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Jun 11, 2009 09:28 AM

Spanish or Brazilian recomendation in West LA?

Hey All-

I hav some family members coming down next weekend and I wanted to take them to either a Spanish or Brazilian restaurant somewhere in West LA. I have had little luck so far finding a Spanish restaurant but have found a Brazilian place called Bossa Nova. Any thoughts or input would be greatly appreciated.



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  1. Not sure how far west this is but Cobras and Matadors on Beverly is a great Spanish tapas place. Bossa Nova on Robertson and I think there is one in Marina as well is a pretty popular option for Brazilian. Their picanha steak is great!

    1. Bar Pintxo on Santa Monica btwn Ocean and 2nd is a solid tapas place. Some tapas do better than others, but then again, that's kinda the nature of tapas. They have been stepping up their game lately w/ specials and new additions. The other day they had fresh sea snails prepared daringly simply by a quick steaming and just a scattering of grey sea salt- delicious. Be sure to try the hams, or rather, jamons.

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      1. re: jdwdeville

        Be warned - Bar Pinxto is very small and very popular. No reservations, either.

        Have you looked at Fogo de Chao

        Fogo De Chao
        133 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

      2. I second Cobras though you will need to be prepared for a loud meal - not sure if that matters to you or not

        I don't mean to be a hater but I find Bossa Nova to be pretty lacking if you're looking for anything resembling authentic Brazillian...that said, it's a fun place, and maybe you and your group don't care about might also try cafe brasil or zazumba on the westside - i've never been to either but I know people who enjoy those places

        There's also a pretty good all you can eat place churrascaria place on Venice Blvd - I can't remember the name, having trouble googling it...the decor and atmosphere was a little plain, but their food was some of the better Brazillian I've had around LA

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        1. re: hboy

          the churrascaria joint on venice is brasa brasil grill.

          Brasa Brasil Grill
          10022 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

        2. Cafe Brasil is a very casual place. Great sandwiches and great acai bowls (just ask them not to blend it too much).. I agree about Bossa Nova, not authentic but fun and decently priced.

          1. West LA & environs:

            Cafe Brasil - good food; get the weekend feijoada
            Zabumba - festive, party atmosphere, especially if a futebol match is on the telly
            Fogo de Chao (Beverly Hills) - $55 per person feast - all you can eat churrascaria - Me like.

            Bar Pintxo - OK tapas
            Cobras y Matadores - OK tapas
            La Paella - OK tapas, horrible paella (despite the joint's name)
            The Bazaar - inventive, better than average nouveau-Spanish cuisine - it's booked 4 months solid in advance. Good luck.