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May 5, 2009 03:34 PM

Westside-ish atmospheric, tasty spots?

I'm looking for a good place for dinner in the Rancho Park, Mar Vista, Century City, Westwood, Culver City general area.

Not too expensive ($15 range for entree)
Good or fun atmosphere

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Akasha in Culver City has a nice atmosphere, and there are some entrees for about $15, like butternut squash gnocchi or a turkey burger... but the best thing is twice that, the short ribs. Great drinks, albeit not bargain basement.

    Natalee Thai has a bright atmosphere, on Venice near or in Culver City. Much less of an it spot than Akasha is or once was but I like their food and enjoy the place... good drinks and really rich panang curry.

    1. Give Don Antonio's a try for solid Cal-Mex food with a lively scene and a full bar. The patio is nice when the weather is warm and they have very good albondigas soup for a starter if you're so inclined.

      Don Antonio's
      11755 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

      1. Shamshiri in Westwood for Persian


        Shamshiri Grill
        1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

        1. if you can be happy at a place that doesn't offer reservations, go to c&o trattoria at the mouth of the venice pier for huge portions of pasta and salads. they serve chianti by the glass.

          the same folks run a slightly more upscale place farther west on the same street that they call c&o cucina. i believe that the cucina does take reservations, but they also have a few more costly entrees (i.e. seafood) in addtion to the pastas.

          i apologize that my suggestions are west of your requested area.

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          1. re: westsidegal

            Venice is not on the OP's list of neighborhoods.

            There must be some places in Culver City that fit the bill, of <$15. Just not the most popular ones, like Ford's & Fraiche.

          2. The new Westside Tavern underneath the Landmark Theatre at the Westside Pavillion on Pico might suit your needs perfectly. They have great sandwiches and entrees for around $15 and fantastic cocktails as well. It's a cool place, and you can check out a movie afterwards!