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Looking for a place in the Southbay to have dinner with friends. Not too expensive (entrees under 25.00) - nice atmosphere - NOT Asian or Mexican and not too loud. Any ideas?

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  1. If you are in the mood for seafood...Rock'N Fish is really good. Most of the entrees are under $25 except for the Surf N Turf and Steaks.

    www.rocknfishmb.com

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    1. re: Jaytizzle

      Ditto on Rock N Fish. But definitely get the fish, the steak dishes aren't very good. (I like Fritto Misto but the atmosphere isn't as nice as Rock N Fish and they don't take reservations.)

    2. Fritto Misto is fun, very reasonable and very good. Entrees are more like $10-$12 pp. Might be on the louder side though.

      1. Jackson Village Bistro is lovely. Corkage is quite reasonable too.

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        Jacksons Village Bistro
        517 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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        1. re: ElissaInPlaya

          Rock N Fish is noisy and crowded, Jackson Village Bistro is neither. Depends on what kind of mood you're looking for...

          1. re: ElissaInPlaya

            respectfully disagree with the jascksons recommendation if good food is the primary criteria.
            last time i was there the food was completely forgettable.
            a week later, none of the people in my party had any remembrance of what they ate/good or bad.
            it is not bad food, it is just meh food imho.
            i will say, that the place is extremely pleasant though.

            1. re: westsidegal

              hmm, maybe it depends on what you order? I was just there 2 weeks ago and was quite satisfied with the food quality - although it is standard American bistro fare. For the South Bay, it is a good choice - although I do not go there unless I am in the SB.

          2. I like Ragin Cajun in Hermosa Beach on Pier Ave.
            http://www.ragincajun.com/menu.html

            1. Petros for a nicer place. Rock'N Fish or Back Home in Lahaina for something more casual.

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              1. re: TracyS

                We take friends to Chef Melba's on Hermosa Ave. in Hermosa. Seafood focus. Union Cattle has a lovely patio with outdoor fires. Only had happy hour there so not sure about the food.

                1. re: TracyS

                  petros costs more than the op wanted to pay. i agree, though, that the food quality is there.

                2. I know Houston's is a chain, but the MB location has a fabulous atmosphere and the famous spinach artichoke dip. Great place to have conversation with friends. Way better than Rock'N Fish in my opinion and cheaper too.

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                  1. re: jeffandnat

                    iirc houston's does not take reservations.
                    on a weekend night you could end up waiting for a table close to an hour.