasons we keep going back!!!

      2. This is why Chowhound is so great, many different people with so many different taste. Leila's is great; fantastic food, great wine list. I Personally like Mastro's much better than Grill on the Alley. For French you have Cafe 14, Italian we have a new Farfalla Trattoria, went last night it was wonderful there is also another fantastic Italian Tuscany II Ristorante, can't go wrong with either choice. If you would like more, just let us know but you have to decide, please let us know which you pick and how it was.

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        1. re: gdodgerfan

          Thanks for all these great suggestions! Definitely not an easy choice to make. Between Leilas, Mandevilla and Farfalla or Tuscany, which is best? I will certainly report back! Thanks again.

          1. re: foodseeker

            Great question. I love Leilas, if you pick Leilas tell them Lee sent you. I went to Farfalla last night, it was fantastic, Tuscany is great and Mandevilla if very good. It depends when the last time I went to each of them. Sorry I could not do better.

            1. re: foodseeker

              I vote for either Farfalla or Leila's. Both excellent!

          2. We ended up going to Leilas and had a fantastic dinner! The food and service were just wonderful. . . for starters we had the cheese plate which was beautifully prepared and delightful. We also had their special mushroom soup which was rich, but worth every bite. For entrees we had the braised beef which my husband loved, and I had the salmon atop a delightful noodle dish. It was prepared perfectly. For dessert we had the chocolate bread pudding - another amazing dish. All in all it was a superb evening. Thanks for all the recommendations and comments, Chowhounds! We will certainly head back to Leilas again soon.