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sammy77777 May 5, 2009 03:34 PM

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

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

Thanks for your help!

  1. Servorg May 6, 2009 09:01 AM

    One other recommendation. Brunello's in Culver City. Friendly and casual vibe with good food and enough choices at the price point to make this a serious contender. Outside of downtown so street parking is usually no problem.

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    Brunello Trattoria
    6001 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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    1. re: Servorg
      Phurstluv May 6, 2009 09:15 AM

      Thanks, Servorg, I knew someone would come through w/a rec in Culver City that fit!

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      bucktown May 5, 2009 11:59 PM

      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!

      1. westsidegal May 5, 2009 11:48 PM

        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
          Phurstluv May 6, 2009 08:39 AM

          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.

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          noshie May 5, 2009 07:28 PM

          Shamshiri in Westwood for Persian

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          Shamshiri Grill
          1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

          1. Servorg May 5, 2009 07:23 PM

            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.

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

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              Cinnamon May 5, 2009 07:12 PM

              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.

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