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Jun 5, 2009 01:13 PM

Sheraton Delfina in Santa Monica

Having a meeting at the Sheraton Delfina on 530 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica. Any suggestions on good places for dinner within walking distance?

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  1. many - you need to narrow it down. price range? cuisine preferences? atmosphere?

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      The key is walThe key is walkking distance. The hotel is about 1 block west of Lincoln and all the way down on Pico, pretty far from the restaurants in Santa Monica and on Ocean Avenue. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

      1. re: rnp0123

        sorry, i forgot that "walking distance" means something entirely different there than it does in NY. when i lived in LA people thought i was crazy for suggesting we walk to places that i considered to be a short stroll!

    2. there is a oaxacan place on pico near 4th (I think it's called El Tejate). It's pretty good, but not great. i've eaten there a couple of times and not been wowed, but not disappointed.

      Also, I've never been there, but I hear that the bowling alley just west of El Tejate actually has a decent diner in it.

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      1. re: linger gicking food

        it is called el texate. and i agree, it's decent but nothing wow there.

        El Texate
        316 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

      2. how about Ocean & Vine at the Loews Hotel? it's on Ocean Ave a couple of blocks North of Pico.

        Ocean and Vine
        1700 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          also, the fancy-dancy restaurant at one pico/shutters.

        2. Walking distance (5 minutes walk)

          Catch at Casa del Mar
          Chinois on Main
          Whist at Viceroy
          Chez Jay
          And there are two new wine bars with very good food in that new complex at Main and Pico(ish) - one's got two names, one has the word L'Orangerie in it, and is painted orange. Anyone?
          And -- I like The Galley. Maybe only me, but I like it there.

          OP - Delfina is actually at 4th, not Lincoln, and you have many choices.

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          1. re: yogachik

            You are probably thinking of Gouda & Vines (my impression was more sandwiches to go rather than dine in) and La Grande Orange--odd menu in some ways (sushi rolls, a burger, tacos, "six essential salads," "Dixie pan-fried chicken" and scattered other entrees). I tried the chicken ($17) and it reminded me more of "Winn Dixie" than Dixie. Going in another direction, literally and figuratively, Tommy's at Lincoln and Pico is a branch of a well-known local fast-food place noted for their chili burgers and dogs...albeit often more with nostalgia in mind. Moving back to the West, The Lobster (just South of the Pier), Ivy at the Shore (I'm not a fan but some seem to like it) and Il Fornaio (decent chain Italian) are all an easy walk down Pico with a short jog up Ocean to Colorado.

            1. re: New Trial

              Yum, I love Tommy's chili burger.

              Yes, Gouda & Vines (have been there and they do a lot of small plates) and La Grande Orange. Literally 5 minutes walk from Delfina.