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I just moved here from Canada and I was wondering what restaurants/places you have to be
21+ to enter ? I don't turn 21 until Mid-June which is a total bummer.

What do you think are the BEST places to eat in LA? ( Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly & Sushi ) in West Hollywood / Santa Monica / Burbank.

I also don't know if this is the right place to be posting. I apologize before hand.

Thanks for your help!


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  1. you can enter any restaurant, just not bars.

    the "best" is relative depending on your cuisine preferences, price range, neighborhood, etc. do a search of the board - there are tons of prior threads & suggestions.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      so I wouldn't be able to go to say "Bar Marmont" for example, or I could I just couldn't be at the Bar? Sorry this is new to me..

      1. re: allthesame

        Bar Marmont has an adjoining restaurant, which you would be allowed to enter.

        1. re: allthesame

          Any business that is specifically a bar or nightclub is 21+

          A restaurant with a bar in it is different, you just can sit At the bar...

        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

          >>What do you think are the BEST places to eat in LA?<<

          >>the "best" is relative depending on your cuisine preferences, price range, neighborhood, etc.<<

          Hi allthesame, give a starting point as goodhealthgourmet suggests and you'll most likely get very productive responses, as well as references to similar posts. Welcome to LA and I hope you're defrosting well... ;)

          1. re: bulavinaka

            I edited. ( vegetarian/vegan friendly restaurants also sushi )

            1. re: allthesame

              Here's a vegan restaurant in Santa Monica that my vegan sister truly enjoys. They also have a location in Hollywood:

              Real Food Daily
              514 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

              Real Food Daily
              414 N La Cienega Blvd West, Hollywood, CA

              1. re: allthesame

                This bit of local culture may or may not help, but because there are so many Angelenos who fall into that broad category of, "vegetarianism," so many restaurants offer vegetarian as well as vegan options, or are more than willing to accommodate one's needs. Even "meatatarian" places offer more than just solace to vegetarians. As an example, Houston's (pretty much steak/seafood) and The Counter (burger joint) offer veggie burgers that get praise on this board.


                So I think that, being you're probably at least a pescetarian, it actually might be easier to gain knowledge of places that won't serve your dietary choices.

                Houston's Restaurant
                202 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                2901 Ocean Park Blvd Ste 102, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                Houston's Restaurant
                10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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            Might as well post this right away. Welcome to the LA board!

            1. Thank you all.

              1. In general if they serve meals you can go in (and even sit at the bar). If they primarily serve liquor and not meals, you will be unable to go in. Some places convert from restaurants to bars at a certain hour but I don't think they usually sweep through and check IDs before they do (whether they're SUPPOSED to is a different story).

                We make it pretty easy on you -- if just going in is age-restricted, there will be a doorman checking IDs. You won't be allowed to purchase liquor or wine or beer until you're 21, obviously.

                You'll find that we're a little less het up about alcohol in California than in Canada. Once you're 21, you can buy wine and beer whenever you like, and even gas stations sell them. Liquor is restricted from 0200 to 0600, I think (haven't needed to buy vodka at 0430 in ten years or so...) but is sold everywhere.

                As for your food question -- head up to Studio City and prowl Ventura Blvd., there's more sushi than you can shake a chopstick at.

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                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  Is that 2:00 a.m. cut-off a California law or a city law? Maybe the gubernator should kill it and put through a special tax on wee-hours imbibing. Sacramento legislators alone could solve the deficit.

                  And by the way, as local night-owls know, at 2 you have to stop drinking, not just stop buying. The waiter or bartender is supposed to take even your half-full glass of Ch√Ęteau d'Yquem by then.

                  1. re: Harry Nile

                    State law restricts hard liquor sales as DU writes above between 2 and 6 AM

                2. "I just moved here from Canada and I was wondering what restaurants/places you have to be
                  21+ to enter ?"

                  Father's Office in both their Santa Monica and Los Angeles/Culver City border locations are 21 and over.

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                  1. re: Servorg

                    I think the OP meant "I just moved here from Canada and I was wondering what restaurants/places you DON'T have to be 21+ to enter ?"

                    1. re: aching

                      that is what i meant - thank you!

                  2. Thanks guys!

                    1. Sorry, you can't find poutine here.

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                      1. re: Normal Garciaparra

                        i think im the only canadian one who doesn't like poutine.

                        1. re: allthesame

                          We don't have Timmy Hoho's either... but we do have some amazing doughnut shops.

                        2. re: Normal Garciaparra

                          You will find poutine at the Canadian Cafe in Monrovia.

                          1. re: ChinoWayne

                            Wait a minute. What are Canadian "Ladies of the Evening" doing in Monrovia? ;-D>

                            1. re: ChinoWayne

                              That place is closed.
                              BUT you can find it at Dusty's in Silverlake.

                          2. For sushi, my favorite is Mori - I have not yet been to Urasawa.

                            Mori Sushi
                            11500 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                            1. is katsuya all ages welcome?

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                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  great thank you.