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Jun 17, 2009 09:00 PM

Recommendation near/in Santa Monica Promenade


We're doing a father's day movie at the Santa Monica Promenade. We're looking for a good, lunch place for less than $20/hd. We'd like to be able to finish the meal within an hour or so. The restaurant does not need to be on the Promenade but close by given the time constraint. Atmosphere is not too important as long as it's not too loud. Child-friendly is not requred. Open to all types of food, just looking for something tasty. I have not been in this area for some time.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

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  1. You can check some of the things I mentioned in this post:

    Not sure about price ranges. Personally I like Broadway Deli a lot. I've had things like a nicoise salad that turns out to be exquisite, etc. It's like all pretty straightforward food but they do beautifully with it. Comfy booths, and reasonable distance to the theaters.

    If you did want atmosphere, might look into Monsoon on the north end of the Promenade. Beautiful Indonesian decor inside, restful, great place for conversation.

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    1. re: Cinnamon

      I really like Monsoon as well. One of the better restaurants on the promenade.

      If you don't mind chainy, I think you can get out of PF chang's for that price. But may have to wait.

      Riva is excellent, but don't know their lunch prices. Also very popular. Border Grill would also fit the budget and probably the time frame.

      1. re: Phurstluv

        I second Border Grill. You should be able to get by on $20pp. You might want to make a reservation though, especially on Father's Day.

    2. I would try LA GRANDE ORANGE that just opened up on Main Street.
      It's a nice space and big so getting a seat shouldn't be a problem. I would also recommend Cora's Coffee Shoppe or Jack n Jills but there might be a wait around that time.

      1. Anisette. Best restaurant in the area by far - but you'll need to up your budget a little.

        Other than that, try Cora's Cafe or Houston's.

        1. For a little fun, think about Ye Olde King's Head, a "traditional" British pub. Great draft beers and ales, Welsh Rarebit is OK, Shepard's pie I like a lot. Darts. Usually lots of fun, but not a food destination by any means.

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          1. re: TomSwift

            i've also had good fish and chips at Ye Olde King's Head

            1. re: westsidegal

              Absoutely!. One of Ms. Swift's favorites.

              1. re: westsidegal

                Absolutely. Best fish and chips around.

                1. re: daftpunkxl

                  just a great place.ditto on the draft beer...go to their shop next door and get some smarties or a Flake bar for the movies

            2. Any time somebody asks for recs in Santa Monica I always tell them Bay Cities Deli at the corner of Lincoln and Broadway.